Rules & FAQ



  • 4 reviews – £150
  • 6 reviews – £200
  • 8 reviews – £250

(No concessionary rates and no refunds).


Our bespoke booking system enables you to choose the Reviewers you want to see at the time you want to see them. It is a first come first serve basis. You can view and select the slots you want. To avoid the system crashing and a slot being available one minute and unavailable the next, we have put in place a queuing system. 5 people will be able to access the system at a time, and once your slots have been chosen, you will have 10 minutes to complete the transaction. Please note, your reviews are not confirmed till you have paid. Those in the queue will be told their place in the queue.

The booking system will not allow you to book with the same Reviewer twice or book 2 reviews at the same time. If an error message occurs, please check the slots chosen.


These Reviews are aimed at photographers (or multimedia artists) with a developed and serious approach to their practice. Recent graduates are welcome. Please contact Seb at for any queries.


Bookings will open on Tuesday 7th February 2017. You can book by clicking on ‘BOOK NOW‘. 


Payment is made via Patronbase, our dedicated booking system and accept all major credit and debit cards.


The Portfolio Review will take place in Derby. The exact location will be announced soon. This event does not take place at FORMAT HQ, QUAD.


There is a NO REFUND policy and reviews are NON TRANSFERABLE. Once you book, your reviews are final.  We advise you look through the Reviewers and make a list of at least 15 that you would like to see, in the order you would like to see them so that you are prepared when you book.

In the case that a Reviewer has had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, we will make every effort to assign you with another Reviewer. FORMAT cannot be held accountable for this and will not offer a refund.


There are no discounts or concessions. FORMAT is a non-profit organisation, and the prices  for the Portfolio Review are comparable with similar events in the UK/Europe. The income received is used to cover the overhead costs such as flights, train travel and accommodation for the reviewers, and admin costs.

In case of any problems, concerns, queries, please contact Seb:




Welcome to FORMAT International Photography Festival. THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE CONSTITUTE AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU (”The applicant”) AND FORMAT International Photography Festival (“FORMAT” “The Organisers” “we” OR “our”).



All applications must be received by 11:59pm (PST) 9th September 2016 / 8:00am (GMT) 10th September 2016 . Applications received after this time cannot be considered. Selected artists will be contacted by late-October 2016. A list of selected winners will be announced to the public on the FORMAT and LensCulture websites in December 2016.

The public dates of the festival are 24th March – 23rd April 2017. (Festival launch on the 23rd March 2017). Some exhibition dates may be longer depending on exhibition venue.

All exhibitions will be installed between 27th February and the 21st March 2017; selected works must be available and in Derby for installation during this period. Exact install dates will be discussed and agreed with each artist directly and will depend on the venue and support needed.

After the festival, selected artists must arrange for the collection of their work from Derby from 24th April to the 13th May 2017 unless otherwise arranged with the festival team. This will be discussed as relevant, some exhibition dates will be longer depending on the venue agreements. FORMAT do not have the storage space for photography works, and if the work is not collected by the artist within the agreed time, the work will be destroyed.

The installation of all the FORMAT Open Call exhibitions will be assisted and overseen by the FORMAT team with involvement of the artist where relevant and possible. Artists will be responsible for the transportation of their work (bursaries for transport are available), their own insurance; some venues have their own cover onsite only. All bursaries given will be at the discretion of the FORMAT team. Award winners will not receive cash bursaries in addition to their awards.


Entry for a single Project/ Exhibition/Event application is subject to a non-refundable fee of $43 to be paid on submission.  Entrants are welcome to make more than one application but the non refundable $43 will be payable for each application.

The submission fee charged is in aid of FORMAT Festival 2017 and directly contributes to the organisation and delivery of the festival for the benefit of all participants. FORMAT is a non-profit organisation.

The fee includes a free LensCulture Submission Review which must be claimed after the competition closes. LensCulture will contact each applicant directly after the Open Call deadline has passed.


All entries to FORMAT17 HABITAT OPEN CALL must be made via our online submission platform, produced in collaboration with LensCulture. All marked fields must be completed as instructed. Payment must be completed or your submission will not be accepted. Please make sure that you include any relevant information that you need us to know about your work or proposal. Your 10 images can also include install shots or diagrams to help us understand your concepts.



For all submissions: The applicant is responsible for obtaining any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the publication, exhibition and use of the photograph if the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the applicant and/or that are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph. By Submitting an application the photographer agrees that they created the Work(s) and/or that they are authorised to use the Work(s) as submitted, co-authors and as relevant original sources should be referenced or credited and that our use of the Work(s) for exhibition and PR will not infringe on third party’s copyright or other rights.


All selected entries may be published by FORMAT International Photography Festival or FORMAT affiliated Sponsors/Funders and Partners (the “Authorised Parties”) in magazines or books, on websites, or in any other medium, at Authorised Parties’ discretion. Such use will be restricted to promotion, publicity, news, or informational education or awareness usage in relation to FORMAT International Photography Festival. Photographers will be credited for their works. FORMAT is a non profit organisation run by QUAD with is a non profit organisation and a charity.

By participating, all selected applicants grant FORMAT and its Authorised Parties usage of images, and acknowledge that any FORMAT and Authorised Party may use the entries and a name credit in any media before, during and after, without restriction in relation to the uses stated above. FORMAT and Authorised Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

FORMAT and our Open Call partner LensCulture are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any online entry to be received on account of technical problems, human errors of any kind, or any combination.


