Competitions: The 2020 Committee is Jerry Kozel and Bonny Henderson

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Our upcoming competition is “Anything in the Kitchen” and the galleries will open at

4:00 pm on July 11. They will remain open for one week and will close on July 18 at 4:00 pm.

There is a three-year time limit. Take a photo of anything: patterns from floor, dishes,

cupboard; still life involving kitchen things; scene through the window into a kitchen; fancy

food on a plate; design /shadows with silverware; person in kitchen; restaurant kitchen; reflections from pans, knives. Play with light and composition.


"Anything in the tchen” will be judged by Felicia Trujillo of Food Seen in Raleigh. Felicia and her husband specialize in food photography and marketing tools and services. She has lived in the Raleigh area for five years after moving to North Carolina from Los Angeles. We are excited to be
working with her on this competition. Check out their website:

We had 50 entries for this competition-not as many as usual, but not a bad turnout either. A couple of people have asked whether our procedures have changed since we’re now doing online/Zoom competitions. Our submission process remains the same and our notification process hasn’t changed either. Those of us on the committee and a few others who work closely with competitions continue to submit our entries before the galleries open. The only thing that has really changed is the actual competition night. Everyone sees the entries on their own computers instead of the screen in the O’Neal auditorium. The judge joins the meeting by Zoom and the actual competition seems to take less time online than it does in
person. We’ve been very surprised and very pleased at how smoothly the competitions have adapted to Zoom meetings
and we’re glad we don’t have to suspend our activities.

We’re currently working on topics for 2022 and 2023. We’ll be publishing a list and asking members to vote for their choice of topics for upcoming competitions. The topics for 2021 have been selected, but the dates of each topic have not yet been assigned. Keep these topics in mind and we’ll let you know the dates soon. Topics for 2021 are: Open (3 year time limit), Seasides & Beaches (3 year time limit), Tools of the Trade (3 year time limit), Golden Hour or Blue Hour (3 year time limit), Industrial (3 year time limit), and Black & White or Sepia (no color and no time limit). More details will follow.

Susan Bailey is organizing a “mini” entitled Anything Water. This is your chance to be the judge and pick the winners! Members will submit their photos and all members will have the chance to vote for their favorites. Although we won’t be awarding any points or any ribbons, it’s a fun chance to practice your photography and stay sharp for future competitions. Thank you, Susan, for working hard to keep us all engaged while we’re distancing!

There are two remaining competitions in 2020. The topics are “Spontaneous Public Scenes” and “Less is More.” “Spontaneous Public Scenes” should capture spontaneous depictions of scenes as they unfold in public places. Examples include: people riding bicycles, sitting on a park bench, enjoying an ice cream cone, walking the dog, etc. “Less is More” will focus on one small key element and the rest of the composition is completely clutter free.

Don’t sit home and get moldy-get out and shoot some great photos!

Currently, due to the Covid 2019 situation, all competitions are virtual and held by Zoom Meetings. Attendance is  limited to members only.


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

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