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Welcome to the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) official website.

"The BPE exists to encourage photographers to enter exhibitions and to recognize successful entrants via the issue of the Crown Awards photographic distinctions. Exhibition members share ideas, promote each other's exhibitions and generally work together to promote competitive photography."

This site aims to inform photographers about the exhibitions that are part of the BPE circuit including the dates they occur, whom to contact for each exhibition and where possible, provide downloadable information such as entry forms and promotional posters.

We are often asked how to set about gaining BPE Awards.

For those starting from scratch the system is as follows.

  1. You need to enter any of the BPE member exhibitions listed on the BPE web site. These can be found in the Exhibitions section on this website where you can either download an entry form or find out where you can obtain one via the web site of the club whose competition you wish to enter.
  2. With every photo that you have accepted in an exhibition you accrue one point.
  3. When in the first instance you have accrued 25 points you can apply to the BPE Awards Officers (Alison and Andy Fryer) for the One Crown Award. The address to send your application to is BPE Crown Awards Officers, 38 Oldacre Lane, Brocton, Stafford, ST17 0TW
    They will send you an application form to fill in listing the year, exhibition, section & numbers of acceptances.
  4. Following their verification of the form you will be sent your Certificate & Ribbon & be entitled to use “BPE1*” after your name.
  5. You can continue this process until you reach “BPE5*” for which you will have to have gained 300 points. You are then eligible for ABPE (Associate) and FBPE (Fellow) which you may then apply for.
  6. There is no charge for any of these services, except for the individual exhibition entry fees payable to BPE club exhibitions which you wish to enter.

The BPE currently consists of 19 members exhibitions. These are typically organised by either a single photographic club or by a number of clubs in the same geographical area.

Alba Photographic Exhibition
Basingstoke Camera Club Exhibition
Bebington Salon of Photography
Beyond Group Open Exhibition
Clay Cross National Projected Image Exhibition
Cotswold Salon (Monochrome)
Dingwall National Projected Image Exhibition
Frome Wessex Salon of Photography 
Guernsey Salon of Photography
Neath & Dist. P.S. Salon
Robin Hood Open Digital Exhibition
Rushden Open Photographic Exhibition
Shrewsbury Open Photography Exhibition
Solihull Open Exhibition of British Photography
South Birmingham Open Digital Exhibition
Southport National Exhibition of Photography
SRGB-Print Celebration
Vale of Evesham National Photographic Exhibition
Winchester National Exhibition

 

The National Exhibitions which are members of the British Photographic Exhibitions offer a Crown Award system designed to enable successful exhibition photographers to gain additional recognition. Exhibitors are invited to aggregate their acceptances in the affiliated exhibitions and, upon reaching the accepted aggregate, to apply without charge for a Crown Rating Award. Each successful applicant for an award will receive a Certificate and a Ribbon and will be able to use the letters acknowledging their award after their name.

BPE1 Crown Award - 25 points
BPE2 Crown Award - 50 points
BPE3 Crown Award - 100 points
BPE4 Crown Award - 200 points
BPE5 Crown Award - 300 points

Those who achieve the top crown award rating BPE5* are then invited to aggregate acceptances and awards in the member exhibitions and upon reaching the accepted aggregate to apply, without charge, for Associateship ABPE and Fellowship FBPE. The successful applicant will receive a Certificate and Medal and will be able to use the letters acknowledging their award after their name.

 

ABPE and FBPE

 

From 1997 British Photographic Exhibitions has been offering its premier awards to be known as Associateship of British Photographic Exhibitions, ABPE, and Fellowship of British Photographic Exhibitions, FBPE..  These awards are designed to indicate consistent achievement of the highest standard over a substantial period of time and will be available only to those who have already achieved the BPE 5* award.   Each person achieving the BPE5* award will automatically receive personalised record forms to enable them to maintain the records necessary for Associateship and each person gaining this award will receive similar forms to enable them to maintain the records for Fellowship.

 The new awards will require not only the continued ability to gain acceptances in the affiliated exhibitions but also the ability to gain awards in these exhibitions.

