NCMS Photo Contest: Last Call for Your Best Shot

There is still time to submit your best shot for the NCMS Annual Photo Contest. The deadline has been extended until this Friday, August 8, so send us your best shot now. We have already received a number of stunning images for this year’s contest, with many new photographers taking part in this annual tradition. As a reminder, the rules of the contest are below. Please contact Kristen Shipherd with any questions you may have.

The rules:

  • Contest participants are limited to current NCMS members (member physicians, PAs, residents, and medical students) only; the NCMS member must be the photographer of the image submitted.
  • Submit one image by Friday, August 8, 2014. If you need ideas on what appeals to the judges, review the work of last year’s finalists.
  • There will be three categories in the contest this year. Please submit images that fall into one of these three and be sure to tell us under which category you are submitting your image:
    1. Nature (animals, plants, landscapes)
    2. North Carolina (images should be of locations within the state)
    3. Travel (send in your best vacation shots)
  • Shots should be of landscapes, animals, or abstracts, preferably horizontal in layout; images of people/portraits are generally discouraged, as photo permissions are hard to acquire;
  • Please state the title of your photo, where the photo was taken, and any other information you would like to include about the image;
  • Photos may be in color or black-and-white;
  • Please limit photo manipulation (i.e. Photoshop). Acceptable photo manipulations include minimal dodging/burning or color correction as well as cropping of the original image. The contest is based on photographic skills and highly altered images are not currently accepted.
  • NCMS staff members will pick the 13 finalists whose work will be on display in the 2015 Member Calendar.
  • The grand-prize winner and category winners will be chosen by a panel of NCMS staff and affiliated jury members;
  • The contest finalists will also have their images voted on by the public, with a “Viewer’s Choice” award going to the winner of online voting.


  • Grand prize winner:  $200 giftcard and placement on the cover of the 2015 NCMS Member Calendar
  • Nature category winner: $100 giftcard
  • North Carolina category winner: $100 giftcard
  • Travel category winner: $100 giftcard
  • Other finalists: $25 giftcard and NCMS gift pack
  • All contest participants will receive an NCMS gift pack

How to Enter:

Send your high-resolution images (at least 300 dpi and sized to roughly 8 x 10) to [email protected] or submit your image online. The top 13 photographs will be decided by August 15, when voting opens to the public to determine the “Viewer’s Choice” winner.


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