Cover Stories

2023 Photo Contest Winners

Bid farewell to churches, meandering cowboys, sunsets on doorways and dogs in the park. Say hello to faces, places, objects in motion and overall oddities.

SFR’s Photo Contest collects community submissions each year, and, for 2023, as we return to our first in-person pop-up show after two years of pandemic hiatus, our judges asked for works that might cover new and interesting territory. The hundreds of photographs we received tickled our collective fancies.

On the cover, find the first-ever winning image captured via drone, as videographer Nate Reininga pilots a craft high above Conchas Lake to catch a jet ski making a spiral on the surface of the water for first place in our Movement category. Reininga, a Santa Fe native who recently moved back home from a stint in Brooklyn, tells SFR he got into drone videography about seven years ago and loves that it combines his obsession with flying and appreciation of the outdoors.

While you can peruse the first and second-place winners in this week’s cover story, please come see them in person this week and consider joining us for a silent auction of the work to benefit student journalism training.


6 - 7:30 pm, Thursday Feb. 16 Violet Crown Cinema, 1606 Alcaldesa St.

Special thanks to sponsors Monsoon Design and Ohori’s.

1st Place: Faces

1st Place: Places

1st Place: Movement

1st Place: Odd

2nd Place: Faces

2nd Place: Places

2nd Place: Movement

2nd Place: Odd

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