‘The Societies are on a mission to constantly improve the quality of photography and this year we are witnessing unprecedented interest and growth in our 20x16 print competition.’ – Terrie Jones
This year The Societies’ Rhyl-based HQ expects anything up to 1500 20x16 prints to drop on its mat. Entries to the now world-renowned Annual Print Competition (judged each January at The Societies’ London-based Convention) are at an all-time high …and now Fujifilm, who recently launched its innovative ‘Fujifilm Original Photo Paper’ campaign, has just signed up as a major sponsor. But why is this competition so successful? The organisation’s Terrie Jones explains:
“Our Annual 20x16 Print Competition was born over a decade ago following a decision to turn the monthly competition into an online contest. We really wanted to keep a print element going alongside the new online option – and subsequently each year the entries have grown. Now it has gone crazy with more and more photographers entering more and more images. An average photographer entry is now around five prints but we have had some people enter up to forty.
The kudos of being crowned ‘Photographer of the Year’ in this competition is truly immense. We have a large number of well-known international names who also enter – so if an aspirational photographer wins a category that the likes of Jerry Ghionis, David Edmonson and Johnson Wee have entered, they know they really have arrived!”
But she notes: “We completely understand how daunting it can be for new photographers to enter a key competition like this so our Nouveau category is only open to first-time entrants. No ‘big-name’ photographer can win in that category.”
The 20x16 competition categories include: Wedding; Portrait; Documentary; Illustrative; The Natural World; Monochrome; Open and Nouveau.
Every category and sub-category winner (e.g. avant-garde weddings) receives a prize and a trophy – and every merited image (those awarded a minimum of 80 points by judges) is displayed on exhibition at The Societies’ annual Convention at The Hilton London Metropole Hotel.
The overall winner this year picks up more than prestige.
He or she will also win a valuable camera and lens, a trip to the WPPI Convention and a marketing ‘makeover’ pack.
The Societies of Photographers Convention and Trade Show at The Hilton London Metropole Hotel ...
You have 82 days until The Societies of Photographers Convention starting on Wednesday 10th January 2018