Boom California Summer Photo Contest

Enter the Boom California Summer Photo Contest for a chance to win a UC Press book and have your submission featured on our website and Instagram!


  1. Capture a photo of a spot somewhere in California. It can be anywhere—a popular location, a concealed scenery, or anything in-between.
  2. Share it on Instagram using #BoomCaliforniaSummer and tag us @BoomCalifornia in the photo.
  3. Boom! You’re entered in the contest.*

We accept unlimited entries. Winners will be announced triweekly. The contest ends on August 17, 2018.

*Your account must be public for us to view your submission.


Winners will have their submissions featured here on the Boom California website and on our Instagram @BoomCalifornia. Winners will also receive a copy of one of the following books:

  • Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer by Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara


  • The Tide Was Always High by Josh Kun


  • Water and Los Angeles by William F. Deverell and Tom Sitton




Overlooking 4th Lake Bishop, CA | Photo by Tim Wiecek, @wiecek_photo on Instagram

“Some views are intoxicating, this is one of them. The Eastern Sierra is home to uninterrupted scenes like this everywhere you look.” – Tim Wiecek


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Seacliff State Beach, Monterey Bay, Aptos, California | Photo by Jane Hammons, @muchophotos on Instagram

“A local favorite, this California beach has an interesting past: and present. The decaying concrete freighter at the end of the pier once boasted a popular dance hall and now provides an artificial reef for sea life.” – Jane Hammons



Black Bear and Giant Sequoia log in a meadow in Sequoia National Park | Photo by Anthony Bevilacqua, @anthonybphoto on Instagram

“I was lucky to have worked as a park ranger in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 2010 and 2011. And every year since then I try and return to the park. I always have to make a stop in the Giant Forest in order to wander through the massive and ancient groves of Sequoia trees. The area is dotted with many meadows where it’s not uncommon to find bears grazing.

When some friends saw this image they said that it looked like a small bear, but then I had to point out and say, no it’s just that the massive sequoia log behind the bear skews the perspective. In regards to the Sierra black bears,  this one is actually quite large.” – Anthony Bevilacqua