Competitions: The 2022 Committee is Jerry Kozel and Bonny Henderson

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Our last competition of 2022 will be held this month. “Round Things” is the topic and the winners will be chosen by the members of SPC. An email will be sent which will provide links and directions for voting. All members are encouraged to participate in the voting and the winners will be announced at the Holiday Dinner.


The Stoffel Award winners will also be announced at the dinner. The member who scores the most competition points for the year in each tier will win the award. The award is named after Bill Stoffel, a photography enthusiast and photography professor, who founded the Sandhills Photography Club in 1983. For more information and to see a list of previous winners, visit the website, choose “About Us,” and then go to “Board Members.” On the right hand side, you will see a picture of Bill and a link to previous award winners.


Just a reminder that our first competition of 2023 will be held in February. The topic will be “Open” which means you are free to choose the subject of your image. There will be a 3 year deadline and all metadata must be included. Your images may be black and white or color. We usually receive a large number of entries for the Open topic, so we may have to limit the number of entries. We are looking at options such as one entry per person or accepting two images only from the first 20 participants. We have not yet decided how to keep the number of entries to a manageable amount, but we will announce any entry changes before the galleries open. It is important to us that we not overwhelm the judge with an exceedingly large number of images; thus, the limiting of entries.


Also, if you have not paid your 2023 dues, you will not be allowed to participate in the February competition. The galleries will open on January 14, so make sure your dues are paid before that date


As always, if you have questions or any difficulties entering, feel free to contact us at:

Happy shooting!
Bonny & Jerry


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 2023 Competition Schedule for more details, and the most recent Newsletter for current competition information.  Competition Manual

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


 2024 Competition Topics:

Shapes and Patterns, Worm’s Eye View (Get low), Go With the Flow (Moving water), Close-Up Abstract, and Rows of Things

PLEASE NOTE: The Competition Manual was last revised September 2, 2020. 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 

2022 Submission Dates

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

2022 Competition Topics

February - Black & White

April - Faces

June - Abandoned/Decay

August - Arches

October- Long Exposure

December - Round Things

2023 Submission Dates

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

2023 Competition Topics

February - Open

April - Solitude

June - Leading Lines

August - Animals on the Move

October- Something Involving Water

December - Sports