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Key dates for SIE 2020

Closing date 9 Feb 2020    
Judging for classes A, B & C 21-23 Feb 2020    
Judging for classes D, E & F 1-2 Mar 2020    
Report cards 11 Mar 2020
Official opening 2 May 2020   CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Catalogues posted 18 May 2020   Not completed until 5 June for non-UK entrants due to disruption of postal services
Prints posted 18 May 2020   Not completed until 5 June for non-UK entrants due to disruption of postal services
Deadline for entrants to report missing items 31 Jul 2020   e.g. missing catalogues, prints or awards

Entry classes

Classes A, B & F are for prints, Classes C, D & E are for digital images (colour or monochrome).
You can enter up to four images in each class.

A - Monochrome print PSA - PPD
B - Colour print PSA - PPD
C - Open digital PSA - PID*
D - Nature digital PSA - ND
E - Landscape digital PSA - PID
F - Nature print PSA - ND

* Acceptances in the PSA's PID recognised Colour sections shall be credited towards PID Colour Star ratings and Who’s Who Colour listings. Monochrome images accepted in PID recognized Colour sections shall only be credited towards PID Colour Star Ratings.

All acceptance eligibility shall be in accordance with the PID Star Ratings or the Galaxy/Diamond Ratings requirements as appropriate.

2020 Selection Panels

There are two panels of judges, each handling a different group of entry classes.

A last minute change in his work commitments prevented Terry Donnelly from acting as one of our judges, but Rob de Ruiter kindly agreed at short notice to take his place.

  A, B & C D, E & F
Andrea Hargreaves  EFIAP/b MPAGB BPE3* PSA4*  
Rob de Ruiter  ARPS  
Ian Whiston  EFIAP/s DPAGB ABPE  

Andrea Hargreaves  EFIAP/b MPAGB BPE3* PSA4*

Andrea is a member of Pontefract Camera Club and is an active member of the Yorkshire Photographic Union executive committee as PAGB Awards Officer and as coordinator for their mentoring scheme for members wishing to take PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit.

She has exhibited her prints and digital artworks internationally and nationally throughout the UK and has had work published in Yorkshire Life magazine, Amateur Photographer magazine, RPS Digit magazine and is currently sponsored by Paper Spectrum.

Since 2015, Andrea has been involved in judging national & international salons and exhibitions as well as touring Britain and Northern Ireland with her talk 'The Art of Metamorphosis'. She is probably best known for her creative images created by compositing photographs together, but is equally at home camped out in a swamp photographing bears or in a remote hide shooting less scary creatures.



Leigh’s first tentative steps into photography started at school. He quickly learned darkroom work, printing black and white prints of pictures taken of his school friends with a Kodak Retinette 1B. That camera belonged to his father, who was also a hobby photographer keen on taking pictures of his family life. Besides using FP3 for mono work, Leigh started taking colour slides when he was working at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972.

He had a cousin who was a photographer, working for British Railways Western Region, so it was in the blood, although it was painting and drawing that provided the composition and design that formed a foundation for all the pictures he has taken since then.

Leigh’s main influences were L.S. Lowry, Atkinson Grimshaw and Bill Brandt, but also the environment that surrounded him. In 1977 he bought a second-hand Canon FTB, joined the Ordnance Survey Photographic Society and started travelling the usual route that many of us have taken. Club competitions, exhibitions and distinctions, magazine articles, photography year books and his own portfolio book followed. Leigh was invited to join the RPS distinctions panels, which he sat on for over 27 years. He also became a member of Arena and of the London Salon.

His working life was as a cartographer and more recently in education. Leigh has plenty of other interests and pastimes including travel, hill walking, music, long distance running and industrial archaeology.

He is still a working photographer, both commercially and for his own satisfaction, and doubts whether he could give it up, even if he tried. Leigh still prints in the darkroom at times, although most of his output is digital now. Photography has taken him to places around the world he never thought he would see. It has been a form of expression for him and given him an immense amount of satisfaction for nearly 40 years.


