Enter the 20x16" Competition - merited images will be displayed for 15,000 visitors to view in the Chablis Suite at The Novotel London West Hotel. The judging process is held in public during our annual photographic Convention, 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 2019 Convention in London.
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All category and sub-category winners receive a prize and a trophy!
Judging will take place at the Novotel London West during the Convention. A truly informative and beneficial opportunity to learn from our peers.
Judging Dates and Times: 16-17 January 2019 09:00-17:00
Judging Venue: The Novotel London West Hotel, 1 Shortlands, Hammersmith, London W6 8DR
(Please note due to the nature of this event timings may change)
*Early Bird Discount* Up to 1st December 2018 - Members £15, Non Members £20
*Standard Entry* 1st-21st December 2018 - Members £20, Non Members £25
*Late Entry* 1st - 5th January 2019 - Members £25, Non Members £30
Any prints received after 5th January 2019 will not be submitted into the competition as the prints will be travelling to London on this date. No refunds will be issued for prints arriving after 5th January, this includes prints sent directly from printing labs. Any prints with outstanding payments after 5th January 2019 will not be entered, even if the prints arrived before the deadline date.
Each print must have an application form attached to the back in the right orientation. Prints which arrive without forms, or with loose forms, will be subject to a discretionary administration fee dependant on the number of prints affected. Payment Form -
- Wedding Category: includes the following sub-categories: Classical, Avant Garde and Reportage
- Portrait Category: includes the following sub-categories: Classical, Avant Garde, Children, Newborn and Fashion
- The Natural World
- Nouveau - only open to first-time entrants of the 20x16 competition.
NB. Entrants must include the sub-categories on their application form.
Category Definitions: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: Images must be of children aged below 16. Commissioned and non-commissioned work permitted.
Portrait Newborn: Images must be of children aged 42 days and below, or have a corrected age of 42 days and below in the case of prematurely born children. Parents not permitted unless being used as a prop (example shoulder/arm not showing face) 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.
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 5th January 2019. Any entries received after this date will not be entered and will only be returned at the entrant's expense.
Entries cannot be collected from the judging venue. Payment for returning prints must be included with your submissions or submitted online using the payment form provided before the judging date. Please ensure that your prints are sent in a flight case or very sturdy box, as they will be sent back in the same packaging where possible. Images that arrive in unsuitable packaging will be returned in bubble wrap/brown paper.
Our easy return postage guide for UK entrants:
Up to 2kg (average 4 prints)
Standard £9.50 Recorded £12.50
Up to 4kg (average 8 prints)
Standard £13.50 Recorded £16.50
Up to 6kg (average 12 prints)
Standard £17.50 Recorded £20.00
Up to 8kg (average 16 prints)
Standard £22.50 Recorded £25.00
Up to 10kg (average 20 prints)
Standard £27.00 Recorded £30.00
For packages with more than 20 prints please add £1 per print to the 10kg list price.
Entrants who live outside of the UK must contact the office prior to January 1st 2019 to arrange a courier service for the return of their prints.
If you require your entries to be returned to you please inform us before the competition date, entries not requested to be returned will be destroyed.
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Convention testimonials It was a great pleasure and an honour being at the convention. I would like to thank you and Phil for believing in me and inviting me to speak at the convention for the 2nd time. I really enjoyed sharing my knowledge with the numerous delegates that have attended my sessions. I had such a great feedback that it sounds too good to be true. Furthermore, I would like to thank you for the 4 awards that I got at the convention. This experience will help me to work even harder for the coming competitions. Christopher Azzopardi