Each year, usually in February, SANP holds its nature photography competition, known affectionately as "the Salon," where members enter their photographs for critique and judging.
To participate in the yearly Salon, a member's dues must be current on December 31 of the previous year. For example, to enter the 2021 Salon, a member's dues for 2020 must have been paid by December 31, 2020. Submission details for the 2021 Salon will be announced as the entry date approaches.
Salon digital entries and digital versions of print entries when available are 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.
The Salon includes two main divisions with the listed categories, which are defined under "Projected Images" below. 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.
The Prints division contains two sub-divisions. Note: all entries in the print competition will be eligible to compete for Best of Show. Projected images will compete according to the conditions listed under Projected Images.
There are no categories in this division. Members may enter up to four black & white images. Subject matter of these images can be any of the subjects described under projected images below.
Note: The first place winners in the following three categories will not compete for Best of Show.
Please note: The following conditions apply to all photographs entered in all categories in all divisions:
Each SANP member may enter four (4) black & white prints, two (2) color prints per category (maximum 8), and two (2) projected images per category up to a total of 16.
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.
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. Note: 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 should be emailed to the salon email account, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filenames (not titles) of each entry should be in the following format:
last name_first name_category abbreviation_number.jpg
for example, Smith_John_PL_1.jpg
where the category abbreviation (e.g., PL above) is based on the following assigned abbreviations (usually the first two letters of the category name):
Plants – PL
No entry forms are needed for projected images. 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:
for example, Smith, John
After your submitted images are received by the projected images coordinator, an acknowledgement will be sent confirming receipt of your images. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 3 days after submission, contact the salon projected images coordinator (for 2021 the coordinator is Ed Stickle).
All images will be displayed on an sRGB 1400x1050 projector. If you are having challenges with this procedure, send an email to email@example.com or call the Salon coordinator.
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 that qualifies for judging may be given.
One “Best of Show” award will be selected from the first place winners from each category. All decisions of the judges are final.
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.
The People's Choice Award is usually selected at the Salon Dinner.