Welcome to the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) official website.
"The BPE exists to encourage photographers to enter exhibitions and to recognize successful entrants via the issue of the Crown Awards photographic distinctions. Exhibition members share ideas, promote each other's exhibitions and generally work together to promote competitive photography."
This site aims to inform photographers about the exhibitions that are part of the BPE circuit including the dates they occur, whom to contact for each exhibition and where possible, provide downloadable information such as entry forms and promotional posters.
We are often asked how to set about gaining BPE Awards.
For those starting from scratch the system is as follows.
- You need to enter any of the BPE member exhibitions listed on the BPE web site. These can be found in the Exhibitions section on this website where you can either download an entry form or find out where you can obtain one via the web site of the club whose competition you wish to enter.
- With every photo that you have accepted in an exhibition you accrue one point.
- When in the first instance you have accrued 25 points you can apply to the BPE Awards Officers (Alison and Andy Fryer) for the One Crown Award. The address to send your application to is BPE Crown Awards Officers, 38 Oldacre Lane, Brocton, Stafford, ST17 0TW
They will send you an application form to fill in listing the year, exhibition, section & numbers of acceptances.
- Following their verification of the form you will be sent your Certificate & Ribbon & be entitled to use “BPE1*” after your name.
- You can continue this process until you reach “BPE5*” for which you will have to have gained 300 points. You are then eligible for ABPE (Associate) and FBPE (Fellow) which you may then apply for.
- There is no charge for any of these services, except for the individual exhibition entry fees payable to BPE club exhibitions which you wish to enter.
The BPE currently consists of 20 members exhibitions. These are typically organised by either a single photographic club or by a number of clubs in the same geographical area.
Alba Photographic Exhibition
Basingstoke Camera Club Exhibition
Bebington Salon of Photography
Beyond Group Open Exhibition
Clay Cross National Projected Image Exhibition
Cotswold Salon (Monochrome)
Dingwall National Projected Image Exhibition
Frome Wessex Salon of Photography
Guernsey Salon of Photography
Neath & Dist. P.S. Salon
Robin Hood Open Digital Exhibition
Rushden Open Photographic Exhibition
Shrewsbury Open Photography Exhibition
Solihull Open Exhibition of British Photography
South Birmingham Open Digital Exhibition
Southport National Exhibition of Photography
Vale of Evesham National Photographic Exhibition
Winchester National Exhibition
Yardley Photographic Society Exhibition