The photos have been submitted and finalists chosen. But the contest isn’t over yet. It has yet to be determined who will win the Grand Prize, but who the winner will be depends on the votes of their peers. And in the running is Roswell local Juliana Halvorson.
The New Mexico Tourism Department put on a New Mexico True Stories contest where entrants could submit photographs from various trips around the state. Starting May 6, applicants submitted material, and voting began May 13. There were 12 voting periods throughout the summer, and it all comes down to this: the Grand Prize voting deadline.
Out of all the applicants, 20 were chosen as finalists. Half of these were based on votes from peers while the other 10 were selected by a panel of judges based on the quality of photos, story- telling and observance of contest criteria.
Halvorson, along with her husband and two daughters, had taken various trips around New Mexico, taking 100 photos for a previous contest based on celebrating the Centennial through pictures capturing 100 years of history.
She figured she had all those photos and might as well submit some for the True Story contest, Halvorson said.
Now, it comes down to the votes in hopes of winning the $5,000 Grand Prize.
“We’d probably travel more,” Halvorson said when asked what she would do if she won the prize money. “I’d like to go back to some of the places we visited and really spend time there.”
Her eldest daughter, Shilo, 22, keeps asking to go back to Red River to camp again. Husband, John, and younger daughter, Shelby, 17, won’t complain about more traveling either.
But again, the important thing is to acquire votes. Anyone who is a legal U.S. resident over the age of 18 can vote. To register go to newmexico.org and click “New Mexico True Stories.” Select “Create an Account,” and after creating a username and password, individuals can vote once a day for their favorite entrant.
The Grand Prize Winner will be declared based on whoever receives the most votes during the Grand Prize Voting Period, which ends Aug. 18.