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Grand Prize Winner, Fall Storm in the Sandia Mountains by Michael Edminster

Founded in 1923, New Mexico Magazine reigns as one of the oldest, most prestigious state magazines in the U.S. NMM's photography contests are legendary, challenging amateur photographers to capture our state's most stunning scenery, interesting people, and extraordinary events. Every year, we are amazed by the quality and breadth of your submissions. Check out last year's winners. 

It's time to do it again!

Welcome to the 18th Annual New Mexico Magazine Photography Contest



This year’s contest will open for entries on Aug 1, 2018. Deadline is 12 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on November 5, 2018.

A Grand Prize of a gift certificate for the famed Santa Fe Photographic Workshops will be awarded to the single image that receives 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):

People: The characters that make the state.

Landscapes: Our epic land and sky, framed beautifully.

Animals: All creatures with fins, feathers, scales, or fur.

New Mexico Experience: A focus on the unique elements of New Mexico life.

Mobile: New this year! If you're capturing the magic of New Mexico through mobile phone photography, this category is for you. Note: Photographs taken with your phone or other mobile device are eligible for entry in all categories.

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. Here's a complete list of New Mexico State Parks:

Please note that White Sands and Chaco are national parks. When submitting in this category, please include the name of the park where you took your picture.

NOTE: Digital photography has changed the way in which images are made. With that in mind, we’re okay with darkening, lightening, or adjusting color in photographs. You can change contrast, burn and dodge your images, and convert them to black and white. Don’t overdo it in processing your photos, and as always, our judges will show a preference for a good eye over the 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 the highest resolution.

Winning photographs will be published in the February 2019 issue of New Mexico Magazine (available on newsstands in mid-January), and may be featured in the 2019 New Mexico Magazine Calendar.

The entry fee is $25 and includes the submission of five images. Each additional image entry 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.

New Mexico Magazine will 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.)

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 releases are available here.  

Questions? Email New Mexico Magazine Art & Photography Director John McCauley.


The judges for the 18th 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.