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New Mexico Magazine Photography Contest

Official Rules

This year’s contest will open for entries on July 15. Deadline is 5PM Mountain Time on November 6.

A Grand Prize of a gift certificate for the famed Santa Fe Photographic Workshops will be awarded to the single image that gains the most votes.

First, second, and third prizes (winners receive subscriptions, calendars, publication in the magazine, and an invitation to participate in an gallery exhibition), as well as an honorable mention, may be awarded in each of the following categories (depending on number and quality of submissions):

Seasons: From beautiful snowfalls to stormy summer skies, from the first peek of flowers through the snow to aspens ablaze.

Landscapes: Our epic land and sky, framed beautifully.

Sense of Place: From ghost towns to fiestas, from lowrider cruises to chile harvests, those images that can only be from here.

Plants & Animals: If it grows, roams, or flies anywhere in New Mexico.

New Mexico Details: A closer focus on New Mexico life, our people, our professions, our places, and things.

Special Category: State Parks: From Navajo Lake to Bluewater Lake, from Oasis to Pancho Villa, New Mexico State Parks offer a unique experience and stunning opportunities for intrepid photographers to capture people playing, birds flying, water rushing, winds blowing, and everything in-between.

NOTE: Digital photography has changed the way in which images can be made. With that in mind, we’re okay with darkening, lightening, or adjusting color in photographs in all categories. You can change contrast, burn and dodge your images, and convert them to black and white. But really, we believe that this is a beautiful state and like it the way it is. Please don’t overdo it in processing your photos, and as always, our judges will show a preference for a good eye over the willy-nilly use of the saturation slider. Also, if you’re shooting with your phone or other mobile device, your photos will be much easier to choose (and work with) if you’re shooting at your highest resolution.

Winning photographs will be published in the February 2018 issue of New Mexico Magazine (available on newsstands in mid-January), and may be featured in the 2018 New Mexico Magazine Calendar.

And finally, New Mexico Magazine will once again partner with the Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography in Carrizozo to present a show featuring contest winners. (Participation in the exhibition is strictly voluntary, with all details, including the pricing and proceeds from sales, to be arranged between the photographer and the gallery. The magazine does not share in the proceeds.)

The entry fee is $25 and includes the submission of five images. Each additional image is $5. Photographs must be in digital format, and without watermark. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted.

Please note: If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted. Likewise, if your images include private property (and this includes dogs, cats, mountains, and sculptures, among other subjects), you are responsible for obtaining the necessary release from the property owner. You must be able to provide copies of these releases to New Mexico Magazine upon request. Examples and templates for such a release can be found at


The judges for the 17th Annual Contest are:

All decisions made by the judges are final. New Mexico Magazine shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

Finalists will be selected and asked, by email, to provide high-resolution files (at least 300 dpi) for publication by November 15.


The New Mexico Magazine Photography Contest is open to all amateur photographers. If you derive more than 50% of your income from photography, this contest isn’t for you. In addition, employees of New Mexico Magazine, the New Mexico Tourism Department, prize sponsors, as well as their families are ineligible. Everyone else is encouraged to shoot and submit.


You retain all rights to your work. But by entering the contest, you grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to New Mexico Magazine and the contest sponsors to reproduce, distribute, display, as well as create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the contest and promotion of the contest, in any media, for no compensation, including, but not limited to: publication in New Mexico Magazine; on posters; in newsletters; in calendars, and as downloadable wallpaper for users of New Mexico Magazine websites and digital products. Please note also that should you submit images to the State Parks category, you additionally grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to New Mexico State Parks and New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department to reproduce, distribute, display, as well as create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the contest, in any media, for no compensation.


All entrants hold New Mexico Magazine, its sponsors and their respective agents (“Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the competition and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the competition or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. Entrants are solely responsible for their entries.

The competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. New Mexico Magazine reserves the right to cancel the competition or modify these rules at its discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, New Mexico Magazine reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion.















HOW TO ENTER:  This contest begins on 12 a.m. MDT on September 9, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. MDT on September 13, 2017. To enter, follow @newmexicomag @simplysantafenm and @thelensic on Instagram and upload your photo with #nmphotoadventure and #simplysantafe; captions and hashtags must be in English. User’s profile must be public in order to be eligible. Instagrammers have full creative license over subject material and are not limited to the suggested categories. New Mexico Magazine is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, or incomplete entries not received for any other reason.

JUDGING:  Images from the #nmphotoadventure hashtag will be judged by New Mexico Magazine and Simply Social Media. All decisions about winning photographs are made at the discretion of these organizations and are final and binding. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification.  Winners will be notified via Instagram within one month of contest close.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the territories, who are 18 years or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of New Mexico Magazine and Simply Social Media and its promotional partners and their respective parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies (and members of their immediate families and/or those living in the same of household of each such employee) are not eligible.

PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE: Prizes include: Grand Prize: An assignment from New Mexico Magazine ($450), gift certificate to Midtown Bistro ($100), takeover of New Mexico Magazine’s and SimplySantaFeNM’s Instagram accounts ($0); First Place: Takeover of Lensic Instagram account ($0), 4 tickets to a Lensic Presents show with backstage access (up to $100), and assorted swag (estimated value up to $30); Second Place: Museum Package with MNM membership ($75); Category Winners: 2 CulturePasses ($60) plus 2 ticket to a Lensic Presents event (up to $50). ALL TAXES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. Any expenses incurred, whether or not specified herein are the responsibility of the Winner. The prize is awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION:  New Mexico Magazine reserves the right to substitute prize (or prize component) for an item of equal or greater value at New Mexico Magazine 's sole discretion. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.  Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest.  By entering, Entrant represents that any photos, essays, and other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s Contest entry are original and will not constitute an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such photos, essays, and other materials. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for New Mexico Magazine and its agencies to use Winner’s name and/or likeness, biographical information, and/or essay, photographs, other materials submitted for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. By entering and/or accepting prize, Entrants and Winners agree to hold New Mexico Magazine and its promotional partners, its directors, officers, employees and assigns harmless for liability, damages or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, the acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse, or condition of any of the prizes awarded, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion or privacy.  False or deceptive entries or acts will render the Entrant ineligible. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any entrant or prize winner, if either commits or has committed any act, or has been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which New Mexico Magazine deems likely to subject New Mexico Magazine , entrant or winner to ridicule, scandal or contempt or which reflects unfavorably upon New Mexico Magazine in any way. If such information is discovered by New Mexico Magazine after a winner has received notice of his prize and before the prize is awarded, New Mexico Magazine may rescind the prize in its entirety. If a portion of his/her prize has already been awarded, New Mexico Magazine may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has not been fulfilled. New Mexico Magazine is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest, or in the announcement of the prize.

INTERNET New Mexico Magazine is not responsible for lost or late entries nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by New Mexico Magazine or presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof.  If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, New Mexico Magazine reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. New Mexico Magazine reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. 

Disclosure: Sponsor(s) not responsible for any damage to computer equipment related to participating in this promotion.  Items being distributed are not transferable or redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited by law.  Instagram is neither a sponsor nor co-sponsor of this promotion.