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  • 4 reviews – £160
  • 6 reviews – £210
  • 8 reviews – £260



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 until 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 soon. When open, 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 at a location within Derby.


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 10 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.




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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FORMAT Portfolio Review

FORMAT Portfolio Review will take place on Saturday 25th April during the FORMAT Off Year 2020. For up to date information please join our Facebook page. To join our mailing list please visit our website.  More info to follow in the next few months. Bookings will be live after December 2019.

The Portfolio Review is aimed at committed photographers with a developed and serious approach to their work. Recent graduates are welcome. Please contact 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 10 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.



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Alicia Hart

Director, Hart Productions, UK
Leading photo editor and advertising producer and Director of Hart Productions. Alicia has twenty years’ experience within photography and the arts. Her expertise spans many photographic disciplines: editorial as a photo editor, art buyer and advertising producer:  and regularly participate at international portfolio reviews and art festivals.

She has worked as a photo editor and producer, working with leading photographers, magazines and publications.  These include: The Face, Arena Homme Plus, The Sunday Telegraph, FT Weekend and Wallpaper* Magazine.

Alicia has worked with some of the country’s leading creative agencies creating and producing campaigns including AMV BBDO, Show Media and Wallpaper Bespoke with brands such as The Mayor of London’s Office, BT, Graff Diamonds, British Airways and The National lottery.

Alicia is interested in seeing book dummies, long-term projects and commercial portfolios. She can advise on all areas of photography: Fine Art, Editorial and Advertising. Individuals that are interested in working commercially, she can advise on how to design your portfolio, approach agents, price your work and market yourself as a photographer.

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Amelie Schüle

Curator, Unseen Platform, Netherlands

At Unseen, Amelie curates and realises Unseen Amsterdam’s speakers programme, side exhibitions and on-site projects. Furthermore, she is responsible for projects and events throughout the year.

Prior to her role at Unseen, she worked as Associate Director at Christophe Guye Galerie where she collaborated with artists like Roger Ballen, Stephen Gill and Rinko Kawauchi, among others. She earned a Master’s degree in Curatorial Studies at the Zurich School of the Arts. Her thesis “Photographic Fiction“ examines the interplay between Photography, Fiction and Authenticity.

Innovative approaches, strong visual personalities and/or intense (particularly researched projects) intrigue Amelie. She is interested in conceptual approaches and creative documentary.

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Ana Catarina Pinho

Founder & Editor, Archivo Research Platform, Portugal

Ana Catarina is a researcher and practitioner working with lens based media. She holds a degree in Fine Arts and completed a Master’s degree in Documentary, Cinema and Photography. She worked as an invited Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto and at the University of Coimbra. Since 2017, she is a FCT fellow researcher at the European Centre for Documentary Research, at the University of South Wales, developing a PhD on contemporary visual practices that problematize and appropriate the document and the archive. Member of the research group Global Art Archive, from the University of Barcelona.

Ana Catarina is the founder and editor of Archivo Platform, currently coordinating the project and book “REFRAMING THE ARCHIVE”. Based in Portugal and South Wales.

She is interested in seeing: lens-based media, photography, installation; appropriation of archives and documents; documentary work / research based projects; photo books.


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Ángel Luis González Fernández

Founder and Director, PhotoIreland, Ireland.

Ángel Luis 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.

Ángel 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.

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Ângela Ferreira

Independent Curator, Photographic Museum of Fortaleza & Artistic Adviser, FotoFestival SOLAL, Brazil

Ângela a.k.a “Berlinde” is an artist and independent curator, with PHD studies in photography from Universidade do Minho, Portugal and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ângela is Co-Founder of the Portuguese PhotoFestival Encontros da Imagem, an International Photography Festival in Braga Portugal. She has commissioned contemporary photography throughout Europe and Latin American countries, particularly in Brazil. Currently she is artistic advisor of the FotoFestival SOLAL and counselor of the Photography Program at the Secretary State of Culture of Ceará, and curator member of  Photographic Museum of Fortaleza, Brazil.

She is especially interested in documentary and photo essays as well artists working on the intersection of photography and other media to include in the European and Latin American institutions and festivals.

