Enter the 20x16" Competition – merited images will be displayed for 15,000 visitors to view in the Convention Reception Area. The judging process is held in public 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 2018 Convention in London.
1st Prize: TBA
All category and sub-category winners receive a prize and a trophy!
Judging will take place at the
Hilton London Metropole Hotel during the Convention.
A truly informative and beneficial opportunity to learn from our peers.
Judging Dates and Times: 10-11 January 2018 09:00-17:00
Judging Venue: Hilton London Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London W2 1JU, UK
Deadline: 22nd December 2017.
(Please note due to the nature of this event timings may change)
An application form and the appropriate entry fee must accompany each print.
Members: each print £15.
Non-members: each print £20.
Due to an increased number of very late entries over the past few years, prints which arrive after the deadline of 22nd December 2017 will now be subject to the following administration charges:23rd - 31st December 2017 (£5 per print)
1st - 5th January 2018 (£10 per print)
Any prints received after 5th January 2018 will not be submitted into the competition as this is the last day that the office is open for business before the event, it will be physically impossible as the prints 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 admin charges after 5th January 2018 will not be entered and no refunds will be issued, even if the prints arrived before the deadline date.
- Wedding Category: includes the following sub-categories: Classical, Avant Garde and Reportage/Photojournalism
- 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.
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 closing date. Any entries received after the closing date will not
be entered and will only be returned at the entrant's expense.
Each image must have an application form attached to the back.
Payment for returning prints must be included with your submissions or submitted
online using the payment form provided before the judging date.
Our easy return postage guide:
Up to 2kg (average 4 prints)
Standard £8.00 Recorded £10.50
Up to 4kg (average 8 prints)
Standard £12.00 Recorded £14.50
Up to 6kg (average 12 prints)
Standard £15.00 Recorded £17.50
Up to 8kg (average 16 prints)
Standard £18.50 Recorded £23.00
Up to 10kg (average 20 prints)
Standard £21.00 Recorded £25.50
Entrants who live outside of the UK must contact the office prior to January 1st 2018 to arrange a courier service.
If you require your entries to be returned to you please inform us BEFORE the competition date, entries not returned within two weeks of the competition will be destroyed. Your entries will be returned to you in their original packing where possible.
Offers from the labs
Order your prints from Digitalab here: http://www.digitalab.co.uk/swpp-print-competition
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