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
1st Place: Eagle Dancer, Indian Market, Santa Fe
2nd Place: Lowrider Hop, competition in Albuquerque
2nd Place: Lowrider Hop, competition in Albuquerque
3rd Place: Ice Cream Couple, Young Couple Eating Ice cream on E. San Francisco Street
3rd Place: Ice Cream Couple, Young Couple Eating Ice cream on E. San Francisco Street | Dr Emil Pfeiffer
The Journey Begins, Kiva at Pecos National Historical Park
The Journey Begins, Kiva at Pecos National Historical Park
Tamaya, Santa Ana Pueblo
Tamaya, Santa Ana Pueblo
Up and Away, Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque
Up and Away, Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque
Lonely Tree, Albuquerque
Lonely Tree, Albuquerque
Rising Sun, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
Rising Sun, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
American Badger, Valles Caldera National Park
American Badger, Valles Caldera National Park
Los Matachines and Pine Torch Procession, Christmas Eve at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo
Los Matachines and Pine Torch Procession, Christmas Eve at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo