Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve’s Fifteenth Annual Amateur Photography Contest Offers Opportunity to Reconnect with Nature

On September 6, Olivenhain Municipal Water District will kick off its fifteenth annual Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve amateur photo contest.

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve offers 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails with views of the Pacific Ocean, Olivenhain Reservoir, Escondido Creek, and natural backcountry. Designed to be a fun and educational way to showcase EFRR’s beauty, OMWD conducted its inaugural photo contest in 2006.

“The natural beauty of EFRR includes such native plant communities as oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral,” said OMWD Board Vice President Kristie Bruce-Lane. “Our contest provides OMWD with powerful imagery to help promote environmental awareness and preservation, and serves as an invitation for new visitors to enjoy EFRR and gain an appreciation of local watersheds.”

Photo contest categories include Water Scenery, Scenic View, Plants, Animals, and Youth Photographer (age 15 and under). In addition, there are also Best in Show and People’s Choice awards.

Winning photographers are eligible for prizes from our sponsors, including $100 cash from the Escondido Creek Conservancy, Zoo/Safari Park passes from the San Diego Zoo, a 24″ x 36″ canvas print from PC Photo & Imaging, gear from REI, and more. Select winning submissions will be displayed at Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty in 2022.

Entries into this year’s contest will be accepted through December 31, 2021. For official rules and to upload your entry, please visit

Close-up photo of plants, titled "paint brushes"

2019 Best in Show  – “Paint Brushes” by F. Hummler