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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. 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.

2023 Contest Themes
Subject to change

Jan - Red and Green
Red and green is all around us during the holidays. Share what represents this color combination to you.

Feb - Birds in Flight
Capturing birds in flight can be challenging. Show us your best photo.

March - Feet
Feet can mean many things, human, animals, furniture, measurement. What does it mean to you?

April - Baby Animals
Springtime is full of baby animals. Take some time to find some cuteness.

May - Stairs
Photograph stairs with an eye for the abstract patterns they can create.

June - Water in Nature
Get outside and find the natural water sources around us.

July - Red, White, and Blue
Photograph things like buildings, objects, or people that are displaying/wearing red, white, and blue.

August - Authentic Joy
What says authentic joy to you? Spread some happiness with your imagery.

September - Historical Landmarks
Share your view of historical landmarks from anywhere you've recently been.

October - Reflections - Due October 3
Reflections can be found all around us. Get creative!

November - Beautiful Leaves - Due November 7
Flowers usually get all the love. Let's give leaves some love and share the beauty they provide.

December - Best of 2023 - 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.

2024 Contest Themes
Subject to change after new board starts in early 2024

Jan - Holiday Decorations - Due January 2
Share silly, funny, beautiful, or whatever interesting holiday decorations you've seen.

Feb - Birds and Agriculture - Due February 6
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.

March - Eyes - Due March 5
They say the eyes are the window to the soul. Find some eyes that tell a story to you.

April - People at Work - Due April 2
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 - School's Out - Due July 2
Capture what "school's out" means to you. Is it the joy of graduation? Or the excitement of summer vacation? Maybe it's the peace of just doing nothing?

August - Zoo or Ranch Animals - Due August 6
What is your favorite furry or feathery creature you've seen either in a zoo or on a ranch?

September - Capture an Emotion - Due September 3
Photograph any emotion. Could be of a human, animal, or even an inanimate object that has markings that display an emotion.

October - Trees - Due October 1
Try finding an interesting angle when you photograph trees. Get creative!

November - Toys - Due November 5
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.

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.

2022 Contest Themes
Click yellow links below to see past entries

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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