National Print Competition 2021

The first round of The National Print Competition will exclusively accept digital entries and is open from the 2nd of September to the 26th of September 2021

The cost is £10 per image for BIPP members and £15 per image for non-members.

Before entering your images, you will need to have a member profile on the competition site (unless you have already registered an account). Files should be submitted at least 4,000 px on the longest side (no borders, keylines, watermarks or identifying information should be included).

Finalists will be asked to print and mount their selected images with either 16”x20” or A3 prints and will receive an email with the date the prints need to be at the Preston Office.

Once the judging is complete, we will arrange for the prints to be returned to your regional chair for you to collect. Please be aware we are not able to return the packaging other than the black print boxes.



The digital entries will be viewed and scored by five judges, and if a score of 75 is achieved, the photographer will be invited to send a print to Head Office for the second round.

The print judging will be carried out by the five judges at our Preston office under controlled lighting, with prints scored between 1 and 100.

To score a bronze, a print will need 75+ points, Silver 80+ points and Gold 90+ points. The photographers with the highest scoring Wedding, Commercial, Portrait and Fine Art images will be become the Wedding, Commercial, Portrait and Fine Art Photographers of the Year. The BIPP Photographer of the Year will be selected from the four category winners by the judges.

Judges are not eligible to enter.



Following on from the successful regional awards, the categories remain the same. These are professional photography awards, so it goes without saying that unless a category is specifically marked as ‘self-commissioned’ all work must have been commissioned and produced in a professional context. Fine Art images will have been mostly self-commissioned, but should have been created with stock or gallery sale in mind.




  • Classical Wedding
  • Reportage Wedding
  • Wedding Album
  • Styled Wedding Shoot (can be self-commissioned)


  • Studio Portrait
  • Environmental Portrait
  • Newborn
  • Pet Portrait
  • Self-commissioned Portrait


  • Architectural
  • Industrial
  • Advertising
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Photojournalism & Editorial
  • Wildlife
  • Nature
  • Self-commissioned Commercial

Fine Art

  •  Landscape & Travel
  •  Fine Art
  •  Street & Documentary
  •  Digital manipulation


  • Non-BIPP Member
Note* Drone Photography can be entered into the relevant category such as Landscape or Commercial etc

We know the standard is going to be very high and wish you the best of luck – we cannot wait to reveal the winners!

If you have any questions, please call the office on 01772 367968 or email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

How to Enter

1) Check the requirements.

Specification of images:

  1. A minimum of 4,000 pixels on the longest side
  2. Format: maximum-quality JPEG, to be under 16 megabytes
  3. Embedded profile: sRGB, Adobe 98 or Greyscale

2) Register/Log in

You need to have an account on the awards site to enter.

log in here

register here

2) Begin your entry

To begin your entry process:

click here