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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

Entry to the 2021 Exhibition can be made from the Exhibition Entry Page HEREThis page will allow viewing of the entry conditions, and an entry form can be downloaded if required,  The link to the online entry system will become active when the exhibition opens for entries on 25th November 2020.

As a result of the restrictions associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic the 2021 Exhibition will be different to the 'norm' described above. 

-   There will be only be a digital category, with the two sub categories mentioned above.

-   Members will be able to submit up to 6 images in each sub category

-   In each sub category there will be a Gold Medal for the best image, and a Bronze Medal for the runner up.  Other certificates/awards remain the same.


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 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.

Award Galleries

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