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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 or early March 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 2022 Members Exhibition

The Exhibition is complete with all results issued, and the Exhibition was opened at the Group's AGM held at Smethwick PS on April 9th 2022.

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.

Exhibition Shows

The Nature Group's 2021 Exhibition has a show in MP4 format that will therefore run on PC and MAC. The show is set to music and once started runs automatically through the images.  The show is available from the Nature Group Dropbox account and a link to the show can be provided from the Exhibition Secretary.

Award Galleries

Galleries of all awarded images can be viewed on our Galleries Website.