2015 Juried Photography Competition

Link to 2014 Winning PhotosThe Forsyth Creek Week Juried Photography Competition is being held to promote awareness of Forsyth Creek Week and showcase photographs that capture the beauty, vitality and importance of our local waterways. Photographs that are selected for the competition will be exhibited at Clemmons Village Hall, Kernersville Town Hall, the Stuart Municipal Building and the Liberty Art Center and will be eligible to win cash prizes.

Who Can Enter

This competition is open to amateur and professional photographers at least 13 years old.

How to Enter

Entrants may submit for preliminary consideration up to four photographs that relate to Creek Week and its mission of celebrating and raising awareness of local waterways and their importance. Additional images will not be considered. There is no fee for entering.

    1. Photographs must have been taken within three years of the start date for this competition. Photographs taken on or after Jan. 1, 2011, are eligible. Images entered in the 2014 Creek Week Juried Photo Competition are NOT eligible.

    2. Images DO NOT have to have been taken in Forsyth County, provided that they relate to Forsyth Creek Week and its mission. However, photographs should convey an appreciation for the types of waterways and water issues that are found in Forsyth County. In this regard, photographs of beaches, oceans and dramatic waterfalls would not be strong entries.

    3. Images submitted for preliminary consideration must be JPG format, 72 pixels per inch, and no more than 1,000 pixels on the longest edge. Digital images that do not adhere to this format will not be considered.

4. Images should not contain any visible identifying marks, names, signatures, image titles or watermarks.

5. Photographers submitting images for preliminary consideration should number their photos sequentially and follow this file-naming convention: First, middle and last initials, photo number and title.

Example: James A Jones first entry: " JAJ1-Water lilies".  James A Jones second entry: "JAJ2-Creekbed"

6. DO NOT paste images into the body of an email. JPG files of the images should be attached to the email. Images that are pasted into the body of an email will not be considered.

7. Images must be submitted by e-mail between Jan. 5 and Jan. 25 using the Submit Entries link on this page. The body of the email should include the photographer's name, address, age, telephone number, e-mail address, the file names and dates of each submission.

8. Approximately 20 images will be chosen for exhibition and will be eligible for awards. Photographers whose images are accepted will have two weeks to prepare a framed and matted print with a minimum print dimension on the longest edge of no less than 10 inches and no more than 20 inches. Panoramic images should be no more than 32 inches on the longest edge.

9. Framed prints should be hand-delivered, ready to hang with a wire or keyhole already provided,
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 to the Clemmons Village Hall, 3715 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, N.C. Prints that are not ready to hang will not be exhibited and judged.


Jan. 25, 2015: Final deadline for submitting preliminary images.

Jan. 30, 2015: Notification of acceptance.

Feb. 13, 2015: Print delivery.

Feb. 16-27, 2015: Prints on exhibition at Clemmons Village Hall.

March 2-13, 2015: Prints on exhibition at Kernersville Town Hall.

March 16-27, 2015: Prints on exhibition at Stuart Municipal Building.

March 30-April 28, 2015: Prints on exhibition at Liberty Art Center.

April 3, 2015:  Competition reception and award of prizes, Liberty Art Center. 

April 28, 2015: Print Pick-up


First Place: $175
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mention (two awarded): Certificate


Images submitted for preliminary consideration and those accepted for exhibition will be subjected to a blind judging process to ensure an even playing field for all participants. Images accepted for exhibition will be judged on composition, exposure, print quality, creativity, presentation and how well they relate to Creek Week and its mission of celebrating and raising awareness of our local waterways and their importance.

The juror for this year's competition is Chris Almerini, a nature photographer based in Winston-Salem. He is a field contributor to Nature Photographer magazine, where a number of his images have been published. Chris' work has been featured in several juried gallery shows of photography across the southeast United States. Additionally, Chris currently serves as the Triad Region Coordinator for Carolinas Nature Photographers Association. Chris is the 2014 Hugh Morton Award winner for Best in Show at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend.

Rules of Competition

1. By entering this competition, the entrant warrants that he or she has the legal capacity to enter, that the images submitted were taken by them on or after Jan. 1, 2012, and that all information submitted with the entry is accurate.

2. Images submitted for preliminary consideration will only be considered as valid if they are submitted by e-mail by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2015 and they adhere to the submission guidelines as noted above.

3. Photographers are responsible for obtaining model releases, if necessary.

4. Entrants must hold all rights to the photograph. Photographs previously published or pending publication, or that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright, are not eligible.

5. Photographers whose images are accepted for exhibition will deliver a framed and matted print of the images that adhere to the guidelines as noted above. Images that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be exhibited or considered for awards.

6. Copyrights of all images submitted for competition will remain with the photographer.

7. By submitting images for preliminary consideration, photographers agree to give the organizers of Creek Week and the City of Winston-Salem non-exclusive rights to use the image in perpetuity for the purpose of promoting Creek Week, related programs, or other city programs in any medium. Photographer credits will be provided for print and online-usage.

8. Entries must be taken with a three-year period from the start of this competition. Photographs taken on or after Jan. 1, 2012, are eligible.

9. Photographers whose images are accepted for exhibition agree to allow their photographs to be displayed in public according to the schedule noted in the calendar. Forsyth Creek Week and its representatives will take every reasonable precaution to prevent loss of or damage to your work, but will not be responsible for any loss or damage.

10. Please deliver and pick up work during the designated times.

11. The decisions of the juror are final.

12. Final decision to exhibit entries rests with the juror after viewing the delivered framed prints. A print that does not match the appearance of the preliminary JPEG submission , or has a print quality or framing that are not suitable for public exhibition, may be withheld and will not be considered for an award.

13. All prints will be exhibited March 16 – 27, 2015 at Stuart Municipal Building. Depending on space, prints may also be exhibited Feb 13-27, 2015 in the Clemmons Village Hall, March 2-13, 2015 in the Kernersville Town Hall, and March 30-April 28 at the Liberty Art Center, 526 N. Liberty St., Winston-Salem. Prints should be picked up April 28. Prints that are not picked up will be taken to City Hall and stored in the offices of the Division of Stormwater and Erosion Control. Photographers will have to contact that office to make arrangements to retrieve their prints. PRINTS THAT ARE NOT PICKED UP BY MAY 29, 2015 WILL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF FORSYTH CREEK WEEK.

14. Completion of the entry process and submission of images to Forsyth Creek Week for this competition constitutes understanding of and consent to the conditions set forth in this document



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