NVPE/District Camera High School Student Photo Contest

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The Online Submission Process

Student entrants must register for a free account at the online submission webpage. No entries will be accepted through email. Late entries cannot be accepted.


Digital Image Preparation

Digital entries must be no larger than 1400 (horizontal) x 1050 (vertical) pixels. The site will not upload larger files (e.g, it will not upload an image in portrait orientation of greater than 1050 pixels high). The DPI (or PPI) setting does not matter.

All images should be saved as JPEGs (.jpg or .jpeg file extensions).

There is NO naming convention. The name you assign to your file does not matter, however it saves a step in the upload process because the filename becomes the image name.

The detailed Step-by-Step process:

  1. Have your digital images ready for submission.
  2. Visit Nature Visions upload site and
  3. Click the Login button in upper right
  4. Register by creating a Login Name (your email address) and your Password.
  5. Click on Competitions and then Submit Images to a Competition in the main menu bar to reach the main submission page (this will not function properly until 1 April, 2015 or after 31 May, 2015).
  6. You will see the Student Contest with a summary of how many images you have already submitted (if any). A maximum of two images is permitted.
  7. Click Select next to Student Competition.
  8. Choose Upload Multiple Images into the Competition. You can use this even if you only have a single image for submission.
  9. This will allow you to submit one or more images. The image(s) will be uploaded automatically, a green dot will show a successful upload and a new set of fields will appear ready for the next image upload
    1. Do not enter any information into the screen
    2. Simply drag your image from Windows Explorer (or Finder on the Mac) onto the Select button or click the Select button to choose a single image
  10. If you have more than one image for this category, repeat the process by dragging the file(s) over the Select button or clicking the Select button to upload a single image
  11. When you have finished entering images to this category, click the Save Images button
  12. A confirmation screen will appear confirming that one or more images have been added to the competition
  13. At the foot of that same page, click on Return to Competition
  14. You will see a confirmation that the image has been submitted and that the title has been copied across from the file name
  15. You can delete or replace the image if necessary at this stage.
  16. The Submit Images page also confirms the status of your entries submitted.


Eligible Students: The contest is open to any high school student residing in Montgomery County, Maryland; the Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun or Prince William; or in cities or towns of those states which are adjacent to those counties. The eight photo clubs that organize the annual Nature Visions Photo Expo are resident in those counties.

Prizes: The Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 District Camera gift certificate. The nine other finalists will each receive a $50 District Camera gift certificate. All ten finalists will receive three free passes per student (one for the student and two for their guests) to attend the Expo awards ceremony and keynote address on Saturday November 14 at 4:30 pm at the Hylton Center for Performing Arts in Manassas, Virginia. The ten student finalists will be acknowledged and the winning image will be announced along with the adult winners during the awards ceremony prior to the keynote address.

How to Enter: Entries shall be submitted only online at http://naturevisions.visualpursuits.com No more than two entries per student. Entries may have the maximum pixel dimensions of 1400 (width) by 1050 (height). Entries may be color or monochrome. Entries will be accepted from April 1, 2014 until May 31, 2014.

Eligible photographs: All elements of the final image must originate as one or more in-camera photographs. All computer manipulations are allowed, including digital filters that alter the original pixels (e.g., blurring, distorting, colorizing, etc.) and adjustments for spot removal, curve and level, saturation, contrast, cropping, conversion to monochrome and color. Exhibitor guidelines for the Nature Visions fine art photography exhibition otherwise apply.”

Terms of entry: Images submitted for this competition may be used by Nature Visions Photo Expo only for its publicity purposes and may not otherwise be sold or reproduced.

Judging: A judge will select ten finalist images by June 30, 2014, so that the student finalist images may be used for NVPE 2015 publicity starting in August 2015.

Contest cancellation: The contest will be cancelled if less than fifty entries are received.​

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Arts Alive! is Saturday May 2 at the Hylton Center

Here’s a great promotional video from our colleagues at the Prince William Arts Council about the annual Arts Alive! festival at Hylton Center in Manassas.  It takes place on Saturday May 2, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Arts Alive! is a great day of activities and performances.  Check it out!  And be sure to visit the Manassas-Warrenton Camera Club’s table and say hello. MWCC is one of the eight camera clubs that produce Nature Visions each year.


Image Winners – 2014

Thank you to all of those who participated in the 2014 Nature Visions Photography Exhibit. The exhibit consisted of 327 images that were juried in from over 1,100 images. These images are from the participating camera club members. If you are interested in joining a camera club and participating in next year’s expo please visit the camera club link for more information.

Best in show and Winner of the Water Category

“Antarctic Ice” by Sarah Skerker

Manassas-Warrenton Camera Club

Sarah Skerker - Antarctic Ice

Anarctic Ice © 2014 All Rights Reserved – Sarah Skerker

Winner of Landscapes Category

“SossusVlei 427″ by Sandi Croan

Northern Virginia Photographic Society

Sandi Croan - SossusVlei 427

SossusVlei 427 © 2014 All Rights Reserved – Sandi Croan

Winner of the Wildlife Category

“Curious Sea Lion Pup” by Gloria Freund

McLean Photo Club

Gloria Freund - Curious Sea Lion Pup

Curious Sea Lion Pup © 2014 All Rights Reserved – Gloria Freund

Winner of the Bird Category

“Food Fight” by Jack Nevitt

Manassas-Warrenton Camera Club

Jack Nevitt - Food Fight

Food Fight © 2014 All Rights Reserved – Jack Nevitt

Winner of the Flora Category

“Aspen Glow” by Terry Luettinger

Northern Virginia Photographic Society

Terry Leuttinger - Aspen Glow, Fall Color in Colorado

Aspen Glow © 2014 All Rights Reserved – Terry Luettinger

Winner of the Macro Category

“Twilight” by Kathleen Furey

Vienna Photographic Society

Kathleen Furey - Twilight

Twilight © 2014 All Rights Reserved – Kathleen Furey

Previous Years

2014 – Traveling Exhibit

A selection of forty beautiful nature photographs were chosen by this year’s judges as the 2014 Nature Visions Traveling Exhibit.  The traveling exhibit is made up of the images that scored the highest overall from all nature categories.

These forty images are the very best of more than 1,100 images entered in the expo by the members of the seven camera clubs that contribute to the event.

Honored Images – 2014

This slideshow features the 327  images selected for the 2014 Nature Visions Photo Expo exhibit.  These images were selected from more than 1,100 images submitted by the seven member photography clubs.  In all 155 photographers entered at least one image in the exhibit.

This is an exhibit you do not want to miss. Most of the images are for sale and this is a rare opportunity to talk to the photographers who have taken the images as well as be inspired by their work.

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All the vendor demonstrations take place in the NVPE Vendor Demo room, upstairs on the second floor of the Hylton Center.  Follow the signs at the top of the staircase that point the way.

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