Above: "Cassie's Storm," by Kelcie Spurgin, 2nd place winner of the 2019 New Mexico Experience category.

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.  

Now let's do it again. 



This year’s contest will open for entries on August 1, 2019. Deadline is midnight MST on October 31, 2019.

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. 

See Official Rules for tips on entering, editing and other requirements.


People: The characters that make the state.

Landscapes: Our epic land and sky, framed beautifully. Prizes for this category include 2 two-night stays at the Adobe Belle Resort near Conchas Lake State Park, camping and day-use permits, featured images on our Instagram page, and subscriptions.  

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

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

Mobile: 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 such outdoor adventure as camping, hiking, boating, and fishing. 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.


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.


New Mexico Magazine and the Contest’s co-sponsors, New Mexico State Parks and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, will award the following prizes.

All award winners will receive mention either in the February 2020 issue of New Mexico Magazine and/or at nmmagazine.com.

One (1) Overall grand prize winner will receive:

  • $1,500 gift certificate for a one-week program at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops (to be used within one calendar year)
  • A 1-year subscription to New Mexico Magazine 

One (1) First place, one (1) Second place, and one (1) Third place winner in each category will receive:

  • A 1-year subscription to New Mexico Magazine 
  • A 2020 New Mexico Magazine wall calendar 

State Parks Category: Sponsored by New Mexico State Parks, under the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

One (1) First place winner will receive:

  • Two-Night Yurt Stay at Hyde Memorial State Park (2 nights, 3 days, subject to blackout dates and valued at $175 per night plus a $50 cleaning fee)
  • One Annual Camping Permit from NM State Parks 
  • A 1-year subscription to New Mexico Magazine 

One (1) Second place winner will receive:

  • One Annual NM State Parks Camping Permit 
  • A 1-year subscription to New Mexico Magazine 

One (1) Third place winner will receive:

  • One Annual Day Use Pass from NM State Parks
  • A 1-year subscription to New Mexico Magazine 

Click here for official rules.

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

Finalists will be selected and asked, by email, to provide high-resolution files (at least 300 dpi) for publication by November 22, 2019.