Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers

Upcoming events

    • 01/10/2022
    • 01/23/2022
    • Submittal by email

    Entries are due by email from January 10 - 23.  Do not miss this annual opportunity to critically review your images and select the ones that you like for judging.  

    See for the details.  Also see the December Newsletter at

    Send your questions to
    or call Ron Sentell at 865-441-2937

    • 01/25/2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom video meeting - SANP club members do not need to register. Guests must register to receive the Zoom link in email.

    Join us on January 25th for our monthly club meeting at 7 PM. Our presenter is SANP member Frans DeRoos, who will be speaking to us on The Reality of Photography— My Personal Experiences. Out of an abundance of caution for potential health and weather concerns, our meeting will be on Zoom this month. Members are encouraged to join us at 6:45 PM for social time before the meeting.

    SANP members do not need to register to join the Zoom session. The link will be emailed to all members on Sunday, January 23. Guest who are not SANP club members and wish to join the Zoom session must register to receive the Zoom link via email. 

    Bio Frans DeRoos

    • 02/05/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Any ground-level outdoor location within a mile radius from the front door of the building where you live.

    Sponsor: Ron McConathy,, 865-387-8673 (mobile)
    Location: Any ground-level outdoor location within a mile radius from the front door of the building where you live.
    Time: Between 12 noon and 4pm
    Maximum Number of Participants (5 minimum for judging): No maximum.

    Purpose of this Challenge

    This TEST Challenge is designed to let all SANP members participate and to see how well this process works. Any applicable subjects allowed in the 2022 Salon can be photographed (see Salon 2022 for categories). The Challenge location was chosen to help those who might live in a predominately urban neighborhood find subjects to photograph. Winter makes this a difficult Challenge.

    Challenge Procedure

    You must register for this challenge if you want to submit images for judging. You will receive a registration confirmation. The day following the Challenge, those who registered will receive an email with a Participant Number to use in naming the three images prior to submitting them for judging. Submission information will be included in the email. (This Participant Number is used to help with image anonymity during the judging.) If you have questions, contact Ron McConathy,

    Note: Challenge image submissions will be posted 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.
    • Lens focal length: Only lens focal lengths from 24–60 mm may be used (35mm equivalent focal lengths).
    • Filters: Only polarizing filters may be used.
    • Flash: No flash.
    • Tripod: Any tripod is allowed.
    • Cell Phone: Any cell phone is allowed when NOT used with a wide angle or telephoto setting or attachment.
    • Other: None.
    • Photography Technique Specifications: None 
    • Processing Technique Specifications: None

    Entering Challenge Images for Judging

    Entries must be received by midnight, Saturday, February 12, 2022. 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.

    Name the digital files in the following format:

    • SANPPC stands for ‘SANP Photography Challenge’ (do not change this)
    • 202202 is the year and month (month is always two digits)
    • 01 is the assigned Participant number that each participant receives the day after the Challenge (for anonymity)
    • a is the participant’s first entry (b = second entry, c = third entry)

Past events

12/31/2021 Sunset with Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge
12/26/2021 Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Area
11/23/2021 November Club Meeting
10/26/2021 October Club Meeting with Ron McConathy
10/23/2021 Rhododendron Creek Trail Cascades in the Fall
10/13/2021 Focus Stacking Workshop--take 3
10/02/2021 Cataloochee, Elk, Palmer Chapel and Old Homes
09/30/2021 Focus Stacking Workshop--take 2
09/28/2021 September Meeting with Kendall Chiles
09/26/2021 Elk and a Sunset
09/23/2021 Hatfield Knob Elk Viewing Tower
09/11/2021 Sunrise from Clingmans Dome
08/31/2021 August Meeting with Roger Trentham
08/28/2021 Cades Cove Early Morning Visit
08/14/2021 Heritage Center Greenway Powerhouse Trail
08/07/2021 Sunrise from Clingmans Dome
07/31/2021 TVA Wetlands and Whatever You May Find
07/28/2021 Focus Stacking Workshop
07/27/2021 July Meeting with Mike Matthews
07/24/2021 Dragon Flies, Bees and Flowers,etc
07/17/2021 Sunflowers, Birds, Caterpillars, & Bees
07/09/2021 Milky Way Photography - Foothills Parkway
06/29/2021 June Meeting with David Swindler
06/19/2021 Rhododendron Creek Trail Cascades
06/12/2021 Lost Creek Falls, Fall Creek Falls plus, Twin Falls
05/25/2021 May Meeting with Darrell Gulin, a Canon Explorer's of Light
05/15/2021 Indian Flat Waterfalls GSMNP
05/08/2021 2 in 1, Sunrise at Luftee and Mingus Mill
05/01/2021 Mouse Creek Falls and Midnight Hole Waterfalls
04/27/2021 April 27 Meeting: Interpretive Photography In America’s National Parks
04/25/2021 Potluck Wildflowers
04/18/2021 Frozen Head Wildflowers
04/17/2021 Norris Dam Wildflowers
04/10/2021 Night Skyscapes Photography
03/30/2021 March 30 Meeting with Richard Bernabe
03/06/2021 What to do in March? Sunrise
02/23/2021 February 2021 Meeting--2021 Salon Reveal
02/20/2021 Little Pigeon River in Black & White
01/26/2021 January 26 Meeting Features Adam Jones
01/23/2021 Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Area
11/24/2020 SANP November Zoom Meeting with Tony Sweet
10/31/2020 Sunrise and Fall Foliage Event - Missing Link, Foothills Parkway, GSMNP
10/27/2020 October Club Meeting - Tim Grey Presentation: Workflow Tips for Lightroom Classic and Photoshop
10/24/2020 Morning on the Foothills Parkway and GSMNP
09/29/2020 September 29 Club Meeting
08/25/2020 August 25 Club Meeting

Contacts:     Ed Stickle, President       Brad Cottrell, Membership       Website (

Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers is a 501(c)6 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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