Annual Amateur Photo Contest

Grab your camera or cell phone and come out to Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve!

Olivenhain Municipal Water District and its partner, the Escondido Creek Conservancy, will launch our Seventeenth Annual Amateur Photo Contest on November 18, 2023. The Reserve is full of wonderful photographic opportunities for photographers of all skill levels.

Winners will be selected from the categories of Water Scenery, Scenic View, Plants, Animals, Youth Photographer (age 15 and under), and People’s Choice; photos will also be selected for the coveted Best in Show award. Winning photographers will be recognized at OMWD’s June 19, 2024 Board of Directors meeting, and are eligible for prizes from our sponsors, including $100 cash from the Escondido Creek Conservancy, San Diego Zoo/Safari Park, California Wolf Center, and EcoVivarium Reptile Sanctuary┬ápasses, gear from REI, and a 24″ x 36″ canvas print from PC Photo! Select winning submissions will be displayed at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty from July to December 2024.

Photos must be received by OMWD by 11:00 p.m. on April 21, 2024. There is no fee to enter. Please view the complete contest rules before entering. For more information, contact our rangers via email or by calling 760-632-4212.

To submit a photo entry, complete the entry contest form below.

"*" indicates required fields

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, HEIC, or similar format.

Accepted file types: jpg, Max. file size: 25 MB.
Maximum file size - 25 mega bytes.




Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

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1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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