9 of the most beautiful photos from the 2019 Albuquerque Balloon Festival

It is one of the world’s most photographed events, and for good reason. Every October for over four decades, the Albuquerque Balloon Festival has painted the New Mexico landscape a myriad of colours and shapes, and this year is no exception. 

Photographers, hot air balloon enthusiasts and those with an appreciation for the spectacular all gather in the brisk autumn air to enjoy the otherworldly beauty of the main event – the Mass Ascension. Here, over 500 hot air balloons ascend almost simultaneously, whilst thousands gather to cheer on the pilots.

Taking place this year from October 5th – 13th, these are some of our favourite snaps from this year’s festival…

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Albuquerque Outside Magazine 🏔 (@abqoutside) on Oct 8, 2019 at 9:32pm PDT

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A post shared by Holmes On Wheels (@holmesonwheels) on Oct 8, 2019 at 10:47am PDT

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A post shared by Capture_The_Love (@capture_the_love_photography) on Oct 8, 2019 at 8:58pm PDT

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A post shared by Joseph Mesite (@joe.the.eskimo) on Oct 8, 2019 at 5:54pm PDT

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A post shared by Zach Harper (@zachjharper) on Oct 8, 2019 at 5:42pm PDT

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A post shared by Visit Albuquerque (@visitabq) on Oct 8, 2019 at 9:33am PDT

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A post shared by Visit Albuquerque (@visitabq) on Oct 7, 2019 at 11:06am PDT

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A post shared by New Mexico Life (@newmexico_life) on Oct 7, 2019 at 4:35pm PDT

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A post shared by Mary Lee (@maryleetrafalgar) on Oct 6, 2019 at 6:50am PDT

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To see more from this year’s Albuquerque Balloon Festival, follow @balloonfiesta on Instagram or check out the hashtag #albuquerqueintenationalballoonfiesta.

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