The group runs an Annual Exhibition open to all members of the group. Currently entry to the exhibition is free.
General Format (but see information below regarding the 2021 exhibition)
There are four categories, two for prints and two for digital images. A member may submit up to four images into each category.
There are two sub-categories, these are:
A - All creatures - birds, mammals, reptiles, marine life, insects, etc.
B - All plant life (including flora, fungi, lichens) and all other subjects,
including geological and microscopy, plus patterns, design and form
found within nature.
A team of three highly qualified group members review all entries and select approximately 120 prints and approximately 30% of the digital entries for inclusion in the exhibition. Each category is judged separately.
Two Gold Medals are awarded, one to the best print and the other to the best digital image of the Exhibition. Four Bronze Medals are awarded, one for the best image in each category. In addition, there are certificates for Selector, Highly Commended and Commended awards.
The ‘Tony Wharton Trophy' is awarded to the most successful entrant across all categories.
The exhibition opens for entries around the end of November each year with entry closing around the end of January the following year. The selection takes place in February with the exhibition being opened and displayed at the groups AGM in April. Other showings of the exhibition take place during the year at venues around the country.
The 2021 Exhibition
The 2021 Exhibition has been selected and result notifications sent to all entrants.
As a result of the restrictions associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic the 2021 Exhibition was different to the 'norm' described above.
- There was only a digital category, with the two sub categories mentioned above.
- Members could submit up to 6 images in each sub category
- In each sub category a Gold Medal was awarded for the best image, and a Bronze Medal for the runner up. Highly Commended Certificates were awarded at the selectors discretion.
The awards will be sent to the successful candidates during March. A Slide show of the accepted images is being prepared, and at this time it is intended it will be shown in the afternoon of the Groups AGM to be held on 24th April 2021. The show will subsequently be available as a download from the Groups Dropbox Account.
Definition of Nature
All images must convey the truth of what the author saw at the time of taking. Any manipulation must be confined to exposure adjustments and the removal of minor blemishes or distractions. The final image must have been produced from a single negative, transparency or digital recording and must not be a combination of images. The only exception is focus stacking.
The Nature Group's 2020 Exhibition has shows for PC and MAC and there are separate shows for the Print and Digital acceptances. Shows are set to music and once started run automatically through the images. The shows are available from the Nature Group Dropbox account and a link to the shows can be provided from the Exhibition Secretary.
Galleries of all awarded images can be viewed on our Galleries Website.