The 2019 Exhibition Team. Top left to right: Peter Norris, Glyn Edmonds, Robert Millin, Rusty Lindsay, Marcia Mellor, Peter Benson, Ian Blake, Robert Howarth and Paul Smith. Bottom Row: Andy Camp, Barbie Lindsay, Chris Netton, Liz Cutting and Scott Coe.
Our Judges for the 12th Beyond Group Exhibition 2019
I would like to thank the Beyond Group Exhibition team for all their hard work in making the 2019 Beyond Group's Open National Exhibition of Photography possible. Viewing the images this year on our new higher definition projector was a real treat. The images are sharper and cleaner than ever before however it also shows if an image has a technical fault such as over sharpened or over saturated, so be extra considered with your editing! In general, creative composites continued to score highly if they were done well but I would encourage some to try and make them less predictable. It was also good to see more architectural photography being entered and accepted. In the open colour section, there seemed be an uptake in model photography, in particular studio portraits although the standard did vary. In the open mono section, the competition was close but the images which illustrated texture and form really stood out. The nature section had a very strong show of technically good images. Perfect light, the subject sharp throughout with beautifully separated background. This year in the nature and the scapes section, the locations were even more far flung and exotic and standards continue to rise. Thank you to the judges for doing such a fantastic job and a special ‘thank you’ to Robert Millin for stepping in at extremely short notice.
And finally, may I thank everyone who supported the exhibition and making it the success we all know.
Conditions of Entry 1. The Beyond Group National Open Exhibition of Photography 2019 is open to all photographers resident in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man 2. Closing date for entries is 28th July 2019 3. Entries accepted in previous Beyond Group Exhibitions, or similar images, are not eligible for re-submission in any section 4. The image and all elements within must be the sole work of the author, who must own the copyright. Images made completely by computer software and having no photographic content will not be accepted 5. There are four digital sections - General Colour, General Monochrome, Scapes and Nature 6. You may enter a maximum of 4 images in each section 7. Gold Medals will be chosen from the top scoring images 8. Copyright of the image remains with the author and he/she must accept that his/her work could be downloaded from the site. The organisers will do their best to protect the copyright of the image when viewed on the website by making them as small as possible 9. Whilst copyright remains with the authors, the Beyond Group reserves the right to use any entry, without fee, for publication and/or display in any media related to the Exhibition. This includes the DVD of all accepted entries, which may be shown at PAGB affiliated clubs 10. Entrants details will be kept on file for future mailing of exhibition 11. Entry for this Exhibition is on-line only
Online Digital Entry 1. Images must be submitted in JPEG file format only 2. There is no naming criteria for online entry 3. Images will be projected at 1600 pixels x 1200 pixels. Images projected in Portrait mode must be no more that 1200 pixels high 4. Images will be projected on a black background and in sRGB colour space 5. Images not presented exactly as above will not be presented to the judges correctly 6. Images eligible for thespecial themes must be indicated by selecting the tick box when entering: Best Creative in colour, Best Portrait in mono, Best UK Wildlife in nature and Best UK Landscape in scapes 7. Entries will not be accepted after 28thJuly 2019 8. All entries are accepted in good faith. The entrant agrees to indemnify the Judges, Exhibition, Organisers and other related parties against any litigation that may arise if entered images do not have the necessary permissions to be published in exhibition-related documents, DVD or on any website associated with the Exhibition 9. The decisions of the judges and organisers are final and no correspondence of any description will be entered into 10. Entry fees: £1.50 per image with minimum £6.00 entry
FIAP/PSA/RPS Common Nature Definition (2015)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.
Monochrome Definition A black and white image is one with tones from very dark grey (Black) to very clear grey (white). A black and white image toned entirely in a single colour will be able to stand in the black and white category and can be reproduced in black & white in the catalogue. On the other hand a black and white image modified by partial toning or by the addition of one colour to a part of the image becomes a colour image and should be entered in the colour category. This type of image will be reproduced in the colour pages of the catalogue. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
Scapes This is a broad interpretation of landscape; any image depicting our physical environment - land, sea, urban, rural, city are all acceptable. People and animals may be included in the scene as long as they are ancillary to and or supportive of the main subject. Entries to this class can be from a 'single image': this means the image should be from a single exposure, or from multiple exposures taken at the same time and merged to work round camera limitations. Specifically, HDR, focus stacking, and stitched panorama techniques are allowed, and entries to this class can be ‘creative images’.
Awards PAGB Gold and 3 selector’s awards of PAGB Silver medals will be awarded in each section. No image can win more than one award Ribbons will be awarded for Highly Commended and Commended
Special Awards These awards are sponsored by Beyond Group Members: Best Action Shot in Colour – Sponsored by Marcia Mellor Best Portrait in Monochrome – Sponsored by Chrissie Westgate Best Authentic UK Wildlife in Nature – Sponsored by Liz Cutting Best Urban Night Scape in Scapes – Sponsored by Peter Benson
There is also an award for the photographer with best result overall
Beyond Group Members are not eligible for any Awards except the Best Beyond Group Member Award in each category