2023 Art Winner: Lisa Benham

2024 Festival Art Contest is now open!

Submissions due by June 30th


Friends is calling for sandhill crane artwork in any medium: paintings, digital, printmaking, mixed media, two or three-dimensional art, photography, as well as any other. Photographs can be unaltered originals or edited. Friends also offer a free Expo booth or table during Festival, where the featured artist of the year can sell their artwork, from postcards to originals. 

Art requirements:

  • Send a medium jpeg file – size to 1-5 MB.
  • Upon winning, the applicant will be asked to send a high-resolution file of at least 300 dpi.

Friends will keep all art submissions for future consideration. Because the brochure is printed in a traditional vertical/portrait (8.5″ x 11″) format, all submissions must be able to fill that space; however, please do not be discouraged from sending us your art if you do not know how to make it fit. We can help. We design the brochure cover and have experience with art of all shapes and sizes. A brochure cover mockup is not necessary for art submission.

By entering your artwork, you are providing Friends non-exclusive “right of use” including edited versions for promotional and commercial activities. Friends typically sells merchandise featuring the cover art during the Festival that the contestant won, as well as the following year, until products have sold out.

Friends may publish artwork that did not win the contest on the website and publications. This artwork will not be used on merchandise. All artwork will credit the artist.


Terms and Conditions

  1. Artworks will be accepted only from the original artist.
  2. Artist must be the sole author and the owner of the copyright for all art entered.
  3. Artists retain ownership of all copyrights. However, by submitting art for entry in this contest, you automatically give the Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge permission and rights to store, display, and use the image, its thumbnails, and your name as the artist, indefinitely in any non-commercial media without notification or compensation.
  4. Each artist may submit up to 15 entries.
  5. The Art Contest is free to enter.


By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules and Procedures, the Terms and Conditions on use of images, and the decisions of the sponsors and judges, which are final and binding on all matters.  This Contest is void where prohibited and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.


By participating, entrants release the Friends of the Bosque, Bosque del Apache, the City of Socorro and the Contest partners and sponsors, their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and their agents, respective officers, directors, employees, Friends of Bosque del Apache Volunteers, agents from any and all liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in the Contest or any prize awarded.


By completing the art entry form on the web and submission to the Contest, you agree and accept the Contest Terms and Conditions, the General clause, and Release clause.



















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