The people, places and memories that filled the viewfinders of our readers made judging this year’s photo contest as difficult as ever. The following pages show off why New Mexico has our hearts. Special thanks to the Violet Crown Cinema for hosting a pop-up gallery of the images before publication.

1st Place: Eagle Dancer, Indian Market, Santa Fe by Eugenie Johnson
1st Place: Eagle Dancer, Indian Market, Santa Fe by Eugenie Johnson | Eugenie Johnson
2nd Place: Lowrider Hop, competition in Albuquerque by Bobby Gutierrez
2nd Place: Lowrider Hop, competition in Albuquerque by Bobby Gutierrez |
3rd Place: Ice Cream Couple, Young Couple Eating Ice cream on E. San Francisco Street by Dr Emil Pfeiffer
3rd Place: Ice Cream Couple, Young Couple Eating Ice cream on E. San Francisco Street by Dr Emil Pfeiffer | Dr Emil Pfeiffer
The Journey Begins, Kiva at Pecos National Historical Park by Paul Horpedahl
The Journey Begins, Kiva at Pecos National Historical Park by Paul Horpedahl |
Tamaya, Santa Ana Pueblo by Bernie Lieving
Tamaya, Santa Ana Pueblo by Bernie Lieving |
Up and Away, Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque by Willie Brown
Up and Away, Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque by Willie Brown |
Lonely Tree, Albuquerque by Max Woltman
Lonely Tree, Albuquerque by Max Woltman | Max Woltman
Rising Sun, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque by Ralph LaForge
Rising Sun, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque by Ralph LaForge |
American Badger, Valles Caldera National Park by Mark L Watson
American Badger, Valles Caldera National Park by Mark L Watson |
Los Matachines and Pine Torch Procession, Christmas Eve at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo by Norman Doggett
Los Matachines and Pine Torch Procession, Christmas Eve at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo by Norman Doggett |