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The Societies' 20x16" Print Competition 2017

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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: The Hilton, 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 £10.
Non-members: each print £15.


  • Wedding Category: includes the following sub-categories: Classical, Avant Garde, 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 – commissioned and non-commissioned
  • Documentary Category: commissioned and non-commissioned
  • The Natural World - 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 20x16 competition.

NB. Entrants must include the sub-categories on their application form.

Category Definitions:

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.

Open: There are no strict definitions for this category.

Documentary: Images of people involved in real events to provide a factual report on a particular subject.

Nouveau: There are no strict definitions for this category but entrants must not have entered the 20x16 category before.

Closing Date: 31 December 2016

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20x16 Print Competition Entries


Where to send your prints:
20x16 Competition
6 Bath Street
LL18 3EB

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 £6.00 Recorded £8.00

Up to 4kg (average 8 prints)
Standard £9.50 Recorded £12.00

Up to 6kg (average 12 prints)
Standard £12.00 Recorded £16.00

Up to 8kg (average 16 prints)
Standard £15.50 Recorded £19.00

Up to 10kg (average 20 prints)
Standard £18.00 Recorded £21.00

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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Entry Rules – 2017

  • Each image must be mounted.
  • All entries must be 20x16 inches inclusive of the mount.
  • The metric equivalent 50x40cm is also accepted.
  • Within the mount each image must have one side of at least 10 inches (254mm).
  • Each image must be accompanied by a signed application form.
  • Entrants must include sub-categories on the application form.
  • Entrants may enter as many images as they wish in any category.
  • Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure.
  • All digital manipulation must have been performed by the entrant or under strict guidance from them.
  • Any images that violate copyright, trademark or any other applicable law will be disqualified.
  • All Wedding entries must be from commissioned weddings and shot on the wedding day with a real bride and groom.
  • All entries into the Nouveau Category must be submitted by authors who have not entered any image into The Societies 20x16 since it began.
  • First time entrants may enter images into any of the categories listed and may enter as many images as they like into the Nouveau category or any other.
  • The entrant's name, or any other distinguishing marks, must not appear on the face of the image.
  • No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment.
  • No image that receives a Merit in the 20x16 annual competition may be entered into the monthly image competition in the same year.
  • No identical images may be entered into multiple categories.
  • Any entry which has been reproduced from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will be disqualified.
  • Entrants agree that any photograph entered may be used by The Societies of Photographers and or Professional Imagemaker in any of the publications, printed materials, or electronic media. Also the image may be used for promotional use by The Societies of Photographers (B.P.P.A Limited), unless otherwise agreed.
  • It is the entrants responsibility to obtain any and all permissions including the model release/and or Copyright owner's permission
  • The judges withhold the right to score any image that they do not think is of a competition standard the award of U – unclassified.

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