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Published: 10/07/2015
Brenna Moore (505) 222-4349

The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Winner of #PictureABQ Photo Contest

The winner will redeem her prize—a hot air balloon ride for two—on Friday during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® Presented by Canon
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - (Oct. 7, 2015) The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) has announced the winner of its #PictureABQ photo contest. The 10-day contest encouraged entrants to submit photos that celebrated fall in Albuquerque and tag them with the #PictureABQ hashtag on Instagram and Twitter. The grand prize is a hot air balloon ride for the winner and a guest on Friday during the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. Entrants submitted hundreds of beautiful Albuquerque images-from stunning sunsets against the Sandia Mountains to inside views of hot air balloons.

"Fall is such a magical time of year in Albuquerque, and the #PictureABQ photo contest is a great way to showcase that beauty through the eyes of our residents and visitors," said Tania Armenta, Chief Operating & Marketing Officer for ACVB. "We received so many spectacular photos that it was very difficult for us to decide on a winner."

The ACVB judging committee announced the top 10 photos yesterday based on the official rules of the contest. The winning photo was submitted by Maddy Minnis (@mongobbq) and presents a beautiful representation of Albuquerque tradition, culture and fall atmosphere with a shot of Native American dancers (Hopi) at Balloon Fiesta. The contest runner-up, Jon Barnes (@barnes_of_the_jon_kind), showed an Albuquerque sunrise in a historic location with our iconic balloons decorating the background.

Other noteworthy photos that made the top 10:

• Inside of a hot air balloon by @bg1313bg
• The entrance at Historic Old Town by @apineapplejaunt
• Autumn colors in the Sandia Mountains by @swanwick_w
• Laser Light Show at Balloon Fiesta by @pollydo
• Colorful knit hat amongst the balloons by @godzidina
• View of the fall sunset from the top of the Sandias by @spen082
• Balloon gazing by @pollydo
• Yoda and Darth Vader balloons by @kristin.wheeler1

ACVB wishes to congratulate our winner and the noteworthy submissions and would like to thank the hundreds of entrants for their submissions during the contest.

Use of the #PictureABQ hashtag will continue through and beyond Balloon Fiesta, and many photos will be featured on and ACVB's social media channels throughout the year. Explore other great Albuquerque images on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #TrueABQ and #BalloonFiesta.

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