Salon digital entries and digital versions of print entries when available will be added to 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.
Divisions and Categories
The Salon normally includes two main divisions--Digital and Prints--with the categories defined below. Current plans include having both Digital and Print divisions for Salon 2022.
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.
Both digital images and prints will be accepted in the 15 categories listed below. Note that the conditions listed below apply to all photographs entered in this competition. The first place winners from each of the categories within a division will compete for a Best of Show award in that division.
- Scenic — Photos of landscape, scenery, sky, oceans, or lakes taken in any part of the world. The broad scene is the dominant subject of the image.
- Birds — Birds of all species. Birds in controlled conditions are allowed. Domesticated birds are NOT allowed.
- Large Wildlife — Photos of animals the size of a chipmunk or larger. Wildlife subjects in controlled conditions are allowed. Common pets and domesticated animals are NOT allowed.
- Small Wildlife — Insects, spiders, caterpillars, small reptiles, snails, crustaceans, and other organisms smaller than a chipmunk in a natural habitat. (Chipmunks, or similar-sized animals, should be submitted in this category.)
- Nature Close-up — A close-up nature photograph shows the detailed and intimate view of a small subject, or a small part of a larger subject, to reveal and examine significantly more detail than the human eye usually perceives. Rather than an expansive view, a close-up image often emphasizes the intricate details and textures to provide a closer perspective on the smaller characteristics of the subject.
- Plants — Images where the plant is the dominant subject, including plants, flowers, fungi, mosses, and lichens. Trees should be in this category if the tree itself, or a part of the tree, is the subject of the photo. Otherwise, trees as part of a landscape are in the scenic category.
- Night Photography — The capturing of nature outdoors at night (the period after sunset and before sunrise). The images can be a long exposure, time-lapse photography, light painting, or astrophotography. Cityscapes, or non-nature subjects, when they are dominant, are NOT allowed.
- People in Nature — Images that express the joys and adventures of people doing activities in the natural landscape. Like the Scenic category, these images can include landscapes, seascapes, etc., but must also have at least one person doing something in the outdoors. Manmade objects are allowed. Examples are photographs of people kayaking on a river, people hiking, or people mountain climbing.
- Abstracts in Nature — Images of the natural environment that push the boundaries of creative expression through photography. This category is for creative compositions made in-camera and in-nature without unusual computer processing or manipulations.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Nature photographs that are taken within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and meet the requirements of Salon categories 1 thru 9.
- Travel & Place 1 (travel images made anywhere in the world outside the region East of the Mississippi River inside the Continental United States) — Images that express the joys and adventures of travel, showcasing place as an essential part of the photo. Like the Scenic category, this category can include landscapes, seascapes, etc., but it must also include people, manmade objects, or other cultural subjects you might encounter while traveling. The main emphasis for photos in this category is that they express a sense of place.
- Travel & Place 2 (travel images made East of the Mississippi River inside the Continental United States) — Images that express the joys and adventures of travel, showcasing place as an essential part of the photo. Like the Scenic category, this category can include landscapes, seascapes, etc., but it must also include people, manmade objects, or other cultural subjects you might encounter while traveling. The main emphasis for photos in this category is that they express a sense of place in the above area.
- Black and White Wildlife — Conventional B&W and infrared B&W images of subjects that fall within the guidelines of only Salon categories 2 through 4 (the wildlife categories).
- Black and White Other — Conventional B&W and infrared B&W images of subjects that fall within the guidelines for any of the allowed Salon categories except 2 through 4 and 13.
- Panoramic Photography — Any nature or travel image with a minimum 2:1 aspect ratio. The photo should meet the guidelines for any of the allowed Salon categories 1 through 14. Resist going to the extreme on the long dimension. Prints must meet the same mounting and dimensional requirements as other print entries (see general guidelines).
Please note: The following conditions apply to all photographs entered in all categories in all divisions:
- All entries must be nature photographs, unless otherwise stated in the category description. The photograph’s main subject cannot be people, architecture, museum exhibits, trains, cars, common pets and domesticated animals, or other subjects that do not inherently occur in nature. These conditions do not apply to the Travel & Place and People in Nature categories, or occasionally to the Special Nature Category.
- For all categories, except Travel & Place 1 and 2 and People in Nature, any evidence of man or his creations, when included, should not be the main focal point of the image but an incidental part of it.
- An individual cannot enter the same, or nearly identical, images in different divisions in a given year’s Salon. Images that have previously won first, second, third, or honorable mention awards in SANP Salon competitions are not eligible for entry in the current year’s Salon.
- Images submitted may be enhanced or changed using any of the tools available in a post-processing graphics editing program, except one cannot copy or significantly alter the primary subject or primary parts of the image in any way, nor can one import items from another image. High dynamic range (HDR), focus stacking, stitching, and other similar techniques are allowed. The intent of the original image must be maintained.
- An entry’s acceptability will be determined by SANP Competition personnel, and decisions made are final. Acceptability is dependent on following all the rules and requirements as stated here.
Number of Entries
Each SANP member may enter a maximum of sixteen (16) digital images and sixteen (16) print images. The maximum number of photographs that can be entered in any category is two (2).
How to Submit Digital Images
Digital images should be emailed to email@example.com. 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 (either the first two letters of the category name or the first letter of each major word in a category name):
- Scenic – SC
- Birds – BI
- Large Wildlife – LW
- Small Wildlife – SW
- Nature Close-up – NC
Plants – PL
Night Photography – NP
- People in Nature – PN
- Abstracts in Nature – AN
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park – SM
- Travel & Place 1 – TP1
- Travel & Place 2 – TP2
- Black and White Wildlife – BWW
- Black and White Other – BWO
- Panoramic Photography – PP
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 (the 2022 coordinator will be announced).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Submit Print Images
Information on submitting print images will be added.
A team of independent judges will judge the digital images and 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. All decisions of the judges are final.
One “Best of Show” award per division will be selected from the first place winners from each category in that division. All decisions of the judges are final.
People's Choice Award
The People's Choice Award will be selected at the Salon Dinner.