2024 Photo Contest


  1. Best Animal Portrait: A photo that captures the essence and beauty of an animal at Rancho Grande. $500 prize.
  2. Best Animal Behavior Shot: A photo that showcases interesting or unique animal behavior on the ranch. $500 prize.
  3. Best Rancho Grande Itself: A photo that represents the spirit, beauty, or uniqueness of Rancho Grande. $500 prize.
  4. Short Form Video: A TikTok (tagging @ranchograndeojai) and Reel (tagging @ranchogrande_ojai). The video with the most likes will most likely be the winner however incredible content will factor in. Youtube Short also welcome. $500 prize.
  5. 12 Years Old and Younger: Best photo any category by a child 12 years old or younger. $250 prize.


Contest Entry:

  • – The contest is open to all photographers, amateur and professional.
  • – Entry is free of charge.
  • – Each participant may submit a maximum of three photographs and one video, one for each category.
  • – ALL PARTICIPANTS AND ATTENDEES MUST SIGN THIS WAIVER: https://ranchogrande.com/waiver-form/

Below are the rules for the contest:

Photo Rights
  • – By entering the contest, participants agree that Rancho Grande will have the non-exclusive right to use all submitted photos for any purpose, with or without credit to the photographer.
  • – Participants waive any claim to royalty or payment for the use of their photos.
Respect and Responsibility
  • – Respect for Rancho Grande property, animals, staff, and other participants is paramount.
  • – Interactions with animals should not disturb or harm them.
  • – Participants must adhere to all property rules and regulations.
  • – Respect the natural environment and ensure no damage or littering occurs.
Judging and Prizes
  • – Entries will be judged by a panel selected by Rancho Grande.
  • – Winners will be announced within a month after the contest date.
  • – Prizes will be awarded for the top photo in each category.
Submission Guidelines

Photos must be submitted no more than 5 days after the event. All content submitted must have been taken on the day of the event. To submit: Post your submissions in an Instagram post, and tag @ranchogrande_ojai. Then email one photo for each submission to [email protected], high-resolution images preferred. One email for each photo is ok. Include your name, contact information, Instagram handle, and the category for each submission. Pictures will not be considered for prize if they are not both posted and emailed.

  • – Any photos that do not adhere to the rules will be disqualified.
  • – Rancho Grande reserves the right to disqualify any participant who does not respect the contest rules, property, animals, or other individuals.


By participating and registering in the Rancho Grande Photo Contest, you agree to abide by these rules and regulations. Happy shooting, and we look forward to seeing your creative captures!

sign up link: https://forms.wix.com/f/7149121539667919417


Address of Rancho Grande:

For easy directions please google Rancho Grande Ojai and the Google maps will take you right to the gate. For simple directions please drive up route 33 past the Vons and travel about 20 minutes up the mountains. Along the way, you will pass 3 tunnels, a 2000-foot elevation marker a 3000-foot. elevation marker and then about five minutes more to the Rose Valley exit. The ranch is 1 mile on Rose Valley road on the right. 

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