Cave Photographer by Derik Holtmann
Cave Photographer by Derik Holtmann

Video Salon Submissions

NSS Video Salon


DESCRIPTION: The Video Salon is a competition among producers of moving-image depictions related to caves, cavers, caving, and cave conservation/ restoration. Time permitting, all entries will be shown at the NSS Convention.

ENTRIES: This competition is open to anyone, amateur or professional, regardless of affiliation with caving organizations or attendance at the NSS Convention.  Entries that have been exhibited in past Video Salons cannot be entered again. All entries must be entirely the work of the entrant, unless credit is included for any/all work of others that is used, indicating that permission has been obtained. All entries must be sent (mail or email) to the Video Salon Chair postmarked no later than April 30, 2024. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form, which may be completed online or by hand.

MEDIA: Entries may be submitted in any NTSC format – Blu-Ray, DVD, computer based file (.mp4, .mov, .wmv, .avi, etc). Entries can be sent via common internet file sharing services or sent to the chair on a memory stick, DVD, or Blu-Ray. If you wish to enter a production in any other format (PAL, SECAM, etc), please contact the chair in advance.

CATEGORIES: Films and videos will be judged in a single category; the former Amateur and Professional. categories have been shelved due to the advances made in consumer camera and editing equipment. Entrants will compete for any number of Honorable Mentions (Green Ribbons) and Merit Awards (Blue Ribbons), and for a single "Best of Show" award (The Tom Zannes Award). Judging will occur prior to convention.

ENTRY FEE: The entry fee is $5.00 for each entry and no more than three entries are allowed. Payments can be made through PayPal or credit card via the form below. Payment can also be made by check or money order payable to “NSS” and sent to the Video Salon Chair.

JUDGING: All entries will be judged prior to the NSS Convention by a panel of jurors who are cavers and experts in the field of videography. Entries will be judged on artistic merit, technical merit, impact, and appeal to cavers.

All entrants retain copyright and all moral and intellectual rights to their work. The NSS request(s) the following rights, which are optional. Indicate your agreement with any or all by marking the box(es) on the entry form.


 The NSS may publish still images of this work on Web sites and in periodicals to announce the winners of this competition, for not more than one year.
 The NSS may use the low-resolution excerpts (not to exceed 3 minutes) of this work shown during the NSS awards presentation on Web sites to announce the winners of this competition, for not more than four years.
 The NSS may retain copies of this work in its Audio-Visual Library for an indefinite period. The programs will be available for viewing through the NSS website (via the NSS YouTube Channel) at no charge.

FURTHER INFORMATION - If you have questions, e-mail

David Socky
6572 Woodbrook Drive SW
Roanoke, VA 24018-5402

Video Salon Payment Form

Salon Payment - Video

Price: $5.00
Enter the number of video productions you are entering in the Video Salon
Submitter Email
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Payment Method
American Express
Supported Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa