1019 04 bank contest 5179Rules and Competition Description: 

 The next competition for the Chattahoochee Nature Center Gallery will be titled “On the Banks and Shores of Georgia”.  Photos can be landscape, wild life, macro, close up, creative, or any other photograph.  The photo can be in color or monochromatic.   All photos must represent scenes, conditions or wild life along the waterways, lakes, rivers, or oceans within the State of Georgia.  The “hand of man” must not be the subject of the photo or represent more than 15% of the photo.

 Eligibility and General Rules: 

  • You must be a GNPA member to be eligible and entries must be submitted electronically by Midnight, April 22, 2019.
  • Images must be entirely the work of the member.
  • The photo cannot have already been exhibited at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
  • There are no limits on when or where they were captured, as long as it was in Georgia.
  • A member may enter up to 3 images maximum. 
  • Watermarks and/or photographer’s logos or identification are not permitted on photographs. Your image MUST NOT have a signature, logo, watermark, or copyright statement showing.
  • Post processing is not restricted in any way; however, images should look natural.  Caution, over processing can have an adverse impact on the evaluation of your image.

Entry Process: 

  • Entry for the contest will be through the GNPA Facebook page. If you are not a member of the GNPA’s Facebook group, please ask to join.
  • Once you have joined the GNPA Facebook group, post your image in a comment to the On the Banks and Shores of Georgia Contest/Exhibit thread pinned at the top of the GNPA Facebook page. Submit only one image per comment. Include the image caption plus any relevant brief details to describe your image. You may submit up to 3 entries, each in a separate comment.  If your GNPA membership is in a different name than your Facebook name, please make sure that both names are included in the comment field.
  • Your images will look better if they are re-sized according to Facebook guidelines. For sharing, that’s 1200 pixels on the long side.


  • Submitted images will be first be viewed by jurors as to adhering to competition rules.
  • Judging will be conducted by Eric Bowles, professional photographer, photographic workshop instructor and GNPA board member.  
  • Entries will be judged on techniques including, but not limited to exposure, focus, sharpness and depth of field, contrast, and lighting.  Image sharpness is very important in macro/close photos. 
  • Entries will be judged on artistic and general characteristics including originality, insight, context, composition and style.
  • The decisions of the judge(s) are final.


20 to 24 images will be selected and these winners will be notified by May 1st and asked to pay an entry fee of $10 each. No more than 2 winners will be selected for a single photographer.   Framing information will be provided, and all framing must be completed in time for delivery to the CNC gallery by May 28.  The actual final hanging of the exhibit will be on May 29th.  


The copyright of submitted images remains with the photographer.  By submitting your entry, the photographer agrees to allow GNPA to publish the images on websites, social media and printed materials, and to use the image in promotions for this and future contests without compensation. 


An image may be disqualified by a judge on the basis of failure to meet the competition rules as previously described.  Such a disqualification is not open to appeal and if deemed flagrant may disqualify all entries by the same photographer. 


If you have questions concerning the posting of the images or the sizing, please contact Kathy and Dale at .

Additional instructions for Winners: 

Winners will be notified by May 1 and will be asked to pay a fee of $10 to GNPA for each selected print to GNPA.  Details of payment process will be provided to the winners.  There will be   1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention Ribbons awarded after the final prints have been hung in the gallery.