Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:30 PM to bring print & 7:00 PM Meeting starts
Cornerstone Coworking
279 W Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA

The concept and goal of “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” is to shoot in Monochrome (Black & White) photograph to emulate as close as you can the style or feel of his work. Open to any current GNPA member regardless of home chapter.

As most of his work was great black and white (monochrome) landscapes from the Western U.S.  Remember, as he did…study your scene and consciously decide how and what you will photograph.  Visit YouTube for videos and interviews with Ansel Adams.

Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902 and died April 22, 1984. A major visionary figure in nature photography and wilderness preservation.

While we are not in the western U.S., several nearby locations could be used such as Stone Mountain, Arabia Mountain or Panola Mountain, as well as the Great Smoky Mountains, eastern coastline shores, the many waterfalls and wonderfully rich environments of Georgia and the Southeastern U.S.  Or, if you are lucky, some of those same Western U.S. sites loved by Ansel.  No restrictions on geographic locations. 

 “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”   – Ansel Adams

Rules of the Competition

Photographer Divisions:  We are beginning to provide separate divisions for new amateur Novice photographers will NOT be competing against more experienced, Enthusiast photographers.  NO professional photographers, please.  Definitions for the divisions are:

  1. Novice Division: Someone who has never entered or placed in any photographic competition and less than 3-years photography experience. Unless, said photographer wants to compete in the Enthusiast Division.
  2. Enthusiast Division: Someone who has entered or placed in any photographic competition and has more than 3-years photography experience.

NOTE: A Professional Photographer shall be deemed as any photographer whom derives more than $5,000 in revenue a year will be considered a Professional and may not participate.  

Categories: Three categories, all Monochrome or Black & White (Sepia or Duotones accepted):

  1. LANDSCAPE, think wide expansive vistas
  2. DETAIL & TEXTURES of NATURE, typically close-up/macro
  3. Open THEME, be creative, as long as it is Nature.  Ideas could be, but not limited to:
    1. weather - think clouds, rain, snow … what most people consider bad weather
    2. a single tree – focus on a single tree
    3. water – seashore, waterfall, stream, lake, etc…
    4. abstract – basis MUST be from Nature
    5. shadows - of nature, NOT man-made shadows
    6. Hi/Low Key - in nature, images with tonal range pushed to the Highlights or Shadows

FIRST STEP, before final judging at meeting:

Send your digital entries to Stewart Woodard, Chapter Coordinator via email this address: .  Deadline will help to receive these email entries is Friday, February 22nd.  Please, this is important and will help anticipate the number of entries, help organize and facilitate judging.  Send multiple emails as needed by your email application file size restrictions. 


Entries must be in JPG format with a maximum 1200 pixels on the longest side.  Individual files should NOT exceed 1 MB in size.  Name each of your electronic files individually and each should include the following separated with a ‘_‘ underscore and no spaces:

  • Photographer name
  • Chapter, Home
  • Division [1-Novice or 2-Enthusiast]
  • Category Number [1, 2, 3 or 4]
  • Title of Photograph
  • Camera/Smart Phone make & model [i.e. I-Phone 6, Nikon D850 or Canon 6D Mark II]
  • Place a “Y” or “N” at the end of your title to indicate if using your photograph during meeting critiques or for GNPA promotions is OK or not.

File name example:

“BillBrown_Gwinnett_1_1_Canon _Movingwater_Canon6DMarkII_Y.jpg”

  • Bill Brown is the photographer
  • Gwinnett is the Home Chapter
  • 1 Division mean Novice
  • 1 category mean Landscape
  • “Moving Water” is the Title of Photograph
  • Nikon D850 is the Camera/Smart Phone make & model
  • Y indicating it is OK to use during meeting critiques or for GNPA promotional materials


Bring your final matted photographs and pay your entry fees.

Entry Fees: For 1-2 entries $7.00, for 3-4 entries $18.00 and for 5 or more entries $20.00.  Only cash or personal checks will be accepted. We will not be able to make change, so please have the exact amounts.  And, remember please, NO CREDIT CARDS!

Eligibility & Restrictions: Must be a current GNPA member from any chapter. No restrictions on geographic location or when photograph was taken.  Must have identifying label on back (see below) and no identification of photographer on front. Entries may NOT have won a ribbon (1st – Hon. Men.) in any previous GNPA competition (Print, Expo, Smokies, etc.).

  • Matting & Labels:Photographs must be matted and have a backing board with an identifying label.
  • Only single matted black & white photographs are acceptable. No framed work but mounted on a backing board.
  • Please, keep print sizes between 8” X 10” min & 16” x 20” max. Panoramas just keep longest side at or under 20”.
  • Only identification, must be the identifying label placed on the back:
  1. Name and email address 
  2. Orientation arrow, to identify top side
  3. Date and general location the photo was made
  4. Camera/Smart Phone make & model
  5. Optional:  Technical data, i.e. Lens type, f/stop, shutter speed, ISO, etc…

Remember, NO signatures, copyrights or identifying markings
visible on photograph or mat.

Failure to follow stated competition rules will disqualify the
entry immediately. No refunds of entry fees.

All print entries must be delivered between 5:30 and 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 27th at our monthly meeting. Please come early so we can get everyone signed in.

There will be ribbons awarded for First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention in each category.

A Best of Show ribbon will be presented for each Division and receive either
“Ansel Adams – Knowing Where To Stand” or
“Ansel Adams – Photographs of the Southwest”

Our Judge – John Mariana is a renowned photographer and popular photography educator. He has conducted numerous workshops across the United States.

In 1980, John started using photography in connection to his art to create color images. By 1984, large format black and white prints became his specialty. Today, John uses digital files to bring a new and different look to his work with primary focus on emotional presentation. He has won numerous awards for his large prints.

He has produced four books demonstrating his Photoshop techniques for producing fine art photographs. You can view his website at

In 2018, he was named the Grand Prize winner in Outdoor Magazines’ 9th Annual Nature’s Colors Photo Contest.  The winning image is a three-image panorama.  As a panorama, it provides the scale and the breadth of the scene that was just awesome.

2019 02 Mariana John Morning At The Elk Rut Cataloochee Valley

“Morning At The Elk Rut – Cataloochee Valley”

Remember, NO signatures, copyrights or identifying markings
visible on photograph or mat.

Failure to follow stated competition rules will disqualify the
entry immediately. No refunds of entry fees.


If you have any questions, please send them by email to Stewart Woodard, Chapter Coordinator via email .