Applicants agree to be bound by these Official Rules;

  1. The decision of the FORMAT selection panel is final.
  2. FORMAT may use selected photographs, artist name and photograph in any publicity or advertising relating to the festival or future promotions without compensation or approval.
  3. Entries are void if FORMAT determines the entry to not be an original or referenced, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.
  4. FORMAT reserve the right to refuse work for exhibition if it does not meet the expected quality of production and presentation for the festival.
  5. In the event that a selected applicant wins any FORMAT related prize then is found ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and the Organisers may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.


FORMAT reserve the right to cancel scheduled exhibitions or events if the applicant, in any way, is perceived to have brought festival into disrepute. If for any reason the selected applicant is not capable of exhibiting as planned, they should wherever possible give FORMAT at least 4 months notice prior to the festival launch on 23 March 2017.

If you have any questions about these terms and conditions please contact

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25 MARCH 2017

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FORMAT17 Portfolio Review

The FORMAT Portfolio Reviews will take place on Saturday 25 March 2017 in Derby. FORMAT has carefully selected 45+ international experts in the field of photography, from around the world to review for one day (reviewer bios can be downloaded on the bottom of this page). This review is the biggest and most international Portfolio Review in the UK. Do not miss out on having your work seen by some of the biggest names in photography. Places are limited, so book your place now to avoid disappointment!

The Portfolio Reviews are aimed at committed photographers with a developed and serious approach to their work. Recent graduates are welcome. Please contact Seb at for any queries. We have a bespoke booking system so that reviews can be selected online. This system allows you to choose the reviewers and time slots. It is a first come first served basis. You can view and select the slots you want. Please note, your reviews are not confirmed until you have paid.

We advise you look through the reviewers and make a list of at least 15 that you would like to see, in the order you would like to see them so that you are prepared when you book.

Please read all the information carefully before making a booking. Please keep an eye on the website and the FORMAT  Facebook Portfolio Review dedicated page for more info.


We have carefully selected approx. 45 industry experts from around the world to review your portfolios.

You can download all of the reviwers bios here.

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Alexa Becker

Acquisitions Editor, Kehrer Verlag, Germany

Alexa holds an MA in art history and is the Acquisitions Editor for photography and art books for Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg (Germany). She sits on various juries and participates as a frequent reviewer in international photo festivals and their review programs, including FORMAT Festival. She advises photographers on the procedure of book publishing and on their artistic work in general. Becker initiated the Trouvés series at Kehrer Verlag, which presents handmade limited books and related objects. Kehrer Verlag works closely with Kehrer Design and runs a gallery in Berlin – Kehrer Galerie.

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Alfredo Cramerotti

Director of MOSTYN Visual Arts Centre, UK

Alfredo Cramerotti is Director of MOSTYN Visual Arts Centre, UK. He complements his work in Wales with active participation in the international visual art world. In the past few years this has included co-curating pavilions at the Venice Biennale e.g. Mauritius (2015), Wales and Maldives (2013), directing Sequences VII art festival in Reykjavik and EXPO VIDEO in Chicago, and co-curating Manifesta 8, Region of Murcia. He is in demand as Visiting Lecturer at major universities and art colleges throughout Europe and the Americas and is a significant figure within writing, broadcasting and publishing.

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Alicia Hart

Photo Editor, Producer, UK

Alicia Hart is a Photo Editor, Producer and visiting Lecturer. She has worked with some of the most iconic magazines including The Face, Arena HOMME + , The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Wallpaper* and FT weekend magazine. Alicia has recently moved into working with Advertising and Creative Agencies such AMV BBDO, Show Media, Brave New World, Cedar Communications and Forward Publishing. Working with brands such as Patek Philippe, Swarovski, Piaget BT and British Airways. She has a master’s degree in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art. Alicia is also a visiting lecturer and practising artist, having won several awards for her photographic practice.

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Ángel Luis González Fernández

Founder and Director, PhotoIreland, Ireland.

Ángel Luis González Fernández is Founder and Director of PhotoIreland, an organisation that promotes a critical engagement with Photography. It organises yearly an international photographic festival in Dublin during May. Ángel won the David Manley Entrepreneur Award in 2011 for PhotoIreland. In 2011 he launched ‘The Library Project’, a publicly accessible collection of publications about photography, whose holdings are currently in excess of 1500 items from 200 publishers worldwide. The collection travels around the world to festivals and is loaned to exhibitions like the forthcoming ‘Fenómeno Fotolibro’ at CCCB, Barcelona. The Library Project gives its name to PhotoIreland’s headquarters, a growing library, eclectic Art bookshop and productive gallery. Angel has been a portfolio reviewer at such festivals as Les Rencontres d’Arles, FORMAT Derby, and Encontros Da Imagem. He published ‘Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade’ in 2011, ‘New Irish Works’ in 2013, and the latest series of ‘New Irish Works’ in 2016. He was a contributor to the last edition of Landskrona Foto 2016, focused on Irish Photography, and lectures at the Fine Art Photography Master at IED Madrid.

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Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger

Artistic Director of the Festival of Political Photography, Helsinki, Finland

Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, PhD, works as a Professor of Exhibition Studies and Spatiality at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki. She also runs a curatorial MA-program called Praxis-studies. Since 2009 she has worked as the Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography, which is the leading museum of photography in Finland. Along with the museum’s main exhibitions Rastenberger has been responsible for the gallery’s program for the emerging photographers. Rastenberger is also an artistic director and co-founder of ‘The Festival of Political Photography’, which examines ways of influencing with photographs and seeks to define what the word ‘political’ means in contemporary photographic practices.

