Northwest Tennesse Photography Club Call for Entry

DPA Contest - Spring 2024

  • | Start Date: 3/1/2024 12:00:00 AM (PT)
  • | End Date: 4/15/2024 11:59:00 PM (PT)
  • | Fee: $10.00 USD per 1
  • | Additional Entries: $7.00 USD per 1
  • | Host: Northwest Tennesse Photography Club

The Northwest Tennessee Photography Club (NWTNPC)

Invites Artists to

Participate in Our

Semi-Annual Photo Contest

All Winning Entries Will be Exhibited at

The Discovery Park of America (DPA)

Union City, TN


  • This online contest is open to amateur photographers only.
  • There is no time limit of when photos are taken.
  • People of all ages are encouraged to enter.
  • Photographs must be original and created by the person who enters that image.
  • Any geographical location of where the photographer lives or where the photo is taken is acceptable.
  • You are urged to be creative.
  • An experienced panel of photography judges will be selecting our winners.

There are three categories, with Wildlife being a constant in future contests.  The second and third categories will always change.

  • Wildlife - in their natural habitat, no domesticated or zoo animals
  • Faces - Faces can be animate or inanimate
  • Water Droplets - The water droplet(s) is/are the primary subject. Creativity gives weight.

Cash Prizes Available:  $125 for first place in each category, $100 for second place in each category, and $75 for third place in each category.

To enter the contest:

  1. Save image you are submitting with its title for the name of your file. For example, image title is “Looking Back,”and image would be saved as lookingback.jpg.
  2. Register to enter at There is a $10 entry fee for the first photograph entered and $7 for each additional photograph entered.
  3. Upload a duplicated image that is resized to 72dpi, scaled 1024 pixels on longest side with maximum size of 2 MB.

Once the judges make their selections, the nine winners will be emailed instructions on where to upload a high resolution image that is at least 300 dpi quality, suitable for printing to 16 x 24” image size.  A total of nine winning images will be selected for the Discovery Park of America exhibit that will begin in June 2024.  Winning entries will be on exhibition for an approximate six month period.


March 13:  Contest Begins.  Online submission of entries opens.

April 15: All entries must be received to by 9:59 PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME on this date in order to be considered.

April 30:   Winners will be notified by this date.  They must send a high resolution image that is at least 300 dpi quality, suitable for printing to 16 x 24” image size.   

Images will be printed on professional quality photo paper.  Before printing a 3” black digital mat will be added to the final prints for fitting into the existing 22”X 30” frames that are allocated for us in the Art Hall of the Discovery Park of America. There will also be engraved labels with photographer names and print titles that are to be displayed with the appropriate photos.

Framing of the winning entries is arranged by NWTNPC and printing is paid for by the entrant, with individual photographers given credit for their image that is displayed at DPA.   

Winners will be listed on the Facebook page of the Northwest Tennessee Photography Club as well as its website after the winners are verified.

Printing of the high grade winning photos are to paid for by the winning photographers from the prize money, but your prints can be released to you for the  mailing costs. If you live in the general area you can arrange to pick up your finished prints at no cost after they are removed from display. Contact the contest chairperson for information on any of these matters.

May 15:   Deadline for each winner to submit their large file image in order for their winning photo to be accepted is 11:59 PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME.

June 1st: Photos displayed at Discovery Park of America.


PEOPLE:  Please include the name of each recognizable person, if any, in your photograph.  It is the photographer’s responsibility to have the subject’s permission to enter his or her image in the contest.  You must include the subject’s name and contact information with your submission.

SCORING:  Each entry is assigned a score by each judge.  A composite score is used to determine the overall winners of the contest.  The three highest composite scores will be awarded the cash prizes.

FINAL ACCEPTANCE:  Final acceptance of nine winning entries in DPA exhibit is up to the judges’ discretion after viewing the full resolution images.

AWARDS:  In each category, first place will receive a prize of $125, second place will receive $100, and third place will receive $75.  In addition, this is an opportunity to showcase your photographic art for tens of thousands of people to enjoy at the Discovery Park of America.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The NWTNPC/DPA competition does not accept AI-generated photos for submission. Only photographs captured and edited by humans, without the use of AI algorithms or any other form of artificial intelligence, are eligible for entry. The competition is dedicated to celebrating human creativity and originality in photography, and therefore, AI-generated content is not allowed. We appreciate your understanding and adherence to the competition rules.

USE OF IMAGES:  All entrants agree that any image they submit to this NWTNPhotoClub competition may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to DPA and/or NWTNPhotoClub.  This use may include, but is not limited to, publication in any printed materials, advertisements, electronic media, internet, social media, television, catalog, DVD, magazine, gallery shows, and online at or at  Any image used by the DPA or NWTNPhotoClub shall carry a credit line of the artist.  Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.

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