SANP 2017 Salon

Please note: Rules for the 2018 Salon are changing from the 2017 Rules shown below. The new Salon rules will be posted during the fall. The special nature category for 2018 is shown in the box below.

View SANP 2017 Salon winners and entries.

Links to Salon Documents

Special Nature Category 2018

Atmospherics, where the image is primarily of a naturally occurring phenomenon that is viewed through or in the atmosphere. Note: humans or manmade objects can be included but must not be the primary subject.

Each year, usually in February, SANP holds its nature photography competition, known affectionately as the "Salon," where members enter their photographs in one of two photographer classifications for critique and judging.

Any SANP member with yearly dues paid by the end of the previous year may submit images to the Salon. Submission of images generally occurs during the second and third weeks of January (specific dates and locations for submissions are announced in the club newsletter and posted on the website).

Salon digital entries are generally posted on the SANP Zenfolio gallery and may be used on the club website or in the monthly newsletter. If you do not want your digital entries used on the website or in the newsletter, please add the statement Do Not Display to the metadata on each image.

Divisions and Categories

The Salon includes three divisions with the listed categories, which are defined under "Projected Images." Note that if any category does not have the requisite number of entries or photographers, that category will be combined with another, per information contained under "Qualifications for Judging" below.

  • Black & White Prints
    • Scenic
    • Travel and Place
    • Miscellaneous
  • Color Prints
    • Scenic
    • Wildlife
    • Plants
    • Travel and Place
    • Special Nature (2017: Reflections)
  • Projected Images
    • Scenic — where the scene is the dominant subject (e.g., streams, sunsets, waterfalls, seascapes, landscapes, cloudscapes, skyscapes)
    • Wildlife — live mammals, birds, insects, lizards, turtles, fish, etc., where the animal is clearly the subject of the photograph. Wildlife subjects in controlled conditions are allowed, but common pets and domesticated animals are not allowed.
    • Plants — where the plant is the dominant subject (e.g., wildflowers, ferns, mushrooms, fungi, mosses, trees, etc.), whether macro or standard photograph.
    • Travel & Place — where images express the joys and adventures of travel photography, showcasing place as an important part of the photo. Like the Scenic category, this category can include landscapes, seascapes, etc., but it must also include people, manmade objects, or other subjects you might encounter while traveling. The main emphasis for photos in this category is that they express a sense of place. (Note: The first place winner in this category will not compete for Best of Show.)
    • Altered Nature — includes images depicting nature, but they have been recognizably altered so that they no longer resemble nature as the eye would see it. The alterations made might include the use of in-camera techniques (such as movement during exposure), creative lens filters, camera setting (such as drastically changing the white balance setting), or an image editing program. The intent of this category is to show the photographer’s creative/artistic depiction of an altered reality.
    • Special Nature — The topic of this category, which changes each year, is announced several months in advance of the Salon. For the 2017 SANP Salon, this category’s topic is Reflections, where the image must include a reflection. Note: No manmade objects are allowed.


Please note: The following conditions apply to all photographs entered in all categories in all divisions:

  1. All entries must be nature photographs. The photograph’s main subject cannot be people, architecture, museum exhibits, trains, cars, common pets and domesticated animals, or other subjects that do not inherently occur in nature. These conditions do not apply to the Travel & Place category.
  2. For all categories, except Travel & Place, any evidence of man or his creations, when included, should not be the main focal point of the image, but an incidental part of it.
  3. An individual cannot enter the same, or nearly identical, images in different divisions in a given year’s Salon. Images that have previously won first, second, third, or honorable mention awards in SANP Salon competitions are not eligible for entry in the current year’s Salon.
  4. Images submitted may be enhanced or changed using any of the tools available in a post-processing graphics editing program, except one cannot copy or significantly alter the primary subject or primary parts of the image in any way, nor can one import items from another image. High dynamic range (HDR), focus stacking, stitching, and other similar techniques are allowed. The intent of the original image must be maintained. (Note: The Altered Nature category may use any in-camera or post-processing techniques.)
  5. An entry’s acceptability will be determined by SANP Competition personnel, and decisions made are final. Acceptability is dependent on following all the rules and requirements as stated here.

Number of Entries

Each SANP member may enter a maximum of four (4) color prints, four (4) black & white prints, and eight (8) projected images. The maximum number of photographs that can be entered in any category of any division is two (2).


To help track entries during the judging, each photograph must have a title that does not include your name. Untitled entries will be given an alphanumeric title by Competition personnel.

Mounting Requirements for Prints

Prints must be sized between 80 square inches (minimum) and 252 square inches (maximum). (This maximum size is smaller than 16 x 20 inches). All prints must be mounted on a standard style mat board that is exactly 16 x 20 inches in size. Whether you use single or multiple mats, the mounting board must be 16 x 20 inches, and no adhesive may be exposed on the front, back, or edges of the mat boards.

The photographer’s name must not be visible on the photograph or mounting/mat board when the print is viewed. The supplied SANP print entry form must be completed and attached to the top right corner of the back of the 16- x 20-inch mount board. Photo titles must not appear on the front of the mount board. Prints not meeting these requirements will not be accepted for the competition.

Panorama images may be submitted in any category with the above dimension restrictions.

Note: Quality of mounting does influence the judges.

Projected Images

Projected images should be emailed to the current year's salon account; for example, the 2017 email is

Filenames (not titles) of each entry should be in the following format:

last name_first name_category_number
for example, Smith_John_Scenic_1

No entry forms are needed. Place an entry’s title (not file name) in the file’s IPTC metadata under Title/Document Title. Place the creator’s name in the file’s IPTC metadata under Creator/Author in the following format:

lastname, firstname
for example, Smith, John

All images will be displayed on an sRGB 1024x768 projector. If you are having challenges with this procedure, contact the Salon coordinator.

Bald River Falls, Kendal Chiles Bald River Falls by Kendall Chiles, Honorable Mention, Scenic, 2016 Salon.


Teams of independent judges will judge projected images, color prints, and black & white prints. At the judges’ discretion, first, second, third, and honorable mention placements for each category in a division and classification that qualifies for judging may be given.

One “Best of Show” award will be selected in each division from the first place winners. All decisions of the judges are final.

Qualifications for Judging

A minimum of six entries and three participants will be required in a category of a division for judging. If there are fewer than six entries or three participants, the photographs will be grouped into a “Miscellaneous” or other appropriate category in that division for the judging. SANP Competition personnel will decide all category questions that arise.