Shrewsbury Open Photography Exhibition

The 29th Shrewsbury Open Photography Exhibition - 2023

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

Quick Links

Categories (Digitally projected only):

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

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


  • John Cartlidge APAGB EFIAP/p BPE5
  • Christine Widdall FBPE MPAGB EFIAP APAGE Hon LCPU
  • Ralph Snook ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/s

Exhibition Calendar

  • Closing Date - Midnight Sunday 8th October 2023
  • Selection - 14th - 15th October 2023
  • Results Sent - 21st October 2023
  • Presentation & Showing - 20th November 2023
  • Catalogue & Show CD Mailed - 27th November 2023

All entrants will receive a presentation disk, suitable for Windows PC and MAC, which will include the catalogue in pdf format and a silent, automatic slideshow in MPEG format of all the accepted images.

Exhibition Showing of accepted images and Awards Presentation:

  • Monday 20th November 2023 at the Hermitage Centre, Belle Vue Methodist Church, Belle Vue Road, Shrewsbury SY3 7NL
  • Further shows: VIA Zoom, 7.30 pm 17th January 2023

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 @ £10, please send an email to

Entry Rules

1. 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.

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

3. A maximum of four images for each section may be submitted as 1600 x 1200 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.

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

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

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

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

11. 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.

12. For Nature entries, please see the PAGB nature definition (May 2020) below. Note that images already meeting the separate FIAP Definition of Nature and Wildlife will also satisfy this less restrictive definition:

Nature means Images where living organisms are the primary subject matter. The story telling value of an Image will normally be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

Nature includes:

Images taken with subjects in controlled conditions such as zoos, game parks, botanic gardens, aquariums and enclosures where the subjects are dependent on man for food. Scientific bands, tags or collars are permissible.

Nature excludes:

Images where the subjects are obviously domestic animals or plants.
Images where an obviously artistic treatment has been applied.

Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is permitted, as is cloning of image defects and minor distractions including overlapping elements.
An Image appearing to meet these criteria will be accepted as Nature. The Judges will normally assume that any Image presented to them is eligible.
Access to some biological subjects may be restricted. Where that is relevant, then Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences.

13. For Monochrome entries, please see the PAGB Monochrome definition (May 2020):

Monochrome Images include:
An Image in tones of neutral grey ranging from transparent/white to opaque/black.
An Image in a single colour:

A Print using a chemical process such as sepia, cyanotype, etc..
A digitally produced Image ‘colorized’ in a single hue.

14. Entrants must own the copyright of all images or components of images used in any submitted entry. Composite images, and the use of software for image enhancement, such as cloning, compositing, sky or background replacement, blurring etc. are permitted, except for the Nature section, (see the specific Nature Definition), provided all component images meet the copyright requirement. Use of images or components from any other source including, but not limited to, AI generation, image banks and clipart are not permitted. Images generated solely by AI (Artificial Intelligence, i.e. computer generated) are not permitted. An image must not display the Photographer’s name, the Club or the Federation.

15. 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.

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

16. The catalogue will be provided to all entrants on a CD/DVD as a pdf file, together with a silent, automatic slide show in MPEG format of all the accepted images and award winners. This show can be played on a PC or a MAC with a CD or DVD ROM Drive. No actual image files will be released on this disk, to prevent unauthorised copying or use of images. 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.

17. 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 1600 pixels wide by 1200 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 2022 entry form and follow the instructions carefully for submission on CD.

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