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2021 GNPA FALL SMOKIES PHOTO COMPETITION WINNERS

2021 GNPA FALL SMOKIES PHOTO COMPETITION WINNERS

2021 GNPA FALL SMOKIES PHOTO COMPETITION WINNERS

Submitting Your Work for “Judging”

It’s thrilling to have an image exhibited for viewers to celebrate. Being juried into a competition show is a highlight for all of us.

Submitting your work for “judging” can also be a great opportunity to review your own work with an objective eye, grow your self-critique skills, learn from constructive feedback, and plan for future shoots.

So… How exactly do you choose which competitions to enter and which images to submit?

A great place to start is the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) list the 12 key criteria used to select the “merit” images in its annual competition. While not specific to nature photography, this article’s recommendations are still relevant to whatever you shoot. [https://www.ppa.com/events/photo-competitions/ipc-international-photographic-competition-overview/the-12-elements-of-a-merit-image]

It’s also enlightening to follow the blog of professionals you know and whose work you respect, to better understand how they approach and compose their images. Many share fantastic tips and techniques that will help the next time you capture them.

Recommended Sites to Explore

North America Nature Photography Association (NANPA)

David Akoubian

John Gerlach

Rick Sammon

Charlotte Gibb

Joyce Dumas

Kathleen Clemons

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7th Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps Exhibit and Competition

7th Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps Exhibit and Competition

Don’t miss your chance, submit your entries today, Jan. 14th by 10:00pm!!!

The Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association is once again hosting our successful “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps”. This annual competition began as our humble way to pay tribute to the legendary Ansel Adams.  It has grown each year with not only more participating photographers but with the tremendous quality and quantity of the work submitted.

Another BIG year is planned for 2022!

The 7th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” photographic competition will return to The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning a 10-week exhibition. This year’s exhibit will run from February 19th until April 30th, 2022, in The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning, Promenade & Georgia Galley.

GNPA members have demonstrated their excellent creative work and continue to submit wonderful photographs each year to honor Ansel Adams.

Eligibility & Restrictions

You must be a current GNPA member.

No restrictions on geographic location or when the photograph was taken. Each photograph must have an identification label on the back and no identification of the photographer on the front. Entries may NOT have placed in any previous competition.

Not a member? Join now

 

Amateur Photographer Divisions

This competition is strictly for amateur photographers!  NO professional photographers regardless of discipline; portrait, nature, wedding, event, commercial, etc.  We use the HONOR SYSTEM as to a photographer’s division choice and status as an Amateur, please observe the criteria and do not abuse. We strive to keep the divisions as level a playing field as possible for our members.

For this competition: Anyone who is certified with a degree or certification in photography or who earns more than $5,000 in a year with their photography, shall be considered a Professional and may NOT participate.

Key Dates

January 14 @ 10:00 pm: Deadline to Submit Digital Images
January 17 @ 10:00 pm: Acceptance Notification into Exhibition by email
Feb 8 – Feb 12 (10am – 4:30pm): Delivery to the Hudgens
February 19: Announcement of Winners and Judges’ comments
February 19 – April 30: Exhibit in The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning
May 3 – May 7 (10 am – 4:30 pm):  Members pick up work from Hudgens

Division Definitions:

Novice: A less experienced member, a beginner, who may or may not have competed and has never placed in any photographic competition. Not just GNPA competitions!

Enthusiast: A member with 3+ years as a photographer hobbyist.  May have competed in previous photographic competitions but has NOT placed in the top 3 or Best of Show awards in more than 1 or 2 photography competitions, not just GNPA competitions!

Advanced: NEW this year: A more experienced member who has PLACED in the top 3 or Best of Show awards in at least 3 or more photography competitions anywhere. Not just GNPA competitions!

NOTE: Any photographer has the OPTION to compete in a division above their experience level.  For example, a Novice member may choose to compete in either the Enthusiast or Advanced Division.

Entry Fees:  

Each entry is $10.00.  Maximum of 3 entries per a single Category or a maximum
total of 7 entries in 2 or more Categories.

TO PAY YOUR REGISTRATION FEE, LOG IN TO THE MEMBER SITE

We will have more than ribbons, certificates, and bragging rights!  A Best of Show will be awarded from across all categories. Each category will have a First, Second, and Third Place. Honorable Mention will be awarded at the discretion of our judge, up to 5 in each category.

Our Judge: We are incredibly pleased and fortunate to have Ron Rosenstock for the 2022 “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps”.

See a recent video hosted by Eric Bowles: Fine Art Back and White Photography with Ron Rosenstock

See his website: ronrosenstock.com

Here are important documents:

The instructions: 7th Ansel Adams Submission Framing Exhibition Instructions

The other required documents:

Recommended Professionals

Recommended Professionals

GNPA blogs regularly about photography and craft tips and techniques.  Take the time to explore articles and posts by some of these professional photographers recommended by GNPA members:

We also recommend following the blog, social media or YouTube channel of professionals you know and whose work you respect, to better understand how they approach and compose their images. Many share fantastic tips and techniques that will help the next time you capture.

We’ve listed a few of our top recommendations. Enjoy exploring!

David Akoubian

John Gerlach

Rick Sammon

Charlotte Gibb

Joyce Dumas

Kathleen Clemons

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