How to Submit your Photos to our Bi-Monthly Competitions

Bi-Monthly 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

Open to club members Only

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

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Bi-Monthly Competition Themes

Oct: Hands

October 12, 2021
by Karen Jones

About Karen

About Karen

Since pictures are worth a thousand words, see Karen's website at:

I’m one of those who enjoys editing as much as capturing photos. It’s a totally different mindset for each activity. I sometimes manipulate my images and/or combine digital elements into my photographs for further expression of my vision and I have given several presentations sharing my techniques at Wilderness Wildlife Week and local camera clubs. I have been photographing since age 11 and I like a variety of photographic subjects from quiet landscapes to rowdy rodeos. I had my first DSLR converted to infrared over 10 years ago and I will occasionally do some Holga film photography. I enjoyed photographing the annual local Special Olympics and assisted living facilities photoshoots. I am a volunteer photographer for the local chapter of the Red Cross in Knoxville and a Digital Retouch Artist for NILMDTS which is an international charitable organization providing photographs for families that lose newborns. From my treasured experiences of participating in several workshops in the American West, a number of my images have been selected for the yearly Western Horseman calendars. I do post production editing for some clients. I sometimes incorporate my photography into encaustic wax, transfer images to wood, and make digital transparencies for polaroid transfers onto watercolor paper. I also enjoy trying to keep up with the latest technology and trends. 

The October competition's theme was "Hands"Entries can be seen in one of our SmugMug "

Hands, much like eyes, make a photo relatable to the viewers. Oftentimes, hands can be used to draw in the eye, or they can even be used to lead the eye. Weathered hands with wrinkles or the softness of a baby's hands add different textures to a photograph, all while evoking emotion. In this challenge, you can photograph hands in many different ways. It can be a close, intimate portrait of hands, a wider view of someone waving or directing a viewer, or even an abstract using the shapes and lines of hands. Adding action - clapping, pointing, etc - can bring life to your photos, as well.

Nov: Judging Photographs

Nov 9, by Douglas Hubbard

About Doug

Presenter: Douglas Hubbard

Doug’s passion for photography has spanned more than 60 years. He has completed many courses, workshops and lectures; has been successful in photography competitions; and often judges local competitions.

This presentation explains some common guidelines used in judging photographs and reveals the structure to this process which is not just the judge's personal opinion. Usually it is not major issues or fancy Photoshop which separate the entries.

This will be a fast paced program with many photographic examples to show how minor changes can improve images so they will be better received by judges. Even if you are not interested in competing, this program should help you understand the judge’s selections and how to objectively evaluate your own images.

Dec: Bears, Bears -

& more Bears by Bill Lea
Dec 14

About Bill

Nature Photographer & Bear Expert

Photographing the wonder of wildlife, wildflowers, landscapes, and a variety of other natural subjects from the Canadian Rockies to the Florida Everglades has long been a passion for Bill Lea. However, he may be best known for his portrayal of black bears, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Florida Everglades. Photographing black bears for more than a quarter century has provided Bill with extraordinary opportunities to learn about bears first-hand. He co-founded The American Bear Association and served as the non-profit organization’s first president. For nearly 20 years Bill has been presenting educational programs throughout western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee in an effort to dispel the many myths and un-truths about bears.

Bill's description of the program follows:

"I believe the Lord has blessed us with so much wonder in the world. My photography focuses on the vast components of His Creation. He is the Master Artist. Perhaps these images will help inspire a greater appreciation for our natural world and a deep reverence for all life…..I hope so."

Jan: Your Favorite Photos

Jan 11, 2022

Upload up to three of your favorite photos. No time limit on when they were taken. Just your favorite photos. B&W or color - doesn't matter.

Feb: To be determined

Feb 8, 2022

The competition or program has not been chosen yet.

Mar: To be determined

Mar 8, 2022

The competition theme or program has not been chosen yet.

Apr: To be determined

April 12, 2022

The competition theme or program has not been chosen yet.

May: To be determined

May 10, 2022

The competition theme or program has not been chosen yet.

Jun: To be determined

June 14, 2022

The competition theme or program has not been chosen yet.

Bi-Monthly Competition Details

Submit up to three photos

Club members can submit 1, 2, or 3 digital images for each bi-monthly club competition.

Use the JPEG format

Save your photos in a .jpg format.
For Example:

Files should be larger than 2000 pixels on the long side

For the judge to see your photo with enough detail, it should be at least 2000 pixels on the long side. (Either horizontal or vertical) That's not a hard and fast number, but a guideline.

Name your files "Fn_Ln_#.jpg"

Name your photos FN_LN_#.jpg

For example:


Use a 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

Use the link emailed to you in each monthly newsletter to upload your photos for the competition.

You can also find the link in our library's newsletters or you can ask our Librarian.

Click and drag your photos

Once the SmugMug upload web page shows in your browser, click and drag your photos into the window from your desktop or folder.

Your images are usually hidden from view until they have been judged.

Submit before Noon small blinking circle Sunday

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!

Note: Please share your photographs even if you only enter one (1) image.

Updated 01 05 2022