Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame

Second Annual NMJC / Western Heritage Museum Photography Show

3/13/2008 12:20:56 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The Western Heritage Museum Complex invites students, faculty and staff of NMJC and the Hobbs High School to participate in their 2nd Annual Photography Show. To participate in this show, you must be a student of NMJC or Hobbs High School, or you must be part of the staff or faculty at either school. School identification may be requested by photo show staff on receipt of an entered image.

Entries will be accepted beginning April 1st through April 8th with the opening scheduled for Saturday April 12th. There is an entry fee of $3.00 per photograph required and a limit of three entries per photographer.

There will be six categories in two divisions. First place, second place, and third place will be awarded in each category for both Novice and Master divisions. A People's Choice Award will also be awarded. A distinguished panel of judges will decide the winners by a blind point system

Images entered in this competition may use minimal and basic image alterations only. For example: sharpening, selective blur, black and white conversions, color saturation and refinement, and cropping of an image are allowed for all images entered in any category. Adding elements to images, replacing skies, removing elements from an image, any changing of colors, any other computer manipulation significantly altering the normal appearance of an image will only be accepted for images entered in the "Computer Manipulated" category.

Awards will be presented and an auction held for entries placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each division, and for the People's Choice winner on Saturday May 3rd, 2008 at 7:00 PM in the Western Heritage Museum Theatre. Best of Show winner will be displayed in the Museum for a year, until the next year's Photography Show when it may then be offered for sale at auction if the photographer so desires. Images not placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, People's Choice, or Best of Show will not be eligible for the auction.

The People's Choice Award will be decided by votes cast by photo show patrons who come to view the show beginning Saturday April 12, 2008 and ending Thursday May 1, 2008. Each patron may cast one vote for People's Choice award. There will be only one People's Choice winner selected from all entered images.

All entries must be in a simple black frame with a hanging wire and not to exceed 14" X 18" including matting. Matting may not be greater than 3" on any side, and must be plain white in color. There may not be any glass or plexi-glass in the frame. The photographer cannot be identified on the front of the image. A completed entry form must be affixed to the back of each entry.

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About Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame

A prehistoric sea. Rich grasslands. Millions of buffalo. Ancient Indian tribes. The Great American Desert. Ranchers and homesteaders. World champion cowboys. The discovery of oil!

From the ancient, prehistoric sea that once covered the Permian Basin to the rugged individuals who tamed the Llano Estacado, or “staked plains,” the unique and colorful spirit of the timeless land of southern New Mexico can be explored fully at the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame in Hobbs.

The museum's exhibits strikingly depict the vast region's fascinating background. As the largest non-mountainous land formation in North America, the Llano Estacado covers an area larger than the combined states of Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Throughout the centuries, this expansive area was comprised of rich grasslands that supported life for millions of buffalo, as well as a number of Native American peoples.

Long known as “The Great American Desert, ” the Llano Estacado was avoided by Europeans for centuries. It wasn't until the 1880s that bison hunters discovered the La Pista de Vida Agua, or Trail of Living Waters, which ran across northern Lea County. From that point on, the area underwent extensive exploration by the legendary Buffalo Soldiers and others.

Such efforts of early explorers convinced some that there was enough water to sustain livestock—if one was lucky enough to gain control of the few springs and lakes in the region. However, with the advent of the windmill, which pumped life-giving water from far below the surface, life on the Llano Estacado was changed forever. Now, enterprising homesteaders, cowboys, and ranchers were able to move onto the seemingly inhospitable rangelands to begin staking a future for themselves and their families.

As these hearty pioneers slowly began to tame the region, one last secret was discovered deep within the bosom of the Llano Estacado: oil! And with this discovery, the face of the Llano Estacado was to be transformed yet again. . .

Come discover for yourself the compelling history, the rugged men and women, and the rich traditions beautifully showcased in the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame in Hobbs!

Background: At approximately 29,000 square feet, the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame was completed late fall 2005 and opened January 14, 2006. In addition to offering world-class exhibits throughout the year that exemplify the diversity, beauty, and rich cultural traditions that have shaped the American Southwest, the Museum also serves as home to the renowned Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, which boasts more world champion cowboys than any other region in the world!

The Museum is located on the Lovington Highway (State Highway 18) between New Mexico Junior College and Lea Regional Hospital (and just past Zia Park Racetrack & Casino!). Come check out all the exciting new happenings around Hobbs!

Regular hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.

Adults - $3
Seniors (65+) - $2
Youth (6-18) - $2
Children 5 and under - Free

School groups from Lea County will be admitted free of charge.
School groups from outside the County will pay $1 admission fee.

Discounts will be offered to military, American Automotive Association (AAA), and groups of 10 or more.


For additional information contact:

Darrell Beauchamp – Exec. Dir. Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame
New Mexico Junior College
1 Thunderbird Circle
Hobbs, NM 88240