Maybe I am looking to be persuaded that my cynicism is unjustified but it seems to me that there are now simply far too many international exhibitions of photography and, perish the thought, some seem to be run by organisations with no provenance and appear to be little more than money-making ventures. Because I am secretary of a photographic society, rarely a day passes without an invitation or reminder to enter photographs in an international exhibition arriving in my e-mail in-box. Some, of course, are very well established and highly prestigious, having been in existence for well over 100 years. The Edinburgh International, for example, is now in its 154th year. In that case, only 202 prints (and no digital projected images) will be selected and displayed and they will be on display in a well designed and well illuminated city-centre gallery, open to the public for a full month. Oddly (or perhaps not) most of the better-established events seem to by in UK or in former British colonies. In contrast, the deluge of new "salons" seem to be in eastern Europe and the Middle East. Some only accept DPI entries and, in many, the best that a photographer can hope for is that his successful work will be "exhibited" during a half-day projected screening (along with a thousand others) in a small Serbian or Saudi town. Yet - and here is the crunch - the entry fees for those Bosnian or Egyptian "exhibitions" tend to be as high (or higher) as those for long-established events. Sometimes (and I have two examples in recent weeks), the closing date gets extended several times, presumably because the organiser has not yet taken in enough money to satisfy his greed. I am becoming increasingly selective about the invitations that I pass on to club members, rapidly leaning towards the view that unless an exhibition has been an annual event for at least 50 years, accepts prints and gives a proper exhibition open to the public for at least a week, then it is probably not worth entering work for. I now seriously question the value of FIAP, RPS, PSA, PAGB or PGU patronage as, frankly, some of those patronages seem to be handed out very easily. Am I being too cynical? What criteria do other forumites apply in deciding which exhibitions to submit photographs for? Do you have any favourites or any that you deliberately avoid?