2023 NCMS Photo Contest Now Open

Deadline: Friday, July 28, 2023

Now in its 15th 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 2023 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 only (physicians, PAs, residents, and medical students); the NCMS member must be the photographer of the image submitted.
  • Submit one image by Friday, July 28, 2023. 
  • 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, what camera you used (if you want to share) 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 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 14 finalists whose work will be on display in the 2024 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 2023 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 extra copies of the printed calendar.

How to Enter:

Send your high-resolution images (jpg, tif, eps, or png at least 300 dpi) sized to a minimum of 11″ in width to [email protected] or submit your photo online.

The top 14 photographs will be announced in late August 2023.