Shrewsbury Open Photography Exhibition

The 25th Shrewsbury Open Photography Exhibition - 2019

PAGB patronage is applied for, and member of British Photographic Exhibitions
Acceptances gained will count towards the BPE Crown awards
Exhibition Chairman - Judy Mainwaring
All enquiries:

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Categories (Digitally projected only):

  • Open Colour
  • Monochrome (PAGB Monochrome Definition)
  • Nature (PAGB Nature Definition)
  • Landscape

Awards: PAGB Gold medal for Best image in each category

  • PAGB Gold medal for Best Entry of 4 in one category
  • PAGB Silver Selector’s medals x 3 in each category
  • PAGB Ribbons for Highly Commended
  • BPE Ribbons for Commended


  • Peter Siviter EFIAP DPAGB
  • Ralph Duckett MPAGB EFIAP BPE4* APAGB
  • Joan Blease MPAGB FBPE EFIAP/b

Exhibition Calendar

  • Postal entries close Saturday 28 September 2019
  • Online entries close: Midnight (23.59) GMT. Sunday 29 September 2019
  • Selection: Saturday 5 October 2019
  • Notification of results: 12 October 2019. Entrants should ensure that they provide an active e-mail address for this purpose.
  • Exhibition Catalogue & Presentation disks will be sent by: 23 November 2019.

All entrants will receive a presentation disk suitable for Windows PC, which will include the catalogue in pdf format and a silent, automatic slideshow of all the accepted images.
IMPORTANT: - If you require a Mac version please let us know via e-mail -

Exhibition Showing of accepted images and Awards Presentation:

  • Monday 18th November 2019 at the Hermitage Centre, Belle Vue Methodist Church, Belle Vue Road, Shrewsbury SY3 7NL
  • Further shows:
    • Bridgnorth Photographic Society, 7.30 pm Thurs 16th January 2020 at the Community Centre, Severn St, Lowtown, Brignorth WV15 6BD

Disks of the show set to music (for clubs with a PRS licence only) and/or with manual advance for club showings, will be available for sale, please send an email to

Entry Rules

The competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and British Forces posted overseas only.

Entries may be submitted online or if you wish by post on CD – in that case, please download the postal entry form here for instructions and postal address. All final work must be submitted as digital files.

A maximum of four images for each section may be submitted as 1400 x 1050 JPEG files using the SRGB colour space profile. Images entered in one category must not be duplicated in another category. For example, a monochrome landscape image can be entered in either the monochrome or the landscape category but not both.

A Shrewsbury entry form (online or printed) must be completed by each entrant.

CDs will be destroyed and rejected images deleted from SPS computers not later than 31st January following the exhibition.

Entry fees: £1.50 per image - (minimum fee £6.00). Entry fees can be paid by using a PayPal account or credit/debit card, or by cheque for postal entries. All payments should be made in pounds Sterling. All cheques to be made payable to Shropshire Photographic Society. Entries sent with insufficient or no entry fees will not be judged.

CDs should be posted with sufficient strengthening. No responsibility can be accepted for broken CDs received or for damaged/lost images, howsoever caused, although every effort will be made to contact the entrant to resubmit images.

Permission to reproduce any entries on the website, the exhibition catalogue/CD or in any publicity material is assumed, unless otherwise stated by the entrant on the entry form or notified by e-mail.

Judges’ voting will be by electronic machine. Scores will be reported in writing by e-mail to each entrant. Entrants should keep a separate copy of their entries or the completed form(s). The judges’ decision is final.

Entries accepted in a previous Shrewsbury Open Photography Exhibition (or ones so similar as to be indistinguishable) are ineligible.

For all entries, the original exposure must be made by the entrant, any modification to the original exposure must be made by, or under the personal direction of, the entrant. All images may be colour or monochrome from film or digital originals.

For Nature entries, please see the PAGB nature definition (February 2018) below. Note that images already meeting the separate FIAP Definition of Nature and Wildlife 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 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.

For Monochrome entries, please see the FIAP/PAGB Monochrome definition (February 2017):

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 FIAP 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 FIAP Patronage.

Entrants must own the copyright of all images or components of images used in any submitted entry. Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement. For the avoidance of doubt, use of images from any other source including, but not limited to, royalty free image banks and clipart are not permitted. An image must not display to the Judges any of the Photographer’s name, the Club or the Federation.The Shropshire Photographic Society accepts no liability for any breach of copyright by an entrant. Furthermore, no liability is accepted for any transgression of a third party organisation's rules or permissions by an entrant in the act of taking a photograph.

The Exhibition Committee reserves the right to withhold without consultation any entry deemed unsuitable for public exhibition.

The catalogue will be provided to all entrants on a CD as a pdf file, together with a silent, automatic slide show of all the accepted images and award winners. This show can be played on a PC with a CD ROM Drive. No actual image files will be released on this disk, to prevent unauthorised copying or use of images. Mac compatible copies will be available but you must indicate on your entry form or let us know by e-mail. Copyright of any image resides with the author; but entrants must be aware that their work could be downloaded from the website, however the resolution will be insufficient for reproduction in any other media.

Any enquiries should be submitted by e-mail to

Entry of the Exhibition is deemed to be acceptance of all the conditions.

Image Preparation

Entries will be processed by computer with little human intervention so it is essential that these instructions are followed exactly. Mac users please ensure file extensions are enabled - entries are processed on a PC which will not recognise a .jpg without the file extension in the file name. Entrants should note that any images which are incorrectly submitted in terms of size and colour space will automatically be corrected by the projection software without recourse to the originator. Images submitted at a higher pixel count than specified will be automatically down-sized, images that are smaller will be displayed against a black background at the size provided. Images not in sRGB colour space will be automatically converted. Image files should be no larger than 5mb - image files significantly larger than 5mb may be resized or deleted by the system administrator - the photographer will normally be informed (but this cannot be guaranteed).

Images not conforming to these requirements may not be shown to the selectors or included on the exhibition CD and the entry fee will not be refunded, although every effort will be made to contact the entrant for resubmission.

Image Size/Format

Entries must be submitted in .jpg format, at a screen resolution of 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels high, in sRGB colour space, and should be at maximum quality. If borders are used they should be no more than 2 pixels wide. If your image is less than the maximum in any direction you may, if you wish, fill the unused area with any colour, design or texture, although it is advisable that you do not use white or very light colours. If there is no fill, the software used for projection will automatically present the image with a black background. Make a copy of your finished image, convert the colour space in the copy to sRGB (even for monochrome images) resize it, and then submit the copied image.


Each image must have a unique title no more than 30 characters long, with no identification of the photographer in the title or embedded in the image. N.B. If your title has a number as its first word, e.g. 3 Buses, please type the word in full not the number, i.e. Three Buses. Copy your resized files into a folder for the category you are entering. There is no need to rename your files for online entry, the titles can be manually entered at the time of uploading. Do not type your name into the image title field, or anything else that might identify you. Type the titles with capitals and punctuation as you would want it to appear in the catalogue.

Entry on CD

Multiple entries may be sent on a single CD, provided that each entrant’s images are in a separate folder named with the entrant’s name and the CD is clearly labelled with the names of all the entrants.

Please download and print the postal entry form here and follow the instructions carefully for submission on CD.

If you need any direct help, you may e-mail