The 2015 New Mexico Magazine Photography Contest

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 15th Annual New Mexico Magazine Photography Contest, and we want your best work.

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This year’s contest will open for entries on August 1. Deadline is 5PM Mountain Time on November 9.

A Grand Prize of a $1000 voucher for the famed Santa Fe Photographic Workshops will be awarded to the best overall entry, for the quality of the body of work submitted. First, second, and third prizes (which include subscriptions, calendars, and possible inclusion in a forthcoming exhibition) as well as an honorable mention, will also be awarded in each of the following categories:

Landscapes:  Our epic land, including waterscapes and weather.
Only in New Mexico:  Architecture, events, icons of New Mexico that express the uniqueness of our state.
People: Portraits, people at work and play.
Animals: All creatures great and small.
Details:  A closer focus on New Mexico life.

In addition, winning photographs will be published in the February 2016 issue of New Mexico Magazine (available on newsstands in mid-January), and may be featured in the 2017 New Mexico Magazine Calendar.

The cost is $25 for the first three 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 releases from property owners. You must be able to provide copies of these releases to New Mexico Magazine upon request.


The judges for the Fifteenth 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

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 for publication by Nov. 23.


The New Mexico Magazine Photography Contest is open to all amateur photographers. This means that if you derive more than 50% of your income from photography this isn’t the contest 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.

Digital photography has changed the way in which images can be made. With that in mind, we’re okay with you darkening, lightening, or enhancing the color in your photographs. You can change contrast, burn and dodge your images, and convert them to black and white. You can enhance texture, clarity, ambience, and mood to further engage the viewer.

However, the contest is not about presenting fictionalized images—those photographs that are created by the addition of pieces from other images or the combination of several photographs, or enhanced in such a way that the image appears outside of reality.


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 additional 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.

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