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Calling All Photographers!!

The 2019 Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest is now live and ready to accept your entries!

Submit your photo today!

The contest is meant to encourage desert lovers and photography enthusiasts to capture their favorite views, moments and adventures in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Since the theme of the contest is the unique and natural beauty of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all photographs must be taken within the Park boundaries.

Check out the 2018 winners

All first-round submissions are digital, and can be uploaded to www.theABF.org/PhotoContest. Digital submissions will be accepted until 12pm on December 1, 2018. We have six categories to choose from this year:

  • Plants of ABDSP
  • Animals (not sheep) of ABDSP
  • Landscapes of ABDSP
  • People Enjoying ABDSP
  • Black & White Photography of ABDSP
  • Cell Phone Photography of ABDSP

There will be an Initial Judge Review to select approximately 200 photographs to move on. Those photographers chosen to move on to the next round will be notified via email. The Final Judge Review requires photographers to submit a printed and mounted copy of their selected photograph along with a $5 submission fee per photo to help cover the cost of the contest.

After the second round of judging is complete, we will notify all place winners and honorable mention winners. The Judge Critique, led by Paul Johnson, will be held at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center on February 2, 2019, at 4pm. There will be an Opening Reception at the Borrego Art Institute on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 5pm and the gallery display will continue at BAI until Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Ribbons will be awarded to First, Second, and Third place winners. All place winners also receive a gift membership to Anza-Borrego Foundation, good for one year.

For complete rules and guidelines, please see the Digital Submission Guidelines and Printing/Mounting Guidelines at www.theABF.org/PhotoContest.

The Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest is an outreach event that helps educate and inspire the public by sharing creative perspectives of the resources of the Park. ABF relies on sponsorships from businesses to cover costs of running this unique program and ultimately reach our goals to fulfill our mission to preserve and protect the Park. If you or anyone you know would like to become a sponsor for this year’s contest, please read our sponsorship opportunities and share them. Thank you for your interest in The Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest.

With questions, please contact Ashley at 760-767-0446 ext 1003 or Ashley@theABF.org 


Anza-Borrego Foundation is the nonprofit cooperating association for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The mission of Anza-Borrego Foundation is to protect and preserve the natural landscapes, wildlife habitat, and cultural heritage of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. ABF's education programs provide high quality, in-depth educational courses to over 1,300 visitors each year.

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