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CREDIT: Sue Clark

Postcards from Home

Introduction and background

Postcards from Home is a project organised by the RPS Landscape Group.  The project invites participants to create postcards using images taken close to home.

The project was inspired by the work of Sue Clark LRPS who took part in North Wales Region’s “Frontiers” project conceived and led by regional organiser Rolf Kraehenbuehl.  The main Frontiers webpage can be seen here and Sue Clark’s postcards feature near the front of the project book here:

Forth Bridges

How to take Part


1. All images must be photographed within a five-mile radius of your home. Your home is deemed to be the address to which your RPS Journal is posted.  

2. All images must be photographed during 2023 and must be submitted by midnight on 31st January 2024.

The principal outputs from Postcards will be:

  • A printed book featuring all eligible postcards that are submitted by registered participants. A copy of the book will be provided to each registered participant.
  • A web gallery on the RPS website featuring all eligible postcards.

3. A submission must comprise four postcards

  • Three postcard fronts each featuring between TWO and FIVE photographs PLUS 
  • One postcard reverse side featuring a project title, a statement of intent (see no 7, below) and your name as you wish it to appear in any accreditation of your work (include any distinctions if you wish).

4. The four postcards will be distributed across two facing pages in the project book.

  • The left-hand page will include the reverse side with statement of intent and one picture postcard. Both must be in horizontal format.
  • The right-hand page will include the other two picture postcards. Both must be EITHER in horizontal OR vertical format. For an illustration of how the book will be laid out, see here

Each finished postcard must be submitted as follows:

      14 X 9 aspect ratio (either horizontal or vertical)

      1654px x 1063px @ 300PPI

      Jpeg (at maximum quality)

      sRGB colour space

5. Each postcard front must feature between two and five separate photographs.  

6. Brief text may be added to the fronts your postcards to locate or explain the subject as in these examples; one, two, three, four, and final example five.

7. In addition, each entrant must write a brief statement of intent (max. 100 words) explaining their project and why they chose the subject(s). The text must feature on the reverse side of the postcard which should resemble the reverse side of a typical picture postcard, with a vertical line through the centre with your statement on the left and your name on the right, and the words POST CARD at the top.

8. Images must feature landscapes that conform to the definition adopted by the RPS Landscape Group i.e.

Landscape” photography is defined as the photographic portrayal of all elements of the land, sea and sky whether natural or built or influenced by human endeavour.  Examples include mountains, hills, farmland, coasts, bodies of water, forests and populated and industrial areas. Images may be created using traditional or other techniques (including but not limited to infrared, multiple exposures, intentional camera movement, abstraction, minimalism and post-processing).

9. Images may be taken with traditional or creative techniques but the location(s) should be, at least to some extent, recognisable.

10. Images may be processed to a particular style if you wish (e.g. retro, contemporary, pop-art etc).  If you choose a particular style, there should be a rationale for this that relates to the content or theme of your postcards.  Avoid style over substance!

11. All images and postcards from a single photographer should be photographed, processed and presented in a similar style so as to create a cohesive body of work.

12. Most of us like to look at other photographers’ images and a QR code could be included in the stamp area of your “Statement of intent” postcard to link to your work.

QR codes should link to any of the following:

  • the homepage of your website
  • a gallery page on your website featuring work of relevance to your postcards entry
  • your Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, 500px or similar feed

Please note: QR codes will not be published if they link to overtly commercial pages or websites. The Landscape Group's chair and vice-chair, together with the Postcards project manager will be the final arbiters.

13. When you have your postcards ready, please send them to Sue Clark at using the large file transfer service,  If you need help on how to use wetransfer, watch this video


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CREDIT: Sue Clark

Creating your postcards

Taking part in this project requires the use of Adobe Photoshop or similar editing software and the skills to make composites images using borders, text, graphics and photographs.  If you do not have such software or the skills to use it, you may ask a friend to help.

The photographs must be your own work but the creation of the postcards may be done by somebody else for you.

