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Contest Rules, Themes & Judging

Members may use this DropBox link to submit up to 3 photos taken in the last year 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 year (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. Sandy Jonkey will hang at library.

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

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

View past years' contest submissions.

2024 Contest Themes
Subject to change

Jan - Holiday Decorations
Share silly, funny, beautiful, or whatever interesting holiday decorations you've seen.

Feb - Eyes
They say the eyes are the window to the soul. Find some eyes that tell a story to you.

March - Birds and Agriculture
Eagles and Ag brings attention to all the birds and agriculture in the Carson Valley. Share your best bird and/or ranch images of the season.

April - People at Work
Share images of others around you doing their job.

May - Fences in Landscape - Due May 7
Fences can be made from many kinds of materials and can create interesting patterns and textures.

June - Bridges - Due June 4
Bridges can be big or small. You can find them in many different places. Capture a portion for an artistic view or the whole span for a large landscape view.

July - Macro Photography - Due July 2
Find interesting items to capture in the small world.

August - Domestic or Wild Animals - Due August 6
What is your favorite furry or feathery creature you've seen either at home or in the wild?

September - Night Photography - Due September 3
Capture a photo of the night. Could be time exposures or other shots showing the night time.

October - Toys - Due October 1
Toys could mean many things. We each have our favorite toys even as adults. Or maybe there are toys you see younger generations around you playing with.

November - Spooky - Due November 5
Capture that spooky or haunting image from this time of year.

December - Best of 2024 - 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.

2023 Contest Themes
Click yellow links below to see past entries

Jan - Red and Green

Feb - Birds in Flight

March - Feet

April - Baby Animals

May - Stairs

June - Water in Nature

July - Red, White, and Blue

August - Authentic Joy

September - Historical Landmarks

October - Reflections

November - Beautiful Leaves

December - Best of 2023

2022 Contest Themes
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July - Look Up, Way Up!

August - Hometown Pride

September - Light Painting

October - Objects in the Sky 

November - Shadows 

December - Best of 2022

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
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