The 2016 New Mexico Magazine Photography Contest

New Mexico Magazine is known for its stunning photography of the state’s unique land, people, and many fiestas and other unique events. Each year, we invite readers to submit your favorite photos taken in New Mexico, and you always amaze us. This year is the 16th Annual New Mexico Magazine Photography Contest, and it’s time to do it again!

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This year’s contest will open for entries on August 15. Deadline is 5PM Mountain Time on November 14.

A Grand Prize of a $1000 voucher 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, and possible inclusion in an exhibition), as well as an honorable mention, will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Landscapes: Our epic land and sky.
  • Only in New Mexico: Images that express the uniqueness of our state.
  • Animals: All creatures great and small.
  • Details: A closer focus on New Mexico life, our people, places, and things.
  • Mobile/iPhone/Instagram: New Mexico images digitally manipulated—crafted into collages, made abstract, or enhanced in other ways that are obvious to the viewer. Or—just a great shot captured on a phone camera.


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 images that go beyond that use of that toolkit (for instance, creating fictional images, collages, and the like) will only be considered in the Mobile category.

Winning photographs will be published in the February 2017 issue of New Mexico Magazine (available on newsstands in mid-January), and may be featured in the 2017 New Mexico Magazine Calendar.

And, finally, due to the overwhelming response, New Mexico Magazine will partner again with the Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography in Carrizozo to present a show featuring contest winners. (Participation in the exhibition is on a strictly voluntary basis, with all arrangements 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 cost is $25 for the first five images you submit. 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 for entry into this contest.

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 you shoot 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.


The judges for the Sixteenth Annual Contest are:

  • Reid Callanan, Director, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
  • Daniel Kosharek, Photo Archivist, Palace of the Governors
  • Dave Herndon, Editor-in-Chief, New Mexico Magazine
  • Edie Dillman, Art Director, New Mexico Magazine
  • Gabriela Marks, President of American Society of Media Photographers, New Mexico

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 Nov. 23.


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.

New Mexico Magazine is known for its stunning photography, whether of the state’s unique land, or its people, or its many fiestas, feasts, and celebrations. Each year, we invite you, our readers, to submit your favorite photos of the state and you always amaze us. This year is the 16th Annual New Mexico Magazine Photography Contest, and we want your best work.

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