Rob de Ruiter  ARPS

Rob came to photography early through his father who was a life long enthusiast. A demanding career involving much travel left him little time for hobbies until he took advantage of early retirement and in 2006 he joined his local camera club of which he has been chairman for five years and is currently president. At the same time, Rob became a member of the Royal Photographic Society obtaining both his L and ARPS distinctions.

In conjunction with other interests, he developed a method of coin photography, obtaining shadowless highly detailed non-reflective images for publication and has co-authored a reference book using this technique. In 2010 Rob became interested in photographic image appraisal. Now, as a level three SCPF judge, he is involved as part of a team in the training and development of new judges.

His passion for all things photographic continues.



Ian became interested in photography in the 70’s and joined his first camera club, Mid-Cheshire Camera Club in 1982, of which he is still a member. He is now a life member, the Chairman and the long-suffering Competition Secretary since 1990.

Ian has always enjoyed the Natural World hence his main photographic interest is in the Nature field, especially the Big Cats of Africa. He has been fortunate to visit East Africa 17 times and being on the LCPU federation judging and lecture list so enjoys speaking to camera clubs about his experiences of safari photography and its pitfalls. Ian also enjoys other branches of photography, landscape, portraiture and sport.

After retiring in 2001 he joined Crewe PS to seek more competition and in 2007 started on the photographic distinction trail. Ian’s first distinction BPE1* was achieved in April 2010 which was followed later in the year in attaining CPAGB accreditation. Further levels of accreditation have followed at regular intervals all with Nature images to achieve his present status of DPAGB, EFIAP/s, ABPE. Further levels of distinction are in the pipeline.

Since entering the International Exhibition Salon Circuit in 2013 Ian has gained 961 acceptances and achieved 264 awards from 88 images including many gold medals from 34 different images. To date he has exhibited in 30 countries of the world, achieving awards in 27 of those countries. In 2013 Ian was the PAGB Nature Photographer of the Great British Cup and since 2013 has been the LCPU Nature photographer of the year 5 times. In 2015 he was the Scottish Salon Nature Photographer. Ian is on the PAGB judges list and have been a selector at several federations, national and international exhibitions. In 2015 he was also a Nature selector for both the PAGB GB Cups for PDIs and Prints.



Joan, born in South Africa, loves wildlife, nature and creative photography and also enjoys doing audio-visuals. Favourite South African photographic spots include the Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi (Kalahari) National Park, as well as Cape Town and the West Coast of South Africa. Always in search of the elusive 'mood' lighting, she also loves the beautiful landscapes and soft lighting in the UK as well as the fauna and flora of both countries. Married to Clive Rathband, they both enjoy photographing together - and the friendly rivalry that ensues.

A keen photographer since 1974, Joan has gained many photographic awards, including a Gold Medal at the Royal Photographic Society International Exhibition. She is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Fellow of the Photographic Society of Southern Africa and has also been awarded an AFIAP and the DPAGB.

She has lectured extensively and has also judged at many National and International Salons and Exhibitions - both in South Africa and the UK. Joan was also a member of the Distinctions Panel in South Africa and is currently a member of the Royal Photographic Society Distinction Panel for Natural History. Always willing to share her knowledge, she has, more recently, been holding workshops and giving one-on-one Photoshop tuition for photographers who wish to apply for distinctions and other honours.



Clive was born in England but has strong links to South Africa where he met his wife, Joan. He has been a keen and active photographer since 1972 with a great love of the natural world.

Clive is inspired by the landscape and the flora and fauna of the UK, especially in his native Wiltshire, but is also equally at home in the dry desert landscapes of Southern Africa. He enjoys taking photographs in the National Parks of Southern Africa and has travelled to many other countries in search of photographic subjects.

Clive is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a Fellow of the Photographic Society of South Africa and was awarded the EFIAP in 1992. More recently he was awarded the DPAGB. He has been a winner of many awards across the world, including the Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal for the Best Nature Photograph in the 2005 RPS International Exhibition.

Clive has been invited to judge many national and international exhibitions and to judge in his local area when the travel schedule permits. He is a past member of the Royal Photographic Society Natural History Distinctions Panel but is still involved in Advisory Days and Distinction workshops. Clive and Joan give talks to clubs and societies across the United Kingdom and in South Africa.

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