Nancy Ann Hibbs Wins Quarterly Photo Contest

Los Alamos Arts Council Board President Shashi Charles, left, presents Daily Postcard winner Nancy Ann Hibbs her $100 prize Friday at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

The winning photo. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


Los Alamos Daily Post

Local photographer Nancy Ann Hibbs has done it again. She won the quarterly Daily Postcard contest for a second time.

She decided to take the $100 prize money and pay it forward. Hibbs donated the money to the Los Alamos Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals. She explained that she choose the Los Alamos Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals because her partner, Bob Travis, donated regularly to the organization through the LANL employee giving program.

As far as winning the prize a second time, Hibbs said, “It was very nice.”

Her winning photo was of Sandhill Cranes in flight at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. She described how she and Travis traveled at 3 a.m. to get to the refuge and when they arrived it was so cold they weren’t sure they would be able to get any shots.

“This particular image was felt to have the best composition and exposure and had a strong story of migrating cranes at dawn/dusk,” said TK Thompson, one of the contest judges.

Hibbs’ interest in photography began when she was a child. 

“My dad had a dark room in the bathroom growing up so I guess I got it from my dad,” Hibbs said in an earlier interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

She said she loves to take photographs of a variety of subjects.

“I take pictures of everything: people, plants, insects,” Hibbs said, adding that she enjoys submitting the photos as Daily Postcards and if she wins the quarterly contest, that is just icing on the cake.

The photo contest was started when Los Alamos residents Robert and Ann Wells established a fund at the Los Alamos Arts Council. The purpose of the fund is to award a prize of $100 to the photographer who submits the best photo of the quarter published in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Three independent judges select the quarterly winner without knowing the names of the entrants.