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2018 Photo Contest Submission Guidelines

SMC Community Education


SMC Community Education is excited to announce its Fourth Annual Photo Contest. The winning image will grace the cover of our Fall 2018 class schedule, and the winner will be featured in our monthly newsletter, Sound Bites, as well as on social media.

A special interview with the winner will also be featured on the inside back cover for the Fall 2018 class schedule. Deadline is May 7, 2018!

The rules are simple:
  • The contest is open to all current and former Community Education students
  • Deadline: Images should be submitted by noon (PST) on May 7, 2018 to -- Attach image files when emailing, do not embed in email message or send link to download from online file sharing platform like Dropbox
  • Up to 5 images may be submitted per contestant.
  • Contestants please include your name as registered at Community Ed, as well as the title of each work submitted, and any information about the photo you want to include – where it was shot and whether it was taken as part of a Community Ed class
  • Technical guidelinesImages can be  cropped/zoomed using Photoshop or similar software. No other image manipulation beyond exposure or color correction allowed. Photos should be high resolution, sized 8" x 10" with 300dpi, either horizontal or vertical orientation.  Images should be sent as .JPG files.

Judging will be in three parts:

A panel of professionals from Santa Monica College's Marketing Department will pick 10 semi-finalist images submitted by 10 different photographers. A second panel from SMC Community Education staff will select 3 finalists from those 10 photos. If selected, only one image from each contestant will be included in the second round.

Public online voting will take place May 22 - June 5 to pick the winner and 1st & 2nd runners-up. The winner and both runners-up will be announced shortly after the end of the public voting.

  Victoria Bleeden - Golden Flight - Winner of 2017 Photo Contest
  2017 Photo Contest winner
"Golden Flight"
by Victoria Bleeden

If you have questions, please email or call (310) 434-3400 (option #2).

Share your vision with us - and good luck!