Contest Rules, Themes & Judging
Members may use this DropBox link to submit up to 3 photos taken in the last 6 months for the CURRENT month's contest. Please review the submission criteria below.

Photos submitted need to be:
  1. Related to the current month's theme (see below for descriptions)
  2. Treated as you see fit (there are no post processing restrictions)
  3. Submitted on time, by midnight of the current month's contest deadline (see below for due dates)
  4. Submitted through the CVPC website using the DropBox link (no email submissions accepted)
  5. Taken within the last 6 months (unless otherwise noted)
  6. Sized to 8"x10" or 8"x12" at 300 dpi recommended (displays well during judging and makes it easy to print if image wins)
  7. Saved as a JPEG and LESS than 25mb file size (no TIFFs, PDFs, GIFs, PNGs)
  8. Renamed using a number then underscore then photo's name. E.g.:
Photo Contest Rules
"1_Happy Horses.jpeg"
"2_Flying Bird.jpeg"
"3_Cool Barn.jpeg"

Use the numbers to denote your priority of the image to be judged. If we happen to get too many image submissions, we will drop all #3's and may drop #2's to keep the number of images to be judged reasonable for the judge and our meeting time.
In fairness to our members and judges, photos outside these criteria will not be judged.

Winners :

  1. Please send a NON-watermarked full resolution jpg to Nancy Hulsey (

  2. Bring an 8"x10" or 8"x12" printed photo of your winning image (which 300 dpi is best to print fromto Robin Grueninger at Marty’s Appliance. NJ will hang at library.

Questions? View our uploading guide for more instructions or contact Sandy at

Be Your Own Judge - View "Contest Judging Tips" on critiquing your work or that of others!

2022 Contest Themes
Click yellow links below to see past entries

Jan - Holiday Lights 

Feb -
Eagles and Agriculture

Capture images of eagles, owls, ranch animals, ranch work of the Carson Valley.

March - After the Burn (Post Fire)
Photograph post fire images, show impact, devastation, survivors, regrowth, etc.

April - Photo Trip Sharing/Travel Photography - Due April 5
Global, US, or even local, photograph from a tourist point of view.

May - Horses - Due May 3
Wild or domestic, take some time to visit these majestic creatures on the range or private ranch and show their beauty, strength, and mystique.

June - Macro View of Succulents or Other Plants - Due June 7
Get really close and look for textures and patterns in nature, a different view of the beauty around us.

July - Look Up, Way Up! - Due July 5
A high percentage of the time we tend to look straight ahead, at our own eye level. Let's change it up a little, change your perspective and aim your lens upward on objects that are right in front of you.

August - Hometown Pride - Due August 2
Show what you love about the Carson Valley. Maybe it's the ranch life or a historical landmark or the people, what makes you proud to live here?

September - Light Painting - Due September 6
Sometimes called light drawing or light graffiti, light painting is the photographic techniques of using a moving light source like a flashlight, glow stick, light brush, or even a smartphone, to alter an image while taking a long exposure photography. Best done where there is little light pollution outdoors or indoors. Google "how to do light painting" for some ideas if you are stuck.

October - Objects in the Sky - Due October 4
Objects like hot air balloons, planes, stars, birds, clouds, and even UFOs if you can find them!

November - Shadows - Due November 1
Find what's lurking in the shadows! The play between light and dark is what creates texture, mood, and depth. Look at how the light falls on everything and photograph interesting shadows.

December - Best of 2022 - Meeting TBD
Bring your best picture of the year to our last meeting of the year. Print at a maximum size of 11" x 14", no frames. First prize $75, second prize $50, their prize $25.

2021 Contest Themes
Click yellow links below to see past entries
2020 Contest Themes
Click yellow links below to see past entries
Click here to enjoy a video montage of 2020