Enter the 20x16" Competition – merited images will be displayed for 15,000 visitors to view in the Convention Reception Area. The judging process is held in public so photographers can watch the assessments take place; this in itself is an invaluable learning process. The winner will be announced at our prestigious Awards Night at the 2017 Convention in London.
1st Prize: TBA
All category and sub-category winners receive a prize and a trophy!
Judging will take place at the
Hilton London Metropole Hotel during the Convention.
A truly informative and beneficial opportunity to learn from our peers.
Judging Dates and Times: 11-12 January 2017 09:00-17:00
Judging Venue: Hilton London Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London W2 1JU, UK
(Please note due to the nature of this event timings may change)
An application form and the appropriate entry fee must accompany each print.
Members: each print £15.
Non-members: each print £20.
- Wedding Category: includes the following sub-categories: Classical, Avant Garde and Reportage/Photojournalism – must be taken at an actual wedding on the day the register is signed – commissioned work only.
- Portrait Category: includes the following sub-categories: Classical, Avant Garde, Children/Babies and Fashion and Beauty – commissioned and non-commissioned
- Documentary Category: commissioned and non-commissioned
- The Natural World Category: commissioned and non-commissioned
- Monochrome Category: commissioned and non-commissioned
- Illustrative Category: commissioned and non-commissioned
- Open Category - Anything goes – commissioned and non-commissioned work
- Nouveau Category - Anything goes – commissioned and non-commissioned work - only open to first-time entrants of The Societies' 20x16 Print Competition.
NB. Each image must be accompanied by a signed application form. Entrants must include the sub-categories on their application form.
All wedding entries must be commissioned work only and taken on the day the register was signed by a real couple.
Classical Wedding/ Classical Portrait: Images must represent an
exemplary standard within a traditional and long-established form or style.
Wedding Avant Garde/ Portrait Avant Garde: Images must favour or introduce new and experimental ideas and methods.
Wedding Reportage: Images must document real moments without any photographer input.
Portrait Children/Babies: Images must be of children aged below 16. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.
Portrait Fashion: Images entered into this category can show clothing, jewellery, makeup, accessories, hair or any other specific fashion item. Models wearing bridal gowns should be entered into this category instead of the Wedding categories.
Illustrative: This category covers the following genres pictorial, fine art, digital art, abstract, composite and concept work. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.
Documentary: Images of people involved in real events to provide a factual report on a particular subject. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.
Open: There are no strict definitions for this category. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.
The Natural World: This category covers all things natural – landscapes, wildlife and nature. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.
Monochrome: Images entered into this category must be either black or white OR coloured in one single tonal range, for example sepia images are permitted. There are no subject restraints, any subject and style as long as it’s monochromatic. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.
Nouveau: There are no strict definitions for this category but entrants must not have entered the 20x16 category before. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.
Closing Date: 31 December 2016
Where to send your prints:
20x16" Print Competition
The Societies of Photographers
6 Bath Street
Entries will NOT be accepted if brought to the judging venue. Entries must be
sent to the above address for them to be included in the competition and must
arrive by the closing date. Any entries received after the closing date will not
be entered and will only be returned at the entrant's expense.
Each image must have an application form attached to the back.
Payment for returning prints must be included with your submissions or submitted
online using the payment form provided before the judging date.
Our easy return postage guide:
Up to 2kg (average 4 prints)
Standard £7.00 Recorded £9.50
Up to 4kg (average 8 prints)
Standard £11.00 Recorded £13.50
Up to 6kg (average 12 prints)
Standard £14.00 Recorded £16.50
Up to 8kg (average 16 prints)
Standard £17.50 Recorded £22.00
Up to 10kg (average 20 prints)
Standard £20.00 Recorded £24.50
Entrants who live outside of the UK must contact the office prior to January 1st 2016 to arrange a courier service.
If you require your entries to be returned to you please inform us BEFORE the competition date, entries not returned within two weeks of the competition will be destroyed. Your entries will be returned to you in their original packing where possible.
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