Outdoor Britain members competition


After the success of the ‘Best of British’ competition in the 2017/18 season, this year a similar competition is underway entitled Outdoor Britain. The focus of our competition is to photograph ‘Outdoor Britain’ capturing its many aspects throughout the next 12 months , whether it be its landscapes, the natural world or gardens and plants.

For inspiration, head over to the results of the ‘Best of British’ competition HERE.

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Jay Flypast, Van Greaves

Your entries will need to be submitted no later than the Thursday, 30th January 2020 and there will be an exhibition of all the work entered along with the announcement of the award winners in February 2020. Full details will be published nearer the time.

The challenge of this competition is to capture the ever changing natural world within the British Isles, through its varied landscapes, its nature and wildlife and the plants and gardens which are all around us.

This competition is open to SPS Members only.

To help you on your way, I have listed some websites you may wish to visit, which hopefully will provide you with some inspiration. Also on our website are the award winning pictures from the ‘Best of British’ competition, which was held recently.


The three categories for the competition are:

BRITISH SCAPES: Land, Sky and Sea Scapes

The subject matter must express the feeling of a time and place and portray a land, a sky or seascape its distinctive features in its natural state.

Visit: www.internationallandscapephotographer.com.

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Storm of Derwentwater, John Holt


There will be two sections:

Wildlife – A picture designated wildlife where the subject is free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat.

Nature – this section includes subjects which are taken in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, falconry centres, aquariums and enclosures where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Visit: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy.html and also
Asferico https://lnx.asferico.com/concorso/en/home_english/

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Female Red Grouse on Winter Moor, Andy Fryer


This category can include pictures of Formal Gardens. Gardens and Plants in the Urban environment, Plants and Flowers taken in botanical gardens along with hybrid and cultivated plants.

Visit: https://igpoty.com/ and

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Copper Beech, Mike Edwards


1. All pictures must be taken in the British Isles.

2. In each category there will be two sections Advanced and General. The general section is open to members who would normally enter the Intermediate or Beginners sections in our internal merit competitions.

3. Closing date by which all entries must be received is the 30th January 2020. No late entries accepted.

4. An exhibition of the work submitted for the competition will displayed in the club room to coincide with the announcement of the results in February 2020.

5. A maximum of four prints and/or four PDIs may be submitted in each category. Maximum mount size for all sections is 40 x 50 cm. PDIs maximum width 1600 pixels x 1200 pixels.

6. Both Digital Files and Print titles should be entered through the SPS Competition software on the club website http://www.smethwickps.co.uk. Full details of how to enter will be found on the website.