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Posted on: March 1, 2023

Helix Water District launches 2023 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest

Sun setting in line with floating dock at lake jennings

Helix Water District is launching its 13th annual Spring Photo Contest to share the beauty and fun outdoor activities available at Lake Jennings. The contest seeks engaging photos to highlight and promote Lake Jennings with our local communities. 

The scholarship is open to photos taken at Lake Jennings between March 1 and May 31, 2023. Submissions can capture any aspect of the lake, including recreational activities like fishing, camping and hiking. Participants are also encouraged to submit scenery photos, including some of Lake Jennings's many vistas, wildlife and wildflowers. 

Located just minutes away in Lakeside, Lake Jennings is a scenic reservoir with clear water, wooded shorelines, meandering trails and serene mountain views. The contest offers participants a free day pass to explore and photograph this local East County gem. Participants should check in with the campground or bait shop staff to receive a free day pass. 

The district will award monetary prizes in two divisions, adult and youth. First-place winners in each division will receive $150, second-place winners will receive $100, and third-place winners will receive $50. The district will award contest winners at a public board meeting in June.

Judging will be performed by a panel of Helix Water District staff who are looking for engaging photos that also contain visual appeal, technical quality and creativity.Sun setting in line with floating dock at lake jennings

Participants must submit digital entries online by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. There is a limit of three photo submissions per photographer, and photos may not contain watermarks. The complete set of rules and entry and model release forms are available at

"With the steady amount of rain we have received this year, Lake Jennings is teeming with life and covered in blossoms. Right now is a perfect time to see, experience and photograph the lake," said Lake Recreation Manager Kira Haley. "We encourage you to bring a camera, enter our contest and experience some of the fun, beauty and charm here at Lake Jennings."  

Young girl fishing barefoot at lake jennings

Photographers planning their visit should visit the Lake Jennings website for up-to-date information on hours and access at

Helix Water District provides water treatment and distribution to over 277,000 people in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, the community of Spring Valley and areas of Lakeside -- east of downtown San Diego. Helix also provides treated water to neighboring Padre Dam, Otay and Lakeside water districts. Lake Jennings is one of two reservoirs that Helix Water District owns. It is located in Lakeside and has a storage capacity of 9,790 acre-feet. Recreation activities at Lake Jennings include camping, hiking, fishing and boating.

lake jennings spring photo contest flyer

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