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Competitions: The 2020 Committee is Jerry Kozel and Bonny Henderson

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Happy New Year! Lots of “new” going on-a new year, a new Competition Committee, and a new competition! The topic for the February ompetition is Anything Old. Just as it says, the subject can be anything that gives the sense of being old.There is no time limit on this competition and please keep your titles short without exclamation points or hyphens. One or two images may be submitted. The judge for this competition is Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo in Fuquay-Varina (

Also new this year are the competition classes: Tiers 1, 2, & 3. Class A, Class B, and Class C will no longer exist. Tier 1: Members with little or no experience in photography and/or who are new to competitions.


Tier 1 members will be moved into Tier 2 when they have accumulated 15 award points in competitions. Members who are currently in Class B will now be in Tier 1.

Tier 2: Members who have advanced through Tier 1 or for new members who have already had prior photography experience and elect to be in Tier 2. Tier 2 members will advance to Tier 3 when they have accumulated 40 award points in competitions. Members who are currently in Class A will now be in Tier 2.

Tier 3: Members who have advanced through Tier 2 by accumulating 40 points in competitions. There are 15 members who have been awarded 40+ points and we will notify these members by email in the next few days. Post-processing is no longer restricted, and members are free to do as little or as much editing to make the image express the member’s vision for the finished image. Members can use specialized cameras (infrared, ultraviolet, microscope, telescope, x-ray, electron beam, or any electro-optical device). Members can only use their own photos when merging multiple images and the subject photo must be within the time frame for that competition. Use of textures, frames, borders, which are part of editing software, taken by the photographer, or acquired with permission are allowed, but images taken from other sources that were created by someone else are not allowed. You must still include in your metadata the date the photo was taken or your photo will not be accepted.

The April competition is Dominant Yellow. The next competition is Dominant Yellow and this challenge is all about the bright beautiful color called yellow. The subject can be anything-a portrait, landscape, detail, or an object. The dominance of the yellow color in the composition is important. It can be found all around from clothes to plants to signs or even company logos.




The galleries will open at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 14 and will remain open until 4:00 pm on Saturday March 21. The links for entering your images will be emailed around March 11 so be on the lookout!

If you have any questions regarding competitions, please email us at Happy shooting and good luck in the upcoming competition!

Dominant Yellow!


The Club holds photography competitions for its members throughout the year on assigned topics. This provides an opportunity for members to continuously improve their photographic skills and compare their results with fellow photographers. The competitions are also designed to encourage newer photographers with less elaborate equipment to participate with an equal opportunity for winning.

Competitions are held every other month from February to October. We also hold an online competition in November, as well. Currently all competitions are digital.

See the Club Calendar for the general schedule and the 2020 Competition Schedule for more details, and the most recent Newsletter for current competition information. 2020 Competition Manual

Deadlines for entering competitions are by 4:00 pm on ending  dates:


Preliminary 2021 Competition Topics: Open, Seaside & Beaches, Tools of the Trade, Golden Hour or Blue Hour, Black & White or Sepia, Industrial

PLEASE NOTE: The Competition Manual was last revised September 12, 2019. Please review it for details on how to participate in club competitions. 


To compete in the Sandhills Photography Club  Competitions you must rename the image file.


THIS IS REQUIRED: Please Change the file name to:  Comp_Class_Last Name_First Name_Title


For SmugMug entries, there is no other way to identify who the image belongs to. Please note, it is required by the competition manual for both email and SmugMug entries.

You must also include the metadata in the picture including the part that shows when the picture was taken. 


Post processing software that it used to prepare the picture for the competition does not always include all of the original metadata when the photo is converted to a jpg, exported, etc. In most software it is configurable as to how much is included in the exported photo (for example in commercial work you probably don't want to include everything in the photos you sell). 


With a Windows PC or a Mac it is easy to check the jpg before you upload it to ensure that the metadata is present and includes the date taken. Instructions for a Windows PC are here. Instructions for a MAC are here


If you aren't using a PC or a MAC there is a web site will check your photo and show you the metadata that is present. The link to the web site is Jeffrey Friedl's Image Metadata Viewer 

2020 Submission Dates

The Second Saturday of the month before the competition. I.E. January, March, May, July, September, November

2020 Competition Topics

February - Anything Old

April - Dominant Yellow

June - 25 Mile Radius

August - What's in the Kitchen

October- Spontaneous Public Scenes

December - Less is More