Competitions: The 2020 Committee is Jerry Kozel and Bonny Henderson

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Our regular meeting was held on December 14 and the competition “Less is More”

made for a fun night. Many members have commented on how much they enjoyed the

images, so if you haven’t seen them, Visit the website gallery and check out the submissions.


Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to Kate Silvia who was our guest judge. Kate’s clear and concise comments helped many of us learn about composition, lighting, and even chromatic aberration! We will publish Kate’s comments soon.

Between the Christmas images and before the games, we announced the Stoffel award winners at the social meeting on December 20. There was a tie for Tier 1 with Shari Dutton and Jacques Wood each earning 14 points over the last year. Dee Williams was our winner for Tier 2 and Donna Ford won for Tier 3. A big round of applause for these four members who worked hard and won awards in the competitions. Alison sent an eblast with a history of the Stoffel award, but if you missed it, go to the website and under About Us, choose Board Members. On the right-hand side there is a link to the history of the Stoffel award and information about Bill Stoffel. On the next page is a list of all our Stoffel winners.

After the holidays wind down, get ready for 2021 and the first competition in February. The topic will be open (any subject) but there is a 3-year time limit. The galleries will open the second week in January, and we expect to be flooded with entries as this is a popular topic!

We wish you Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing your competition entries next year!
Merry Christmas,
Bonny and Jerry

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 2021 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 2022 Competition Topics:

Arches, Black & White, Faces-Critters/People/Statues, Long Exposure, Abandoned/Decay, and Round 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 

2021 Submission Dates

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

2021 Competition Topics

February - Open

April - Tools of the Trade

June - Black and White or Sepia

August - Seasides and Beaches

October- Golden Hour or Blue Hour

December - Industrial

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