New Mexico Magazine is known for its stunning photography of the land and its people. Each year, we invite you, our readers, to submit their favorite photos of the state and you always amaze us.


View the 2012 grand prize winner and runners up.

Here are our revised 2013 rules.  The contest will open for entries Aug. 12, 2013. Deadline for entries is Oct. 21, 2013.

Here are some key points to know about our contest:

The cost is $25 for the first five images submitted. Each additional image is $5 with a maximum of 10 submissions.

Winners will be published in the February 2014 issue, available on newsstands on or about January 20, 2014.

The 2013 judges include:

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, Assistant 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 on or about Nov. 13 and notified by email to request high resolution files for publication.

The New Mexico Magazine Photo Contest is about presenting the beauty of New Mexico through photographs of its people and places. It is open to anyone with a keen eye for capturing the essence of our enchanted land. It is an amateur contest in the best sense, and not open to professionals who derive more than 50% of their income from photography.

Digital photography has changed the way in which images can be made. Our contest is about the simple statement of your lens. Yes, you can darken, lighten and enhance the color in your photographs. You can change contrast, burn and dodge your images, and convert them to black and white. You can use digital software to enhance texture, clarity, ambience, and mood to further engage the viewer.

However, our 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. New Mexico is already so incredibly beautiful that we consider this type of image-making contrary to the spirit of this contest.

Who Can Enter

With the following exceptions, anyone can enter the New Mexico Magazine Photo Contest:   Photographers who derive more than 50% their annual income from photography; employees of New Mexico Magazine, the New Mexico Tourism Department, and prize sponsors may not enter. 
By submitting images to the contest, photographers grant New Mexico Magazine and all other sponsors the right to publish the images in their publications, websites, email newsletters and any promotional material (i.e. press releases or advertising) without payment.


You may submit up to 10 images. A Grand Prize will be awarded to the best overall entry for the quality of the body of work submitted. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories:

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