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“Youth in Yosemite” short film contest accepting entries

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As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, which established he first protections to Yosemite National Park, the park is conducting a short film contest called “Youth in Yosemite.” The contest is open to entrants 25 years of age or younger and will focus on personal connections to the park. The deadline for film submissions is 5 p.m. PST on Friday, January 10, 2014.

According to a press release about the contest, films should focus on the themes of "celebrating nature" or "what Yosemite means to me" and be no more than 15 minutes long. The idea behind the contest is "to celebrate art, beauty, inspiration, the nature of Yosemite, and a personal connection to the park."

Contest winners will be notified by phone after the submission deadline, and the best films will be recognized during an award ceremony in Yosemite Valley on Saturday, March 1, 2014. An overall contest winner will be chosen at the ceremony. Participants' films may also be displayed publicly or used in Yosemite National Park promotions such as publications, the park website or other products.

For contest guidelines and entry forms, please call the Yosemite National Park Education Office at (209) 375-9505 or email yose_education@nps.gov. Support for the "Youth in Yosemite" contest is provided by the Yosemite Conservancy, the Ansel Adams Gallery, and the National Park Foundation.

The National Park Service will mark the sesquicentennial of Yosemite National Park in 2014. Events will culminate on June 30, 2014, the day in which Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove were protected in perpetuity. A full list of sesquicentennial events is available from the National Park Service.

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