 Details of the requirements for successful application for these awards are as follows:

 Associateship of British Photographic Exhibitions (ABPE ).

Those who already hold a BPE5* award may apply for an Associateship when they have achieved the following since gaining the BPE5*:

 A further 100 acceptances in member exhibitions.

 and

 Twenty awards using at least ten different pieces of work.

 An award includes any recognition beyond an acceptance such as a commendation, a ribbon or a medal.   A photograph used in both print and projected image sections in member exhibitions will not be counted as different pieces of work in applying this requirement.

It will be required that applicants for ABPE application will supply a printed thumbnail, with titles, of the awarded images.

Fellowship of British Photographic Exhibitions ( FBPE )

 Those who already hold an ABPE may apply for a Fellowship when they have achieved the following since gaining the Associateship

 A further 100 acceptances in member exhibitions

 and

 Since gaining your ABPE, thirty awards using at least fifteen different pieces of work. These awarded pictures must not have gained awards previously or been used for your ABPE application. 

An award includes any recognition beyond an acceptance such as a commendation, a ribbon or a medal.   A photograph used in both print and projected image sections in member exhibitions will not be counted as different pieces of work in applying this requirement.

 It will be required that applicants for FBPE application will supply a printed thumbnail, with titles, of the awarded images.

 No fee will be charged to those applying for these awards.   A certificate and medal will be awarded to each applicant achieving these awards and recipients will be able to use the letters ABPE or FBPE after their names.   The awards are intended to represent the highest achievement in exhibition photography and no further qualifications are planned by BPE.

All applications must be made to the BPE Crown Award Officer whose decision will be final.

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The awards officers are Alison & Andy Fryer. Either write to them at the address below,
or click on the menu contact option to send them an email message via a contact form.

BPE Crown Awards Officers,
38 Oldacre Lane,
Brocton,
Stafford,
ST17 0TW

 

 

 

Exhibitions in Date Order showing Class, Closing Date (Month), Contact for Entry Details
Note: the list of exhibitions is not for a specific year, but runs from year to year for the month shown

(list last updated 07/08/17)

Clay Cross National Projected Image Exhibition
Digital Projection 5
January

Southport National Open Exhibition of Photography
Prints 3 / Digital Projection 3
www.southport-ps.co.uk/exhibition
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Queries 07764 231166 / 07951 130154 / 01704 224600

January

Solihull Open Exhibition of British Photography
Prints 3 / Digital Projection 4
www.solihullphotographicsociety.co.uk
Jim Hiscox Tel: 0121 708 0249

January

Vale of Evesham National Photographic Exhibition
Digital Projection 4
www.eveshamphoto.net
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Queries 01386 556746

February

Basingstoke Camera Club Exhibition
Digital Projection 5

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www.basingstokecameraclub.co.uk
March

South Birmingham Open Digital Exhibition
Digital Projection 4

Queries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.southbirminghamphotographicsociety.co.uk/exhibition/

March

Robin Hood Open Digital Exhibition
Digital Projection 6

www.robinhoodexhibition.co.uk
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April
Neath & District PS Salon
Digital Projection 4
Queries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
April
Rushden Open Photography Exhibition
Digital Projection 4
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www.rushdenopen.co.uk
April
Cotswold Monochrome
Prints Silver 3 / Prints Digital 3
http://cotswold-monochrome.co.uk
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Geoff Midwinter 01242 576805
May

Alba Exhibition
Digital Projection 5
May 2017 Alba Exhibition Cancelled
www.albaps.co.uk
Lorna McDonald This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
phone 01445 731068

May

Winchester National Exhibition
Digital Projection 4
www.winphotosoc.co.uk
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Louise Brown 023 8026 5979

