2019 Contest Rules and Image-Submission Guidelines

The Maryland Photography Alliance (MPA) is a union of independent photography clubs that are located throughout the State of Maryland. The Alliance was formed for the benefit of its member clubs with a mission to promote collaboration, cooperation, and sharing resources.

Upcoming activities include this photography contest; a Gallery Show in Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, MD, from November 1, 2019 to January 21, 2020; another Gallery Show at the Maryland Hall of Delgates, Annapolis, MD, from November 20, 2019 to February 19, 2020; and the 2020 “Odyssey of Light” Seminar on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

This photography contest and corresponding Gallery Show are expected to be among the biggest in the State of Maryland. MPA thanks you for participating.

Participants must be members in good standing in at least one MPA club. Participants who belong to multiple MPA clubs may submit a maximum of two images. There are no fees to participate in this contest.

# of Images
Participants may enter up to 2 images via digital submission.


Abstract. A found abstract is a photograph of natural shapes, colors, or textures that has no obvious subject and is isolated to render the subject unrecognizable.

Black & White. Photographs that capture the purest form of light with shades of gray and pure black.

Maryland Architecture. Exterior or interior photographs of physical structures, which must be identified on the label as found, anywhere, in Maryland.

Still Life. Photographs, full-sized or macro images, of inanimate subjects, a small group or a solitary item. 

Image Manipulation
Entries must be created with light-sensitive devices such as film or digital camera, as well as scanned film, enlarger, copier or flatbed scanner, etc. Images that were not created with light sensitive devices are not permitted. Computer-manipulated images are eligible for competition, and there is no restriction on the amount of manipulation performed.

Each photograph must be assigned to a category, and both images may be assigned to the same category.

Voting and Judges
Voting will be done by a panel of judges, the judging will be private, and the judges’ decisions are final.

Gallery Show
A gallery show of the highest-rated images will take place at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg, MD, on November 1, 2019 until January 21, 2020. MPA will determine the number of top images that can be displayed at no cost. Participants, whose images are chosen, are encouraged, but not obligated, to participate. All expenses for printing, matting and framing are the participant’s obligation. Participants may sell their winning images in the Gallery; the Gallery may receive a normal commission. All other proceeds go to the photographer.

Submitted-Image Guidelines
• Must be JPG format
• Image files should be flattened (no layers) and must be 8-bit files, either RGB or grayscale mode images.
• Maximum allowable digital image size is 1024 pixels per side
• File Naming: category_last name_first name_image title.jpg

If you have questions about this contest, contact us at mpa@MDPhotoAlliance.org