2018 NatureScapes ‘Clouds’ Competition Winners

First Place: Aguirre Spring by Tim Funk. Courtesy/NMMNH&S


Second Place: Hideaway by Max Woltman. NMMNH&S



ALBUQUERQUE The photos are in, the judging is complete, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is announcing the winners of this year’s Naturescapes photo competition.

This year, the theme was CLOUDS and photographers explored the entire state to find clouds everywhere. Congratulations to all the photographers who participated in the annual photo competition, NatureScapes.

This year, the Museum received 142 entries. Of those, the competition judges were able to select 30 photos that show clouds in many different forms and interpretations.

The winning 2018 NatureScapes photographs will be displayed Oct. 20 through Jan. 27.  


  • First Place: Aguirre Spring (Tim Funk)
  • Second Place: Hideaway (Max Woltman)
  • Honorable Mention: Watching the Moon Rise (Paul Zeigler)

Student Winners:

  • First Place: Retreating Storm, Standing Bow (Vera Berger)
  • Second Place: Clouds and Ancients (Leo Unzicker)
  • Honorable Mention: Fences Can’t Keep Out Flames (Colin Ross)

This annual photo competition celebrates nature through the art of photography, to inspire a greater appreciation and understanding of the natural world.

Prizes will be awarded 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, during the exhibit opening and members preview.

About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org. Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year’s day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, 505.841.2800. Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other  divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org.