Southport Photographic Society, 76th National Open Exhibition

Open For Entries From November 1st 2022

Welcome to Southport Photographic Society, 76th National Open Exhibition and its associated competition: Members’ Exhibition

Photographic Alliance GB patronage has been awarded Certificate of Patronage No 2023-009

As a member of British Photographic Exhibitions, acceptances gained will count towards the BPE Crown award: see for further details.

Message from our Exhibition Coordinator, Mr. Kit Robinson LRPS

Welcome to the 76th Annual Exhibition of Photography organised by Southport Photographic Society. We look forward to receiving your PDI entries across the four classes. It is with regret that we are still unable to return to a Print and PDI Exhibition. As a society dedicated to ‘organise and conduct public exhibitions of photographs, photographic art and apparatus’ we have tried hard to put the necessary arrangements in place for selecting and exhibiting prints but it has not been possible this year. We will try even harder next year. I wish you every success with your entries

Kit Robinson

If you have any queries regarding an entry or any other aspect of the exhibition, please contact:

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 2023-009

Exhibition Entry
Online Entry Open / Members:
Exhibition Information
Open Exhibition Classes & Selectors
The exhibition consists of four (4) classes with up to four (4) entries allowed in each Class. There will be a minimum of 60 awards of Medals, Ribbons and Certificates to be won across the classes.

Projected Digital Images (PDI)

Open Colour
Open Monochrome

Members Class

Open PDI


Open Monochrome and Colour


Nature, Scapes and Members’ Exhibition

Tony Pioli FRPS FBPE
Sue Wilson DPAGB BPE3*


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 Hon Treasurer Mr. K. Robinson, Southport Photographic Society, 12 Dunes Drive, Formby, Liverpool, L37 1PF. Cheques should be made payable to SPS Exhibition.

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.

Please note that entries without the correct fees will not be judged and no catalogue sent.


Open for entries: 1st November 2022

Entries close: 13th January 2023

Selection days: 11th & 18th February 2023

Results sent by email: 24th February 2023

Exhibition PDI Projection and Awards Ceremony: 27th & 29th March 2023

All catalogues posted: 31st March 2023

Exhibition Venues

The opening ceremony, if permitted due to Covid regulations at the time, will be held at:

New Hall,
Emmanuel Church,
Cambridge Road,

Monday 27th March 2023 Doors Open 7.15pm for prompt start at 7.45pm

Please note that due to size of entry we may require to show the classes over two evenings and the second evening will be via Zoom.

Via Zoom Wednesday 29th March, 2023 Zoom opens 7.30pm for prompt start at 7.45pm

PDI viewing will be made available at selected venues. To be advised.

Awards - Open

The Society will award PAGB Medals, PAGB Ribbons, BPE Ribbons, SPS Selectors Medals and SPS Certificates in each class as follows:

First Place PAGB Gold Medal
Second Place PAGB Silver Medal
Third Place PAGB Bronze Medal
There are 3 (Three) SPS Selector Medals
PAGB Ribbons, BPE Ribbons and SPS Certificates will be awarded at the Selectors’ discretion

There will be a minimum of 60 Awards.

The Margaret Suddaby Memorial Trophy

Awarded for the highest aggregate score of their acceptances by anyone entrant in the National Open Exhibition across Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Nature and Scapes. Open to entrants who are not members of Southport Photographic Society.

Awards in the Open for Members of Southport Photographic Society

Rimmer Shield – Best PDI from Nature

Sandgrounder Shield – Best PDI from Open Colour or Open Monochrome

Society Shield – Best PDI from Scapes

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, The Margaret Suddaby Memorial Trophy awarded to a non-Southport Photographic Society member 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 the Nature class. If you have any query, for clarification please contact 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’ refers to the Southport Photographic Society.

