History of BPE

BPE was formed in late 80's by a group of exhibitions wishing to help one another with promoting the interests of Photographic Exhibitions within a British national catchment area and learn from each others experiences. This cooperation produced some immediate advantages, the most obvious being an increase in entries. In 1991 the Crown Award Scheme of accruing points for acceptances in its member exhibitions leading to awards similar to the one FIAP ran in the international exhibition world was launched. At a later date BPE distinctions were added to the scheme. This proved to be a way of not only encouraging entry but also of further emphasising the cooperation between exhibitions.

BPE did not wish to dictate how each exhibition was run with the exception of a few basic rules which included the provision of a catalogue for the purpose of recording acceptances, having usually a panel of 3 selectors, a maximum of 4 entries per section and that exhibitions should endeavour to attract entries from all over the United Kingdom and not just from a particular region.

 The founding exhibitions in 1991 were: - Solihull, Southport, Clay Cross, Wellingborough, Leicester Forest, Rushden, Dingwall, Romsey, Nottingham, Sheffield and Handsworth.

Other exhibitions joined later as follows:-
1993 Ashfield, Bromsgrove, Guernsey
1995 Shrewsbury
1998 Cotswold, Wirral
1999 Vale of Evesham
2003 Bebington
2007 Great Barr, Beyond
2008 GDPU, Havant
2010 RTPS
2010 Great Barr PS Panels Exhibition
2011 Basingstoke Camera Club Exhibition / Yardley Photographic Society Exhibition / Robin Hood Open Digital Exhibition
2012 Frome Wessex Salon of Photography / Neath & District PS Salon / Clay Cross National Projected Image Exhibition
2013 SRGB Photo Group - Print Celebration
2014 South Birmingham Open Digital / Alba Photographic Group / Solihull Open
2015 Winchester National Exhibition
2018 Midland Monochrome

 To date in 2019 of the above the following remain:-

 Basingstoke Camera Club Exhibition

 Bebington Salon of Photography

 Beyond Group Open Exhibition

 Clay Cross National Projected Image Exhibition

 Dingwall National Projected Image Exhibition

 Frome Wessex Salon of Photography

 Guernsey Salon of Photography

 Midland Monochrome

 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

Visit the list of exhibitions menu for more details of current BPE exhibitions.

   CROWN AWARDS TOTALS  
One Crown March 1991 Up to December 2018
1037
Two Crown March 1991 Up to December 2018 809
Three Crown Jan 1992 Up to December 2018
506
Four Crown Feb 1993 Up to December 2018
250
Five Crown Feb 1994 Up to December 2018
150
ABPE May 1997 Up to December 2018
55
FBPE Dec 1998 Up to December 2018 31