Photoshow 2020 Member’s Guide

Photoshow is the biggest single event in the Society’s calendar and as such it is an annual opportunity to display members’ work to the public.

Photoshow is normally held for two weeks in August and is open to the public (Mon-Sat) throughout this time with free admission. Whilst Photoshow is a series of competitions, its primary purpose is to enable members to showcase the best of their year’s work by submitting entries for inclusion in the exhibition. Members may therefore enter images from earlier in-year competitions or new work.

Images (both prints and PDIs) for inclusion in Photoshow must be prepared and submitted in the same way as for in-year competitions – print copies should be prepared in the same way as PDIs.  Normal ‘frequency of use of images’ rules apply so, for example, the same image may not be entered as both a print and a PDI or in both colour and monochrome, nor may an image accepted for a previous Photoshow be entered.

There is finite capacity in which to display work at the exhibition venue, so a maximum total number of print entries (print & PDI) per member will be set. Members should not assume all entries will be accepted and/or displayed so images must be given a priority order.  Each image entered (print or PDI) must be ‘labelled’ with its section, membership number, title and priority as outlined below.

Print workers should note that digital copies of their entries, with the identical title (excluding special characters other than the underscore), must be uploaded to the website. This is a condition of entry as this title will be used to generate the Photoshow Print Labels and the copy-PDI will also facilitate the selection of prints for future external competitions.

Judges will be asked to select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd images in each category and at their discretion award a number of Commended awards.  Judges will also be asked to select a ‘Best in Show’ award in each medium.

Winners will be presented with trophies at the Annual Awards evening at which in-year competition successes also will be recognised and the PDI & Print Photographers of the Year revealed.

Photoshow Sections

For Photoshow 2020 there will be five categories, all of which are for both Print and PDI entries – Scapes, Monochrome, Nature, People & Portraits and Open Colour.

The judges will presume that the work has been entered into the correct category and mark it accordingly so members should take the time to read the definitions below.  Note in particular that the Open Colour category should not be used for images that clearly belong in a different category.  This is to ensure a good balance of images across all categories.

Members may submit up to 12 Prints in any of the print categories, each with a priority order. If the total entry is oversubscribed, because display space is at a premium, then the lower priority prints may not be exhibited – all work goes forward to be judged. All ‘Awarded’ prints will be displayed irrespective of priority. Print images which do not receive awards may be moved between categories by the Exhibitions Co-ordinator to balance up the display boards.

Members may submit up to 10 PDI images in any of the PDI categories, each with a priority order. As with prints, all entries will be judged but lower priority PDIs may not be exhibited to keep the continuous digital display to a reasonable time.

As with all competitions, members must own the copyright of every element of every image submitted.  Members cannot incorporate all or part of someone else’s image and use it in a composite they have created. 

Category Definitions

1) Scapes – This is a broad interpretation of landscape; any image depicting our physical environment – land, sea, urban, rural – is acceptable. Images may range from scenic views to intimate compositions and fine details, from wild country to inner city.  People and animals may be included in the scene as long as they are ancillary to and/or supportive of the main subject.

2) Monochrome -Monochrome is an image produced in a single set of tones such as black & white or sepia. ‘Colour popped’ mono images are not eligible and images of this genre should be entered into another relevant category.

3) Nature – L&CPU and PAGB competitions often have a Nature category. To ensure that any Nature images can be used to represent LSAPS in these external competitions, images must comply with the PAGB Nature definition from Feb 2018, which is reproduced in full below:-

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.

4) Portraits and People – Images of people or a single person. Animal portraits are not accepted into this category. Members work may be in colour or black & white.

5) Open Colour – Images featuring any subject may be entered. Composite images are permitted.

Image Labelling and Filenames

Image identification follows a similar format as the in-season competitions.

XY_ZZZ_NN_title.jpg (note underscores not hyphens)

   X = Photoshow Category, as follows:-

  • S = Scapes
  • M = Mono
  • N = Nature
  • O = Open Colour
  • P = People and Portraits

   Y = P for Print or D for Digital

   ZZZ = your 3 digit Member Number

  NN = your priority order using two digits.
For example:-

  • SP_001_05_My Picture.jpg – A ‘Scapes’ Print by member 001 called My Picture, which is their fifth priority print.

This code and title should also appear on the back of the Print.

Photoshow Uploader And Entry Form

There will be a dedicated Photoshow Image Uploader with a reminder of the file naming conventions.  As all required information now appears in the filename, there is no requirement to manually complete a Photoshow Entry Form.