This is the Alpharetta Chapter’s first photo competition. It is open to all members of GNPA of all chapters. This competition will include a gallery show at the Alpharetta Arts Center including a reception.

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In order to make the competition much more inclusive of less experienced photographers, we have three classifications of entrants:

  • Student:This classification is open to middle, high school and college students in Alpharetta. These images will not have awards but the best of them will be hung at the Alpharetta Arts Center. You do not have to be a GNPA member to submit.
  • Novice:This classification is open only to photographers who have never won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any GNPA competition.
  • Experienced:This classification is for those who have won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any GNPA competition. Photos that have won in previous GNPA competitions are excluded from entry into this competition.

Each category will have a Novice and Experienced 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner


  1. Landscape…does not include macro but may include either grand landscapes or intimate landscapes
  2. Macro/Closeup…close ups of any natural subject (pets or domesticated animals are excluded). 1:1 is not required but images should represent extreme close-ups.
  3. Wildlife…photos of any non-domestic animals excluding macro.
  4. Fine Art…Images in this category will be more interpretive than photo realistic. You have full freedom to use any in camera or post capture processing techniques. Subjects may include any naturally occurring element.
  5. Conservation photography goes beyond ordinary landscape and wildlife photography, being instead that particular kind of evocative, emotion-laden photography that inspires action to protect and conserve the natural world. For example, conservation photos could include images of threatened and endangered species (as defined by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, see: Endangered species Or images illustrating habitat destruction and restoration. Each photograph is to include a narrative that explains the reason of the photographer for submitting that photo into this category. Conservation Photos must have been captured during 2018 and 2019 in Georgia or bordering states.

Any post processing tools are permitted but images should retain a natural appearance. The photographer must disclose if any content was added or deleted from the image as well as any photos of captive animals (add that information when you email your submission). All photos should be made following good ethical field practices for nature photography.

Submission Deadlines and Cost:

  • Entries Begin: Monday, October28TH , 2019
  • Entry deadline:  11:00pm Monday, December 2ND , 2019. 
  • Finalists will be notified if their picture is to be hung by Email on Dec. 13TH , 2019
    • Pictures must be received by January 6th 2020 to be hung
    • Finalists will be given instructions with their notification
  • There will be a reception at the Alpharetta Arts Center on Jan. 25TH 2020 from 5-7 PM
  • Winners will be announced on Jan. 25TH 2020 at the reception
  • You may enter up to 6 images but not more than 2 in any single category.

Submission guidelines: 

  • Submit entries electronically by 11:00pm Monday, December 2ND , 2019 to You must be a current GNPA member of any chapter at the time your entries are submitted unless you are a student .
  • No identification of the photographer may appear on the image itself. No watermarks, logos, etc…
  • In the “Experienced” classification, no images which have previously won any ribbon or award in a GNPA competition may be submitted.
  • Any aspect ratio is acceptable. Submitted images should be sized to 1200 pixels on the longest side, minimum of 96ppi. JPEG file format only for submissions.
  • Very important: Save a full resolution copy of your submitted image to use as the source for presentation in a slide show and critique if you are a winner.  You may add a watermark or copyright including your name to this full resolution file after saving the smaller version for submission.

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Naming should be as follows (follow these instructions carefully or your image may be disqualified):

Good luck to all