Rastenberger has extensive experience in exhibition projects, curating practices and the international exhibition scene of the contemporary arts. Her career among photography has included curating contemporary lens based art exhibitions (for example for the Hamburg Triennial of Photography and the Moscow Biennale) and writing for publications.

Her special interests are new forms of photography as contemporary art, exhibition as critical practice, art and society, feminism and digital environments.

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Anne Braybon

Independent Creative Director, Photo Historian & Lecture, UK

Anne Braybon is an independent curator, creative director, photo historian and lecturer. As an award winning editorial art director, she worked in Amsterdam, Paris and London before joining the National Portrait Gallery in 2005 where she researched and developed themed series of photographic portraits. Anne currently writes, commissions, lectures and leads courses on photography for the public and private sector. Clients include the National Galleries, Scotland, The Photographers’ Gallery, and Sotheby’s Institute.

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Arianna Rinaldo

Artistic Director, Cortona On The Move, Italy

Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. She is the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, the international photo festival in Tuscany, Italy. For almost 10 years she was also the director of OjodePez magazine, the only documentary photography quarterly published in Spain.

om 2004 to 2011, Arianna has been a freelance curator for exhibits and a photo consultant for various publications, among which 4 years at D, the weekend supplement of one of Italy’s main daily, La Repubblica. She is a regular participant in portfolio reviews and jury panels worldwide, as well as speaker and teacher. She was part of the World Press Photo jury in 2009, Fotopres, Spain in 2012 and has been a Photolucida Critical Mass juror since 2009.

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Bridget Coaker

Director of Troika Editions; Picture Editor for The Guardian and Observer newspapers, UK

Bridget Coaker is a picture editor based in London, where she works for the Guardian and is also Director of Photography for the contemporary photography gallery Troika Editions, which she co-founded in 2008. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including Residual Traces at Photofusion, London and in 2009 was Director of the Hereford Photography Festival where she presented the photography of European photographers working with the image of the child in “Seen But Not Heard” and curated the retrospective show of photojournalist and filmmaker John Bulmer.

Bridget is a visiting lecturer at UK Universities, including the University for the Creative Arts, University of Derby, Plymouth College of Art and the University of Westminster.

In 2011 she joined the steering committee of the FORMAT International Photography Festival and participated in the North East Photography Network Symposium Photography Publishing and the Future of the Photo Book. In 2015 Bridget was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Photography, UK.

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Camilla Brown

Curator, Writer & Lecturer, UK

Camilla Brown is a curator, writer and lecturer on contemporary art, specialising in photography based in the UK. For ten years she was Senior curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, London previous to which she was Exhibitions Curator at Tate Liverpool. She is on the Board of Directors at QUAD, Derby and on the steering group for FORMAT Photography Festival. She has held a number of academic posts and in 2015 was appointed Visiting Fellow in Photography at the University of Derby. She has recently taken up a new role as Associate Curator for GRAIN a West Midlands based arts organisation dedicated to commissioning high quality photography projects, events and exhibitions. She regularly gives talks at universities, museums and galleries. She writes for artists’ monographs and history of photography books. In 2016 she will publish a chapter titled ‘A curators perspective’ for a forthcoming book Photography and research: the idea, the process and the project, a Practical Guide for Photographers to be published by Focal Press. She is also a regular contributor to writing on photographers with forthcoming essays on the work of Clare Strand and Sarah Pickering.

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Charlie Fellowes

Owner and Director Edel Assanti, London, UK

Charlie Fellowes opened Edel Assanti, with Jeremy Epstein, as an itinerant project space in 2010 in London. In 2013 it evolved into a commercial gallery based in Victoria, before moving to its current location in Fitzrovia in 2015. Prior to that Charlie spent five years working at Hamilton’s, one of London’s pre-eminent galleries for photography. Over the the last five years Edel Assanti has assisted the gallery’s artists in participating in institutional exhibitions, biennials and curatorial projects throughout Europe and Asia.

Alongside Edel Assanti, Charlie has sat on the Tate’s acquisition committee for photography and the board of the young patrons of the Photographers Gallery in London.

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Dagmar Seeland

Photo Editor, Stern Magazine, UK

Dagmar Seeland is the UK Photo Editor of the German weekly stern magazine. She proposes story and feature ideas, commissions and buys work for stern and writes features about culture and photography for this renowned publication. Dagmar also contributes to the magazine’s associated titles such as the monthly VIEW and the bi-monthly stern CRIME and runs K&R Media, a photo agency and correspondents’ service for various German and Swiss media clients such as Die Zeit, Brigitte, the Swiss broadsheet NZZ and the broadcaster ARD. She is passionate about discovering and developing new talent and has led workshops and talks about editorial photography both in the UK and abroad.

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Dewi Lewis

Publisher, Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK

Before establishing the imprint Dewi Lewis was the founding Director of Cornerhouse, one of the major UK Centres for Contemporary Visual Arts and Film, based in Manchester. In 1987 he established Cornerhouse Publications which achieved recognition internationally for its ambitious and imaginative publishing programme and was a winner of the Sunday Times Award for Small Publisher of the Year.

Dewi Lewis was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2004 and in November 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Services to Photography. He was awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing at the World Photography Awards in April 2012.

Other than illustrative travel photography and nude photography, Dewi Lewis is interested in seeing any work suitable for publication in book form which has the potential to generate reasonable interest from a book buying audience.

