The NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event is an exclusive event dedicated to the art of photography.
Since its founding, the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) has promoted and supported the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. NAPCP has continued to grow and bring together a community of passionate artists committed to advancing their skills, their artistry, and their businesses.
The purpose of this event is to inspire the creativity of NAPCP members and photographers around the world, while also providing an environment of collaboration and education. Entering your work into the NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event & Print Competition provides you with the freedom to express your most creative self and elevate your craft.
This is a creative competition, and the subject matter is at the sole discretion of the entrant.
Atlanta, Georgia photographer Ashley Berrie was NAPCP’s 2017 Photographer of the Year. In the spring of 2017, Ashley’s first solo exhibit, “Speechless”, was displayed at the Atlanta School of Photography, featuring personal work inspired by her son Ethan. Atlanta Parent Magazine recently named Ashley as one of the top Atlanta Family Photographers in Atlanta. Her work has been published in Click Magazine, Inspired Magazine, Parents Magazine and also featured within Fortune, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Click it Up a Notch, I Heart Faces, Lemonade and Lenses, Rock the Shot, Hostess with the Mostess, and Showcase School of Photography.
Based in Calgary, Jennifer is a multiple award winning child and family photographer with an affection for good coffee, a passion for all things underwater photography and a not-so-secret ambition to own a horse again. Jennifer loves simple, honest and quiet moments, and builds relationships with her clients to draw out the connections and stories of who they are.
In 2015, Jennifer was honoured to receive the 2014 National Association Child Photographer of the Year. Always seeking to improve her craft, Jennifer maintains an active membership in the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP), is an accredited member of the Professional Photographer of Canada (PPOC) and a Craftsman Member of the Masters Photographers International. In addition to her photography business, Jennifer loves to connect and help other photographers achieve their own success through her coaching for creatives program.
A passionate believer that community and competition aren’t mutually exclusive, Jennifer recently founded Underwater Kids, an IG account exclusively designed to feature underwater child and family photography, and with a mission to help grow that community. Jennifer is also the co-founder and proud contributor to Light Entwined, a multidisciplinary, collaborative effort, bringing together photographers and writers from across the world, each inspiring the other to co-create.
Rachel LaCour Niesen is a Yankee by birth but a Southern storyteller at heart. As a photojournalist, Rachel pursued projects focusing on rural communities in Latin America and the Southeastern United States. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her photographs of migrant farmworkers were chosen for a book entitled The Human Cost of Food: Farmworker’s Lives, Labor and Advocacy, published by the University of Texas Press. She earned a degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri, where she was named one of the Scripps-Howard Foundation’s Top Ten Young Journalists. When Rachel stumbled upon wedding photography, she quickly traded her front row seat to world history for a front row seat to family history. Along with Andrew Niesen and Mark Adams, Rachel started a wedding photography company, LaCour. In a few short years, LaCour became one of the premiere wedding photography studios in the US and was named among the “Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World” by American Photo magazine. She’s also a co-founder of ShootQ, innovative web-based studio management software designed to free photographers from the tedious tasks of managing their business. Besides spending time with Andrew, Rachel can usually be found traveling, reading books about art or entrepreneurship or sampling her favorite red wines – Barolo and Barbaresco!
An unlimited number of entries will be accepted by NAPCP for consideration in the final gallery. Please note: this is NOT a digital competition. Should an entry be accepted into the final 100 gallery images, entrant must send a matted print meeting the guidelines and deadlines listed below to be scored by our judges the day of the Inspired Gallery Event. You do not have to be present to win. Please see information below regarding the option of using our partner, Musea Lab, for fulfillment and shipping.
Deadlines & Fees
The 100 Finalist Entries shall be displayed in a gallery setting with only the title visible (no names). Three Judges, selected by NAPCP, will view them in person and score each image. Final scores will not be published or distributed to Entrants. The Inspired Gallery Event & Print Competition will be scored as follows:
PLEASE CHECK BACK for 2019 Submission Categories. This is a creative competition, and the subject matter is at the sole discretion of the entrant.
First, Second, and Third place will be awarded for each category based on the highest scoring image for each category above. Honorable mentions may be awarded for up to three images in each category. Winners will be revealed and announced at the Inspired Gallery Reception. In the event of a tie, scores of all placed images in that category will be weighted for recalculation. Score of 5 will be weighted more than 4 (etc) for a new total calculation to determine the top three winners for each category. Any further tie will be decided at the sole discretion of the judges and NAPCP.
Winners will be featured in the NAPCP Inspired Magazine; winners will also receive a digital Winning Badge for their website, blog posts and additional social media promotion by NAPCP and sponsors.
Photographer of the Year (NAPCP Members only)
This prestigious designation will be awarded based on a point system that is cumulative from both the International Digital Image Competition and the Inspired Gallery Event & Print Competition. Entrants are awarded points based on the following criteria. All scoring for Photographer of the Year is done by NAPCP and awarded at its sole discretion.
Criteria Below is listed in order of scoring importance to be considered for Photographer of the Year:
Additional Details and Information
PLESE CHECK BACK for 2019 Finalist Print Submission Deadline
Shipping via FedEx or United States Postal Service (USPS):
Park Studios / NAPCP
690 Miami Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Shipping via UPS:
1119 Reeder Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Late print entries will not be accepted and no refunds will be given for entries not received in print by the entrant by the published deadline. NAPCP will not print or mat images for this event. NAPCP will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prints during shipping. It is recommended to use a trackable shipping service, or our partner, Musea Lab.
Matting & Printing Gallery Event Submissions
If chosen as a finalist, it is the responsibility of the entrant to print, mat and ship entries to NAPCP for this event. As a benefit and convenience to our members (International and Domestic), Musea Lab is offering a 15% discount on matting and printing services for the NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event. If your image is submitted to Musea Lab by the deadline listed and payment made in full to Musea, it will be produced and shipped for on-time arrival to NAPCP for this event. The cost of printing, matting, and shipping gallery entries is NOT included with the entry fee.
Image Release and Use
Legal Disclaimer: Entrants agree that any entered photograph may be used by the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP), in any of its publications, printed materials or electronic media, such as but not limited to, any of its websites or its affiliates’ websites. Model releases must be available for all recognizable individuals in submitted photos. Do not submit these releases unless requested.
Winning entries may be used in connection with the Gallery Event and by NAPCP for promotion in the future. Thus, winners grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, limited license to use, publish, reproduce, display, distribute, use for promotional purposes and cross-promotional purposes. Photographer retains all copyright for the images.
Matting with Musea