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Welcome to the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) official website.


Coronavirus Update


Many Exhibitions are having to be postponed, due to coronavirus restrictions on group gathering, meaning that it is difficult to hold selections. Also, scheduled physical print showings are having to be cancelled.

Please visit individual exhibition websites for latest information.


"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.

  1. 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.
  2. With every photo that you have accepted in an exhibition you accrue one point.
  3. 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.
  4. Following their verification of the form you will be sent your Certificate & Ribbon & be entitled to use “BPE1*” after your name.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 15 member exhibitions. These are typically organised by either a single photographic club or by a number of clubs in the same geographical area.

A list of the exhibitions currently active within the BPE can be found on the Exhibitions page