  • The utmost care will be taken of all work, but the Society cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage.
  • Entries are accepted from UK residents only.
  • All accepted entries will be exhibited, except for images considered not suitable for public display.  Please enter name using upper and lower case letters, ensure honours are in capital letters as this will be how it is displayed in catalogue.           
  • You may enter up to FOUR images in each class.  Digital images can be either landscape or portrait and image size: Maximum 1600 pixels horizontal and/or 1200 pixels vertical. Images must be in JPEG format with the preferred Colour Space sRGB and should not exceed 2MB.
  • Images must not have been accepted by the Society for a previous SPS Exhibition.
  • An image, or similar image, may not be entered in more than one class.
  • For the purpose of these rules the Society reserves the right to consider the image to be the same as one already used if, regardless of title or medium, it is so similar to the other as to be almost identical.
  • The original image/images must have been made by the entrant using the photographic process, who must also own the copyright of all elements used in the work.
  • Images must not display any visible identification of the entrant, club or photographic association or federation.
  • You must enter under your own name, aliases are not permitted.
  • In the Monochrome Class, a black & white image modified by the addition of a single tone over the entire image is eligible. An image modified by toning part of the image or adding a colour to part of the image should be entered in the colour section.
  • Except in the Nature Class any process may be used to produce the final image.
  • Nature images should have a factual descriptive title.
  • Entrants submitting images in the Nature class must be able to supply, if requested, the original native camera RAW file, transparency or negative to authenticate the image.  We may request a RAW file at any time before, during or after the exhibition.  DNG files are not suitable unless they are the only native RAW file format available from the camera.  EXIF data should be kept intact.
  • It is the responsibility of the entrant to comply with these Terms & Conditions.  Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.
  • An image found not to comply with these Terms & Conditions, either before, during or after this Exhibition, may be disqualified. Any award that may have been given to a subsequently disqualified image shall be revoked. No refund will be made.
  • The Society reserves the right to exclude an entrant from future exhibitions who has submitted an image that is disqualified.
  • The Society reserves the right to refuse an entry in its entirety, in which case the entry fee will be refunded.
  • In the event that an image is rejected or disqualified then the BPE and the PAGB will be informed as appropriate.
  • The exhibition is under the patronage of the PAGB and their 2018 definition of Nature and Monochrome is used by the Society as follows:

Nature – The PAGB 2018 Definition Applies


(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.

Monochrome – PAGB Definition 

Monochrome images include:

  • An image in tones of neutral grey ranging from transparent/white to opaque/black.
  • An image in a single colour:   A digitally produced image ‘colourised’ in a single hue.

Scapes – Southport Photographic Definition

This is a broad interpretation of ‘Scapes”

  • Any image depicting our physical environment – land, sea, sky, urban, rural – is acceptable.  Images may range from scenic views of wild country to inner city.   
  • People and animals may be included in the scene as long as they are ancillary to and/or supportive of the main subject.
  • Entries to this class are required to be from a ‘single image’.  This means the entered image should be from a single exposure, or from multiple exposures taken at the same time and merged to work round camera limitations.  Specifically, HDR, focus stacking and stitched panorama techniques are allowed.  In-camera multiple exposures are also allowed.


Open Exhibition and Members’ Exhibition

  • Entries may be submitted online via the exhibition website. 
  • Images may be of digital origin or scanned from film or slides.
  • Digital images can be either landscape or portrait and image size: Maximum 1600 pixels horizontal and/or 1200 pixels vertical. Images must be in JPEG format with the preferred Colour Space sRGB and should not exceed 2MB.
  • Image Title: is as entered on the entry form. Please use titles as you wish them to appear on your image during selection and as you wish it to appear in the catalogue; also avoid titles in all upper case letters, avoid symbols, hyphens and underlining since our software PhotEx may reject them.
  • File sizes should not be greater than 2 MB otherwise they will be rejected by our PhotEx software
  • Any entries not complying with the above may be automatically changed by our viewing software to comply with these image specifications.  If this is not possible the image may be rejected from the competition.
SPS Members Exhibition

This section of the Exhibition is for Southport P.S. members only. There is no entry fee and entry is online

  • Please enter name using upper and lower case letters, ensure Honours are in capital letters.            
  • SPS members may enter up to six 6 digital images.
  • The following images are not eligible for this Members’ Exhibition:
    a) Images accepted in any section of a previous Open or Members’ Exhibition held by the Society.
    b) Images entered in any section of the concurrent Open Exhibition. (Note: Images accepted for a previous Members’ Exhibition may be entered in the Open Exhibition.)
  • You must own the copyright of all images entered.
  • Digital images can be either landscape or portrait and image size: Maximum 1600 pixels horizontal and/or 1200 pixelsImages must be in JPEG format with the preferred Colour Space sRGB and should not exceed 2MB otherwise our PhotEx software will reject them.
  • Image Title should be as you wish it to appear on Projection and in the catalogue, avoid titles in all upper case letters, avoid symbols, hyphens and underlining since our software PhotExmay reject them.



SPS First Medal and Digital Exhibition Salver

SPS Second Medal

SPS Third Medal


Results Cards, Catalogues and Reproduction

Results Cards, Catalogues and Reproduction

Results Cards and Catalogues

Results will be notified by email. Catalogues will be posted.


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.


Data Privacy, Payments, Disclosure

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The Society does not pass this information to any third parties. Please contact the Exhibition Coordinator if you do not want this information to be retained after the end of the competition.

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