Creek Week 2014 Juried Photography Competition

The 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 the Community Arts Café, 411 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem, during Forsyth Creek Week, March 15 – 22, 2014 and will be eligible to win cash prizes. Photographs selected for the competition may also be shown at the Clemmons Village Hall and the Kernersville Town Hall during the weeks preceding Creek Week.


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


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

6. 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"

7. Images must be submitted by e-mail 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 about 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. Fridaty, Feb. 28 to the Clemmons Village Hall, 3715 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, N.C. Prints that are not ready to hang will not be exhibited and judged.


Feb. 9: Final deadline for submitting preliminary images

Feb. 14: Notification of acceptance.

Feb. 28: Print delivery at Clemmons Village Hall, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 3715 Clemmons Road, Clemmons.

March 3-7: Prints on exhibition at Clemmons Village Hall

March 10-14: Prints on exhibition at Kernersville Town Hall

March 17-22: Prints on exhibition at Community Arts Café.

March 19: Competition reception and award of prizes, Community Arts Café.  

March 24: Print pick-up at Community Arts Café, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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 competition is Carl Galie, a North Carolina photographer who has devoted his work to conservation issues for the last 18 years. Galie's photography of the Roanoke River Basin has been used in publications produced by The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife In North Carolina, Orion Afield magazine, the North Carolina . Aquarium, Roanoke Canal Museum, Roanoke River Partners, The Southern Environmental Law Center, and by The National Park Service. He was awarded the first Art For Conservation Grant in August 2010 for his project Lost on the Road to Oblivion, The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country.


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, 2011, 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 Feb. 9, 2014 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 within a three-year period from the start of this competition. Photographs taken on or after Jan. 1, 2011, 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 17-22 at the Community Arts Café. Depending on space, prints may also be exhibited March 3-7 in the Clemmons Village Hall and March 10-14 in the Kernersville Town Hall. Prints should be picked up March 24 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Prints that are not picked up during this time 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.

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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