British Photographic Exhbitions (BPE) exists to encourage photographers to enter exhibitions and recognizes successful entrants via the issue of the Crown Awards photographic distinctions. There are currently 18 Exhibitions which are part of the BPE circuit. I entered my first British Photographic Exhibition at the end of 2016 and was very pleased to get an image accepted on my first attempt. My first accepted image was “Sands of Time”. This was an image I had put together for a Club Set Subjects competition, the theme being Glass. I used my kitchen clock an hour glass ornament and an interesting sky taken at Cleveleys. This was my first successful composite image. I set myself a target of getting to BPE 1 Crown within a year, which needed 25 acceptances. I was really pleased to achieve this target in 11 months with 13 images, which are shown below.
My journey to achieving BPE 2 Crowns. 50 acceptances, was a little quicker and I managed to reach this goal in March 2018. I did this with a further 10 successful images, which are shown below.
In November 2018 I achieved 100 acceptances to gain my BPE 3 Crowns. I was really pleased to have done this within my target of 2 years. I reached my goal by getting a further 13 images accepted, these are shown below. . The thing that surprised me in the journey to this point is that I was most successful with my composite images. I was really pleased to have had 2 Nature images accepted as the standard in this section is always very high.
During my second year of entering exhibitions a few of my images received awards, these are:
- Across the Plains – Highly Commended in Solihull
- Mrs Magritte – Commended in Basingstoke and Certificate of Merit in Winchester
- Bunch of Sunflowers – Commended in Robin Hood
- Watchful – BPE Ribbon in SRGB
- Stormy Skies Over Castlerigg – Selector’s Award in Frome
At the beginning of 2019 I continued on my BPE journey, the next step being 4 Crowns, requiring a total of 200 acceptances. It took me just under two years to get my first 100 acceptances so I really wanted to get the second hundred in 18 months or less. Having just achieved a further 7 acceptances in Bebington I am delighted to have got to my 4 Crowns in just over a year. The journey from 3 to 4 Crowns has meant that a further 21 images have been accepted and these are shown below. I am also pleased to have achieved 14 awards during 2019 as follows:
- Flower in a Bottle – Commended in Clay Cross
- Derwent Dawn – Commended in Basingstoke, Certificate of Merit in Winchester
- Helbore Triptych – Selector’s Award in Neath and District, Certificate of Merit in Winchester
- Dusky Warbler – Highly Commended in Neath and District
- Out of the Mist – Highly Commended in Rushden
- Keeping Watch – Commended in Robin Hood
- Stormy Skies Over Castlerigg – Certificate of Merit in Winchester
- Out In The Cold – Highly Commended in Shrewsbury
- Callanish Sunrise – Highly Commended in Dingwall
- Yellowstone Bison – Commended in Frome
- Hebridean Wave – Highly Commended in Frome
- Hebridean Tranquility – Highly Commended in Bebington
The first result of 2020 from Solihull Exhibition continued my journey onwards to BPE 5 crowns, requiring a total of 300 acceptances. My tally so far this year is 45 acceptances from 7 Exhibitions. 13 of these are new images and Passage of Time is a reworked version, shown below. I am pleased to have already received a few awards this year as follows:
- Hebridean Tranquility – Commended in Clay Cross and SPS Certificate in Southport
- Hebridean Wave – Commended in Clay Cross, Gold medal in Basingstoke and Selector’s Award in Robin Hood
- Passage of Time – Commended in Basingstoke
So only another 55 to go to reach my goal. I had been hoping to do this in a year, however quite a few exhibitions have been cancelled this year due to the Corona Virus pandemic, so my journey to BPE5 will be longer than I had hoped.