Entry Deadline: 
December 7, 2020
Anza-Borrego Foundation is proud to partner with the Borrego Art Institute and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to present the 2021 Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest.
Submit your photos of the unique and natural beauty of
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting entries to the 2021 contest.
Online People's Choice Award
Vote for your favorites between December 8, 2020 and January 24, 2021!
  • Select a category button below to peruse, and give a like to all of your favorites!
  • You can vote for as many photos as you'd like, but only one vote per photo is allowed.
  • The photo with the most likes on January 24, 2021, in each of our six categories, will be notified of their nomination as Online People's Choice Award winners.
  • Each winning photogrpah will be featured on ABF's social media (with photo credit, of course!) and email communications. 
Contest Categories
Invited to Round 2? Congrats!
Round 2 requires photographers to submit a $5 processing fee per photo and a printed photograph mounted or printed directly on an 11”x14” foam core or mount board, with no borders or identifying info on the front.
Printed photographs are due at ABF by Wednesday, January 20, 2021 so they can be part of the in-person judging to determine the winners that will be displayed at Borrego Art Institute. You are welcome to print and mount your photos yourself, or through your favorite print shop. Details on where to deliver are below. 
Printing Resource: Watts Digital Imaging
This year, we have partnered with Watts Digital Imaging as a resource for you to get your photos printed by a professional who understands our contest’s printing guidelines. John, the owner, will print and mount your image, affix the required Entry Form, and then hand deliver your entry to us before the deadline. Watts Digital Imaging has also pledged to donate $2 to ABF for every contest photo they print!
Find all the details on our partnership with Watts Digital Imaging here.
Where to mail photos & fees:
Anza-Borrego Foundation 2001
587 Palm Canyon Dr. #110
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Where to drop your photos in person:
ABF State Park Store (open every day, 11am-5pm)
587 Palm Canyon Dr. Suite 110
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
2021 Contest - Important Dates
Contest Awards
Ribbons will be awarded to Best of Show and First, Second, and Third place, as well as Honorable Mentions in each category.
All place winners receive a gift membership to Anza-Borrego Foundation, good for one year.
View Previous Photo Contest Winners
Sending virtual HIGH FIVES to all you rule readers (and followers)!
We dislike the fine print as much as anyone, however the contest will be more fun if you read and understand the rules before entering.
Round 1: Submit Online  Open to all. It’s FREE!
  • Upload your photograph(s) before the December 7th deadline
  • Submit up to 10 photos per person
  • Photos may be from any year, so not to worry if you didn’t get to visit the Park this year!
  • Our five judges review all submissions, selecting photos they feel are the best of the best.
  • Those that are selected from the initial review will be asked to submit a printed photograph to Round 2 (see below).
  • All online submissions will be eligible for our Online People’s Choice Award (details below)
Round 2: Submit Prints  By invite only. $5/photo
  • Selected photos will receive an invitation to move onto Round 2. Submissions must be printed, mounted (see our video guide here) and delivered to ABF by January 20, 2021
  • Photographers must submit a $5/photo processing fee
  • Judges will review printed photos in-person to determine the place winners and honorable mentions in each category.
  • Winners will be displayed at Borrego Art Institute in Borrego Springs, February 6-28, 2021. (All Round -2 entries will be available to view at the gallery.)
  • All winners will be eligible for our People’s Choice Award (details below)
Need help or have unanswered questions? Please reach out!
Contact Briana Puzzo