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Dieter Neubert

Co-founder & Director of Kassel Fotobookfestival, Germany

Dieter Neubert is from Kassel, Germany. He has studied visual communication at the Kassel University and is the Founder and Director of the Kassel Fotobookfestival and Founder of the Kassel Photobook and Dummy Awards. He is also the chief editor of the monographic magazine PHOTOPAPER. He has edited and published several books like the Daido Moriyama anthology ON DAIDO, the artist book KASSEL MENU by Martin Parr and some volumes of the annual catalogue BEST PHOTOBOOKS. Currently he is preparing the 10th International Fotobookfestival Kassel 2018 and working on PHOTOPAPER issues 13, 14 and 15.

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Emma Bowkett

Photography Director of the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine, UK

Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine. She is a visiting university lecturer, and regularly participates at international portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards, including Unseen, Foam Paul Huf, and the Kraszner-Krausz Foundation Book Award. Emma has been a Master at both Foam and Fabrica Masterclasses and is part of Magnum Photos Professional Practice, which supports young and emerging photographers. She co-curates a Financial Times special supplement and day of events as part of Photo London. She recently won the inaugural Firecracker Contributors Award, which recognises women who have had a substantial impact on the photography industry and is voted for by professional photographers.

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Fiona Rogers

Global Business Development Manager, Magnum Photos International & Founder, Firecracker, UK

Fiona Rogers is the Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos International, working to implement new business innovations and strategic partnerships. Prior to this she was the Cultural & Education Manager, conceiving and delivering international exhibitions and events and creating Magnum’s global Education department in 2006.

Fiona is also the founder of Firecracker, a platform supporting female photographers. In 2012, Firecracker launched an annual grant, offered to photographers to complete a long-term documentary photography project. Fiona has a strong interest in emerging photographers and has participated in international platforms such as Recontres D’Arles, FORMAT Festival and the Singapore International Photography Festival.

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Gwen Lee

Founder of Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore

After 6 years of experience in the museum industry, Gwen Lee went on to pursue her first love – photography. Since then, Gwen has tumbled down the rabbit hole into the Wonderland of silver halides. Together with friends, a photo gallery known as 2902 Gallery was established in 2008. However, curiosity got the better of her and resulted in a biennale photo festival in 2008, known as Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), a biennale international photography platform.

In 2013, SIPF received seed grants from the arts council to further develop photography education in Singapore. In 2014, Gwen and team created an independent creative container art space call “DECK” to provide platform and residency programme for photographers. DECK is awarded President’s Design Award 2015 (Singapore) for its innovative design & impact on the arts community.

Since 2008, she has curated and organised almost 45 photography exhibitions both in Singapore and overseas. Most recently she have curated a special photobook exhibition with Steidl publishing at DECK.

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Holly Roussell

Independent Curator and Prix Elysée & Travelling Exhibitions Coordinator, Switzerland

Holly Roussell Perret-Gentil is an independent curator and serves as coordinator of the worldwide travelling exhibitions program and photography prize, the Prix Elysée, for the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne. From 2012-2014 she worked as assistant curator on the major 21st century survey of landscape photography with William Ewing, Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography, and the accompanying publication (Thames & Hudson, 2014). Recently, she was co-curator of the Chinese photography exhibition, Works in Progress: Photography in China 2015, presented at the Folkwang Museum in Essen. Most recently she was a contributing author to Dictionary of Photography (Thames & Hudson, 2015), and Prix Elysée Nominees’ Book (Editions Photosynthèses/ Musée de l’Elysée, 2017) and in ELSE Magazine.

Holly Roussell Perret-Gentil has degrees in both Art History and Museology. Her current areas of research are exhibition histories, contemporary photography from Asia, and the role of 21st century photography in depicting and creating our civilization.

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Huw Davies

Dean of the College of Arts, University of Derby & Co-Curator, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, UK

Huw Davies is Dean of the College of Arts and Professor of Lens Media at the University of Derby. As filmmaker, photographer and curator his work has included commissions for many national and international agencies and broadcasters including; Arts Council England, Scottish Screen, BBC, Discovery Channel, Arte and Canal +, as well as being screened at international film festivals in over twenty-five countries.

Huw has an active involvement in a number of arts and cultural organizations and currently sits on the boards of QUAD, Derby Theatre, UK Young Artists and FORMAT International Photography Festival Steering Group. In 2004 he co-founded the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, based in England’s most northerly town. He was its Artistic Director until 2008 and is currently Chair of its Board of Trustees and Co-Curator.

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Iona Fergusson

Independent Curator & Creative Director of Delhi Photo Festival, India / UK

Iona Fergusson is an independent curator based out of London as well as Creative Director of the Delhi Photo Festival, an international photography biennial in India. She joined the festival team in 2015 as Director of Programmes responsible for Talks and Education.

In 2007 she joined the launch team of Vogue India in Mumbai as Photo Editor responsible for setting up the photography department and commissioning photographers, artists and illustrators from India and around the world. She has worked for Maxim magazine in New Delhi and in fine art publishing in the UK. She has a Masters degree in Photography: Historical and Contemporary from Sothebys Institute of Art.

