Hoylake International Exhibition




  FIAP  2018-156                   GPU L180041                      PSA 2018-182


7th Hoylake International Digital Exhibition 2018

Chairman: Brian Magor, APSA MPSA EFIAP/b CPAGB

Entry form can be found at the bottom of the page but we want you to read the Rules first! 


There are six sections:

Entry Fees

£7.00 for one section, £11.00 for two sections, £15 for three, four, five, or six sections

Payment will be made via PayPal to hpsinternational@hoylakephoto.org.uk.

 Special rates for Club entries of more than six members.  Contact us at chair@hoylakeinternational.org.uk  for further details. 



Graham Currey Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2* John Sixsmith EFIAP/p, EPSA, BPE5*
Terry Donnelly  MPAGB FRPS FBPE EFIAP Tony Potter GMPSA Margaret Sixsmith EFIAP/p, EPSA, FBPE
Roger Evans MPAGB FBPE EFIAP  Nick Hilton DPAGB Robert Millin MFIAP, EFIAP/p, MPSA, SPSA, FBPE


Monochrome – (PSA)

An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no colour (i.e. contains only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one colour across the entire image. (For example by sepia, red, gold, etc.)

This definition applies to all sections with the exception that toned images are NOT allowed in Nature, Photojournalism or Photo Travel.

 Monochrome (FIAP)

A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able tostand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.

On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage

Nature Images must comply with the PSA/FIAP/RPS definition of Nature :-

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. The final image must look natural. Colour images may be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.

Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical

species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds or insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature Sections of International Exhibitions.


Photojournalism (PSA)

Photojournalism entries shall consist of images with informative content and emotional impact, reflecting the human presence in our world. The journalistic (story-telling) value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, images that misrepresent the truth, such as those from events or activities specifically arranged for photography or of subjects directed or hired for photography, are not eligible. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable modifications are removal of dust, scratches or digital noise, restoration of the existing appearance of the original scene, sharpening that is not obvious, and conversion to greyscale monochrome. Derivations, including infrared, are not eligible. The final image must look natural.

Human Interest is defined as an image depicting a person or persons in an interactive, emotional, or unusual situation, excluding recreational and sports action.

 Photo Travel Definition (PSA)

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. The final image must look natural

 Additional notes for Photo Travel

This year’s theme is Architecture and Structures. This theme includes buildings, structures such as bridges, statues etc.  Close up images of parts of buildings, structures etc which do not give a sense of the whole or the place will receive low marks.  Landscape images should be distinctive giving a sense of place rather than small scale elements of part of the landscape.


What does “look natural” mean?
Judges will not reward images which do not “look natural”.  Oversaturation of colours, excessive use of HDR techniques do NOT look natural.  Use of fisheye lenses which distort perspective do NOT look natural.  Images must be either full colour or grey-scale monochrome.  Partial desaturation or colour toning techniques do NOT look natural. A key phrase from the definition is “restoration of the appearance of the original scene”

Essentially, the photographer is a reporter in Photo Travel, Nature and Photojournalism.  A reporter is supposed to tell the truth. Ask yourself whether you are telling truth, or whether, in your processing, you have changed it so much that you are NOT telling the truth.  Anything other than the truth is a Lie.  Be truthful!


All entries shall conform to the stricter of these definitions for acceptances to be validated by all the International Organizations granting recognition or patronage



Award for the highest scoring individual in the exhibition – FIAP blue badge

PID Colour, Mono and Landscape

·         Gold Medals – FIAP, GPU,PSA

·         Chairman’s Award

·         3 Judge’s Awards

·         FIAP, GPU, PSA ribbons

·         PSA China medal for the best entry from China

·         L&CPU Award

·         An award for the best image by a member of Hoylake Photographic Society

·         Award given by a member of Hoylake PS

·         Honourable mentions



Gold Medals – FIAP, GPU, PSA

·         PSA Wildlife Silver Medal

·         Chairman’s Award

·         3 Judge’s Award

·         Awards for the Best Animal behaviour image, Best Insect image, the best Geology image and the best Botany image

·         FIAP, GPU, PSA ribbons

·         PSA China medal for the best entry from China

·         L&CPU Award

·         An award for the best image by a member of Hoylake Photographic Society

·         Award given by a member of Hoylake PS

·         Honourable Mentions



·         Gold Medals – FIAP, GPU, PSA

·         PSA Silverfor the Best Human Interest image

·         Chairman’s Award

·         3 Judge’s Awards

·         PSA China medal for the best entry from China

·         L&CPU Award

·         An award for the best image by a member of Hoylake Photographic Society

·         Award given by a member of Hoylake PS

·         Honourable Mentions


Photo Travel

·         Gold Medals – FIAP, GPU, PSA

·         Chairman’s Award

·         3 Judge’s Awards

·         PSA China medal for the best entry from China

·         L&CPU Award

·         An award for the best image by a member of Hoylake Photographic Society

·         Award given by a member of Hoylake PS

·         Honourable Mentions



General Rules

Maker’s Name: The maker’s name and/or image title shall not be in the image area of the digital file.

