New Mexico Magazine Photo Contest Winners

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New Mexico Magazine Photo Contest Winners in First-Ever Public Exhibition

SANTA FE – From cloud-swept mountains to sunlit pueblos, to soaring hawks and chain link steering wheels, amateur photographers from around the world submitted more than 1200 pictures to New Mexico Magazine’s annual photography contest. As usual, the winners and runners-up will be featured in the magazine’s February issue. But this year, they’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a gallery show at Carrizozo’s Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography.

“It’s our fifteenth year hosting the contest,” said New Mexico Magazine Editor in Chief Dave Herndon, “and we wanted to do something special.” That’s where gallery owner, and indefatigable Carrizozo arts supporter Warren Malkerson came in.”

“We’ve got the largest photography gallery in the state,” Malkerson said. “We focus only on New Mexico, and a full-fledged show for this annual contest seemed like the perfect thing to do.” And so, a partnership was born.

“Carrizozo recognizes the value of arts tourism and, of course, so does New Mexico Magazine,” says editor Herndon. “This is a fine example of the magazine’s role in encouraging economic development throughout the state.”

With more than three-quarters of the winners and runners-up participating, Malkerson sees it as a chance both to celebrate the beauty of the state and underline its draw to photographers. “People have been coming here and taking pictures since even before Paul Strand and Ansel Adams showed up,” he said, “and there’s good reason. It’s not only the light, it’s the subject matter—whether people, or places, or buildings, or wildlife.”

The celebrations will begin with a gala dinner on Friday, January 29, for the winners, judges, and local arts leaders. The next morning, the gallery will open at 10 AM to the public. In addition to the large format photos in the exhibition, the gallery will have prints in various sizes available for sale.

The exhibition will run for two months, finishing up towards the end of March.

About Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography

The Gallery first opened its doors to the public in 2014.  It currently displays only work from New Mexico-based photographers, with over 30 individual artists represented. The two-story gallery building was constructed as a hardware store in 1917, only five years after New Mexico became a State. It currently occupies 7,500 sq. ft. of exhibit space at 401 12th Street in Carrizozo, and will expand to 15,000 sq. ft. when it develops its lower level into another display area. Hours: Mon: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thu – Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun: 12 pm – 5 pm. More info at

About New Mexico Magazine

New Mexico Magazine is the oldest state magazine in the country, and was named the best state/regional magazine by the Western Publishing Association in 2013 and 2014. Published monthly, its editors, writers, and photographers focus on topics from around the Land of Enchantment, including the state’s multicultural heritage, arts, environment, and diverse people. More info at