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Angela Sheard

Associate Curator & Programme Co-ordinator, Impressions Gallery, UK

Angela is Associate Curator and Programme Co-ordinator at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, one of the UKs leading public-funded spaces for contemporary photography. Over the past 4 years she has overseen the delivery of exhibitions by photographers including Yan Preston, David Chancellor, Jon Tonks and Noel Bowler. In 2017, she curated Field Work, a survey of ten years of work by Liza Dracup, programmed to coincide with Impressions Gallery’s tenth anniversary in Bradford. She is currently curating an exhibition of work by internationally acclaimed photographer Mandy Barker examining the global impact of marine plastic debris.

Angela is interested in seeing critically-engaged bodies of work that are timely and relevant, and that will engage, move, or challenge viewers. She is open to subject matter, but is less interested in commercial work, given that Impressions does not sell prints.

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Anna Dannemann

Senior Curator, The Photographers' Gallery

Anna is a Senior Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery. She has curated the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize for the past three years; an exhibition about still life photography in social networks called Food for Being Looked At (2017); and several solo exhibitions, including Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive (2018), Simon Fujiwara: Joanne (2016), Charlotte Dumas’ Anima & The Widest Prairies (2015) and Viviane Sassen’s Analemma (2014).

She has also worked with a range of photographers and external curators to realise group exhibitions including the Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s (2016), Work Rest and Play – 50 Years of British Photography (exhibited in four venues in China, 2015-16), 4 Saints in 3 Acts: A Snapshot of the American Avant-Garde (2017) and FreshFaced+WildEyed (2013-15). She regularly contributes to catalogues and other publications and received an MA in Art History from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

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Anne Braybon

Independent Creative Director, Photo Historian & Lecturer, UK

Anne is a 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 as an independent consultant invited to commission themed group portraiture. Between 2009-2012 she developed the creative approach and produced the Gallery’s largest ever commission The Road to 2012. This included three annual exhibitions, public realm national touring exhibition, and accompanying social engagement projects.

Anne is currently working with sixteen documentary portrait photographers on a multimedia, touring project, SIXTEEN, which asks what it’s like to be sixteen years old in the UK now. This visual vox pop will be shown in its entirety for the first time at FORMAT 19.

She would like to see portraiture and whatever personal projects the photographer is developing with enthusiasm and excitement.

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Arianna Rinaldo

Freelance Professional & Artistic Director, Cortona On The Move, Italy

Arianna is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. Since 2012 she is the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, the international photography festival in Tuscany, Italy. She is also curator of photography for PhEST, a new festival for contemporary photography and art focused on the Mediterranean, in Monopoli, Italy.

Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 in New York, as Archive Director at Magnum Photos. Based in Milan from 2004 to 2011, Arianna has been a freelance curator for exhibits and book projects, and a photo consultant for publications. She was the director of OjodePez magazine, the bilingual documentary photography quarterly published by LaFabrica, Madrid, for 7 years. Based in Barcelona, Arianna continues to develop photography projects at an international level, and teaches workshop, explores photo festivals, and is intrigued by amazing stories told through photography.

Arianna is interested in contemporary storytelling, experimental documentary. Stories of our world and visions of mankind living on this planet, and beyond.

Photo by Piero Martinello.

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Ben Harman

Director, Stills: Centre for Photography, UK

Ben is the Director of Stills: Centre for Photography, a gallery with production facilities that was established in 1977 and is based in the heart of Edinburgh. His curated exhibitions for Stills have included presentations of work by Anna Atkins, Kate Davis, Margaret Watkins, kennardphillipps, Lewis Baltz, Andres Serrano and Jo Spence. Each year, Ben curates exhibitions highlighting new talent in photography from Scotland. He has also developed an annual series of displays showcasing photographic objects from rarely seen public and private archives and collections.

From 2003-13, Ben was Curator of Contemporary Art for Glasgow Museums where he curated numerous temporary exhibitions and collection displays for the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). From 2007-12, he was Lead Curator on Glasgow’s Art Fund International collecting project.

Ben is interested in all work, particularly in: content raising awareness to social and political issues; innovative practice and approaches to content, technique and display; links to Scotland; content that draws upon the history of photography, archives and collections.

