BPE Exhibitions - LAST CALLS

CHELTENHAM INTERNATIONAL SALON

This UK-based International closes on Wednesday 1 April.
Patronage is from FIAP, PSA and GPU (for those looking for Distinctions).
COVID-19: FIAP and PSA have agreed that this Salon may proceed with remote judging.
5 PDI sections: Colour - Mono - Nature - Creative - Travel
1920 x 1200 x 5MB maximum
1 section £9, 2 £12, 3 £15, 4 £18, 5 £21
Within each section they have medals for different subjects which may influence your choice of images: either choose images that aim for Medals or avoid those subjects to gain Acceptances by being different to the other entries.
A4 catalogue
Good luck.
http://www.cheltenhamcameraclub.co.uk/wordpress/salon/

Rushden BPE National Exhibition

This closes on Sunday 5 April; acceptances count towards the BPEx* Distinctions.
There are 5 PDI sections (up to 1920 x 1080, 2.5MB maximum) : Colour - Mono - Creative - Nature - Scapes, maximum of 3 images per section.
1 section £7, 2 £12, 3 £15, 4 £17, 5 £18.
Quirk Alert: note the very widescreen format of the image dimensions, it may give some images greater impact, eg triptychs and panoramas; just a thought. Also note the maximum of 3, not 4, images per section.
Don't forget to read the rules..
Good luck.
https://www.rdps.co.uk/open/

Vale of Evesham BPE

This British National exhibition closes on Saturday 29 February.
Acceptances count towards the BPEx* distinctions.
It has 4 PDI sections (up to 1600 x 1200): Colour - Mono - Nature - Experimental/Creative.
As in most exhibitions/salons you can enter up to 4 images per section.
Cost is per image (£1.50 each, subject to a minimum of £6 for the first 4) which keeps it reasonable if you haven't got 4 images to fill a particular section. Every entrant will recieve an A4 printed catalogue.
Quirk alert: where to start? Put simply, they have their own software. Once you've done it it's easy of course but it's not intuitive.
After logging in and/or registering you gain an extended list of menu items on the LHS. When you go to "Add Images" there doesn't seem to be any way of choosing which Section they go in. Don't worry, this menu item simply uploads your images either singly or in bulk.
Once you've Uploaded and Submitted you go to the menu item "Check Images": this is where you type your titles in (the system doesn't transfer the title from the filename) and where you allocate the Section, then you Submit again.
One (possibly minor) issue is setting the order in which your images to be seen in the judging: some people aren't bothered but some are. Their system seems to want to put them in alphabetical order if you upload them in bulk; and so the solution is to add a 1, 2, 3 or 4 to the start of the filename which will put them in the order that you want.
If all this has put you off entering, remember that their software will be putting others off, which makes this a good one to persist with. This is why we pass all this stuff on to you, to help you. You can always thank us with alcohol if you wish . .
Don't forget to read the rules.
Good luck.
https://www.eveshamphoto.net/

SOUTHAMPTON INTERNATIONAL SALON

This UK-based International closes on Sunday 9 February. Patronage is from FIAP, PSA and GPU (for those aiming for any of those Distinctions).
Print Sections are: Colour - Mono - Nature (up to 4 images in each). Prints may be mounted (50 x 40 cm) or unmounted.
PDI Sections are: Open (Colour & Mono) - Nature - Landscape (up to 4 images in each). Sizes are 1600 x 1200 max.
Cost is £11 for first Section, £3 per Section thereafter - Prints: check website
It's probably safest to assume that the closing time is midnight in the UK rather than Pago Pago or wherever.
Printed A4 colour catalogue
Good luck.
http://southamptoninternationalexhibition.co.uk/Default.aspx

PAGB Entry for FIAP Nature Biennial

This closes on Friday 31 January.
FIAP regularly hold biennial competitions for its members (in our case the PAGB) and the next competition is the 2020 FIAP Nature Biennial.
This year, the PAGB are collecting images for England, North Wales and Northern Ireland's entry by holding a selection competition.
Entry for this is open to any PAGB affiliated club member (in England, North Wales and Northern Ireland) and is made via the PAGB competition entry system at:
https://pagbhost.co.uk
If you haven't done so already, and if you have International standard Nature images, consider making an entry to this selection process and competition.
Entry is free, online and open until the end of January 2020.
If one of your images is selected to represent England/North Wales/Northern Ireland, you will be one of the first individuals in the UK to receive a very special limited edition black enamel PAGB Badge.

