Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest

ABF is proud to sponsor our annual photo contest, encouraging desert lovers and photography enthusiasts to capture their favorite views, moments, and adventures in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. 

Thank You! We received 253 entries into the 2014 Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest!

Contest judging was completed on Sunday, February 9, and the results are in! We thank each and every one of you for your participation and the opportunity to view your beautiful photographs. All photographs will be on display at Borrego Art Institute beginning February 18 and ending with the close of the Silent Auction and Reception at 7pm on March 1. Winning photographs will be available online when all digital copies are received.

The Silent Auction runs the length of the gallery display (February 18 - March 1). Visitors to Borrego Art Institute during that time may also vote for their favorite adult and youth photo, each to be presented with a "People's Choice Award." 

We want to extend special thanks to our five judges for volunteering their time and expertise. Our contest judges for the 2014 Contest were:

Donna Cosentino
Donna Cosentino has been passionately engaged in the world of photography since 1971. She has worked as a photojournalist and gallery director, and she managed the San Diego County Fair Photography Competition for 10 years. She has taught college level photography courses in a variety of subjects for over 20 years and is a tenured professor of photography at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. Donna is also a long-time docent at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. Her black and white images have shown in venues across the US. Her work is currently showing in an exhibition of photography at the San Diego Natural History Museum, and on display in Studio 3 and Studio 10 at Distinctions Gallery in Escondido. Donna works primarily with a Nikon F3, a Rolleiflex twin lens, and a field 4x5.

Bill Evarts
Bill Evarts, a San Diego native and lifelong visitor to Anza-Borrego, has been a landscape photographer for over forty years. He is the photographer and author of “Torrey Pines, Landscape and Legacy” on Torrey Pines State Reserve (1994). Bill’s work has appeared in a number of national and regional calendars, books, and magazines featuring natural history subjects. His images from Baja California won an international competition in Mexico City and were part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. For more on Bill and his work, visit his website:

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson has lived in and photographed Anza-Borrego Desert State Park since 1973. He has taught adult education photography classes for Grossmont College, Palomar College, and Mira Mesa College. He has also taught photography classes for the San Diego Natural History Museum, Living Desert Reserve, the Anza-Borrego Foundation, and Eastman Kodak. He lives with his partner Sonja, and together they provide staff-services for their cat Billie

Dennis Mammana
Dennis Mammana is a nationally syndicated columnist, author of six books on popular astronomy and a noted night sky photographer. His stunning photographs have appeared in publications and exhibitions around the globe and have earned him a coveted membership in TWAN- The World At Night- an international team of the most highly acclaimed sky photographers on the planet. In addition to spending nights outdoors with his camera, he is known as a popular public speaker who presents lectures, workshops, and public tours around the world to help others view and photograph amazing celestial events. You can visit him online at

Alfred S Pagano
Alfred S. Pagano was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He holds a Photography degree from Grossmont College and a BA in Art from San Francisco State University. Alfred is a fine art photographer, has had miscellaneous one man and group shows since 1970 and is in various private collections. Alfred currently owns and operates Giant Photo Service, a custom digital photo lab in San Diego, California and has been in business since 1975.


Important dates for the 2014 contest :

February 12, 2014: Approximate date of winner notifications

Feb 18- March 1, 2014: Gallery Display of winning photos opens at Borrego Art Institute

March 1, 2014:
- Awards Ceremony at Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center: 5:00 pm

- Reception and Silent Auction at Borrego Art Institute: 6:00 pm


2014 Contest Rules & Forms

2014 Contest Rules

Each participant must fill out a Participant Information Form

Each photo must have an Entry Form affixed to the back

Model Release Form

The theme of the contest is the unique and natural beauty of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Ribbons are awarded to First, Second, and Third Place winners, as well as Honorable Mentions, in both Adult and Youth Divisions.

Photos can be entered in one of five categories:

A. Desert Plants

B. Desert Animals

C. Desert Landscapes/Skyscapes

D. People Enjoying the Desert

E. Black & White photography

Khia Howard
  2013 Youth First Place, People, YOUTH BEST OF SHOW


See the Winners and Honorable Mentions from 2013 here 

2013 BEST OF SHOW, Leo Larson, 1st Place, People