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  • Welcome to the Great British Small Print Circuit for pictures in unmounted print format.
  • The maximum print (paper) size is based on A4 and the standard US letter size.
    The maximum print (paper) size including borders is (30.5cm by 21.6cm)(12 inches by 8.5 inches).
  • Prints can be in either landscape or portrait format.
  • NOTE: Mounted prints or Images printed on paper larger than the specified sizes will not be judged.


The Circuit is being judged by the following THREE salons:

  • Carlisle
  • Penrith
  • Solway


The Great British Small Print Circuit has recognition from FIAP (2017-84, 2017-85, 2017-86) and PSA (2017/091) for the Divisions listed below. FIAP and PSA awards plus Circuit awards will be awarded in each section. The Circuit will be run in accordance with International Exhibition rules and the decisions of the Circuit Chairmen and Judges will be final. Exhibition acceptances will count towards FIAP and PSA photo distinctions.


  • Opening date for entries : 1 January 2017
  • Closing date for entries : 20 March 2017
  • Judging dates : 1-2 April 2017
  • Notification of results to e-mail address provided : by 16 April 2017
  • On-line Catalogue available : 1 June 2017

  • NOTE: Prints must be received by the Circuit by the closing date (20 March 2017). Prints received after the closing date may be rejected and not shown to the judges.


The judging panels include :

Keith Snell, Anne Sargeant (France), Libby Smith (Scotland), Ronnie Gilbert, John Williams, Dieter Boehm (Germany), Neil Smith (Scotland), Christine Hodgson, Brian Magor, Andrea Harmssen (Germany), Diana Magor, Phil Thompson, Keith Greggian, David Price


  • There is an entry fee of £15 for one section, £22 for two sections, £27 for three sections and £32 for 4 or 5 sections. The minimum entry is 1 picture in 1 section (i.e. 1 print) and the maximum entry is 4 pictures in each of 5 sections (i.e. 20 prints).
  • Fees are to be paid through PayPal using either your own PayPal account or by utilising any current credit or debit card. Fees will be charged in Sterling.
  • The link to PayPal is provided as part of the on-line entry system.


  • The organisers regret that entries for which no fee is received, or where the entry fee is paid with foreign cheques or money orders, will not be judged or returned.


  • Entry is open to all photographers, amateur and professional, worldwide.

  • Sections: Each entrant may submit a maximum of four prints in each of the following sections:

    Section 1 : Colour - Open (PSA - PPD Division)
    Section 2 : Monochrome - Open (PSA - PPD Division)
    Section 3 : Travel - Open (PSA - Travel Division)
    Section 4 : Nature (PSA - Nature Division)
    Section 5 : Monochrome - Landscape (PSA - PPD Division)

  • Same ImageThe same image must not be submitted in more than one section.

  • Copyright: The original image(s) must have been taken using a photographic process and all entrants must have the sole copyright to each image they submit. Clip Art and Copyright Free material are not acceptable.

    The PSA, FIAP and the Great British Small Print Circuit assume no responsibility for misuse by anyone of the copyright of published images.

  • Compliance: The judges and organizers reserve the right, before, during or after judging to determine without providing a reason that an image or a whole entry is unsuitable to be included in the exhibition or that the entrant is not in their opinion a suitable person to be represented in the exhibition. Images which appear to violate the definitions will not be judged.

  • On-Line Entry: Entry to the Circuit is made via the on-line entry form by clicking on this link ENTRY FORM. You will need to supply the titles of all of your prints. NOTE You must use only the Western/Latin alphabet when submitting an entry.

  • JPEG Copies: During the on-line entry you will need to upload a JPEG copy of the prints. (These copies are used when we produce the catalogue and gallery.) Maximum image size for the copy (including any borders) is 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels high. Please note portrait images should be no larger than 1050 pixels high. Smaller images are acceptable but will not reproduce to the same quality. Image file sizes should not be bigger than 2Mb. The JPEG copies do not need to be renamed when submitting an entry, but do NOT use single quote ( ' ) apostrophe ( ' ) hash ( # ) or equals ( = ) in your JPG filenames. These characters can cause your internet transmission to fail and crash. Please check all JPEG image sizes before submission; JPEG copies with sizes larger than specified will cause your submission to be rejected.

