Photoshow 2020 Member’s Guide

Due to the restrictions imposed on the Society by the Covid-19 situation we will be unable to host our annual print and PDI display fortnight at the Drive Methodist Church Halls but Photoshow 2020 is going ahead more or less as usual.

Here’s how it will work…..

You will be able to enter up to 10 PDIs via the LSAPS web site image upload facility, exactly the same way as you do for in-year competitions, and your images will then be collated and forwarded to the judge who this year is Erica Oram, CPAGB AFIAP of the Sheffield Photographic Society.  You can see Erica’s work on her Flickr page

As we cannot accept physical prints this year, the print judge, Janice Barton, professional photographer and member of Warrington Photographic Society, has agreed to accept digital copies of the prints and you prepare these exactly the same as PDIs and you may enter up to 10 copy-print (PDI) images.  You can see Janice’s work on her Flickr page

As the restraint on time for the continuous projection and the restraint on physical display space have been removed there will be no need to rank your images as they will ALL be accepted for PS2020 – please note the revised image coding as it’s different to last year.

The 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.  They will each be asked also select a ‘Best in Show’ image.

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 or in more than one Photoshow category, nor may an image accepted for a previous Photoshow be entered.

However going forward, one significant change to note is that copy-print images entered into PS2020 and copy-print images entered into the recent 3rd Open Print competition are being exempted from the ‘frequency of use of images’. This exceptional ruling will allow members to enter the actual prints into future competitions or into a future Photoshow as and when we return to physical meetings. It’s accepted that there is a marked difference between a print on photo paper and a digital copy but thanks to Covid-19 we are where we are and we have to make the best of it.

Winners will be awarded trophies but no presentation evening has been planned as yet. In-year competition successes also will be recognised and the PDI & Print Photographers of the Year revealed.

All images entered into PS2020 will be displayed on the LSAPS website for all to see on Saturday 1st August (No password or log-in required). There will be an Awards page for both PDIs and Prints and then separate pages for each of the categories in each of the mediums – 12 pages of images in total – so you will be able to view as many or as few of the entered images as you like, when you like. 

Photoshow Categories

There will be five categories each for both Print and PDI entries. Members can enter as many images as they like into any category up to the maximum allowance of 10 images. You cannot enter the same image into more than one category. Each image entered (PDI or copy-print) must be ‘labelled’ with its category, your membership number and image title as outlined below. Try to avoid generic titles and surplus numbers such as “Sunset No 3” as this can cause confusion.

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 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 – LSAPS uses the PAGB Nature Definition from Feb 2018:-

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

5) 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.

Image Labelling and Filenames

Image identification follows a similar format as the in-year competitions…

XY_ZZZ_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

  For example:-

  • SP_001_My Picture.jpg – A ‘Scapes’ Print called “My Picture” by member 001

Only JPG images will be accepted. An sRGB colourspace will be assumed so ensure that your images have been converted to this colourspace – the judge will then see the colour of your images as you submitted them. No image should be greater than 1600px wide x 1200px high.

There is no requirement to manually complete a Photoshow Entry Form.

Photoshow Uploader

There is a dedicated Photoshow Uploader that allows upload of up to 10 images simultaneously.  This is available now and will remain available until midnight on Thursday 28th May – no late entries will be accepted.