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Deadline for 2018 Clouds NatureScapes Photo Contest Submissions

April 27th, 2018

Amateur photographers participating in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) annual NatureScapes Photo Competition need to submit their entries to the museum by August 31. “Clouds” is the topic for this year’s NatureScapes competition.

“We want to remind all of our competing photographers to turn their focus skyward this year for images of clouds before NatureScapes competition deadline,” said Ayesha Burdett, Bioscience Curator. “With New Mexico’s big sky and legendary sunrises, sunsets and cloud formations, we’re fully expecting this year’s entries to be extraordinary.”

Each year, the NMMNHS sponsors the NatureScapes photo contest encouraging contestants to examine and understand New Mexico’s natural beauty. This year’s theme, “Clouds” invites photographers to explore and re-discover nature in the sky. This year’s winning photographs will be presented at the Museum from October 20, 2018 through January 19, 2019.

This year’s winning NatureScapes entries will be chosen by a panel of local judges and prizes are supported by the NMMNH Foundation. Each year, the Museum hangs 30 photographs; last year’s NatureScapes competition received nearly 100 submissions from photographers across New Mexico. The Museum encourages children to participate with special prizes for students (under 18).

Entries for the NatureScapes competition will be accepted throughout the month of August. The deadline for submitting entries is 5 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018.  

Download and complete this form for each photo. $15 for the first and $5 each additional. Submissions are not being accepted until August 1st.

A reception for the winning photographers will be held at the Museum on October 20, 2018 from 10:00-11:00am.


About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs, and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience, and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at

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2017 NatureScapes Annual Photo Contest Second Place: Sun Sets Over the Waters of Navajo Lake, East Arm shore, Navajo Lake State Park, Michael Shaw.

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