The Summit Print Competition

There will be a Print Competition again for 2017!  What a joy to see all of the prints that were entered last year!  More details will be coming for this year’s print competition.

In the meantime, we will leave the information from last year’s print competition posted here in case you want to look through it.

Yes, this is actually a PRINT competition, so there will be no digital submissions.  We believe in the power of a print and want to share the excitement of seeing your work printed in large format with everyone we can.  If you have never entered a print competition, this is a great place to start!  Don’t worry about different levels of experience, you are really competing with yourself to encourage growth.  Here are the basics and the guidelines:

The deadline for entering the print competition will be October 8, 2016.
  • All print competition entries will be submitted to f/32 Photo for printing and mounting.  We want all prints to be consistent, so f/32 Photo will be printing all of the entries and mounting them on gator foam for display and judging at the Summit.  All entries will be printed on luster paper at a size of 16×20.  f/32 Photo will deliver the entries to the Summit and all participants may take the prints home with them at the end of the Summit.
  • There is no cost to enter the competition other than the cost of the print itself.  Each 16×20 mounted print for competition is specially priced at $30.  To eliminate the need for actual entry forms, we ask that you name each file you submit with the actual name of the image (ex. Fire_in_the_Hole.jpg).  Please submit images in either sRGB or AdobeRGB colorspace. All other pertinent information needed will be obtained when you check out online.  We will then include all of this information with the print when judged and displayed (although Judges will not have access to any identifying information so that everyone may remain impartial).  Please choose the “pay online” option when ordering your competition prints.
  • The Categories are:  

    1. Macro  

    2. Black & White  

    3.  Landscapes, Seascapes, & Cityscapes  

    4.  Flora & Fauna (Wildlife)  

    5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park  

    6.  iPhoneography (Android photos accepted as well!)  

      Each participant may enter one image in each category for a maximum of 6 entries.  You do not have to enter all categories, but you may not enter more than 1 image in each category.

  • Each entry must be a 16×20.  You may enter a full bleed 16×20 image or you may add a border to your image if you wish.  As long as the finished product is 16×20, all borders and digital frames are acceptable.  Please keep in mind that you want any borders to compliment your image and not distract from it.
  • The print competition will be judged by the Summit instructors.  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in each category and a Best in Show winner for the entire competition.  All of the winners will receive commemorative ribbons along with some fabulous prizes that we will name here in the near future!  I can say that Fuji will be donating our grand prize for Best in Show again this year.  Stay tuned to find out which model camera will be the grand prize this year!
  • There is no time frame on when the image had to be taken or restriction on where the image was taken.  The only requirement is that the image was taken by the Summit participant who submitted it.  It does not matter if it was taken with a film camera, a dslr, a mirrorless camera, or even a phone, as long as you can print it as a 16×20 and not lose quality.

Directions for Submitting Images to the Summit Print Competition:

  1. Click the link at the bottom of these instructions (after reading them, of course)
  2. Click on the button in the middle of the page that says “Prints, Order Online Now”
  3. Click the button on the left that says “Order Photo Prints”
  4. Click the “Add Photos” button and choose the files to want to load to print
  5. Choose the files from wherever they are stored on your computer (many options are given on this page).
  6. Once files are loaded and you see thumbnails of your images, hover over each image and select the tab below that says “Summit Print Competition”
  7. Choose the appropriate size print based on the category in which you are entering that image and order 1 16×20 of each image that you enter.  Please note that once you choose a category for your image and click the + sign next to the category, you will see a crop box appear over the thumbnail of your image.  If the image you have uploaded is already cropped to a 16×20 (a 4×5 ratio) then nothing should be cropped out of your image in this preview.  If you have not cropped your image to a 4×5 ratio prior to uploading it, PLEASE BE SURE TO PLACE THE CROP BOX HOW YOU WANT THE IMAGE TO PRINT!  It defaults to the middle, but you can move this around.  We WILL NOT adjust this for you once we receive the image.  If you have questions about this, please call us before placing your order or include a note in the comment section of the order if you are not sure you have done it correctly.
  8. Follow the steps of the website through the checkout process once you have ordered all of your prints.  Please pay for your prints online at checkout and select to pick images up in the store (which you will not actually be doing), DO NOT choose to have images shipped as the system will then charge you for shipping.
  9. You do not have to order all of your print competition submissions at the same time, however, you may only submit one to each category.


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