Last September, students from the New Mexico School for the Arts photography program were invited to submit their work as part of the Eye of the Image Awards, a contest sponsored by the O'Connor Fund for the Visual Arts. The winners printed on this page were selected earlier this month.

Local creators served as judges, including Kate Rivers, Jon Stern, and Pilar Law, also the owner of Edition One Gallery.

"Every participant's work  reflected an appreciation of the formal techniques of making great photographs," Law says. "The images were striking in their maturity both in composition and in printing technique. What a thrill to see such great work!"

A representative from the O'Connor Fund tells SFR that the submissions were stunning across the board, and that the contest is now slated to become an annual event. Such a boon not only bolsters confidence in the budding photogs, but it also doesn't look half bad on a college application.

1st Place

Untitled, 13 by 19 inches, 2018
Untitled, 13 by 19 inches, 2018 | Emily Segura

2nd Place

“To The World,” 6.25 by 9.25 inches, 2018
“To The World,” 6.25 by 9.25 inches, 2018 | Veronica Silva

3rd Place

Untitled, 13 by 19 inches, 2018
Untitled, 13 by 19 inches, 2018 | Macy Loy

Honorable Mention

”Truckin’ in Taos,” 18 by 18 inches, 2018
”Truckin’ in Taos,” 18 by 18 inches, 2018 | Hailey Chanler