Clay Cross 2020 BPE

This BPE Salon closes on Monday 27 January (midnight). Acceptances count towards the BPEx* Distinctions.
5 PDI Sections (up to 4 images per section as usual): Colour - Mono - Nature - Creative - Scapes
JPGs only, size: 1400 x 1050 x 3MB max
Fee: £6 for first 4 Images, £1.50 per Image thereafter
Quirk Alert: You MUST stick to the correct Sections: Nature, Creative and Scapes images must only be entered in the relevant class (see entry class conditions in the General Rules) and will be marked down or rejected if entered in the wrong class.
As ever, read the Rules and Good Luck.
https://photoexhib.co.uk/cxe/login.php

BPE Exhibitions - LAST CALLS

Southport BPE

This British National exhibition closes on Friday 17 January.
Acceptances count towards the BPEx* distinctions.
It has 3 Print sections (mounted 40 x 50): Colour, Mono and Nature.
Plus 3 PDI sections (up to 1600 x 1200), 2MB maximum: Colour, Mono and Nature.
As in all exhibitions/salons you can enter up to 4 images per section.
Cost is per image (£1.50 each, subject to a minimum of £8 for the first 4) which keeps it reasonable if you haven't got 4 images to fill a particular section.
Quirk alert: the filenames used should be of the form "n title.jpg" where "n" is the image number as appearing on the entry form and "title" is the image name as entered on the entry form.
Don't forget to read the rules.
Good luck.

https://www.southportphotographic.co.uk/exhibition/

Solihull 2020 BPE

This BPE Salon closes on Sunday 15 December (midnight). Acceptances count towards the BPEx* Distinctions.
4 PDI Sections (up to 4 images per section as usual): Colour - Mono - Nature - Scapes
3 Print Sections: Colour - Mono - Nature
JPGs only, size: 1600 x 1200 x 3MB max
Prints to be on 50 x 40 cm mounts.
Fee: £6 for 1st Section, £4 per Section thereafter
Quirk Alert 1: If your PDI image is less than the maximum dimensions it is recommended that the unused area be filled with black (use Canvas in Photoshop for example)
Quirk Alert 2: The organisers will request original RAW files of ALL Award Winning Nature images to verify that the rules have been correctly followed.
You can view the Acceptances in the last 4 years on their website, useful if you've forgotten what you had Accepted . . .
The selectors are:
Peter Gennard MFIAP EFIAP
Diane Seddon ARPS CPAGB BPE3*
Ralph Duckett MPAGB EFIAP

DVD catalogue.
As ever, read the Rules and Good Luck.
https://solihullopenexhibition.co.uk/

YORKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL SALON

This UK-based International closes on Monday 9 December.
Patronage is from FIAP and PSA
3 PDI Sections: Open - Travel - Nature (1400 x 1050 x 2mb max)
3 Print Sections: Colour - Mono - Landscape (unmounted A4 max)
First Section £7, £2 per Section thereafter
On-line catalogue
Good luck.
http://www.yorkshiresalon.co.uk/

BEBINGTON BPE 2020 SALON

This closes on Wednesday 27 November.
Acceptances count towards the BPEx* distinctions.
5 PDI sections: Landscape - Creative - Colour - Mono - Nature (up to 4 in each) (Rule 2)
Size is 1400 x 1050 (Rule 19)
1 section is £10, 2 £14, 3 £17, 4 £20, 5 £22 (Rule 11)
Quirk Alert 1: entry is by CD only (Rules 5, 21 and 22)
Quirk Alert 2: there is a file naming convention you need to adhere to (Rules 17 and 19)
Quirk Alert 3: ensure that your entries are in the correct sections (Rules 3 and 15) - where do you put Mono Landscapes?
Probably in "Landscapes"
Entries can be made on USB memory sticks but, as is the case with CDs entered, these will not be returned.
Have a go and Good Luck.
http://www.bebingtonps.org.uk/BebingtonSalon.html

Guernsey BPE

This BPE Salon closes on Saturday 19 October, entry by post only (CD or memory stick), hence the better-then-normal advance notice. Acceptances count towards the BPEx* Distinctions.

4 PDI Sections: Open Mono - Open Colour - Portrait Mono - Portrait Colour

JPGs only, 1600 x 1200; if the image size is smaller than this it must be padded out to 1600 x 1200 with black (use Canvas in Photoshop for instance). Check the file-naming requirements.

Cost is £5.00 per Section, include a cheque with your entry.

Quirk Alert: actually this one is SuperQuirky what with the postal entry, a cheque, padding out and file-naming but its individual quirk is that there is only one Judge so there are no scores, you're either In or Out. The Judge on this occasion is Chris Palmer FRPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP.

Despite all the Quirks this is a good one to enter. Why? Well, all these impediments are likely to discourage potential entrants; less determined photographers than those in North Wales will see it as too much trouble, so why not make the effort and give it a go.

The postage rate to Guernsey is the norrmal UK rate and postal Salons usually give a few days latitude on the Closing Date to allow for the vagaries of postal delivery.

Follow the Rules and don't forget to Finalise your CD - if in doubt test its Readability on another computer.

http://www.guernseysalon.co.uk/