Yosemite National Park to hold contest for young filmmakers

Yosemite National Park is conducting a “Youth in Yosemite” short film contest.

The contest is open to anyone 25 or younger who is motivated to create a video about their connection to Yosemite National Park. The deadline to submit the film is 5 p.m. Jan. 10, according to the National Park Service.

Films should be focused on “Celebrating Nature” or “What Yosemite Means to Me” and should be no more than 15 minutes in length. Each theme is designed 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 deadline whether their film was selected, an NPS news release said.

A select group of films will be recognized during an award ceremony in Yosemite Valley on March 1. The top films will be screened at the event, and a winner will be selected. Additionally, participants may have their work displayed to the public or used in Yosemite National Park’s publications, website or other products.

For information, contest guidelines and entry forms, call (209) 375-9505 or email

The event is a part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. The celebration will culminate June 30, 150 years to the day after Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove were declared protected for all time. For a list of all anniversary events, visit