Southport Photographic Society
71st National Open Exhibition
Welcome to the Southport Photographic Society’s 71st National Open Exhibition and its associated competitions, the Members’ Exhibition and the Young Photographer Competition. Photographic Alliance GB patronage has been awarded Certificate of Patronage No 08-2018, and 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 the Exhibition Coordinator, Les Auld on 01704 224600 or 07971 130154.
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.
Enter Open Exhibition Here
Young Photographer Pages
Download Entry Forms
Enter Members Exhibition Here
The following Classes are supported:
Class A – Open Monochrome
Class B- Open Colour
Class C - Nature
Class G – Members’ Prints
Projected Digital Images (PDI)
Class D – Open Monochrome
Class E – Open Colour
Class F - Nature
Class H – Members PDI
Open Monochrome and Colour
Rod Wheelans Hon PAGB MPAGB EFIAP/p
Peter Rees FRPS MPAGB EFIAP/p
Peter Gennard MFIAP EFIAPClass
Nature and Members’ Exhibition
Malcolm Kus ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/b
David Osborn FRPS EFIAP
Edmund Fellowes MPAGB FRPS
Our preferred method of payment is PayPal. Please enter on line, if possible, to reduce administration costs. Alternatively, paper entry forms, payment & CD's may be sent to the Exhibition Co-ordinator.
The entry fee is £8.00 for the first four entries of any mix, each additional images is £1.50.
Where prints are to be returned then sufficient payment must be made, our preferred method of return is MyHermes and details of their charges may be found on their web site, www.myhermes.co.uk, use post code PR9 9GP to calculate charges. Alternatively Royal Mail or Parcelforce may also be used.
Cheques to be made payable to 'SPS EXHIBITION'.
Open for entries – 1st November 2017
Entries close – 21st January 2018
Selection Days – 10th/11th February, 17th February 2018
Results sent out by email – 21st February 2018
Exhibition Opening and Awards Ceremony – 24th March 2018
Exhibition Closes – 8th April 2018
All prints returned – 19th May 2018
The opening ceremony will be held at:
Christ Church Southport
Time: 11:00 am.
We are pleased to announce that once again the accepted prints will be displayed at:
The Wayfarers Arcade
24th March 2018 to 8th April 2018
We are very grateful to the Arcade General Manager, Yvonne Burns, for allowing us to stage the exhibition at the Arcade again in 2018.
Delivery, Collection and Return
Entries should be posted to:
78 Seaton Way
Tel: 07971 130154
Wilkinsons - Southport
38 Eastbank Street
Tel: 01704 534534
Wilkinsons - Preston
27 Friargate Walk
St George’s Centre
Tel: 01772 556250
Wilkinsons - Liverpool
51 Lord Street
Tel: 0151 255 0345
Images submitted via Wilkinsons will either be returned via courier, or by arrangement, collected from the Exhibition Coordinator.
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 4274224
5 Kingston Drive
Lytham St. Annes
Tel: 01253 737327
To take advantage of these alternative arrangements send your entry forms and fees direct to Southport to arrive no later than 21st January 2017 and have your entry at the collection point by that date.
The Society will award PAGB Medals, PAGB Ribbons and SPS Certificates in each class as follows:
Marshall Trophy - Class A: First Monochrome Print
Golden Jubilee Trophy - Class B: First Open Colour Print
Atkinson Gallery Trophy - Class C: First Open Nature Print
Southport Trophy - Class D: First Open Monochrome PDI
David Gwynne Memorial Trophy - Class E: First Open Colour PDI
Nature Digital Image Shield - Class F: 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 classes A to F. Open to entrants who are not members of Southport Photographic Society.
Gwyn Lloyd Shield - Best Print from the Open Colour and Monochrome classes A and B by an SPS member.
Rimmer Shield - Best Print or PDI from the Nature classes C and F by an SPS member
Sandgrounder Shield - Best PDI from the Open Colour or Monochrome classes D and E by an SPS member
Winifred Lorch Trophy - The highest aggregate score of their acceptances by any one entrant in the National Open Exhibition across classes A to F. Open only to members of Southport Photographic Society
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 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 please contact us (see Delivery and Returns page for Exhibition Co-ordinator details) for clarification.
The SPS Exhibition has patronage from the British Photographic Exhibitions (abbreviated to BPE) and The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (abbreviated to PAGB). Any reference to the ‘Society’ or ‘SPS’ is the Southport Photographic Society.
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 photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.
Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. 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.
No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted.
Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted.
All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, 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 enclosures where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
Note: Wildlife images (as defined in the PAGB rules at www.thepagb.org.uk) may be entered in this Nature section.
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.
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
The Southport Photographic Society will hold the personal information provided by you to manage your entries and provide information to you about future events.
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Staged with the Patronage of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and British Photographic Exhibitions, Crown Awards & Distinctions.
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