BPS Competitions

Competitions are important in the life of photographic societies and they can be a great way to improve your photographic skills by learning from an external judge's comments on the images presented.

Each year, a number of BPS Competitions for prints, projected digital images (PDIs) and occasionally for slides are held. Entry into the competitions is entirely voluntary. Results for these club competitions for the 2014-15 season are here, and those for the 2013-14 season are here.

From time to time there are club projects to produce a book opr presentation, for example, in 1999 members compiled a Millenium Book. Current BPS Projects are described below.

Inter-club Competitions with neighbouring South London clubs are held for colour prints, monochrome prints and PDIs and our panels are usually chosen from images seen in the previous year.

The Kent County Photographic Association holds an annual print exhibition. See here for more details.

BPS Club Competitions

Each season, four competitions are held for prints and for PDIs (Projected Digital Images).  All entries in these competitions are commented on and marked out of 10 by an external judge. Dates of competitions and names of the invited judges are given in the BPS Programme

In addition to these regular competitions, there are three other competitions, each for panels of 5-8 images on a theme of your choosing, e.g. that tell a story, or are strongly linked or have a progression.  These are:

- Dennis Berry competition for sequences of 5-8 PDIs.
- Caithness Bowl competition for sequences of 5-8 slides.
- Blackbourn Trophy competition for panels of 5-8 prints.

Rules and Resources

The detailed rules for BPS competitions can be found here. They include rules for:

BPS Print competition series
Projected Digital Image competition series

Dennis Berry PDI theme competition
Blackbourn Trophy and Caithness Bowl prints on a theme competition.

The photographer retains copyright for all entries.

The following resources may be useful:

Print Labels: Prints entered for our print competition series must have a completed BPS label at the top left on the back of the print. These are available from the Competition Organiser, or they can be printed from the file here.

Preparing Images for Projection: Here are some notes on how to prepare images for PDI competitions in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.


For the season's series of print competitions there are two classes: Standard and Advanced. Judges will usually offer more comments and feedback on Standard Class prints and less for the Advanced Class, and the latter are usually marked more stringently.

Members choose their class at the beginning of the season. New members would normally choose the Standard Class, although experienced photographers may choose the Advanced Class.

Classes are not used for slide, PDI and the theme competitions.


At the end of each season, trophies are awarded to the winners of the club competitions and Certificates of Merit are awarded to the runners-up. The trophies are:

  Print Cup For the highest aggregated score in the Standard Class Print Competition.
  Harry Fairhurst Trophy For the highest aggregated score in the Advanced Class Print Competition.
  Curves Trophy For the highest aggregated score in the Projected Digital Image Competition.
  Harry Wykes Trophy For the highest combined print/PDI score.
  Dennis Berry Trophy For the winner of the PDI theme competition.
  Blackbourn Trophy For the winner of the Print images on a theme competition.
  Caithness Bowl For the winner of the slide images on a theme competition.


BPS Club Projects

2014 My London Project

The idea is for each BPS member to submit up to 6 images of what is special about London for them and for a book to be compiled from these. Ideally, the images should have a theme rather than be a compilation of unconnected shots, but the choice of theme is entirely yours. London is defined as any area within one of the 32 London boroughs.
The images will be used to compile a ‘Blurb’ book, the working title for which is “My London – the BPS view”. We’ll consider exactly how this will be presented closer to publication time but at the moment we’re anticipating that each BPS member will have 2-4 pages of images, depending on the number submitted and the way they combine for presentation.
Ideally, we would also like you to prepare a short introduction about why you have selected the theme and we will include this along with a mugshot (which you’ll also need to provide). There will be space for up to 75 words introduction per person and what it says is up to you. It is not essential that you provide this introduction or mugshot, but it will give some context to your presentation if you do.
We anticipate that the resulting book will provide a really interesting collection of perspectives of London. Each copy of the resulting book is likely to cost in the order of £30-£50, depending on the format and size we finally determine. There will be no cost to the club or any individual member unless and until you order a copy. We will also anticipate a ‘pdf’ version that you will be able to purchase for a few pounds.
Ideally we will have the book finalised and printed by the 2015 AGM and dinner – i.e. by May 2015. To achieve this we’ll need everyone’s photos by the end of January – but preferably be the end of December. JPEGs please, at maximum resolution.
The club night on 4th February 2015 has been set aside for members to present their images and for a discussion on the project.
If anyone has photos from film they would like to be included you can either scan these yourself (from print or negative) and submit the digital image, or let us have a print that we can arrange to be scanned.
If you have any questions at all, about technical matters or anything else, please contact Kevin Ireland at: Kevin.ireland2@btinternet.com.


Inter-Club Competitions

The Federation of South London Photographic Societies (FSLPS or SLF) comprises some 14 neighbouring clubs. Each year they organise inter-club colour print, monochrome print and PDI competitions and groups of 4-6 clubs battle out the heats during the season. Usually, some of these heats are held at BPS and allow us to see a range of work from other clubs. In April, near the end of the season, the finals of these are held (FSLPS Finals' Day ).

During these inter-club competitions, some of the best individual images will be awarded Certificates of Merit in recognition. At Finals' Day there are competitions for these certificated images, as well as open competitions for club members to enter too.

The Kent County Photographic Association (KCPA) is a group of some 50 clubs. It organises an inter-club print competition (Ross Cup) each year, an Annual Exhibition, an Audio Visual competition and a PDI open competition. BPS and its members usually participate in these.

In addition, we take part in three friendly competitions each year:

  Chislehurst Cup A PDI competition of 20 images from each club, between BPS and Greenwood Camera Club, held in April.
  Larter Cup A competition between Bromley CC, West Wickham PS and Beckenham PS, for monochrome prints and PDIs, held in April/May.
  Croydon Centenary Trophy This is organised by Croydon CC each April and involves 6-8 local clubs competing with PDIs and prints.


KCPA Annual Exhibition

The KCPA Annual Print Exhibition is held from April to June each year. Entry details will be posted here for the 2013 exhibition when they become available.