While there were no local winners this year, there are still some stunning images chosen in the 2011 National Historic Landmark photo contest.
This year’s winning image is of Pecos Pueblo, located south of Pecos, N.M. The photo was taken by Eric Vondy of Phoenix.
The site’s real history is legendary. Led by an Indian guide called “The Turk,” famous Spanish explorer Coronado and his men set out from this pueblo to search for Quivira, one of the legendary “Seven Cities of Gold.” Abandoned in 1838, today the site, east of Santa Fe, is managed by Pecos National Historical Park.
National historic landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States, said a National Park Service news release. A national historic landmark may be a historic building, site, structure, object, or district.
Last year’s contest was won by Matt Bell of Lacey with a photo of Myrtle Falls at Mount Rainier National Park.
See the winning images by clicking here.