Photographers recognized in annual Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve contest


At a meeting on February 16, the Board of Directors of the Oliven Hein Municipal Water District commended seven amateur photographers who won the 15th Elfin Forest Recreation Reserve Photo Contest.

Best in show: “Serenity” by Peter Montgomery

(Provided by Olivenhain Municipal Water District)

The contest provides photographers with the opportunity to share images of EFRR-protected natural beauty through a partnership between OMWD, the US Land Management Authority, and the San Diego County Water Authority. Contest entries help educate the general public about local recreational opportunities and support EFRR’s mission to conserve wildlife and natural resources.

“During the pandemic, I think we all got a little better understanding of the outdoors and nature,” said Christie Bruce Lane, Vice President of OMWD. “The beautiful scenes depicted in these award-winning photographs shed light on the importance of open space so that future generations can experience and enjoy it.”

Winners were selected in five categories: landscape, waterscape, plants, animals, and youth (under 15 years old). The public also selected the People’s Choice Award winners by voting on the favorites of the 12 entries posted on the EFRR  Facebook page. The winners of this year are:

-“Serenity” by Peter Montgomery-Best in Show

-“Above the Fog” by Brandon McDonald-Scenic View

-“Morning Reflection” by Brandon McDonald-Water Landscape

-“Details” by Christie Lothrop-Plants

-“Reservoir Dogs Sleeping” by CJ Edingfield-Murphy-Animal

-“Cactus” by Ashley Haren-Youth

-“Rocks” by Will Getz-People’s Choice

Prizes include tickets donated by the San Diego Zoo, 24-inch x 36-inch canvas prints donated by PC Photo & Imaging, outdoor equipment donated by REI, and a $ 100 prize donated by Escondido Creek Conservancy. It was.

The award-winning photos will be on display until April 30th at the Interpretative Center in honor of Susan J. Bertie in the EFRR staging area. The Interpretation Center is open daily from 9am to 3pm and is available on availability. See images of award-winning photos at

The EFRR features approximately 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, as well as a picnic area and beautiful mountain lookout points. Open daily from 8am to about 30 minutes before sunset, the EFRR is located on Escondido’s 8833 Harmony Grove Road. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please visit / efrr.


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