About BPE

These exhibitions are typically organised by a single photography club or by a number of clubs in the same geographic area that get together to organise a national exhibition. There is a self help group called the British Photographic Exhibition (BPE) which has 19 member exhibitions. The BPE was setup to encourage photographers to enter exhibitions and the members share ideas, promote each others exhibitions and generally work together to promote competitive photography.


The 19 members of the BPE currently are:

  1. Bebington Salon of Photography
  2. Beyond Group Open Exhibition
  3. Bromsgrove Open Exhibition of Photography
  4. Cotswold Salon (Monochrome)
  5. Dingwall National Projected Image Exhibition
  6. GDPU Digital Exhibition 
  7. Great Barr Open Exhibition
  8. Great Barr PS Panels Exhibition 
  9. Guernsey Salon of Photography
  10. Havant National Open Exhibition
  11. Rushden Open Photographic Exhibition 
  12. Shrewsbury Open Photography Exhibition
  13. Solihull Open Exhibition of British Photography
  14. Southport National Open Exhibition of Photography
  15. Vale of Evesham National Photographic Exhibition
  16. Basingstoke Camera Club Exhibition 
  17. Yardley Photographic Society Exhibition 
  18. Robin Hood Open Digital Exhibition 
  19. Frome Wessex Salon of Photography


Crown awards and distinctions

The National Exhibitions which are members of the British Photographic Exhibitions offer a Crown Award system designed to enable successful exhibition photographers to gain additional recognition. Exhibitors are invited to aggregate their acceptances in the affiliated exhibitions and, upon reaching the accepted aggregate, to apply without charge for a Crown Rating Award. Each successful applicant for an award will receive a Certificate and a Ribbon and will be able to use the letters acknowledging their award after their name.

  • BPE1 Crown Award – 25 points
  • BPE2 Crown Award – 50 points
  • BPE3 Crown Award – 100 points
  • BPE4 Crown Award – 200 points
  • BPE5 Crown Award – 300 points

Those who achieve the top crown award rating BPE5* are then invited to aggregate acceptances and awards in the member exhibitions and upon reaching the accepted aggregate to apply, without charge, for Associateship ABPE and Fellowship FBPE. The successful applicant will receive a Certificate and Medal and will be able to use the letters acknowledging their award after their name.



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