Please note the Rules for the 2022 Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest have changed.

There are six Categories for photo submissions:
  • Kids at Balloon Fiesta
  • Dawn Patrol/Balloon Glow
  • Mass Ascension
  • Special Shape Rodeo
  • AfterGlow Fireworks
  • Digital Art
Official Entry Rules
  • All entries must be submitted on-line
  • All entries are to be accompanied with a $10 entry fee
  • All entries must be a JPEG image with a maximum size of 5 megabytes.
  • We are now allowing more than one entry per category per person! You can enter as many photos as you wish.
  • Photographs MUST be taken from October 1st through 9th, 2022.  Photographs may be of any of the above categories related to the 2022 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
  • Photo submissions will be accepted October 1st through October 31st.
  • Photographs must be taken and owned by entrant.
  • Entrants retain the copyright to the photos, but grant unlimited and non-exclusive rights to AIBF to use the photo in any manner.
  • Photos may have minor digital enhancements to correct color, exposure, and cropping or to change file format.
  • Entries that have been created digitally or heavily edited that are uploaded into any category other than the "Digital Art" category, will be deleted and the fee will be forfeited. The decision of the judges concerning the acceptable amount of digital enhancement is final.
  • Any taxes applicable to the prizes are solely the responsibility of the winners.
  • AIBF employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.
  • AIBF contracted photographers are not eligible
  • Winners will be announced mid to late November.
Not to include Digital Art Category
  • Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000
  • First place winners from each category will each receive $500
  • Second place winners from each category will receive a 2022 Balloon Fiesta Jacket
  • Third place winners from each category will receive an Official Event Poster from the 2022 Balloon Fiesta.
 Digital Art Category Prize
  • $300 will be awarded to the winner of the Judges’ choice
  • This category is not eligible to be considered for the Grand Prize


The Photo Contest will be taking submissions from October 1 through October 31, 2022.