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The Gold Rush Image Competition

The Gold Rush Image Competition

Join three Northern California Professional Photographers Groups, Sacramento Valley (PPSV), Santa Clara Valley (PPSCV), and Wine Country (PPWC), as we host our first ever combined Image Competition evening. 

Special Judges! Awards! And More!

The winner of best of show will win a metal print, a wine bottle coupon and more!

Additional awards will be won by PPSVC contestants in several categories.

Deadline for image submissions: Sunday, May 19th at 11:00 pm.

Image Competition:  May 21st at 6:00pm, via Zoom &

We are using See below for instructions to enter and watch the competition!!

IMPORTANT! Registration is on Read the instructions below and follow the links.


  • Portraits
  • Weddings & Events
  • Commercial
  • Photojournalism
  • Open Illustrative
  • Artist


Each image is judged against PPA’s 12 Criteria for Merit Image

Competition rules can be viewed here Rules & Info

Why enter?
  • You receive professional feedback in a positive environment
  • It's an excellent way to learn and grow your artistic skills
Start time (Pacific Time Zone)

6:00 pm announcements, Q&A, introductions
~6:15 pm competition starts,
~9:30 pm ends (approximately)
Gold Rush Judges

Deadline for image submissions: Sunday, May 19th at 11:00 pm.

You will be sent a zoom link once you register. It will also be available in the GameDay app on 

  The fee for PPSV, PPWC, and PPSCV members is $10.00 per image. Guest fee is $15.00 per image.

You will need to register with and minimally pay for the BASIC membership to ENTER images for competition (The cost for basic is ~$13 yearly. Premium is ~$17 Quarterly or ~$63 annually.) You can use the free account to just watch the competition.

Steps for entering images to the Gold Rush Image Competition:

  1. Log-in to your account
  2. Choose the PPSV (not PPSCV) Logo (available once a competition is open for registration)
  3. Answer these questions:
    • Are you a member of PPSV? No.
    • Is this your first time entering a PPSV competition? Yes
    • What affiliate do you represent? PPSCV
  4. Scroll down to the “Create New Image Entry” and click on the link
  5. Enter the Image Title
  6. Select the Image Category
  7. Click on the “Create New Entry” link
  8. Scroll down to the “Entries for the Upcoming Event” section and upload your image(s)
  9. Once uploaded, click on the “Pay Image Fees” link (located in the red bar above the “Create New Image Entry” link) and pay according to the number of entries uploaded. Any entries not paid for prior to the competition night will be removed from the competition. Note: once paid, fees may not be refunded. 

DEMO VIDEO of the Instructions for setting up account and entering images.


Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Videoconference information will be provided in an email once payment is received.
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Roberto Gonzalez
(408) 460-7549 (p)
Image Competition
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only