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May 2024 Photo Challenge - Members Only

  • 05/04/2024
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
  • The Gupton Wetlands located in TVA's Lakeshore Park, Harriman, TN.


  • Only SANP club members may register.


Maximum Number of Participants (5 minimum for judging): No maximum.

Purpose of this Challenge:   To create photographs of nature subjects at the Gupton Wetlands. Emphasis should be placed on showing the animals, plants, or scenics as the main subject. Photographs can be made at this location any time on 4 May 2024 between sunrise and sunset. Shorebirds, waterfowl, and herons and egrets are common at this site. A paved walking trail stretches .75 miles along the edge of the wetlands. Photographers can also walk a mile along the power lines north of the paved trail. There are a number of websites listed when you search for Gupton Wetlands and they have additional information.

Directions from Knoxville: Take I-40 west to Exit 350 (Pine Ridge Rd., Harriman). At the end of the exit ramp turn left onto Pine Ridge Rd. At the traffic light turn left onto Highway 70. In about ½ mile, just past the Wholesale Supply Group business, turn left onto Swan Pond Road. Stay on Swan Pond Road for about 2.8 miles and the “TVA Wetland Viewing Area” gravel parking lot is on the right. Swan Pond Road, Harriman, TN 37748. (Viewing a GPS map could be very helpful while trying to find the parking lot.)

Challenge Procedure:  You must register for this challenge by 2 May 2024 if you want to submit images for judging. You will receive a registration confirmation. You may submit up to three images for judging, following the guidelines below for file naming, file size, and deadline. Before the images are posted to Zenfolio for judging, the Administrator will replace the Participant's name with an assigned Participant Number to help ensure image anonymity during the judging. If you have questions, contact Ron McConathy,

If a Participant wants his/her images displayed on Zenfolio but not judged, that can be stated in the email with the submissions.

Note: Challenge image submissions will be posted (anonymously until after judging) in a Challenge Gallery on the SANP Zenfolio website accessible to the public; winners will be displayed on SANP social media, the SANP website, and in the SANP Newsletter.

Equipment Specifications:

  • Camera: Any handheld type of camera is allowed. (Drones are allowed.)
  • Lens focal length: Only lens focal lengths from 12 to 500 mm may be used (35mm equivalent focal lengths). Macro lenses might be very useful.
  • Filters: Neutral density, polarizing, and closeup filters may be used.
  • Flash: On-camera or off-camera flash is allowed.
  • Tripod: Any tripod is allowed.
  • Cell Phone: Any cell phone is allowed.
  • Other: The photographer must get signed model releases from any people recognizable in a photograph.

Photography Technique Specifications: Images MUST be made by the photographer using a camera. No AI generated images are allowed.

Processing Technique Specifications: Images MUST be made by the photographer using a camera. No AI generated images are allowed.

Entering Challenge Images for Judging

Entries must be received by midnight, 11 May 2024. Participants may submit up to three JPEG digital image files (not over 4 MB each). The Participant’s copyright information and the image metadata must be embedded in the submitted image files.

Send your entries to Entries received late, too large, or not in the proper file name format will not be judged. If you want your images displayed on Zenfolio but not judged, state that when you submit the images.

Name the digital files in the following format:



  • SANPPC stands for ‘SANP Photography Challenge’ (do not change this)
  • 202405 is the year and month (month is always two digits)
  • a is the participant’s first entry (b = second entry, c = third entry)
  • A_Photographer is the photographer’s first initial and last name

Contacts:     Jerry Whaley, President       Julie Glibbery, Membership Manager       General Information

Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located near the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.
Mailing address: 1143 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Ste 107A-231, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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