Simple Pleasures Photography Competition
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Call for Entries NOW CLOSED for Simple Pleasures Nature Show 2018
Simple Pleasures has two shows annually:  A nature show featuring strictly nature photography (nothing man-made within the image) is held IN THE SPRING and the Simple Pleasures competition based on images from life's simple pleasures (uplifting, family friendly images convey the feeling of pleasure [no nudity]) is held IN THE FALL.

All events occur at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 
74 Jackson Street in historic downtown Newnan, Georgia.

Simple Pleasures received high praise from collectors and Atlanta Celebrates Photography participants for being one of the strongest photography shows in Georgia at its inaugural show in 2010 and continues its high standards today.  

The contest, which is open to professional and amateur photographers, focuses on "life's simple pleasures." For the fall show that is interpreted by previous judges to include a human or animal element which convey the feeling of pleasure (no nudity). The spring show features nature photography with no man-made elements.  "A photograph should never have to be explained," notes 2016 nature photography judge Kathryn Kolb.


PHOTOGRAPHERS (Beginning, Amateur & Professional) compete in a blind competition wherein images are submitted and all photographer identification is removed prior to the jury process.  Juried work is later judged without identification on framed images after the show is hung.  Open to photographers of all ages.   ALL ARE JUDGED ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD.  Black and white, sepia, color and manipulated images may be entered.  If you are not juried into the competition, it is in your best interest to attend the awards reception for the opportunity to learn about why the judge made certain selections. It is a great learning opportunity.

Files must be JPEG, no larger than 2 MB in size.  If larger, email images one at a time to  The longest side of the image may be no larger than 1024 pixels. Files should be named as follows: Photographer Name/Title.  Please email entries one at a time after requesting an entry form from:  A $35 entry fee covers the submission of up to three photographs and a fee of $10 is charged for each additional photo submitted after the initial three.  There is no limit to the number of entries provided fees are paid according to the above referenced fee schedule.  Checks should be made payable to the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, PO Box 1001, Newnan, GA  30264 or one may use Paypal or Credit Cards through this site under the Entry Form tab.  

All entries and fees by whatever method must be received for the 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show spring competition no later than MIDNIGHT, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.  SEE ENTRY FORM TAB. 

Once jury selections are made, Notification of Acceptance will be made via email. Please keep a copy of your entry.

All exhibitors may sell their work. The artist will receive 70% of the sales price, with 30% going to the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society which supports history, the arts and education.

All work submitted is that of the exhibiting artist. No work submitted may be withdrawn before the close of the exhibit. Photographers will receive payment of any sold pieces after the close of the show.

Following receipt of notice that an entry has been accepted, it is the responsibility of the photographer to have the photograph framed properly.   No accepted photograph may be larger than 30” on the longest side when framed. All frames are to be black.   All images must be matted  and should include white or off-white mats at least 2.5” on all sides.  ALL FRAMES SHOULD INCLUDE GLASS unless the photo is printed on canvas (canvas prints are the only exception to matting.  Canvas prints do not have to be matted).   Any photo delivered that is not framed in a professional manner (to include gallery wire and paper backing) may be excluded from the exhibit.   NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS.  Fine Lines Art & Framing in Newnan, Georgia is the recommended framer for the Simple Pleasures Photography Competition and provides a generous discount for SP photographers; however, photographers are not required to use this framer.

Cash Prizes will be awarded in addition to the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Fine Lines Art & Framing and New Tech Photo in Newnan, Georgia. Upon entering this competition, photographers agree that Simple Pleasures may feature photographs submitted, juried into the show and/or winning photographs in its literature, on its website and for the purposes of marketing Simple Pleasures Photography Competitions as well as on the website for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Photographers retain all rights to their photos. For more information, please contact

Decisions of Jurors and Judges are FINAL.  Photographs will be retained by Simple Pleasures until the conclusion of the exhibit. Simple Pleasures, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society or its representatives cannot be held responsible for damage to individual photos.  WORK NOT PICKED UP ON THE DAY THE SHOW CLOSES WILL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF SIMPLE PLEASURES PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION (unless previous arrangements have been made in advance).   By entering this contest, contestants agree to ALL rules. Failure to abide by the rules will result in disqualification as will contacting a judge.


Simple Pleasures 2018




EXHIBITED April 1 thru
June 1, 2018
McRitchie-Hollis Museum
74 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA  30263

Museum Hours:  10-12 & 1-3 Daily
Tuesday thru Saturday.

May 12, 2017  at 3 p.m.

All Simple Pleasures events take place at     
 Newnan-Coweta Historical Society's 
McRitchie-Hollis Museum
74 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA  30263

All unsold pieces from Simple Pleasures
        must be picked up at the 
Museum beginning
Friday, JUNE 1, 2018
unless other arrangements have been made

If you are shipping your work, you must make arrangements prior to the show for delivery and return shipment.

Kelly Evans  "London Fare"
Rebecca Shellhamer  "Happy to See You"
Beau Gentry  "Rita"
1st Place:  "Morning Reflections"
Julie Dice Wynn
2016 Fall Life's Simple Pleasures
Elizabeth Gholston "Oasis"