 June
Beyond Group
Digital Projection 4
http://www.beyondgroup.org.uk
July
SRGB Photo Group - Print Celebration
Prints
5
http://srgbphotogroup.co.uk/
August
Dingwall National Projected Image Exhibition
Digital Projection 4
www.dingwallcameraclub.com
September
Shrewsbury Open Photography Exhibition
Digital Projection 4
http://www.photocompentries.net/?org=ShropshirePS  (online entries link)
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September
Guernsey Salon of Photography
Digital Projection 4
www.guernseysalon.co.uk
October
Frome Wessex Salon of Photography
Digital Projection 6
www.fromewessexcameraclub.co.uk/pages/salon.php
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October
Bebington Salon of Photography
Digital Projection 4
www.bebingtonps.org.uk
November

 

 

 

 

BPE was formed in late 80's by a group of exhibitions wishing to help one another with promoting the interests of Photographic Exhibitions within a British national catchment area and learn from each others experiences. This cooperation produced some immediate advantages, the most obvious being an increase in entries. In 1991 the Crown Award Scheme of accruing points for acceptances in its member exhibitions leading to awards similar to the one FIAP ran in the international exhibition world was launched. At a later date BPE distinctions were added to the scheme. This proved to be a way of not only encouraging entry but also of further emphasising the cooperation between exhibitions.

BPE did not wish to dictate how each exhibition was run with the exception of a few basic rules which included the provision of a catalogue for the purpose of recording acceptances, having usually a panel of 3 selectors, a maximum of 4 entries per section and that exhibitions should endeavour to attract entries from all over the United Kingdom and not just from a particular region.

 The founding exhibitions in 1991 were: - Solihull, Southport, Clay Cross, Wellingborough, Leicester Forest, Rushden, Dingwall, Romsey, Nottingham, Sheffield and Handsworth.

Other exhibitions joined later as follows:-
1993 Ashfield, Bromsgrove, Guernsey
1995 Shrewsbury
1998 Cotswold, Wirral
1999 Vale of Evesham
2003 Bebington
2007 Great Barr, Beyond
2008 GDPU, Havant
2010 RTPS
2010 Great Barr PS Panels Exhibition
2011 Basingstoke Camera Club Exhibition / Yardley Photographic Society Exhibition / Robin Hood Open Digital Exhibition
2012 Frome Wessex Salon of Photography / Neath & District PS Salon / Clay Cross National Projected Image Exhibition
2013 SRGB Photo Group - Print Celebration
2014 South Birmingham Open Digital / Alba Photographic Group / Solihull Open
2015 Winchester National Exhibition

 To date in 2017 of the above the following remain:-

 Alba Photographic Exhibition [DP (5)]

 Basingstoke Camera Club Exhibition [DP (6)]

 Bebington Salon of Photography [DP (5)]

 Beyond Group Open Exhibition [DP (4)]

 Clay Cross National Projected Image Exhibition [DP (5)]

 Cotswold Salon (Monochrome) [P (6)]

 Dingwall National Projected Image Exhibition [DP (4)]

 Frome Wessex Salon of Photography [DP (6)]

 Guernsey Salon of Photography [DP (4)]

 Neath & Dist. P.S. Salon [DP (4)]

 Robin Hood Open Digital Exhibition [DP (6)]

 Rushden Open Photographic Exhibition [DP (4)]

 Shrewsbury Open Photography Exhibition [DP (4)]

 Solihull Open Exhibition of British Photography [DP (4), P (3)]

 South Birmingham Open Digital Exhibition [DP (4)]

 Southport National Exhibition of Photography [P (3), DP (3)]

 SRGB-Print Celebration [P (5)]

 Vale of Evesham National Photographic Exhibition [DP (4)]

 Winchester National Exhibition [DP (4)]

Key: P = prints, DP = digital projection

Numbers ( ) indicate number of sections. Visit list of exhibitions menu for more details.

 

   CROWN AWARDS TOTALS  
One Crown March 1991 Up to August 2016
876
Two Crown March 1991 Up to August 2016 686
Three Crown Jan 1992 Up to August 2016
437
Four Crown Feb 1993 Up toAugust 2016
204
Five Crown Feb 1994 Up to August 2016
123
ABPE May 1997 Up to August 2016
43
FBPE Dec 1998 Up to August 2016  25