2014-15 Contest Information & Packet

This Year’s Theme: WATER

Water is a broad theme. It is an environmental issue and a theme that runs through all forms of popular culture, from books to myths to Hollywood and to international films. Water is about resources, and communities have a complexity of water issues. Water is also a universal symbol of power and strength or of change and is often present at turning points in a story. Since water is often a sign of life, many times water represents life. Water can also mean purity and cleansing.

(Water is the suggested theme this year, and please note, that the final contest judging will NOT be scored on the relevance of the theme, as it has years past.) 



Please refer to our Production and Submission Guidelines for the film specifications. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded monetarily in each of the following categories.


  • Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Comedy
  • Animation
  • Public Service Announcement (PSA)


Please refer to our Production and Submission Guidelines for the photography specifications. A single monetary prize will be awarded for each of the following categories, in addition to a few non-monetary Honorable Mention prizes.


  • Best Portrait
  • Best Landscape Image
  • Best Architectural Image
  • Best Street Photography Image
  • Best Animal Image
  • Most Original Image
  • Best Manipulated Image
  • Most Humorous Image
  • Best Image in Color
  • Best Image in Black and White


Friday, October 3, 2014 – Registration Deadline

Registration forms due. Please fill out the information on the form or email the requested information. Submit by fax, regular mail, or email.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – Monthly Contests Begin

The first monthly contest deadline is October 15th. Monthly contests continues each month through March 15, 2015. (Deadline is the 15th of each month.)

Friday, March 27, 2015 by 3pm – Contest Submissions Deadline

Film and Photography submissions are due by 3pm. Please read the contest submission sheet carefully for details and guidelines.

Send entry via mail or drop off in person:

Connie Schaekel
Community Relations Director
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.988.7050 x1210

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:00am – Awards Show

We will have our 9th Annual Future Voices of New Mexico Film and Photo Awards event at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The awards show is approximately 90 minutes and starts promptly at 10am. Please let Connie Schaekel at the Lensic know if you plan to attend. She can be reached at 505.988.7050 x1210