If you love exploring the mountains with your camera, October may just be your month.

Through Oct. 31, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will be holding its annual Spirit of the Mountains photography contest, giving regional amateur photographers the chance to have their work published and displayed.

Photos taken in the Santa Monica Mountains Zone will be eligible for submission into any of six different categories that include plants, animals, scenic pictures, people in nature and photos from amateurs age 12 and below. In honor of the recreation area’s 30th anniversary there is also a category that recognizes capturing special park memories, such as family outings or historic photos.

All of the entries will be displayed at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Thousand Oaks from Nov. 14 through Jan. 31, though the winners will be published in the OUTDOORS, the National Park Service’s quarterly calendar.

Both digital and film prints will be accepted.

For more information, as well as contest rules and guidelines, visit www.researchlearningcenter.com/samo/photo/.

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