NAPCP’s Print Competition & Gallery Event


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 Print Competition & Gallery Event provides you with the freedom to express your most creative self and elevate your craft.

The NAPCP Inspired Print Competition & Gallery Event is the only competition of it’s kind. Artists from around the globe submit their work each year to this exclusive competition. Only the Top 100 images advance on to be displayed in a beautiful gallery event at NAPCP headquarters (Park Studios) in Atlanta, GA where there is LIVE judging. 9 winners are then announced in-person and are given awards in an intimate setting where we celebrate them as artists. Will you be one of them?

Along with being featured in print at the Inspired by NAPCP Gallery Event on June 23rd, the Top 100 images and artists will also receive a feature in Inspired magazine, a Top 100 Artist badge for business use, digital gallery placement and blog features on the NAPCP website, and credited features on NAPCP social media and in marketing collateral.

We are proud to announce the winners of the
2021 Inspired Print Competition & Gallery Event



Crystal James worked with NAPCP for more than five years as our Executive Director and Event Extraordinaire. With over 15 years of being in the professional photography industry, including conceptualizing and executing our Inspired Gallery Event, Crystal adds a unique perspective to this particular print competition. Crystal currently resides in Johns Creek with her husband Jeff and children Kylie and Jake.


Colleen Lane founded her eponymous advisory firm to share a passion for cultivating original art. As a docent for the High Museum, Colleen’s extensive training offers an expert eye in finding the perfect piece of art for any space. Through her approachable style, Colleen assists her clients in selecting local works that evoke their personal sensibility and encourage deeper engagement.

In her free time, she supports the fine arts by attending dance and theatre performances and enjoys playing golf and tennis. Colleen graduated from Miami University Ohio and went on to earn her master’s degree from Georgia State University which inspired her career in fine art. Colleen resides in Buckhead with her husband, two children, Pearce and Kate, and two dogs, Bogey and Birdie.


Carolyn Ann Ryan is a Charlotte, NC, portrait photographer and owner of Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography. She specializes in families, high school seniors, business portraits, and Irish dancers and has a vibrant and bright style filled with sunshine and giggles. Carolyn is an international award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in numerous publications including American Baby, Project Nursery, NAPCP Inspired, Shutter, New Jersey Family, and Ballantyne magazines.  Carolyn was based in Westfield, NJ, during her first six years in business and relocated to the South Charlotte area of North Carolina in 2015.  Carolyn was awarded 2020 Photographer of the Year by the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP).


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:

  1. Each image will receive a score from each of three judges in a range of 1 through 5. Total score possible for any image is 15.
  2. A score of 1 would be defined as: No Impact, Seen Before, Technically Poor. A score of 5 would be considered Best in Show and defined as Highly Impactful/Creative, Never Seen Before, Technically Perfect.

Rules and Regulations

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.

Entry Guidelines:

  1. An unlimited amount of entries will be accepted by NAPCP for consideration in this exclusive Gallery Event, however, only 100 images will be included in the Final Round for live viewing and judging at the Gallery Event in Atlanta, Georgia. All entrants may submit an unlimited amount of entries, provided that each entry is different than the other (see guidelines below). The entrant has sole discretion to choose the the creative category that best suits the image being entered. Each entry will be judged based on the category in which it is submitted.
  2. Entries must be the complete and original photographic work of the entrant. This includes overall concept, posing, capture, exposure, and all post processing. Third party presets and actions may be used by entrant to enhance the quality of an image (color, contrast, skin tone, etc) as long as they do not add elements that did not exist in the original image. Purchased texture screens are allowed as long as entering the image in the competition doesn’t violate the copyright of the artist who created the texture. Images that are a result of a workshop, seminar, or under the guidance of an instructor are not eligible for competition. Any eligible image may be entered with the exception of images that have previously placed or merited in any previous NAPCP Image Competition.
  3. If any entry submitted is a result of multiple images to create a final composite image, all images used must be the original work of the entrant. No purchased elements or stock images that are not of the entrant’s original creation (including skies, trees, buildings, or other objects) should be used by the entrant to create the final image (refer to #2 for additional details). All original image layers used for composite may be requested by NAPCP. Failure to submit all original images in a timely manner will result in immediate disqualification of the entrant’s submission. No refunds will be given.
  4. All entries must be unique compared to your other submissions. No two entries should resemble each other (with the same subject or scene, with a similar pose, location, lighting).
  5. Images that violate copyright, trademark, or other applicable laws will be disqualified.
  6. Entrant must have a model release for any recognizable person in submitted entries and submit said release to NAPCP upon request.
  7. Mat Size Guidelines: Final print submissions must be presented in a mat measuring 16×20 inches (measured on the outside edge of the mat). The mat should be bright white or similar in color. The outer edge of the Mat must fit the 16×20 inch guidelines, no exceptions.
  8. Print Size Guidelines: The final size of all entries must be 16×20 inches INCLUDING the mat. All prints should measure AT LEAST 8 inches on the shortest side. For example, an 8×12 print in a 16×20 mat would be acceptable, but 7×9 image would not. Also, an 8×8 printed image in a 16×20 mat would fit the guidelines, but a 5×10 image would not. Prints may be displayed in the mat however an entrant would like to creatively display them, as long as the mat fits the measurement guidelines (#8 above) and all layers of the mat are white in color. The depth of the final submission including all materials, should not exceed one half inch. Frames are not allowed.
  9. Submissions should be saved in JPEG format. The longest side of your image may not exceed 3000 pixels and the shortest side must be a minimum of 2000 pixels. Maximum size is 4 MB and resolution should be set to 72 DPI. Any size image in this range will qualify. If selected for the inclusion in the top 100 Final Images in the Inspired Gallery Event, it is the entrant’s responsibility to submit the MATCHING matted print to NAPCP by the print deadline. No refunds will be given if a submission is paid for online, and the subsequent matted print does not arrive by the deadline given for the event.
  10. Initial Digital Submissions should be titled: CATEGORY_CurrentYear_Title_YourName. For example: UNDERWATER_2021_SimpleThings_AlicePark.jpg.  Judges WILL NOT see the artist names when judging.

