Competitions: The 2022 Committee is Jerry Kozel and Bonny Henderson

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Our Faces competition was held on April 11 live and via zoom. Our judge Dylan Ray did not attend, but his comments were read for each image. We had 57 entries and the images ran the gamut from babies to bronze statues. Congratulations to all the winners! Don’t forget to check out the images on the website or look for the winners on Facebook.


We are busy preparing for our next competition which will be held in June. The topic is Abandoned/Decay and the definition is: Capture the decline of a built environment or a natural object. Urban decay photography is defined as photographing dilapidated architecture, ie abandoned and rundown buildings. The dilapidated architecture may be in a town or in the countryside. Abandoned or dilapidated objects may also be photographed. Organic decay is the decomposition or rotting away of biological matter, such as plants or leaves. Photographs of urban decay or biological decay are acceptable. (3 year time limit) The galleries will open on May 14 and will close on May 21. The link with entry information will be emailed no later than May 12, so be on the look out for titling instructions and submission links. Our judge will be Greg Kiser of Charlotte who presented a program in 2020 entitled “Decay Photography.” Many of you were impressed with his presentation and submitted the Abandoned/Decay topic for a competition. Greg’s “Decay Photography” program was recorded and is available on the SPC website if you missed it in 2020. (Thank you, John German!)


The topics for the remainder of the year are Long Exposure, Arches, and Round Things. It’s time to be thinking of competition topics for 2023. Send your suggestions to us at We’ll be collecting suggestions and then offer you the opportunity to vote on the topics in the next few months. Send in new topics or maybe we can revisit topics from past years. Check the website for competitions from years ago. (Thanks, John G!) Spring is here so get out and get shooting!

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 2022 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:


 2023 Competition Topics:

Open, Solitude, Leading Lines​Animals on the Move, Something involving Water, Sports

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