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Annual Exhibition 2023 Overview and Introduction

Annual Exhibition 2023

Please read the WPS 2023 Annual Exhibitions Terms & Conditions for more information about the Exhibition and entry submission.

preliminary details subject to confirmation/amendment

About the Exhibition

Since its foundation, in 1923, Winchester Photographic Society has held an exhibition almost every year. In the “Covid years” of 2020 and 2021 we moved our exhibition online. We are now delighted to be back for the second year with printed images in the superb gallery at the Arc, and are grateful for the support of Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT).

This is, to many of us in WPS, a highlight of the society’s year, putting on a high-quality exhibition of our members’ work, showcasing our photography to the wider community

Much work goes on in the background for the photographers, WPS and HCT.

We try to encourage participation across all members of WPS, whatever their level of experience. We arranged a talk, workshop and a mentoring scheme to support participation.

We restricted the entries per photographer to 12 to encourage broader participation.

Preparing your entries

Members may submit a maximum of 12 entries, with no more than four in any of the defined classes, referencing popular photographic genres.

In Class B, a set of three images (with a fourth composite digital image showing the layout) counts as one entry.

The Action class, which received very few entries last year, is replaced with a new class, Theme.

The theme for 2023 will be ”Sin”, to match the theme of the National Gallery touring exhibition which will be on display in the Arc at the same time.

A trophy will be awarded for the winner in each class, together with a number of certificates of merit.

The purpose of these classes is to encourage members to make work in a variety of styles, rather than to concentrate on one particular specialisation.

The rules for classes are designed to be broad and inclusive, rather than narrow, and to encourage diversity of work. They may be adjusted from year to year if needed.

There is also a dedicated class for members of the WPS Beginners Class.

The classes for 2023 are as follows:

Classes Trophy 
Class ABeginnersCliff Pinn Trophy
Class BSet of ThreeChallenge Trophy
Class CFree SubjectD J Cup
Class DHampshireHampshire Chronicle Bowl
Class EHuman PortraitPyne Medal
Class FNatureKing Alfred Cup
Class GStreet/UrbanRobert Moore Trophy
Class IMonochromeJubilee Cup
Class JCreativeFlorence Wilcocks Cup
Class KScapesDiscovery Trophy
Themed ClassSinRonald Toms Trophy
  –Public VoteMurla Trophy

Entry process

Entries must be submitted electronically via the online PDI upload system which will be available for one month, prior to images being judged. Please read the Terms and Conditions before doing this.

Images will be entered in classes, checked for adherence to society and class rules, and judged by a team of three expert judges who are not members of WPS.

After judging, entrants will be notified which of their images have been accepted and whether they have been awarded any Trophies or Certificates of Merit. At this stage, entrants must submit prints of the accepted images, which must be available to the organisers by the deadline shown below. They will be retained for framing and hanging and returned after the exhibition.

The Exhibition

It intended that the Annual Exhibition will include a Private View evening, when members and their guests may view the exhibition.

Trophies and Certificates of Merit will be presented.

Each visitor has the opportunity to purchase work, and is invited to enter the Public Vote for their favourite print.

The winner of the Public Vote will be awarded a trophy.

The Catalogue listing all accepted entries, with reproductions of the trophy and certificate winning images and a selection of the accepted images, will be available to view online, as will a gallery of all the accepted images.

Each entrant of an accepted image will receive a copy of the printed catalogue.

Helpers needed

All members of WPS are encouraged to enter work for the exhibition and to assist in the process of organising and staffing it.

Volunteers are required at each stage and are vital to its success, but volunteering also offers an enjoyable experience and the opportunity to learn what distinguishes a successful exhibition print.

Next Steps

Detailed rules, and Terms and Conditions of entry for the 2023 Exhibition are now available here.

Key Dates in 2023

Digital entriesSaturday 21 January to 23:59 Saturday 18 February
Digital judgingSaturday 25 February
Submission of mounted prints for accepted entriesTuesday 28 February to 18:00 Friday 17 March
Sorting/framing prints
Hanging exhibition
Exhibition opensSaturday 25 March
Exhibition closesSunday 14 May

Please contact Gavin Bowyer WPS Print Exhibition Coordinator via for further information.