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Iris Sikking

Independent Curator, Netherlands

Iris Sikking is an independent curator. As a curator she currently works on thematic group exhibitions as well as monographic exhibitions for venues in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2016 she was a guest curator for the Krakow Photomonth and compiled the exhibition A New Display: Visual Storytelling at a Crossroads. Through working for different venues and institutions she has gained ample experience in exhibition design, and using multimedia presentation formats. In the past she worked on cross platform projects, and the publication of photo books. Her research is on narrative and digital strategies used by photographers to find a visual language and presentation format for their stories. Her background as a film editor has proven to be an asset in the way she looks at photographic work, and positions her in the overlapping field of film and photography. One day a week, she is a Tutor at the Film and Photography department, AKV|St.Joost (Breda, NL).

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Jim Casper

Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder of LensCulture, Netherlands

Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography events, travels around the world to meet with photographers and review their portfolios, curates art exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and nominator for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations. LensCulture currently reaches an audience of more than 2 million every month.

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John Duncan

Editor of SOURCE Magazine and Photographer, Ireland

John Duncan is one of the editors of Source magazine. He studied Documentary Photography at Newport and Fine Arts Photography at Glasgow School of Art and still makes his own work. John Duncan is also on the Board of Belfast Photo Festival and served for many years on the Board of Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery.
In each issue Source publishes three personal projects by photographers on its ‘portfolio pages’. His role is to be on the look out for new work for this section of the magazine. This includes work by photographers in the early stages of their careers, recent graduates as well as more established photographers.

To give us editorial focus work needs to made by photographers from or based in the UK or Ireland. Source has quite a broad remit in terms of what we publish. In general its personal projects resolved over an extended series of images. The archive section section of our web site gives you a sense of what we do.

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Karen Harvey

Founder & Director of Shutter Hub, UK

Karen Harvey is Founder and Director of Shutter Hub, the photography organisation supporting and promoting creative photographers internationally through exhibitions, networking and opportunities.

With a wide range of experience working as a photographer and writer, creative consultant, mentor and curator, Karen has spoken about developing a career in the photography industry on many occasions, most notably at Foam Museum Amsterdam, the National Photography Symposium, London Art Fair, London Photomonth, the Festival of Creative Industries, and across the UK at universities and colleges. The Shutter Hub goal is to bring photographers together to help them further their careers, get better opportunities and be part of something positive and supportive.

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Kim Knoppers

Curator, Foam, Netherlands

Kim Knoppers is an art historian (University of Amsterdam) and curator at Foam. Since 2011, she has worked on exhibitions including Collaborate: On Artists’ Collectives, Re-Search: Alumni Rijksakademie, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Anne de Vries, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Geert Goiris, Paul Bogaers, Bertien van Manen, JH Engström, Jan Hoek, Lorenzo Vitturi, Jan Rosseel, Anika Schwarzlose and Jaya Pelupessy. Knoppers is also founder and curator of Artists’ Recipes which explores the intersection of art and food. She lives and works in Amsterdam and stays on a regular basis in Istanbul (Image credit: Bram Prins).

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Krzysztof Candrowicz

Founder & Artistic Director of the International Festival of Photography Łódź, Poland

Krzysztof Candrowicz is a curator, researcher and art director. He is the founder and director of the International Festival of Photography in Łódź, the Foundation of Visual Education and the Łódź Art Center. Krzysztof Candrowicz is also working as a consultant, guest curator and visiting lecturer in numerous organizations, museums, schools and festivals in Europe and worldwide. Since 2014, he is the artistic director of the Hamburg Triennial of Photography in Germany.

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Lars Willumeit

Independent Curator, Switzerland

Lars Willumeit is a German social anthropologist based in Zurich, Switzerland. As an independent curator, author, and photo editor, he has been working with the medium of photography in different modes since 1993. His interests lie in photography, documentarisms, regimes of representation, and visual cultures. Since the early 2000s, Willumeit has served in the capacity of photoeditor for numerous magazines, most notably for GEO magazine, in Hamburg and New York, and as photo director, from 2008–2013, for the Zurich-based Du: Die Zeitschrift der Kultur. Between 2013 and 2015, he curated exhibitions and festival presentations for East Wing (an exhibition space and platform for photography basedin Dubai) and the FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby; and was a contributing author to the photobook Deposit by Yann Mingard, as well as to a dictionary entitled Factory Tools, which was published within Fabrik, the catalogue of the German Pavilion (curated by Florian Ebner) at the 2015 Venice Biennale. In 2016 he was chief curator of Krakow Photomonth in Poland.

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Lisa Botos

Curator and Photography Specialist, Singapore & Hong Kong

Lisa Botos is a curator, cultural producer and former gallerist. Based in Singapore, she founded Botos., an arts-related, project-orientated initiative with a focus on independent and collaborative curatorial projects, publishing, and advisory. Along with curating exhibitions and producing catalogues, she also develops and manages art projects, programming and events in Singapore, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and in the USA. In 2008, she co-founded Ooi Botos, a Hong Kong-based, avant-garde contemporary art gallery. Prior, she was head of photography for Time magazine in Asia. Botos served as an international curator for the Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts 2013 and on the advisory council for Photo Shanghai.

An adviser to the WYNG Foundation (Hong Kong) from 2011-2016, she counselled on the development and management of the WMA Masters Award (formerly the WYNG Masters Award), an international, issues-focused photography award program. In 2017 she joins the WMA Masters advisory group. Botos primarily works between Singapore and Hong Kong.

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Malcolm Dickson

Director, Street Level Photoworks, UK

Malcolm Dickson is a writer, curator and organiser. He is the Director of Street Level Photoworks, a leading photography arts organisation that provides artists and the public with a range of opportunities to make and engage with photography. He curates and co-ordinates a programme which embraces different genres of photography, which is extended through a network of local and community venues, regional art galleries, and through national and international partners. The organisation is a lead partner in Scotland’s Season of Photography which links the diverse exhibitions and events around photography across the country.

