Clouds theme for 2018 NatureScapes Photo Contest

2017 NatureScapes Annual Photo Contest Second Place winner “Sun Sets Over the Waters of Navajo Lake, East Arm shore, Navajo Lake State Park” by Michael Shaw. (Photo provided)

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) is announcing the topic for this the 2018 NatureScapes Annual Photo competition – Clouds. Photographs can be submitted to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in August 2018.

“Photographers can turn their focus skyward for submissions this year,” said Ayesha Burdett, Bioscience Curator. “We are big sky country with legendary sunrises, sunsets and cloud formations, so this year’s competition will undoubtedly be a visual feast.”

Each year the NatureScapes gallery sponsors a photo contest encouraging contestants to examine and understand the New Mexico’s natural beauty. This year’s theme, “Clouds” invites photographers to explore and re-discover the nature in the sky. This year’s winning photographs will be hang in the gallery from Oct. 20 through Jan. 19, 2019.

Photographs are judged by local experts and prizes are supported by the NMMNH Foundation. Each year, the Museum hangs 30 photographs; 2017’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).

“Every year, the Museum looks forward to seeing how photographers will interpret these changing naturalist themes, nature seldom changes quite as fast as New Mexico’s clouds,” said Museum Executive Director, Margie Marino. “This exhibition provides professional and amateur photographers from the community an opportunity to express their passion and love for the New Mexico environment through their work. All visitors will find meaningful connections to the through the eyes of these inspired photographers.”

A reception for the winning photographers will be held at the Museum on Oct. 20, 2018.

For more information contact Mary Ann Hatchitt at 505-681-4014
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 a.m. – 5 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.