    NOTE: The requirement for a JPEG copy applies to all prints including those produced in a darkroom.

  • Labels: You will receive back a confirmation email containing thumbnails of all of the images you have submitted. The email will also have a PDF document containing labels. You will need to print out the labels and attach them to the back of your prints.

    NOTE: Prints submitted without the correct labels WILL be rejected and NOT shown to the judges.

  • Judging: An entrant's images (in each Section) will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging.

  • Titles: The titles of the prints may be read out to the judges at the time of judging. Do not put your name in the title.

  • Names: No information about the entrant or country will be given to the judges. A print showing the name of the entrant will not be judged.


  • Please send you prints by post to:

       Tony Potter,
       Circuit Chairman,
       4, Gilgarran Park,
       Cumbria, CA14 4RA,
  • Please mark your packets - No commercial Value - Photographs for Exhibition

  • Please ensure that you have attached the special labels to the back of each of your prints.

  • NO prints will be returned. All prints will be destroyed.


  • Status: The entry system produces a regular and frequent status page which can be accessed via the following link. The status pages shows the status of your entry and includes details of the receipt of your prints and your payment. Because it shows the status after your entry has been downloaded to our main processing systems, there can be a delay between your on-line entry and your entry appearing on the status page.

  • Results: Notification of results will be sent by email. Entrants should ensure that they provide an active email address and that spam filters are set to accept emails from Notifications will not be sent by post.


The catalogue in PDF format will be on the West Cumbria Photo Group web site.


By submitting an entry for the Great British Small Print Circuit the entrant permits the organisers to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication in a catalogue, on an internet site and/or in other media related to the Circuit.


Prints entered in the Monochrome, Nature and Photo Travel Sections MUST comply with the Definitions which are reproduced below. Images failing to do so, will not be judged.

All parts of the image must have been photographed by the author who is holding the copyright of all works submitted.

By the sole act of submitting his/her images to the salon, the entrant accepts without exception the following -

  • That the submitted images can be investigated by FIAP to establish if they obey to FIAP regulations and definitions even if the entrant is not a member of FIAP.

  • That FIAP will use any means at its disposal for this undertaking.

  • That any refusal to cooperate with FIAP or any refusal to submit the original files as captured by the camera, or failure to provide sufficient evidence, will be sanctioned by FIAP.

  • That in case of sanctions following the non compliance with FIAP regulations, the name of the entrant will be released in any form useful to inform the breaches of the rules. It is recommended to leave the EXIF data in the submitted files intact in order to ease eventual investigations.
  • General

All parts of every image must be made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or captured digitally. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Alteration to the original images must be done by the photographer.

  • Monochrome (PSA)

An image is considered to be monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no colour (ie. Contains only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white ) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one colour across the entire image. (for example by sepia, red, gold etc. ) A greyscale or multi-coloured image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi-toning or by the inclusion of spot colouring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a colour work.

  • Monochrome (FIAP)

A monochrome image is defined as having varying shades of no more than one colour (various shades of that colour from very light to very dark) but it may be any single colour. Multi-toned images (various shades of two or more colors) and grey scale images with an added colour are not acceptable in Monochrome Class sections and must be entered in Colour Class sections.

  • Photo Travel

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment.Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

  • Nature

Nature photography is restricted to the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.
The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.
Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces like hurricanes or tidal waves.
Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted.
Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or pictorial content or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.
Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches are allowed.
Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowd.
Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscape, geological formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.


If you have any questions or require more information or wish to make a group entry, please contact the circuit chairman, Tony Potter, APSA, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, ARPS via the Contact Form displayed in the On-Line Entry Form.


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The Great British Small Print Circuit is organised by the West Cumbria Photo Group with recognition from the PSA
These rules were revised on 27 January 2017.