Recent exhibitions curated by him include ‘Tabula Rasa II’ (at Street Level and Kaunas Photography Gallery); Scottish based work at Uncertain States Annual as part of Photomonth East London; ‘A Window on Glasgow’ and work by Yohanne Lamoulere and Franck Pourcel as part of a Glasgow/Marseille exchange; ‘Surface Tension: New Process Based Photography’,‘Maud Sulter – Passion’ at Street Level and Impressions Gallery, Bradford (co-curated).

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Marina Paulenka

Founder & Artistic Director of Organ Vida International Photography Festival, Croatia

Marina Paulenka is a photographer, a founder and artistic director of the Croatian festival Organ Vida—International Photography Festival, Zagreb and the Organ Vida Photography Association, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia. Organ Vida Festival promotes the work of international contemporary artists, both emerging and well-known and reflects upon the medium of photography in a wider social context.

Marina has a MA in Photography at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb (Croatia) and a MA in Graphic Design at the Faculty of Graphic Arts Zagreb (Croatia). She is member of the Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association. She is an international juror/nominator, curator and portfolio reviewer at many institutions, awards, festivals and galleries. In her dual role as a photographer and festival director, Marina has had the opportunity and pleasure of curating photo exhibitions, meeting artists and taking part in many discourses on current trends in contemporary photography in numerous countries.

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Mauro Bedoni

Programme Manager, QUAD Derby, UK

Mauro Bedoni was born in Italy and graduated from the University of Padua with a degree thesis on Photojournalism. In 2007 he started working as the photo editor of COLORS Magazine and assigned more than 150 photographers in 60+ countries. In 2015, he moved to New York and worked as a freelance photo editor on the 2016 TIME 100 issue and then as a creative consultant and production editor for Shinola on the first issue of a new magazine, part of the content marketing strategy of the company. He is now programme manager at QUAD Derby, the organiser of Format photo festival.  He has served as a portfolio reviewer and juror in several international photo festivals and photography awards and grants and he’s been nominated for picture editor of the year at the Lucie Awards 2011. As a curator, in 2015 he pulled together two group shows: the Fabrica exhibition at the Łódź Fotofestiwal and the Afterlife exhibition at the Athens Photo Festival. He’s now based between Derby and Berlin.

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Nicola Shipley

Director of GRAIN projects, UK

Nicola Shipley works as a Producer, Curator, Project Manager, Mentor and Consultant specialising in photography. She trained as an art historian, has an MA in History of Art, and a background in the visual arts, including in commissioning, exhibitions, collections, public art, artists education and professional development.

She is currently Director of GRAIN Projects, based in Birmingham UK, facilitating the hub and network and leading on the programme and activities which include commissioning new work, curating exhibitions, developing artist’s and photographer’s training, development and networking opportunities, organising talks and symposia and developing new audiences. In her capacity at GRAIN she is interested in working with emerging and established artists and photographers.

Nicola also works in a freelance capacity and has worked with a wide range of visual arts organisations, public and private sector stakeholders, HE and FE partners and has worked as a visiting lecturer and mentor for a number of regional universities.

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Nuno Ricou Salgado

Artistic Director, Flâneur, Founder & Chairman of the Board of, Portugal

Artistic Director and Manager of ‘Flâneur – New Urban Narratives’, a network project based on an international partnership of about 20 organisations from 11 different countries. Its main purpose is to carry out artistic interventions by commissioning photographers around Europe, inspired by the Cities and using contemporary photography as its main artistic media. Artistic Director and Manager of “Entre Margens”, a three year cultural project comprising of public photography, installations and multi-disciplinary performances. Artistic Director and Manager of “FORMAS – Plataforma para as Artes Performativas de Tavira”. Cultural event focus on the promotion of the Mediterranean performing arts. Integrates a component market and street art performances. Curator and Production director of the Exhibition “Real:Surreal”, in Lisbon, 2004.
Nuno works on international projects all year round and is always interested in good stories and meeting emerging photographers.

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Peggy Sue Amison

Artistic Director, East Wing, UAE

Peggy Sue Amison is Artistic Director for East Wing – a platform for photography based in Dubai, UAE. As a curator, writer, strategist, mentor and photographic consultant, Peggy Sue has collaborated with numerous emerging and established photographers, festivals and publications internationally. Before beginning her position at East Wing in 2014, Peggy Sue was Artistic Director of Sirius Arts Centre in Ireland (2001 – 2014) where she headed a multidisciplinary visual arts and residency programme.

Working with a wide range of visual artists, but specifically in photography, Peggy Sue has curated exhibitions in Dubai, Ireland, Berlin, Poland and China, written for various photographic publications and artist catalogues and has independently produced photographic events. She has been invited speaker, juror and critic at numerous meeting places for photography and contests.

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Pippa Oldfield

Head of Programme, Impressions Gallery, UK

Dr. Pippa Oldfield is Head of Programme at Impressions Gallery, one of the UK’s leading public-funded spaces for contemporary photography. She has curated numerous touring exhibitions including The Home Front by Melanie Friend; Bringing the War Home: Photographic Responses to Recent Conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan; The Factory of Dreams: Inside Mexico’s Soap Operas by Stefan Ruiz; and co-curated Once More, With Feeling: Recent Photography From Colombia. A regular contributor to journals, books and exhibition catalogues, Pippa is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University.

