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, your membership dues must be current on December 31 of the previous year. For example, to enter the 2022 Salon, your dues must be current on December 31, 2021.
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 normally includes two main divisions with the listed categories, which are defined under "Digital Images" below. The 2021 Salon had only the Digital Division. In future salons, once life is back to normal, print competitions will resume.
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.
Digital images will be accepted in the eight categories listed below. Note that the conditions listed below apply to all photographs entered in this competition. The first place winners from the categories below will 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 a maximum of twelve (12) digital images for the color categories and two (2) images for the Black and White category. The maximum number of photographs that can be entered in any category is two (2).
Digital images should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The format of file names for digital images is used by smart filters in Lightroom to streamline grouping images into categories for judging. Also, the image title and creator imbedded in the file's IPTC metadata are used to automatically create a score sheet for judging. Your help in following the format specified below is appreciated. 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 digital 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, John Smith
After your submitted images are received by the digital 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 a Full HD monitor (1920 x 1080) with an sRGB color space. Images should be resized to fit within these dimensions before they are submitted. If you need any assistance with this procedure, send an email to email@example.com or call Ed Stickle at 865.405.8143.
A team of independent judges will judge the digital images. At the judges’ discretion, first, second, third, and honorable mention placements for each category in a division that qualifies for judging may be given. All decisions of the judges are final.
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, but for 2021, the year without a Salon dinner, there was no People's Choice Award. Hopefully 2021 will be different!