How to Submit your Photos to our Bi-Monthly Competitions

Competitions vs Salon

While the bi-monthly competitions described here are open only to club members, our annual Salon is open to everyone. For Salon information, see our Salon webpage.

bi-monthly competitions

CCOR features bi-monthly competitions open to club members. The photos must utilize or demonstrate the topic or "theme" for that month. The themes are different for each competition.
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Competition Themes

Apr: Flowers

April 13, 2021

Flowers are colorful, bright and readily available, so it's no wonder they're a popular subject for photographers; especially in Spring, which offers huge potential for those looking to shoot gorgeous plant and flower portraits. Whether in your garden, by the side of the road or in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park among the Spring wildflowers, this is an excellent subject for nature lovers.

Jun: Nature Retakes Control

Nature Retakes Control
June 8, 2021

Nature is the most powerful force on the planet, despite millennia of humans trying to tame it. If we disappeared tomorrow, it would take no time at all before our cities, roadways and intricate infrastructures were crawling with plants and animals. You can see this on a small scale in abandoned lots and derelict buildings. Give us your own example of ‘Nature Retaking Control’ for this contest.

Competition Details

Submit up to three photos

Club members can submit up to three digital images for each bi-monthly club competition. 

Use the JPG format

Save your photos in a .jpg format. Example:

Name your files "Fn_Ln_#.jpg"

Name your files Fn_Ln_#.jpg where Fn_Ln_ is your First name and last name, and where # is 1, 2, or 3 to identify your three uploaded photos.

You can also use dashes or spaces instead of underscores.

For each competition, reuse the same filenames.
For example:


If your photos are not correctly named, we won't know who they belong to and they will not be displayed or judged!

No need to resize your photos

No Resizing!

By popular request, you are no longer required to resize your photos! lightroom resizes most of them for you. Resizing Explained

Set metadata Title if desired

IPTC metadata Titles are not required, but if you wish to display your photo with a Title, here are two ways to do so:

If you use Lightroom

There is a plug-in for Lightroom that will enable you to upload files directly to SmugMug.

Without the plug-in, you can still rename your photo and add an IPTC Title. To rename your file in Lightroom, view your selected image in "Library Mode" and select "Metadata" on the right hand panel. The second box under metadata asks for Filename. Change it to First_Lastname_# This does NOT change the filename in your Lightroom catalog - only the exported image. When you Export the photo the extension will be changed to .jpg.

An inch or so below the Filename box you will see a box for a Title. Type in the Title for your image and Export the file to your desktop or preferred folder.

If you use Photoshop

While in Photoshop click
File > Save As -- and change the filename to First_Lastname_# and save it as a .jpg file to your desktop or folder.
Next, Click
File > File Info -- and be sure to select the "IPTC Extension" tab. Scroll down to the "IPTC Status" heading. Add your Title in the box labeled "Title:" and save your file once more.

Use the upload link we email

When you have correctly named your photos and have added any desired Titles, use the upload link that was emailed to you in the monthly newsletter and your browser will display the upload gallery.
Lost the uplink? Find it in our library's newsletters.

Click and drag your photos

With the SmugMug upload gallery showing in your browser, click and drag your photos into the window from your desktop or folder. You can drag the photos one at a time, or you can upload several simultaneously. You can also click "browse" and select your photo files, and click “open.” You don't have to wait until each photo is finished uploading before starting on the next one.

After uploading your files, click the “Done” button in the upper right side of the SmugMug menu bar. At that point, just close your SmugMug browser window.

You will not see your images once they have been uploaded.
We hide them until they are judged.

Submit before Noon small blinking circle Sunday

In order to give our SmugMug Librarian and LightRoom projectionist time to process the uploaded files, please submit your photos no later than Noon on the Sunday before the Tuesday meeting at which the photos will be judged.

Thank you for entering!

Thank you for your entries and participation. Be sure to attend the meeting when your photos will be judged. The judges usually give lots of comments about each photo entered. They give reasons to support their decisions. We tend to alternate between artsy judges and photographers' judges. They each have their own point of view but the best photos incorporate artistic design as well as photographic excellence.

See you there!

Updated 04 15 2021