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Rémi Coignet

Editor-in-Chief for the review The Eyes, France

Rémi Coignet is the editor in chief for the review The Eyes dedicated to Europe and photography. In 2014, he published Conversations a book of his interviews with photographers, publishers and designers. In 2016 came out a second volume Conversations 2. Both books are available in a French and an English edition.

He runs the blog Des Livres et des photos on Le Monde website since 2008. He also has been a chronicler for the french photographic magazine Polka. His writings appeared in various national and international magazines. He has been working in the press and publishing for over 20 years.

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Salvatore Vitale

Photographer and Editor-in-Chief at YET magazine, Switzerland

Salvatore Vitale is a Swiss-based photographer and editor born and raised in Palermo, Italy. After his degree in Communication, in 2014 he attended the International Center of Photography—ICP’s class with Allen Frame and was selected for the ISSP International Masterclass by Andrei Polikanov and Yuri Kozyrev. In 2015 he was named among Die Besten 2014 at Swiss Photo Awards.

He is also the co-founder and editor-in- chief of YET magazine, an international photography magazine and platform which showcases works by both emerging and established photographers as well as critic and in-depth content focusing on the evolution of photography with a particular eye on the contemporary field. He has been featured and published internationally, and also runs workshops and gives lectures and talks about his work.

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Sheyi Bankale

Curator, Next Level Projects & Editor, Next Level Magazine, UK

Sheyi Bankale is Curator of Next Level Projects and Editor of Next Level magazine. Next Level is one of Europe’s seminal art photography magazines with a dynamic mix of photography as contemporary art. The publication features a diverse range of the world’s most influential photo artists. It aims to bring awareness and debate to contemporary culture, showcasing and celebrating artists, across various disciplines and alongside inspiring, provocative and critical writing. Sheyi Bankale’s wealth of experience is well received by his peers and frequently acts as panelist, judge and nominator for The Art Foundation, Google Photography Prize, CONTACT Photography Festival BMW Prize, The Prix Pictet and Next Level Awards. He is Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Derby and has lectured on ‘Photography as Contemporary Art’ internationally, including at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Sheyi Bankale is renowned for his curatorial work in recent years at Next Level Projects as well as Guest Curator for Saatchi Art’s Special Guest Curator Programme and the 2015 Curator for the prestigious Photo 50 exhibition at the London Art Fair.

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Sian Bonnell

Artist, Curator & Lecturer, UK

Sian Bonnell is a UK based artist and curator. Educated at Chelsea School of Art and Northumbria University, her images have been exhibited and published widely. After 25 years living and working in the South West of England she re-located to the North in April 2016 to work at Manchester School of Art.

TRACE, the curation and publishing project, which she established in 1999 at her home in Dorset, will now re-launch in the North of England with many new initiatives being planned. Sian has continued to mentor emerging photographers and artists as well as curating numerous exhibitions in London and abroad. Most recently she has curated a series of large exhibitions of UK tertiary level student photographic work for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Pingyao International Photography Festivals held each September in China and has been invited to select photographic work again for the 2017 PIP.

She is regularly invited to review portfolios at international photography festivals and has judged major competitions including The Jerwood Photography Prize in 2006 and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 2009.

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Tim Clark

Curator and Editor-in-Chief, 1000 Words, UK

Tim Clark is the Editor in Chief and Director at 1000 Words, nominated in the Photography Magazine of the Year category at the Lucie Awards 2014 and 2016. As the former Associate Curator at Media Space at the Science Museum in London, exhibitions he worked on included Gathered Leaves: Photographs by Alec Soth, a major, mid-career touring retrospective named as The Guardian’s Photography Exhibition of 2015.

Clark is a member of the academy of nominators for The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, MACK First Book Award and has judged The Paul Huf Award, freshfacedandwildeyed, Sony World Photography Awards and Magnum Photos/Photo London Graduate Photographers Award.

His writing has appeared in FOAM, TIME Lightbox, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Next Level, The British Journal of Photography as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues and photobooks, including the Archive of Modern Conflict’s AMC Journal 10 published to coincide with LagosPhoto 2014 and Photography Never Dies, as part of the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016.

He is interested in seeing new, critically-engaged bodies of work that have a strong approach to their subjects with the view to either publication in the magazine or inclusion in forthcoming curatorial projects.

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Tom Hunter

Artist & Lecturer, UK

Tom Hunter’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in major solo and group shows, recently: Life and Death in Hackney, National Gallery Washing D.C. USA; Seduced by Art, National Gallery, UK; A Palace for Us, Serpentine Gallery, UK; Another Story, Photography from the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. He has published five books including Le Crowbar (Here press 2013) The Way Home (Hatje Cantz, 2012). Tom has earned several awards during his career, including an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of East London (2011) and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2010. He is a Professor of Photography Research at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

In 2006 Tom became the only artist to have a solo photography show at the National Gallery for his series ‘Living in Hell and Other Stories’. Tom has been commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery London, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London and The Royal Shakespeare Company. His works are in many collections around the world including; MOMA, New York, The V&A, London, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Smithsonian, Washington.

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Tom Seymour

Lead Feature Writer, British Journal of Photography, UK

Tom Seymour writes long-form print features for the British Journal of Photography, after formerly editing the monthly magazine’s website. He writes about photography, film and contemporary art for publications including The Guardian, The Financial Times, The New Statesman, Foam, Vice and BBC Culture. He lives in East London.