It is important to read the further instructions on designing your postcards so that they are in the correct format for the printed project book...

read here


Participation is limited to a maximum of 100 photographers who must be members of the RPS.  70 places are reserved for members of the RPS Landscape Group, the remaining 30 places are open to all members of the Society.

Participants must register and pay the participation fee of £28 for members of the Landscape Group or £38 for other members of the RPS. To register, please book here via Billetto]

Registrations will close at midnight on 30 September 2023 or when 100 people have registered, whichever is the sooner.

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How to submit your Postcard

When you have your postcards correctly formatted and ready for submission, please send them to Sue Clark at using the large file transfer service,

If you need help on how to use wetransfer, watch this video


Outputs from the Project

The principal outputs from Postcards will be:

  • A printed book featuring all eligible postcards that are submitted by registered participants. A copy of the book will be provided to each registered participant.
  • A web gallery on the RPS website featuring all eligible postcards.

“Eligible” means postcards that meet the project criteria and rules – see below.

At its discretion, the landscape group may decide to create an exhibition from all or some of the postcards submitted, feature the work in magazines etc.  All work will be fully credited to the author.

Terms & Conditions

Copyright of all images will remain the property of the author but by participating in the project, you consent to your work being published in any form (eg website, magazine, book, exhibition, social media posts) by the RPS Landscape Group.  All work will be accredited to the creator.  This consent does not entitle the RPS Landscape Group (or any other person or entity) to publish and sell your work for commercial gain.

Participants must not use any material (for example postcard templates) for which they do not own the copyright or are not legally entitled to use the material.


For other inspiration, participants might be interested in the following:


Francis Frith Company which in the 1860s created a photographic survey of every town city and village in Britain. On the company website ( can be found postcards and postcard-style photographs from all around the UK and the Republic of Ireland from most decades since the company’s original survey.  Many of Frith’s postcards are not particularly picturesque but aim to simply to record particular places or moments in history. 


Martin Parr, in keeping with his witty and ironic portrayal of British life, produced a book entitled Boring Postcards; see 


Perspectives on Place by Jesse Alexander; see This book isn’t about postcards as such, but discusses contemporary ways of viewing and photographing the landscape.  Abstracts of each chapter can be read on the website.  There is another detailed review at 


Web searches can be frustrating in that they can return much irrelevant or unhelpful content but, nonetheless, can be helpful when looking for ideas.  Searching for images with the terms “contemporary postcards”, “vintage postcards” and “travel postcards” yields reasonable helpful results.  Interestingly, searching for “Scottish postcards” largely returns landscape images whilst “British postcards” results mainly in innuendo-laden cartoons of ruddy-cheeked people at the seaside. 


Wirral Buidlings


Why is the number of participants limited to 100?

Because, with each participant being allocated two pages in the book, the book will become unwieldy and unduly expensive to produce with more participants.

Why is there a registration fee?

To cover the cost of producing the project book, and posting a copy to each participant.  The fee has been calculated on a break-even basis.

Why must photographs be taken during 2023?

  1. Because the purpose of the project is to assist participants in the development of their photographic skills by having to think carefully about choice of locations, viewpoints, time of day or year, desirable weather or lighting conditions etc. This will not be achieved by the trawling of back catalogues.
  2. In order to produce a contemporary record of the places photographed.

What sort of scenes can I photograph?

Locations may, or may not, be popular tourist areas and need not necessarily be thought of as “attractive” or as “typical postcard” subjects.  It should be noted that the Landscape Group’s definition of “landscape” is broad and effectively includes any place outdoors.  Scenes should be predominantly feature land, sea and sky and things that are attached to the land (such as buildings and trees).  All places can – as the Frontiers project has demonstrated – be photographed in attractive and/or engaging ways. 

Do all my images have to be taken at the same location?

All images on each postcard must portray the same “place”. Each individual postcard should portray a different place within your 5-mile radius.  Your postcards and accompanying narrative should make clear what the “place” is.  A place could be, for example, a city, a mountain, a valley, an industrial estate, a housing estate, a park, a forest.      

What if I have a question that isn’t already answered above?

Please contact the project manager Sue Clark on


Postcards from Home is a project organised by the RPS Landscape Group. 


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