The group runs an Annual Exhibition open to all members of the group. Currently entry to the exhibition is free.
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 2020 Exhibition
The 2020 Exhibition is now closed for entries, the selection has taken place and entrants informed of their results. The accepted prints and digital images were to be shown at the Nature Group AGM to be held at Smethwick Photographic Society on 4th April 2020, however this event was postponed due to the impact of CV-19. It is the intention to reschedule the AGM at a later date in 2020 when the restrictions associated with CV-19 are lifted.
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 2019 Exhibition disc contains PC and MAC shows for all Prints acceptances, and all Digital acceptances, with both set to music and running automatically.
In addition, the following shows have been included to allow clubs to select the type/length of show they want:
- All awarded prints
- All awarded digital
- All accepted Category A prints
- All accepted Category B prints
- All accepted Category A digital
- All accepted Category B digital
- All accepted images for the Tony Wharton Award
To allow clubs to spend time discussing images if they want to, without moving off the image they are discussing, versions of the shows (apart from the TW one) have been included with no music and with manual control, so images only advance when the mouse or keyboard is used.
The 2019 Exhibition disc is now available for sale at £10 from the RPS Shop.
The galleries of awarded images are not currently available but we hope to make them available in the neat future.