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SNAP THAT PLANT! 2018 Native Plant Photo Contest
July 1st - Sept. 30

Join the Native Plant Society of New Mexico for our first statewide Native Plant Photo Contest, Snap That Plant!

Do you enjoy taking photos of all the wonderful diverse plant species of New Mexico? Got some awesome photos to share? We want to see them! We are calling on all photographers, young and old, to join us in our exploration of New Mexico’s native plants. Submit your native plant images­­­— in their natural habitat or in gardens; being used as food or medicine, or interacting with people, animals, or insects— you name it!  We want to showcase our community members and highlight the beauty of the Southwest. Get creative! Selected photographs will be featured in NPSNM publications and social media. You could win awesome prizes, get your photos featured by your local chapter or state-wide, while joining the fun in providing a voice for native plants!

The seven chapters of the New Mexico Native Plant Society are sponsoring regional photo contests. Photos will be submitted to the closest chapter, and winners from each chapter will go on to a state-wide competition.

Rules and Requirements


New Mexico and El Paso county, TX residents of all ages are encouraged to submit to either a youth (ages up to 18) or adult category (18+). Winners will be chosen from both categories on a regional and state level.  Photos must be taken within the borders of New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas.

Chapters are in the following regions:

  1. Taos
  2. Santa Fe
  3. Albuquerque
  4. Las Cruces
  5. Gila / Silver City
  6. Otero / Alamogordo
  7. El Paso


  • Photos must feature a native plant, include the identification of the plant (common and scientific name), and the plant must be clear enough to be identified
  • Photos must include a story related to the plant. This can be a botanical description, a personal story (no more than 100 words) about a plant, its usefulness, a poem, etc.
  • Submissions must include all outlined information (described below)
  • Submissions must be received by September 30th. Each region's final selections will be entered in to the state-wide competition. Grand prize winners will be announced by October 31st.
  • Please only submit images in a digital format. Hard copies, CDs, or USB drives will not be accepted and will not be returned to you.

Photo Content Options (list not exhausted, use your imagination!)

  • Plants & People, Animals, Insects
  • Gardens
  • Wild Areas …


Final digital images should be the following:

  • File Type: JPG 
  • Size & Resolution: No smaller than 300 KB, no larger than 4 MB
  • Can be in color or black and white



Photos will be judged for:

  1. Impact relative to native plant appreciation
  2. Subject matter & story telling ability
  3. Composition
  4. Technical excellence/image quality


Winners will be chosen on a chapter / regional level for both the youth and adult categories (14 winners total).  Prizes for each of the 14 winners will vary depending on region and chapter. Each winner will then go on to the state level and one winner will be chosen from each category.

Winners at the state level will receive:

Adult Category

  • Featured photo and recognition in Native Plant Society Publications
  • Photo featured and recognition on Website and social media
  • $150 cash prize
  • 1 year waived for membership dues
  • Subscription to New Mexico Magazine

Youth Category

  • Featured photo and recognition in Native Plant Society Publications
  • Photo featured and recognition on Website and social media
  • $50 cash prize
  • 1 year waived for membership dues
  • Scholarship to the next annual NPS conference
  • Tutorial lesson in nature photography with a master photographer

CHECKLIST FOR FINAL SUBMISSION (for your reference, don't need to submit):

___ I have read the rules completely before submitting a photograph and agree to them.

___ Digital images are no smaller than 300 KB, no larger than 4 MB

___ I was the photographer of the photo(s) submitted have sole ownership and rights

___ I have chosen and included my chapter affiliation / closest chapter

___ I have included the following information with my photo:

  • Name
  • Contact info (if facebook or Instagram I am willing to be contacted via these apps / platforms – if you would be contacted in a different way please submit via email)
  • I have noted which category I belong to (youth or adult)
  • I have included a story to accompany my photo, which includes the name of the native plant(s) featured