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Picturing the Chihuahuan Desert

Join us in celebrating the Chihuahuan Desert by participating in our upcoming photo contest! Take inspiration from our newest exhibit, Into the Great White Sands featuring photographs by Craig Varjabedian, which honors the diversity and beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert. Take inspiration from city parks, Rio Bosque, Hueco Tanks, and anywhere you find beauty in the Chihuahuan Desert!


There will be two divisions, a Youth division in K-12, and an Adult division that is 18 and older.


From May 3rd through May 14th submit your photos of the Chihuahuan Desert at the link below. A limit of one photograph per applicant.


Judging will be completed by May 24. The judging panel will feature community members and photographers.

People’s Choice

The public will have the opportunity to vote on our website for their favorite photo. One vote per person.

Photo Submission guidelines:  

In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg,  or . j pg format , edited for web in sRGB color space, at  1 ,000 pixels wide and no larger than  5  MB.  You can follow the directions below to resize your image using this site: 

  1. Open the link above.  
  2. Once on the website use the “Open” tab and upload your photo.  
  3. To  the  left-hand  column input “1000px” for the width. It will  resize  the rest accordingly.  
  4. Hit the blue check mark to apply the change.  
  5. Go to the top bar and click “Save” and save to the computer.  
  6. Type in the name of the file and save as a JPG.  
  7. Your file is ready to upload to us!  

Winners  must be prepared to  send  a  high-resolution file  for printing.  The  Centennial Museum and  Chihuahuan  Desert Gardens  reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries and/or contestants who are unable to   submit , upon request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi. Mobile photographs are exempt from this size  requirement but  must be   submitted d  at their highest resolution upon request. 

Disclaimer: The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens is the default copyright holder of all copyrightable work submitted to the Picturing the Chihuahuan Desert Photo Contest.


Submit your photos here:

Adult Category Photo Submissions

Geese in the Sunset
Balance of Nature
Prickly Blooms
Sunset in the deserts oasis
Light On Dunes, White Sands National Park
Datura After the Rain
The Tanks
El Capitan
Before The Full Moon Night
Good Morning
Horizon Smoke
Sunset Heights
Hueco Tanks
NEOWISE, Meteor, and El Capitan.
Day Under the Clouds
Dos Torbellinos
Desert Bloom
Violet Desert
Penelope among the Poppies
The Castners after the storm
Hiking Flower
Crotaphytus collaris
Alfalfa fields
Holding on
Golden Love
Sunday at Church
Rio Bravo, 2020
The Unload
Lizard Trail
Adventure Awaits
desert sunset
Sunflowers say goodnight
Love Hurts
Snow Franklin Mountains
There's Gold in Them Hills
Morning Moon Over the Mountain
Desert Bumble Bee

Youth Category Photo Submissions

Outer Reflection
Desert sun
Over the Bridge
Through The Looking Glass
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute
Sunset Strength
Hidden Wonderland
Wonders of a dry land
Lizard in the Sand
Pup set
SB Views
Desert Sunset
Oh How I See The Open Roads
Highway Scenery
Radiant Sunset
El Paso Bright
Untitled 1
Untitled 2
May Showers with Sun City Flowers
à un pas de la lune
Thunderstorm rolling in
Taking it all in
EP beauty
The El Paso Sunset
The Organ Mountains are a backdrop for the Chihuahuan Desert and encroaching city of Las Cruces.
Desert Run
New beginnings
Daylight in White Sands
Sunny Day at White Sands
Fun in the Sand
Pink Desert Flower
A rainy day on the desert
Mortuus Lucus Lignum
The burning sky
Desert Cows
Warm Summer
Sweet, Sweet Dixie The Dog
Nature of Chihuahuan Desert