Deadlines & Fees

  1. Digital Submissions will be due no later than 11:59pm EST on Monday, April 19, 2021.
  2. Submission pricing is $10 USD per entry April 5th, 2021 thru April 11th, 2021 for MEMBERS ONLY. Fees increase to $25 April 13, 2021 thru April 19th, 2021 and submissions are OPEN TO ALL. Entry fees must be paid in full at time of submission. If selected for the final 100 images in the judged Gallery Event and Print Competition, the Matting and printing of the image(s) is the responsibility of the entrant and is not included in the submission price above. NAPCP will not be printing or matting images. Please see below for information about our partner, Musea Lab, for your matting and printing service. Entrants will also have the option to have their physical images shipped back to them for a fee (domestic only). Entrants that attend the event may take their printed submissions home after the gallery event is complete.
  3. Deadline for entries shall be published on the NAPCP website and listed above. Late entries will not be accepted.
  4. The 100 Finalist Images will be displayed in the Inspired Gallery and scored by our judges in person prior to the Gallery Reception and announcement of winners. Judging is not open to the public and scores will not be published.

Submission Dates & Deadlines

  1. Entries open for submission for MEMBERS ONLY April 5, 2021 through April 11, 2021 for $10/entry
  2. Entries open to ALL on April 12, 2021 for $25/entry and close at 11:59pm EST on April 19, 2021
  3. Top 100 finalists will be announced the week of April 26
  4. All matted prints must be submitted to our partner, Musea Lab, by June 9, 2021 for on-time arrival to NAPCP
  5. For entrants printing, matting, shipping his/her own prints, these must arrive to NAPCP by June 20, 2021
  6. Inspired Gallery Event and announcement of winners – June 23, 2021

2021 Submission Categories are UNDERWATER, GOLD, and LIFE. 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:

  1. (75%) Weighted points for all placed images and merit images (First place is weighted more than second place, etc). Points are also given for images that are awarded entry into the Inspired Gallery Event & Print Competition (more points are awarded for placed and honorable mention images).
  2. Sharing Knowledge with NAPCP Community (Marketing Monday, Video Interviews, Blog Contributions)
  3. NAPCP community involvement (includes Member Facebook Group, Ambassador Program, Survey Participation, etc).
  4. Consistent portfolio of work and professional online presence. This includes Entrant’s professional website and updated NAPCP Member Directory Profile.

Additional Details and Information

The 2021 Finalist Print Submission Deadline is JUNE 20, 2021. 

Shipping via FedEx or United States Postal Service (USPS):
Park Studios / NAPCP
690 Miami Circle NE
Suite #600
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 Top 100 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 20% discount on matting and printing services for the NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event (use the code GALLERY2021 at checkout!). If your image is submitted to Musea Lab by June 9th, 2021 and payment is 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

Musea Lab is offering a generous 20% discount (use the code GALLERY2021 at checkout!) for the 2021 Inspired Gallery Event Printing. Please refer to the guidelines above regarding print and matte requirements.