Welcome to the Frome Salon of Photography 2017 (FSOP2017) sponsored by the Frome Wessex Camera Club.

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General Rules

Class conditions. Please read carefully

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. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. 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.

No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes; Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geological 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.

Guidance Notes:

This Class is designated as 'Nature'. However, images meeting the more restrictive PAGB 'Wildlife' definition may also be entered in this Class.


Our accepted definition of 'Creative' is 'Altered Reality'.

The image must obviously display a change in natural colour, form, shape, or any combination of these three. Creative images are often montages (a blending or composite of multiple images). If camera could not have captured the scene presented (e.g. because the scene never existed' such as with most montages), then it is considered to be 'Altered Reality'.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are not considered 'Altered Reality'.

The original image(s) must have been captured using the photographic process. Images may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else.

Artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated, provided that the original photographic content predominates: images may not be constructed entirely within a computer. It is necessary that the image's core content be identifiable.

Non-creative images are not eligible for this Class. Any subject matter is acceptable as long as the 'Altered Reality' guidelines are followed.

Creative images entered in this Class may be colour or monochrome.

This Class encompasses Landscapes, Seascapes, Waterscapes, Skyscapes, and/or Cityscapes or any scenic view where the main subject matter is the view. People may be included in the scene as long as they are ancillary and or supportive of the main subject.

Images entered in the Scapes Class may be colour or monochrome, including Infra-red and or HDR images.

Only monochrome images which do not fit into the Creative or Scapes Classes should be entered into the Monochrome Class.

A black and white image going from very dark grey (black) to very clear grey (white) and containing only various shades of grey.

A 'black and white' work toned entirely in a single colour remains eligible for the Monochrome Class. However, a 'black and white' work modified by partial toning or by the addition of one or more colours (e.g. a colour splash), becomes a colour work and is thus ineligible for the Monochrome Class.

Any colour image which does not fall into one of the above Classes.

Entrants should note that ‘Altered Reality’ images are not eligible for the Open Colour Class (please refer to the Creative Class).

To be eligible, a 'Mobile Phone' image must be taken on a device whose main purpose is to conduct telephone communications but which also has a factory fitted integrated camera. 

Images taken on hybrid DSLRs or 'system' cameras with interchangeable lenses and which have an auxiliary telephone or which uses wifi or a telephone attachment to take an image remotely (eg via an 'app' on a phone) are not eligible in this Class. However, images taken on a mobile phone fitted with a 'clip-on additional lens are eligible.

Images entered into the Mobile Phone Class may be colour or monochrome and may be of any subject (including Nature, Scapes and Creative).

While Mobile Phone images must be taken on a Mobile Phone they may be processed either on a Mobile Phone or on a separate computer.

In additional to the general requirement to be able to supply the original image, Award winners must additionally be willing to declare to the Organisers, if requested, the make and model of the device used to take the original image.

If entrants wish they may, in lieu of entering in the Mobile Phone Class, enter an image taken on a Mobile Phone in any of the other Classes above where the image meets that Class's criteria. However, that image (or a similar image) cannot then also be entered into the Mobile Phone Class.

We are relying on the honesty and integrity of the photographer not to submit images taken on anything other a Mobile Phone.

Guidance Note:

Entrants are advised they might be disadvantaged if they submit a Mobile Phone image substantially smaller than the 1400 by 1050 pixels image size. Please refer to the Image Preparation guidance.

Please ensure you understand the definitions and take care to submit your photographs into the appropriate Class. Images which are ineligible for the Class in which they have been entered, or which would be a significantly better fit in an alternative Class, may be marked down at the selectors' discretion, or disqualified.

Image Preparation Guidance

Image File and Image Title naming requirements

Submitting Entries

Entry Fees and payment

Postal Address

c/o Treasurer FSOP 2017
No. 108 Oakfield Road
BA11 4JH

Privacy Policy


BPE Crown Awards

Alison & Andy Fryer DPAGB EFIAP BPE3*
BPE Crown Awards Officers
38 Oldacre Lane,
ST17 0TW


Exhibition Calendar:

FSOP 2017 open for entries:


Friday 1st September 2017

Closing date for entries:


Sunday 29th October 2017

Selection dates:


11th/12th November 2017

Results published on Club website by:


17th December 2017

Scorecards emailed/posted by:


17th December 2017

CDs dispatched by:


28th January 2018

FSOP 2017 completed:


28nd January 2018


We are honoured that the following have agreed to be the Selectors for FSOP 2017:

·         Judith Parry, DPAGB, AFIAP, Hon. PAGB

·         Roger Parry, MPAGB, ARPS, EFIAP, Hon. PAGB, ESFIAP

·         Pete McCloskey, APAGB, FRPS



These Conditions have been based on the BPE's draft guide to running a BPE Photographic Exhibition (Feb 2015).