The Scottish International Salon of Photography is an International Show of Photographic expertise and receives International recognition from both: -
The Federation lnternationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) www.fiap.net
(International Federation of the Art of Photography)
The Photographic Society of America (PSA) www.psa-photo.org
Both of the above organisations accept the awards and results from the Scottish International Salon towards their World famed photographic distinctions.
The Scottish Salon is a competition that receives entries on average from fifty countries, from photographers from all around the World, the main support coming from of course the Four Home Countries, and Europe. It is one of only two International Photographic Salons in Scotland, and amongst the oldest within the UK, it’s first having been run in 1904.
The Scottish Salon operates with three to five sections per competition from the following categories: -
Monochrome Prints, Colour Prints, Nature Prints
Open Projected Image, Nature Projected Image, Photo Travel Projected Image
(In 2013 we will run the three Print Sections)
The competition is Judged by International Judges, who select approx. 25% of the best photographs to form an Exhibition. A selection of those accepted prints and/or projected images are placed on view to the general public, for two to three weeks during May/June. A colour catalogue is produced to go along with the exhibition, which lists all of the acceptances and shows a selection of the award winning images and acceptances. Every entrant automatically gets a copy of this.
The Scottish Salon is currently organized, by a central committee from its parent body, the Scottish Photographic Federation, with help from local club personnel as required. Originally SPF member clubs would organize the Salon in rotation, moving from area to area. The SPF still tries to take the three-week exhibition to different locations within Scotland, where gallery facilities are available.
There is a tremendous amount of work in putting on a show of this size, as an annual event, using different venues and locations. As it is now manned with a central core of volunteers, systems are in place to facilitate the handling of entries as they arrive during March and April.
Following that is the judging weekend, two hectic days - followed by the results sent by notification card or email and then the unsuccessful entries posted back to their authors. Organising the accepted prints, framing and hanging the Exhibition, and producing the Catalogue. Then a short rest during the Exhibition. Then all hands to the task of returning, the final prints and slides to the entrants.
All told a very busy four months. Other tasks have to be done during the year; looking for next Years Venue; Getting Approval from FlAP and PSA and producing the entry form for the following Salon; Finding willing sponsors and advertisers for producing the Catalogue.
Both the Scottish Photographic Federation and the Scottish International Salon are non-profit making organizations, run by volunteers from Photographic Societies and Clubs throughout Scotland.