New Mexico: Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest

One of the cool things to see from the Balloon Fiesta is all the photos and videos taken by attendees. Every year, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta holds a photo contest. This year, the Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest is sponsored by Canon.

The photo contest opens on Saturday, October 5. The link to submit is available: (NOTE: Contest link added on 10/15/19.)

Categories for photo submissions:

  • Kids at Balloon Fiesta Photo Entry
  • Dawn Patrol/Balloon Glow Photo Entry
  • Mass Ascension Photo Entry
  • Special Shape Rodeo Photo Entry
  • AfterGlow Fireworks Photo Entry

Official Entry Rules

  • All entries must be submitted on-line
  • All entries are subject to a $5 entry fee
  • All entries must be a JPEG image with a maximum size of 5 megabytes.
  • We are now allowing more than one entry per category per person! You can enter as many photos as you wish.
  • Photographs MUST be taken from October 5th through 13th, 2019.  Photographs may be of any of the above categories related to the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon.
  • Photo submissions will be accepted October 5th through October 31st.
  • Photographs must be taken and owned by entrant.  Entries become the property of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc. and AIBF will have free reproduction rights.
  • Photos must not be excessively processed or enhanced using chemical or digital post- processing techniques or software.
  • Any taxes applicable to the prizes are solely the responsibility of the winners.
  • AIBF employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.
  • Winners will be announced mid-November.


  • Grand Prize winner receives a Canon EOS RP RF 24-105mm camera with lens
  • First place winners in each category receive a Canon EOS M6(BK) camera
  • Second place winners in each category receive a 2019 Balloon Fiesta Jacket
  • Third place winners in each category receive an Official Event Poster from the 2019 Balloon Fiesta.

As a credentialed media blogger, I will not participate in the photo contest, but I will still be posting my photos through this website and Instagram.

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