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Upcoming events

    • 04/01/2023
    • 12:00 AM
    • 04/30/2023
    • 11:59 PM
    • The May 2023 SANP Photo Challenge will be limited to the area east of Highway 111 from the Kentucky line to Highway 27 and east of Highway 27 in Chattanooga in East Tennessee (see map linked in the Challenge details).

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

    Purpose of this Challenge:  The purpose of this challenge is to photograph wildflower(s) in situ to create a pleasing photograph using only f-stops between f1.0 and f5.6. This will often result in only having a portion of the flower(s) in focus. Focus stacking (or similar) techniques will NOT be allowed.

    In recognition of the blooming of spring wildflowers in our area, the May 2023 SANP Photo Challenge is limited to the area east of Highway 111 from the Kentucky line to Highway 27 and east of Highway 27 in Chattanooga in East Tennessee (as shown in this map; note that the area east of the red line includes Fall Creek Falls State Park, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, and the Tennessee portion of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, but wildflowers located in any part of Tennessee east of the red line on the map are allowed).

    The subject must be a naturally occurring wildflower found growing in East Tennessee (no domestic flowers are allowed). (Refer to the book Wildflowers of Tennessee by Jack B. Carman if in doubt.) Date & Time: Any day from April 1 thru April 30, between sunrise and sunset.

    Challenge Procedure:  You must register for this challenge 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, at

    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 not allowed. :))
    • Lens focal length: Only lens focal lengths from 12 to 300 mm may be used (35mm equivalent focal lengths). Macro lenses will 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: Only f-stops between f1.0 and f5.6 can be used.

    Processing Technique Specifications: Focus stacking (or similar) techniques are NOT allowed.

    Entering Challenge Images for Judging

    Entries must be received by midnight, May 6, 2023. 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)
    • 202305 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
    • 04/17/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 04/20/2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • FREE online seminars with focus on the creativity side of Photoshop

    The Photoshop Creativity Virtual Summit

    Four days of FREE creative training

     from world-class Photoshop experts and artists


    APRIL 17 - 20

    19 Experts & Artists Teaching 36 Photoshop Classes
    Over 4 Days - FOR FREE

    Details at

    SANP is not a sponsor of this event.  While the seminars in this event may provide valid and beneficial training, SANP does not necessarily endorse any of the scheduled speakers.  This notice is provided only as a service to SANP members who may wish to participate.

Past events

03/30/2023 March Club Meeting
03/26/2023 Seven Islands Birds and More
03/05/2023 Cades Cove Spring Walk
02/28/2023 February 2023 Club Meeting featuring Nye Simmons
02/11/2023 February Photo Challenge - Members Only
02/04/2023 Early Morning Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Area
01/21/2023 SANP Print Image Salon, Annual Meeting & 30th Anniversary Celebration
12/17/2022 Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Area
11/29/2022 Nov Club Meeting featuring Cyndy B. Waters
11/05/2022 November 2022 SANP Photo Challenge
10/29/2022 Indian Flat Waterfalls GSMNP
10/25/2022 October 2022 Meeting - Kendall Chiles
10/15/2022 Cades Cove Early Morning
10/03/2022 DIY Mat and Print Assembly
09/27/2022 September Club Meeting - Featuring Ken Jenkins
08/30/2022 August 2022 Club Meeting
08/24/2022 How to Assemble Prints For Salon
08/20/2022 Heritage Center Greenway Powerhouse Trail
08/13/2022 Bears, Birds and Butterflies
08/07/2022 August Photo Challenge
07/26/2022 July Meeting - Speaker Steve Zigler
07/23/2022 Kyker Bottoms Adventure With Bob
07/16/2022 Birds, Flowers, Frogs and More
07/10/2022 Flowers of Cades Cove
07/04/2022 Sunflowers, Birds, Caterpillars, & Bees
07/02/2022 Heritage Center Greenway Powerhouse Trail
06/28/2022 June 2022 Club Meeting
06/25/2022 UPDATED Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald by the AT
05/31/2022 May Club Meeting
05/30/2022 Cades Cove Memorial Day
05/29/2022 TVA Wetlands and Whatever You May Find
05/28/2022 Rhododendron Creek Trail Cascades
05/07/2022 May Photo Challenge
04/29/2022 Florida Bird Trip
04/26/2022 Meeting April 26 at 7 PM, featuring Sharon Wright Cottrell
04/23/2022 Cades Cove Before Repaving II
04/16/2022 Wildflowers at Frozen Head
04/02/2022 Porters Creek Trail Wildflowers
03/26/2022 Cades Cove in the Spring
03/22/2022 Club Meeting Event
03/19/2022 TVA Wetlands and Whatever You May Find In March
03/05/2022 Eagles at Douglas Dam
03/05/2022 Heritage Center Greenway Powerhouse Trail
02/27/2022 Eagles at Douglas Dam CANCELED
02/26/2022 Cades Cove Pre-Spring
02/22/2022 February Club Meeting
02/05/2022 February Photo Challenge
01/25/2022 January 2022 Meeting
01/10/2022 2022 Digital Image Salon Entries
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)(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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