All entries will be judged* and narrowed down to 40 images based on the following criteria:
- The quality of the image, must be print resolution – no cell phone images.
- Aesthetic quality/artistic merit
- Technical execution: color, lighting, exposure, and focus
- WOW! factor
*The judging process will be blind, which means the names will be hidden from the judges to prevent any favoritism or bias.
The top 40 images will then be sorted based on season and open to online public voting, where members of the community will vote for their favorite images. The voting period will be September 9–20.
The top three (3) images for each season will be chosen and published in the 2020 Monthly Calendar. We will be selling the calendars for $5 with proceeds benefitting Smoky Mountain Service Dogs!
Please Note: You are allowed to submit up to five photos, but only one of your images can make it into the calendar. If more than one image gets the top vote in multiple seasons, we will pick the #1 top performing image to use in the calendar.
New This Year: Judge's Choice!
We have decided to include a “Judge’s Choice” where each judge will pick their favorite photo that didn’t make it into the calendar. The submitter of each Judge's Choice photo will receive a free calendar!