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August 5, 2017 (Anza-Borrego) -- Calling All Photographers!  The 2018 Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest is now live and ready to accept your entries!

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.

All first-round submissions are digital, and can be uploaded to Digital submissions will be accepted until 12pm on December 1, 2017.

There are six categories to choose from this year:

  • Plants of ABDSP
  • Desert Bighorn Sheep of ABDSP
  • Animals (not sheep) of ABDSP
  • Landscapes of ABDSP
  • People Enjoying ABDSP
  • Black & White

Submit your photo today

Check out the 2017 winners

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. There will be an Opening Reception at the Borrego Art Institute on Saturday, February 3, 2018, and the gallery display will continue at BAI until Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Ribbons will be awarded to First, Second and Third place winners, and a Grand Prize will be awarded to the Best of Show. 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.

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. For more information visit

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