Photo Contest Judge 
Retired corporate marketing executive Warren Malkerson has a clever nickname for his Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, in Carrizozo: Photozozo. The gallery (photozozo.org) features more than 500 prints by 40 New Mexico photographers, making Carrizozo a don’t-miss destination. This marks the third year that the gallery has featured New Mexico Magazine’s photo contest winners, and the first in which Malkerson helped judge. “This year’s photos absolutely represent the essence of what makes our state so unique and spectacular,” he says. “They really help define what it means to be New Mexico True.”

Photo Contest Judge
“Winning this competition in 2015 made a huge difference in my career,” says Las Cruces–based landscape photographer Wayne Suggs, who joined the judging team this year. Suggs’ night photography has been published by Reflector astronomy magazine, and his images of petroglyphs and the stars earned him an Oliver Award from the American Rock Art Research Association. Suggs shows his work all around the state, including at the Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, and shares his expertise through Muench Workshops and Doña Ana Community College.

Rhymes with Kapow
Santa Fe–based photographer Eric Swanson has earned honors from the International Photography Awards for his work in The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, and many other magazines. As part of a project called Touching the Shutter, he has taken portraits of dozens of artists in their studios, and, as a founder of Provecho Press, he’s published three cookbooks featuring his food photography. This month we sent him on a delicious assignment to shoot artisanal chocolate making. “At some point I got chocolate on my camera,” he says. “I do believe it was the first time I have ever licked my camera.” See more of his work at ericswanson.com.