Twelfth Annual Amateur Photo Contest

At its November 8, 2017 meeting, OMWD’s Board of Directors honored local photographers for their winning images in our Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve‘s twelfth annual amateur photo contest.

OMWD operates EFRR through a partnership with the US Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management and San Diego County Water Authority. The annual contest offers photographers an opportunity to share the natural beauty protected at EFRR and contest entries assist in educating the public on recreational opportunities, highlight the importance of preserving open space for native habitat, and support EFRR’s mission to protect wildlife and natural resources for future generations.

Judges selected winners from 91 entries in five categories, and the public participated by choosing their favorite of 10 selected entries posted on EFRR’s Facebook page for a special People’s Choice Award.

2017 EFRR Photo Contest Winners:

  • Best-in-Show – Brian Jolliffe for “Enchanted Forest“
  • Water Scenery – Lance Hanekamp for “Sunset Falls“
  • Scenic View – Nathyn Casillas for “Crimson Leaf“
  • Animals – Tyler Tkachuk for “Lizard’s Gaze“
  • Plants – Rena Hodosevich for “Reverie“
  • Youth – Pablo Van Dyck for “Detailed Wings“
  • People’s Choice – Caroline Demer for “Above the Clouds“

Winners received prizes donated by local businesses, including dinner at Jake’s Del Mar, a photography workshop package from the San Diego Zoo, a canvas print from PC Photo & Imaging, outdoor equipment from REI, and a cash prize from the Escondido Creek Conservancy. Winning photographs will be on display at our interpretive center from January 1 to April 30, 2018.

Thank you for your interest in EFRR’s annual photo contest whicht usually runs from April to September. Please check back in April 2018 for information on the thirteenth annual contest.

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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