Balloon Reflection by Ian Beckley won Honorable Mention in the Experiences category in last year's contest. Photograph by Ian Beckley.


FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, New Mexico Magazine’s annual photo contest has highlighted the state’s natural beauty, culture, people, diversity, and unique charm. Last year, amateur photographers from all over the country participated and submitted more than 1,600 entries for our consideration.

The 2022 photo contest begins July 1, 2021, and ends October 22, 2021. This year, the winners will be revealed in the January/February 2022 issue of the magazine. Subscribe today so you don’t miss out! Click here for official photo contest rules. 

There are seven themed photo categories:

  • Nightscapes
  • People
  • New Mexico Experiences
  • Landscapes
  • Animals
  • Mobile
  • Enchanting Adventures (New Mexico State Parks)

One grand prize winner will be chosen for the photograph that captures the true essence of New Mexico. Four winners will be chosen from each category and all contest entries will be entered for a random drawing. 

2022 Photo Contest SponsorsThank you to our generous sponsors: Bosque BrewingEl Patron Restaurant and Cantina, NewMexicoCatalog.comNew Mexico State Parks, New Mexico UnitedTaos Air, Wayne Suggs Photography.

A Prize for the People!

Everyone who enters the contest will be entered for a random drawing. One person will be selected to win a $25 gift certificate to Bosque Brewing.

The Grand Prize 

  • Two round trip tickets on Taos Air (Direct flight from Taos to LA, San Diego, Austin, or Dallas) ($720 Value)
  • One 8-hour post processing workshop with Wayne Suggs Photography ($1,000 value)
  • $200 gift certificate from Bosque Brewing and a Bosque Brewing Ball Cap 

Category Prizes



New Mexico Experiences: 




Enchanting Adventures (New Mexico State Parks):

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


This year's judges panel:

  • John McCauley, Art and Photography Director, New Mexico Magazine
  • Steve Gleydura, Editor in Chief, 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

Click here for official rules. 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.