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Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers

Upcoming events

    • 10/01/2023
    • 6:00 AM
    • 10/28/2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Continental United States

    Sponsor: Ron McConathy,, 865-387-8673 (mobile)

    Continental United States

    Date & Time:
    Any day from October 1 through October 28, 2023.

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

    Purpose of this Challenge:  Make a photograph where the subject is a small part of the image and yet is obviously still the subject of the image. Examples:

    • A picture of a tree with a bird perched in it, instead of a closeup picture of a bird sitting on a branch (see specific example)
    • A field with deer in it, instead of a closeup photo of the deer standing in a field (see specific example)
    • A mostly out-of-focus photo with a small, sharp subject placed in the frame (see specific example).  

    In other words, the subject’s environment in the image’s frame is as important as or more important than the subject and indicates the environment in which the subject resides. Example photos are shown at  Some of the photography of Belgian wildlife photographer Michel d’Oultremont inspired this Photo Challenge.

    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 allowed. :))
    • Lens focal length: Only lens focal lengths from 12 to 300 mm may be used (35mm equivalent focal lengths). Macro lenses are allowed.
    • 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: Focus stacking and HDR are allowed.

    Processing Technique Specifications: Combining elements from multiple images is not allowed.

    Entering Challenge Images for Judging

    Entries must be received between Oct. 29 and Nov. 4 at midnight. 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)
    • 202311 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

Past events

09/26/2023 September SANP Club 2023 Meeting
09/09/2023 32nd Annual Cherokee Fall Festival
08/29/2023 August Club 2023 Meeting
08/05/2023 2023 August Photo Challenge - Members Only
06/27/2023 June Meeting: How Judges View Images in a Contest
06/25/2023 Upper Piney Falls, Lower Piney Falls & Stinging Fork Falls
06/16/2023 Gregory Bald for the Azaleas
06/10/2023 Intentional Camera Movement Field Event - Members Only
06/04/2023 Ramsey Cascades Is Open, Let's Go
05/28/2023 Cades Cove Morning Walk
05/23/2023 May Club Meeting featuring Steve Zigler
05/17/2023 TVA Wetlands and Whatever Is Out
04/29/2023 Midnight Hole, The Cathedral, and Mouse Creek Falls
04/25/2023 April Club Meeting featuring Sharon Wright Cottrell
04/17/2023 PHOTOSHOP CREATIVITY Virtual Summit
04/07/2023 Something Different in Cades Cove
04/01/2023 2023 May Photo Challenge - Members Only
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
10/08/2022 Oconaluftee Elk in the Evening
10/08/2022 Cataloochee Elk in 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
04/09/2022 Wildflowers at Frozen Head -- cancelled
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       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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