SdC NHA announces photo contest winner

ALAMOSA – The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) is pleased to announce Veronica “Annette” Martinez-Mascarenaz from Romeo as the winner of the 2017 photo contest.

The SdCNHA Board of Directors chose Veronica’s photograph of bighorn sheep near the Mogote area because the photograph represents the beauty of the natural rock formations and the diverse animals that locals and visitors can enjoy in the heritage area.

SdCNHA received 59 photo submissions for this year’s contest. Submissions came from all three counties in the heritage area, which includes Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla Counties. The winning photograph stood out to the board as the most memorable.

The board hopes to make the photo contest an annual event. Anyone interested in submitting for next year’s contest can visit the SdCNHA website to see this year’s contest information and guidelines. SdCNHA looks for photos that represent the lifestyle, history, culture, and unique beauty of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.

Meet Veronica and see her beautiful photograph at the upcoming fundraiser “A Celebration of Cultural Music” on April 22nd. The fundraiser will be held at the Knights of Columbus in Alamosa and starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets in advance are $25 or $35 at the door. All proceeds go toward the work of the heritage area for cultural preservation, natural resource protections, youth education and local student scholarships.

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Photo by Veronica “Annette” Martinez-Mascarenaz