Photo Contest

2020 NCMS Photo Contest Now Open

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Now in its twelfth year, the NCMS Photo Contest is an annual tradition that has gained national recognition, and we want you to be a part of it! Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2020 contest. Think you have the perfect picture to send in? Check out the rules below.

The rules:

  • Contest participants are limited to current North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) members (physicians, PAs, residents, and medical students) only; the NCMS member must be the photographer of the image submitted.
  • Submit one image by Tuesday, June 30, 2020. 
  • There are four categories in the contest. Please submit images that fall into one of these and be sure to tell us under which category you are submitting your image:
    1. Nature – Landscapes
    2. Wildlife
    3. North Carolina (images should be of locations within the state)
    4. 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 2021 Member Calendar.
  • The grand-prize winner and category winners will be chosen by a panel of NCMS staff and affiliated jury members;


  • Grand prize winner (1): $200 gift card and placement on the cover of the 2019 NCMS Member Calendar
  • Category winners (4): $100 gift card; featured month in calendar
  • Remaining finalists (8): $50 gift card; featured month in calendar
  • Semi-finalists: $10 gift card
  • All contest participants will receive an NCMS gift pack

How to Enter:

Send your high-resolution images (jpg, tif, eps, or png at least 300 dpi) sized to a minimum of 10″ in width by any method below:

  1. Email your file to
  2. Mail a CD/flash drive with your images to NCMS, PO Box 27167, Raleigh, NC 27611 Attn: Kristen Shipherd.

The top 13 photographs will be decided by the end of July 2020.

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