All images entered must be the work of the entrant, be original in concept, and must be the copyright of the entrant.
Entrants must be resident in the UK, Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey (in accordance with BPE rules).
Images, or any significantly similar images, accepted in any previous Rushden Open Exhibition are not acceptable regardless of previous media or category. They will be rejected if submitted. The right to reproduce any image (without fee) in connection with the exhibition is reserved by RDPS.
The organisers reserve the right to withhold from public exhibition any entry which in their absolute discretion they consider to be undesirable in content. The entry fees shown on the application form must accompany your entry.
An image may not win more than one award.
All accepted images will be posted on the Rushden Open website. While the organisers will make every effort to prevent images being downloaded, the RDPS cannot be held responsible for images being copied by such methods. Therefore entrants must accept that while copyright remains with the author, there is a risk that work may be downloaded. The low resolution used to display these images as a web graphic will make reproduction in printed form highly unlikely.
RDPS will have the final decision regarding application of these conditions.
Submission of an entry is deemed to be an acceptance of these conditions.
Digital images must be supplied in JPEG file format, in RGB mode, in the sRGB colour space, and of a maximum size of 2.5MB. Images will be judged on a calibrated/profiled system.
IMPORTANT (many people get this wrong!) - All images will be projected and judged in a landscape format at a maximum pixel size of 1920 wide x 1080 high. Your images must fit within these dimensions.
A vertical format image must still conform to these dimensions, NOT 1080 wide x 1920 high. If your image does not conform to the aspect ratio inherent in 1920x1080 you can add some black canvas if you prefer, but this is not mandatory. (For more information how to re-size an image see our help sheet on the main page)
File names must be the same as the titles on your entry form. There is no file naming convention such as having your initials or a number in the file name, i.e. call them what you like as long as the title on the form corresponds with the file name.
Submitted digital media will be shredded by the end of July of the year of entry. Digital files will be deleted at the same time, except for those appearing on our Web site.
This section is intended for general images in colour that have not been 'produced' in post-processing, the emphasis being on the photographer's skill and vision in seeing and capturing an image, and not on advanced manipulation and post-processing. Enhancement work done on an image should be subtle, and not be apparent in the final product.
This section is intended for images depicting the world around us, and images should take the form of natural or managed landscape (hills and mountains, forest, moors, desert, farmland etc.), seascape, cloudscape, industrial landscape, urban landscape and so on. Generally the subject would be the environment in some form, and particular people, animals or objects should not form a significant part of the image.
Creative photography may be defined as a concept which stimulates the mind of the viewer to interpret a message conveyed through the creative use of line, form, colour or light for example. We aim to encourage the development of creative photography as a means of expression through which the author can make a personal statement. Any kind of manipulated image is allowed here.
A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes colour work (polychrome) and cannot be entered.
The nature section is restricted to use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except Anthropology and Archaeology, in such a manner that a well informed person should be able to identify the subject matter and to certify to honest representation.
The story telling value of a photograph must be weighted more than its pictorial quality. Human elements shall not be present unless, on the rare occasion where human elements enhance the nature story, they are unobtrusive.
Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants and animals, mounted specimens, obviously set-up arrangements, composites, deviations or any form of manipulations that alter the truth of the photographic statement are not permitted, with the exception of detailed macro photographs and scientific banding on wild animals.
Accurate descriptive titles are recommended for nature pictures, identification of the species being a minimum requirement.
A wildlife picture is defined as showing one or more organism(s) living free and unrestricted in a naturally adopted habitat.
All images will be considered to be wildlife unless specified otherwise on the entry form.