Annual Amateur Photo Contest

Be sure to bring your camera or cell phone on your next visit to Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve to capture a moment on one of the 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. Trails offer views of the Pacific Ocean, Olivenhain Reservoir, Escondido Creek, and natural backcountry that make for captivating photos.

Designed to highlight the Reserve’s natural beauty, the fifteenth annual photo contest will launch on September 6 and is open to all amateur photographers. The deadline for photo submittals is 5:00 p.m. on December 31, 2021.2018 best in show winner-image of Escondido Creek

Thank you to sponsors Escondido Creek Conservancy, San Diego Zoo, REI, and PC Photo & Imaging for making this contest possible.

Please read the contest rules before submitting the below form.

  • Select category * Required
  • Contest Rules * Required
  • Not a professional photographer * Required
  • Image size requirements * Required
    (If the file size is too small, it will not be considered.)
  • Photo taken within reserve * Required
  • Please attach ONLY ONE Photograph for the category you've selected above. To submit additional photographs, please fill out the form and submit again. You may submit up to four (4) entries total. Photo should be in jpg format.

  • Accepted file types: jpg.
    Maximum file size - 25 mega bytes.



Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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