Photo & Video Contest Gets Teens Connected with Nature Photo & Video Contest Gets Teens Connected with Nature 

Mountains Restoration Trust, as a partner of Photo and Video Contest, announced that local teens, ages 13 – 18, can submit photos and/ or videos of themselves doing outdoor activities in nature to win prizes. “This contest is an ideal opportunity for teens to get outdoors and use their creativity while having fun discovering the Santa Monica Mountains,” said Debbie Bruschaber, acting executive director of MRT. Deadline for submissions is March 14 with the winners announced on March 16. Complete entry requirements are available at  

Entries will be judged on their inspiration and powerfulness in capturing experiences in nature. First place will receive $300 and a Novara bike with helmet and lock.  Two follow-up entries will win an educational award of $200, a REI Urban Traveler Daypack and $50 gift certificate. The top five entrants who accumulate the most points of multiple entries capturing different outdoor activities will receive $60 and an REI daypack.

MRT invites teens to take photos and videos at Headwaters Corner Interpretive Center at Calabasas with hiking trails, stream and homestead cabin. “Nature and the environment are the core essence of life and we hope the contest will inspire teens to get to know the outdoors around them,” said Bruschaber. The GetTheGreen Photo & Video Contest is a collaborative effort among environmental agencies, youth organizations and businesses to help youth understand how trees, parks, gardens, streams, rivers, beaches and forests are the number one sources of clean water, clean air and so much more.

Headwaters Corner at Calabasas is located at 3815 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Calabasas and offers public programs and educational workshops on the preservation, restoration and public enjoyment of the Santa Monica Mountains. Phone (818) 591-1701.  MRT receives no corporate funding or sponsorships and relies on public support. To learn more about MRT or to make a donation, visit Mountains Restoration Trust online at