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W.M Hunt

W.M. Hunt is Head Bear at Dancing Bear, USA

W.M. – Bill – Hunt is a photography collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York. Founding partner of the gallery Hasted Hunt, Hunt has been collecting, looking at and talking about photography for over 40 years. He is the author of “The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious” (Aperture, Thames & Hudson, and Actes Sud as “L’Oeil Invisible”). His exhibition “Hunt’s Three Ring Circus – Photographs of American Groups before 1950” was seen in New York last year. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts, Aperture and ICP; he lectures, reviews portfolios, judges competitions, and serves on the board of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. He will be offering his workshop “How I Look at Photographs” at the Somerset House on Saturday, March 18th.

Photographers being reviewed should look upon these 20 minute sessions as unique opportunities to meet new people, who are motivated to help them. But these are introductions, not marriages, so keep breathing.

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Wang Baoguo

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Photographers Magazine, China

Wang Baoguo is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Photographers magazine, part of the Chinese Academy of Arts. Wang has worked as a photographer, Picture and Commissioning Editor for magazines across Asia. He is often invited to be a speaker at international conferences including- China and Spain, 1936-39: Robert Capa and the Global Popular Front, organised by Columbia University (USA) and International Center of Photography, NY. A member of several international juries including of Visa pour l’Image (France), Dali International Photography Festival, Yunnan (China), and International Photo Awards (China region, Lucie Foundation). Wang published China Through Lens of Orientalism: China in Western Photography Since 1840 (SDX Joint Publishing Company, 2016).

Wang is looking for work to feature in his magazine and is interested in seeing emerging and established photographers.

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Yasmin Keel

Assistant to the Publisher & Marketing Manager, Schilt Publishing & Gallery, UK

Yasmin Keel works for Schilt Publishing & Gallery as assistant to the publisher Maarten Schilt, and marketing manager. Schilt Publishing is an art and photography book publisher based in Amsterdam, along with sister company Schilt Gallery. We are the leading publishers of World Press Photo and FotoFest International. Our books range from high profile journalistic, documentary and art photography monographs, to comprehensive overview books on photographic subjects and contemporary Arab art. Our commercial gallery represents a wide range of established artists from all over the world and organises 3-4 exhibitions per year.

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Yining He

Independent Writer, Curator and Founder, Go East Project, China

Yining He is an independent writer and curator, and founder of Go East Project, which aims at introducing contemporary Chinese photography to the West. Her current research focuses on the cultural identity and photography representation in England, history and contemporary Chinese landscape photography and contemporary photography publishing in China.

Yining is interested to see both photojournalism & documentary photography as well as fine art photography. She is not interested to see fashion and commercial work.


You can choose from either 4, 6, 8 reviews (only select 8 if you have had your work reviewed before, so that you can be prepared for a busy day!)

  • 4 reviews – £150
  • 6 reviews – £200
  • 8 reviews – £250

(No concessionary rates and no refunds).

The reviews are 20 minutes each between 9.30am – 4.00pm on Saturday 25 March 2017.

Portfolio Walk

A place in the Portfolio Walk which will take place after the Reviews on Saturday 25 March, from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Photographers set up their work on tables and the public, reviewers and VIP guests are invited to walk around, talk to you and view your work. The Portfolio Walk is not compulsory, but we advise you do consider taking part.


All photographers booked for the review are nominees for the following awards. The awards will be judged by the Reviewers or chosen judges. Prizes include (more prizes TBC):

Award Winner
Every Attendant
FORMAT Award - One free place at the FORMAT Reviews (you will have to book and will be given your money back after the review)
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Affinity Photo Award, £1,500
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Genesis Imaging Award. Tailored production advice and support from Genesis Imaging’s Creative Director Mark Foxwell, £500 credit to produce work using our Premier Photographic Printing, Professional Mounting and Bespoke Framing services.
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Street Level Photoworks Award - an exhibition in an offsite venue in 2018
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£500 GRAIN Projects Award for either an outstanding portfolio or an outstanding exhibition of work
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Metro Imaging Award - A Tailored Premiere Service session: • x1 Hour consultation with one of Metro's Master Printers. You will learn about profiling and preparation for a fine art finish to your printed work. Then discuss your ideal look for the prints and work with the printer to achieve the desired effect. • x1 set of portfolio prints - x12 12”x8” C-type Matt/gloss which will be produced after your session.
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Shutter Hub Award, free membership and two mentoring sessions
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FORMAT Tote Bag, with latest issue of BJP
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Place at the Portfolio Walk, an opportunity to show your work to all reviewers
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FORMAT 2017  launches on 23rd March and the festival takes place between 24th March – 23rd April 2017.

FORMAT International Photography Festival was established in 2004 and is the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media. FORMAT organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally.

The 2015 festival welcomed over 100,000 visitors from all over the world. The biennale and off year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice. We love photography and all its expanded fields, our programmes feature everything from major conceptual works, participatory projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive. We are concerned with what is happening right here, right now in the scene and beyond, whilst sharing and contributing to it. FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work together alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

The biennale edition incorporates over 30 of Derby’s most beautiful buildings and key landmarks including: QUAD, University of Derby, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Deda, Derwent Valley World Heritage Sites, Market Place and satellite venues in nearby cities.

FORMAT is Directed by Louise Clements, organised by QUAD and the University of Derby. Supported by Arts Council England, Derby City Council and multiple partners from the UK and around the world.

© Rob Stephenson
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Bookings are now open, please click on the below link to select your reviewers.