Aug. 23, 2018 – Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery announce the eighth annual Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest. The Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest celebrate the creativity of youth in Yosemite’s gateway communities.

The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park, including the communities of Bass Lake, Groveland, Chawanakee, Mammoth, Bishop, Mariposa, Oakhurst, and Sonora, California. Entries must be submitted by Friday, September 14, 2018.

Artwork or poetry should be original and communicate a connection to Yosemite’s natural or cultural history. Subject matter can focus on wildlife, plants, scenic areas, iconic features, seasonal changes, conservation and protection, or the legacy that Yosemite represents.

Selected student artwork and poetry will be displayed at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley.  Students will also be recognized and acknowledged at a special awards ceremony on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Ansel Adams Gallery. Contest winners will be notified by phone and email.

For more information about the contest, contest guidelines, and entry forms, please call 209-375-9503 or email

Yosemite National Park thanks Yosemite Conservancy for helping to support this special program and students in our Gateway Communities.