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The long wait is finally over! After combing through thousands of submissions, Arizona Highways is pleased to announce the winners in our 14th Annual Photo Contest. Congratulations to our grand prize winner and runners-up. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest.

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Photographer: Nick Milotta

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The 2022 Arizona Wildlife Views Photo Contest is now underway! Submit your photos of Arizona wildlife until August 12.

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In Depth

Architecture is more than artful shelter. Architecture is culture, one of the most fundamental ways we express who we are. Architecture is our history, our mythology and our aspirations, all gathered up and mortared into physical presence. If it’s sometimes contradictory or confusing, well, how could it not be? Where is there a people in the 21st century whose culture is uncomplicated?

The long-running parade of “Spanish” architecture in Arizona is our quest for a cultural identity, and, yes, it’s confusing. And, in some quarters, controversial. Despite its ubiquity, most architects in Arizona today avoid it. Many critics disdain it. I was one of them. When I worked as an architecture critic for Tucson and Phoenix newspapers in the 1980s and ’90s, I thought it the architectural equivalent of pulp fiction and labeled the late 20th century version of it “Taco Deco.”

After living away from Arizona for more than 20 years, I returned to see if it felt any different.

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Photograph by Derek von Briesen

History, Nature & Culture

History

The Murphy family made many contributions to the development of Phoenix. Among other things, the family built part of the Arizona Canal, helped found the city of Glendale and...

The Ingleside Inn stands near Camelback Mountain in an undated photo.

Nature

Everything seemingly slows down during summer in Arizona, but super slow is the baseline speed for desert tortoises. In Arizona, you’ll find two native species of the gentle...

Photograph by Bruce D. Taubert

Culture

When the Yavapai and Tonto Apache tribes agreed in the early 1870s to give up the fight for their homeland and settle on the Rio Verde Reserve, they thought the worst was...

Illustrations by Davide Bonazzi

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