Southport Photographic Society
72nd National Open Exhibition
Welcome to the Southport Photographic Society’s 73rd National Open Exhibition and its associated competitions: Members’ Exhibition and the Young Photographer Competition. Photographic Alliance GB patronage has been awarded Certificate of Patronage No 2020- 010. As a member of British Photographic Exhibitions acceptances gained will count towards the BPE Crown award: see www.britishphotographicexhibitions.org.uk for further details.
If you have any queries regarding an entry or any other aspect of the exhibition: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Exhibition consists of six classes open to all entrants with two classes for members of Southport PS and two classes in the Young Photographer Competition. The details for the Young Photographer Competition may be found here.
The exhibition consists of six (6) classes with up to four (4) entries allowed in each section. There are a total of 103 awards of Medals, Ribbons and Certificates to be won across classes.
Projected Digital Images (PDI)
Open Monochrome and Colour
Terry Donnelly FRPS FSWPP MPAGB FBPE EFIAP
Rikki O’Neill FRPS MPAGB
Ross McKelvey MPAGB FIPF FBPE EFIAP/s
Nature and Members’ Exhibition
Austin Thomas MPAGB EFIAP FBPE
Ian Whiston DPAGB EFIAP/s ABPE
Christine Widdall MPAGB APAGB EFIAP FBPE HonLCPU
Please enter online. Our preferred method of payment is by PayPal. If paying by cheque please include a print out of your entry form from the system and post it to the delivery address. If unable to enter online then please download the entry form and send it together with your cheque and prints to the delivery address.
Fees are per entrant. Entry fee for the Open Exhibition is £8.00 for the first four (4) entries any mix, each additional image is £1.50.
Return fee for Print Entries
If you have elected to have your prints returned to you, you MUST add return postage as follows:
Flat fee £7.00, plus 25p for each mounted print. For example if you enter four prints in Open Colour and four in Open Monochrome your return postage would be £9.00.
Please add these amounts to your total when paying the fees.
Cheques should be made payable to SPS Exhibition.
Please note that entries which arrive without the correct fees will not be judged or returned and no catalogue sent.
Open for entries – 1st November 2019
Entries close – 17th January 2020
Selection Days – 15th, 16th & 22nd February 2020
Results sent out by email – 29th February 2020
Exhibition Opening and Awards Ceremony – 28th March 2020
Exhibition Closes – 13th April 2020
All prints returned – 30th April 2020
All catalogues posted - 30th April 2020
The opening ceremony will be held at:
Christ Church Southport
Saturday 28th March 2020 at 11:00 am.
We are pleased to announce that once again the accepted prints will be displayed at:
The Wayfarers Arcade
Saturday 28th March to Monday 13th April 2020
We are very grateful to the Arcade General Manager, Yvonne Burns, for allowing us to stage the exhibition at the Arcade again in 2020.
Delivery, Collection and Return
Entries should be posted to:
Southport Photographic Society
c/o 60 Chapel Lane,
Lancashire L40 7RA
Wilkinsons - Southport
38 Eastbank Street
Tel: 01704 534534
Wilkinsons - Preston
27 Friargate Walk
St George’s Centre
Tel: 01772 556250
Wilkinsons - Liverpool
4 Bold Street,
Tel: 0151 255 0345
To take advantage of these alternative arrangements please ensure that your prints will make it to the final destination branch of Wilkinsons in Southport by 17th January 2020. Return postage must be included in your entry.
By prior arrangement, entries may be delivered to and returned entries collected from:
Smethwick Photographic Society
The Old School House
West Midlands B69 2AS
Tel: 0121 427 4224
For clubs in Lytham, Preston, Garstang and surrounding areas, by prior arrangement, entries may be delivered to and returned entries collected from:
14 Westfield Drive
Tel: 01772 634619
The Society will award PAGB Medals, PAGB Ribbons, BPE Ribbons and SPS Certificates in each class as follows:
Marshall Trophy - First Monochrome Print
Golden Jubilee Trophy - First Open Colour Print
Atkinson Gallery Trophy - First Open Nature Print
Southport Trophy - First Open Monochrome PDI
David Gwynne Memorial Trophy - First Open Colour PDI
Nature Digital Image Shield - First Open Nature PDI
Margaret Suddaby Memorial Trophy - The highest aggregate score of their acceptances by any one entrant in the National Open Exhibition across Open Colour, Open Monochrome and Nature. Open to entrants who are not members of Southport Photographic Society.
Awards in the Open for Members of Southport Photographic Society
Gwyn Lloyd Shield - Best Print from the Open Colour and Monochrome.
Rimmer Shield - Best Print or PDI from Nature.
Sandgrounder Shield - Best PDI from Open Colour or Open Monochrome.
Winifred Lorch Trophy - The highest aggregate score of their acceptances by any one member in the National Open Exhibition.
Trophies will be engraved with the winner’s name and presented at the exhibition opening ceremony. However, trophies awarded to non Southport Photographic Society members will be retained by the Society after the opening ceremony unless special arrangements are made. Please contact the Exhibition Coordinator (email: email@example.com) for further details if required.
Terms and Conditions
Please note that we have changed and added new Conditions and Rules this year. Please read and understand all of the conditions of entry, particularly if you are entering images in either of the Nature classes. If you have any query, for clarification please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The SPS Exhibition has patronage from the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) and The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB). Any reference to the ‘Society’ or ‘SPS’ refers to the Southport Photographic Society.
Note that images already meeting the separate FIAP Definition of Nature will satisfy this less restrictive definition. Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.
The story telling value of a Nature photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.
Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is allowed. Cloning of image defects and minor distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement.
Images entered as Nature can have landscape, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
Access to biological subjects may be restricted. By entering a PAGB event, Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences.
A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under PAGB Patronage. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under PAGB Patronage.
PROJECTED DIGITAL IMAGES (PDI)
Open Exhibition and Members Exhibition
SPS Members Exhibition
Results Cards, Catalogues
Results Cards and Catalogues
Results will be notified by email, unless otherwise requested, when a card will be mailed. Catalogues will be posted with return prints.
Whilst copyright rests with the author, the Society reserves the right to use any entry, without fee, for publication and/or display in any media related to the exhibition. The submission of an entry implies acceptance of the above conditions
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Staged with the Patronage of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and
British Photographic Exhibitions, Crown Awards & Distinctions.
Photographic Alliance GB patronage has been awarded Certificate of Patronage No 2020-10 The Young Photographers Competition is supported by The Rotary Club of Southport Links. Exhibition facilities courtesy of the Wayfarers Arcade, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1NT