Image provided by the Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Company

After receiving more than 1,600 entries, the 2021 New Mexico Magazine photo contest is now closed! 

This year's judges panel:

  • John McCauley, Art and Photography Director, New Mexico Magazine
  • Steve Gleydura, Editor, New Mexico Magazine
  • Lauren Aguilar, Art Director, New Mexico State Parks
  • Warren Malkerson, owner, Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography
  • Gabriella Marks, freelance photographer, Treasurer, National Board, American Society of Media Photographer
  • Wayne Suggs, freelance photographer, past contest winner
  • Bryce Turner, graphic designer, New Mexico Tourism Department

THE WINNERS WILL be revealed in the January/February issue of the magazine: subscribe now so you don't miss out! 

2021 Photo Contest Prizes

A Prize for the People!

Everyone who entered the contest will be entered for a random drawing. Two people will be selected to win a $75 gift certificate to The Hatch Chile Store

The Grand Prize: 

A box with The Hatch Chile Store logo and a pile of fresh green chiles around it

Image provided by The Hatch Chile Store

Category Prizes: 



New Mexico Experiences 




New Mexico State Parks  

New Mexico State Parks would like to remind the public to recreate responsibly and to Keep NM True. 

  • 1st place: Four annual day-use passes 
  • 2nd place: Three annual day-use passes 
  • 3rd place: Two annual day-use passes 
  • Honorable Mention: One annual day-use pass 

All prizes are subject to the terms and conditions issued by the providing organization. New Mexico Magazine reserves the right to alter prizes and prize categories as needed.  

**Reservations required in advance, subject to availability. We cannot fly anyone who is pregnant or may be pregnant, or anyone under the age of 5. This is a shared basket flight. Gift certificate valid for one year after issued date. Blackout dates of September 25 - October 25 every year.  

 A compilation of logos of the prize sponsors