Rules of Entry

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Smethwick National AV Festival
25th  April 2021

The festival has once again been awarded PAGB Patronage

There are two sections: Open AV and Photo Harmony.

Please nominate on the entry form as to which category you wish to enter.

AV workers can enter up to 2 AV sequences, if entering 2 sequences into the same section then one of them must be marked as your best sequence should the organiser have to limit the number of entries by pre-selection.

Maximum length of Open AV’s is 12 minutes, Photo Harmony 6 minutes (although it would be appreciated if sequences are shorter).

AV’s submitted under the Photo Harmony section must comply with the PAGB definition of Photo Harmony 

AV’s must not be older than 3 years, and not have won an award in a previous Smethwick National AV Festival.

To enter the Festival the entrant must live in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Channel Isles and Isle of Man) and be alive at time of entry submission (adopted new FIAP regulation).

Due to Covid 19 uncertainty it will not be possible to attend judging as all entries will be judged remotely. All entrants will be emailed results on the 24th April. A Zoom presentation of the winning sequences will shown on Sunday 25th April 2021. All entrants will be sent details of zoom presentation


Ian Bateman, FRPS, MPAGB, av-AFIAP, APAGB (Chair) – Devon
Mark Allen DPAGB/av – Northern Ireland
David Gibbins ARPS, APAGB, EFIAP/b CPAGB/av – East Midlands


  • Open/Narrative
  • PAGB Gold Medal for 1st Place
  • PAGB Silver Medal for 2nd place
  • PAGB Bronze Medal for 3rd place.
  • Photo Harmony
  • PAGB Gold Medal for 1st Place
  • PAGB Silver Medal for 2nd place
  • PAGB Bronze Medal for 3rd place.
  • JUDGES AWARDS for Both Sections;- Smethwick Silver Medals
  • PAGB AV RIBBONS will be awarded for Highly Commended, Best Photography, Best Sound track



Video clips may be used in your Open section AV programme but should not dominate the work. Video clips are not allowed in the Photo Harmony section.


AV programmes must be in a format (i.e. a “.exe” file) which allows them to be played on a Windows PC without the need for additional software.


It is the entrant’s own responsibility to ensure that any material visually shown or recorded on the soundtrack is covered against copyright infringement. The entrant must accept full responsibility for any disputes or litigation over copyright issues received by the organisers. It is expected that all photographs used in the AV are those of the author, unless for historical or safety reasons. If copyright music is used the entrant must quote their license details.


If the running time of the entries submitted exceeds the available time at the Zoom presentation, the Organising Committee reserves the right to pre-select AV Programmes. The pre-selection decision will be made by the Chair of the Festival Jury. If an AV Sequence is not selected to be shown at the Festival there will be no refund of the Entry Fee. The decision of the Chair of the Festival Jury is final and no further discussion will take place.


The organisers reserve the right to refuse an entry that they consider in their absolute discretion, to be undesirable, unsuitable or incorrectly programmed for projection at the Festival. If this rule is invoked there will be no refund of Entry Fee. The Organisers decision is final.


The Entry Fee for one AV is £10.00 and for two AV’s £15.

You can enter your submissions online HERE where there is the option to pay via the Paypal  Buttons at the bottom of the entry form. If you do not have a Paypal account there is the option to pay by credit/debit card

Cheques sent with the postal entry form must be made payable to Smethwick Photographic Society.


Entries may be submitted now and must be sent to the Festival Director, to arrive no later than 23.59 pm on the 27th March 2021.
The preferred method of entry is by a file transfer program such as to
Entries with entry forms may be submitted on a CD/DVD (non-returnable) to:
Ray Dowding FRPS
31 Greenbush Drive
West Midlands
B63 3TJ

Entry forms can be completed online by following the link in the menu above.

The AV programme file name should be the title followed by your first name and surname. Proof of PayPal payment should also be included on the CD with your name as reference.

Entries received without payment will not be judged.

All entries will be removed from our systems once the Festival is over.


You must agree to receiving emails with regard to your entry and future Smethwick National AV Festival news to comply with GDPR legislation.

The submission of a completed entry form implies the acceptance of these ‘Rules of Entry’.

Ray Dowding FRPS

Festival Director

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