Original Image Statement: Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of object via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his/her own and permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the exhibition. This may include low resolution posting on a web site and submission to PSA/FIAP for monitoring standards. The exhibition and FIAP/GPU/PSA assume no liability of any misuse of copyright. Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, subject to divisional restrictions, by the maker.


By submitting his/her images or files to this exhibition  under FIAP Patronage, the entrant accepts without exception and, with no objection,  the following terms:

– that the submitted images can be investigated by FIAP to establish if these abide by FIAP regulations and definitions even if the entrant is not a member of FIAP,

– that FIAP will use any means at its disposal for this undertaking,

– that any refusal to cooperate with FIAP or any refusal to submit the original files as captured by the camera, or failure to provide sufficient evidence, will be sanctioned by FIAP,

– that in case of sanctions following the non compliance with FIAP regulations, the name of the entrant will be released in any form useful to inform the breaches of the rules.

It is recommended to leave the EXIF data in the submitted files intact in order to ease eventual investigations.


The PSA reserves the right to pursue similar actions.

Exhibition Is Open: The exhibition is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the Exhibition Chairman, in his reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to the exhibition rules and conditions.  Those who have been placed under sanctions by FIAP, PSA or any UK club will not be permitted to enter this Exhibition.

You do not have to be a member of Hoylake Photographic Society or of the Photographic Society of America to enter this competition .

If you are a member of an L&CPU Club, make sure that you tick the membership of the L&CPU box and put the name of your club in the Reference Box.  Only those who do so will be eligible for the L&CPU Award


Submitting Entries

You will notice on the entry form you have the opportunity to get an XNUM.  What is this? 


You shot the picture. You entered the exhibition and your picture was accepted.

How do you make sure the acceptance is credited to YOU and not someone else with the same name? And what if you change your name or move country?

The answer is simple – by having a unique exhibitor number which you use in all the exhibitions you enter. Your acceptances are then credited to your personal number and no one else.

For more information go to http://xnum.auphoto.org/

You may enter up to four images in each section. Saving your JPG file using sRGB color is recommended as it will provide better quality under the projection conditions used for judging the exhibition and producing the exhibition show..

Maximum image width (horizontal) is 1400 pixels. Maximum image height (vertical) is 1050 pixels (high).

Smaller images are acceptable. Maximum permitted file size per image is 2mb.

You do not have to follow any naming convention for your jpg files when you enter. The web pages properly renames your files to meet the needs of our exhibition software.

Each image must have a unique title. Once an image has been accepted in a PSA Recognized exhibition, that same image, or a like “in camera” or a “reproduction”duplicate of that image:

  1. May not be re-entered in any section of the same Division Star Ratings class in that exhibition regardless of media, format, or title.
  2. May not be re-titled for entry in any other PSA Recognized exhibition.

Words such as “Untitled” and “No Title” are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames.

An entrant’s 4 images will be distributed into 4 rounds and randomly sorted within each round.

Image will be shown using a high specification InFocus 5506 projector set  at 1400px wide by 1050px high

 Status List

After you submit your entry, you will receive an email with your name, address, email, etc. plus the image titles you typed in. Please review and if you made any errors, please contact the Chairman – contact@hoylakephoto.org.uk to resolve.

The entries are processed periodically and the status report indicates the time/date of the next scheduled status list up.


Closing Date 9th May 2018

Judging 19/20th  May 2018

Notification: 1st June 2018  via email only

Catalogue on-line & awards sent by 1st August 2018.  There will be no printed catalogue sent to entrants.  The catalogue will be posted as a printable pdf file.  A gallery of all accepted images will be available on line.

The award ceremony will be held in September and some awards will be held back for presentation to those entrants who have signified that they will attend that ceremony.


Public Exhibitions

Accepted images and those winning awards will be online at www.hoylakephoto.org.uk for at least 6 months  . Public showings will be held in the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union area in 2018 and 2019. Details will  beposted on the website

 Entry Form

All 2017 accepted and awarded images are  still on-line

2017 Pdf catalogue is still on line