Photo by D Grinly

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Bridget Coaker

Senior Picture Editor, Curator & PR Consultant, UK

Bridget is a senior picture editor based in London, where she has worked for national newspapers and magazines.

In addition to her editorial experience, Bridget has curated a number of exhibitions, including Residual Traces, a photographic response to the 2012 Olympics at Photofusion in Brixton 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 has been a guest reviewer at international photography festivals including, Photoespania, Spain; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea; Contact International Photography Festival, Canada; Fotofest, US and Format International Photography Festival, UK. In 2015 Bridget was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Photography, UK.

Bridget would prefer to see projects that are either nearly finished or completed. Could be on any subject or genre.

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Camilla Brown

Curator, Writer & Lecturer, UK

Camilla is a curator, writer and lecturer on contemporary art, specialising in photography based in Derbyshire. 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 holds a number of academic posts and since 2012 has been Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries at Middlesex University and in 2017 became an Associate Lecturer in Photography at the University of Derby. She is Associate Curator for GRAIN, a West Midlands based arts organisation dedicated to commissioning high quality photography projects, events and exhibitions.

She is a regular contributor to the webzine Photomonitor writing book and exhibition reviews as well as longer essays on UK based photographers.

Area of work interested in: She is curious about a range of practice and has specialised in exhibiting photography and moving image work. She has areas of research looking at self – portraiture and also landscape photography.

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Cat Lachowskyj

Editor, LensCulture, UK

Cat is London-based writer, researcher and photography archivist, and is currently an editor at LensCulture. Her academic research focuses on colonial photographic archives of Tibet, and a book of her recent findings will be published by the Rijksmuseum in 2019. Cat has contributed various articles on photography and archival work to numerous print publications including Unseen Magazine, The British Journal of Photography and AnOther, and her column ‘Silvering Out’—an ode to her favourite form of photo degradation—is featured in each quarterly issue of Rvm Magazine.

Cat is interested in seeing anything to do with archives, repurposed photography, chemical glitches, found materials, alternative processes. She is not interested in seeing heavily cinematic doc work or classic photojournalism.


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Christiane Monarchi

Editor of Photomonitor, UK / Ireland

Christiane is the founding editor of the online magazine Photomonitor, dedicated to photography and lens-based media in the UK and Ireland, and has published more than 1,000 features from over 200 artists and writers online since 2011.

Christiane is also a free-lance curator, lecturer, judge of photography prizes and competitions and has reviewed portfolios for festivals including FORMAT, WPO, Photo Ireland and Kaunas Photo Festival. Christiane holds degrees including an MA in Contemporary Art History from Sotheby’s Institute, an MBA from Columbia University (NY) and BA (Economics) from Rice University. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Photofusion, London.

She is interested in all types of lens-based work, particularly bodies of work that would be suitable for presentation online, in a gallery or in a publication. At the portfolio review she would most enjoy discussing work that is in-progress, unresolved, or otherwise benefitting from conversations on different strategies and outcomes.

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Dagmar Seeland

Photo Editor, Stern Magazine & Director, K&R Media, UK

Dagmar 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, the bi-monthly stern CRIME and others, 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 held workshops and talks about editorial photography and its role in storytelling in the UK and abroad. Dagmar is also Director of K&R Media, a photo agency for German and Swiss media.

Dagmar would like to see work from a wide range of photographic genres, especially if it has a strong narrative which may appeal to a more mainstream international readership. Photojournalism, documentary, street photography and portraiture are her main focus. She is interested in conceptual and fashion photography too, though generally not in architecture.

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David Drake

Director, Ffotogallery & Diffusion, Wales, UK

David Drake is the Director of Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. Ffotogallery’s work involves exhibitions, print and online publishing, and an extensive education programme. Ffotogallery has been the lead agency for two pan-European cooperation projects, European Prospects and A Woman’s Work. David is also Director of the biennial Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography, this year in its fourth edition, and was Project Director for Wales’ pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015. In 2017/18, Ffotogallery collaborated with the Nazar Foundation on a project called Dreamtigers, as part of the UK-India programme.  David is Curator of a major UK-Gulf photography exhibition commissioned by the British Council Abu Dhabi which will be touring seven countries in 2019/20.

As a portfolio reviewer, David offers participants curatorial feedback and guidance on how to present their work to galleries and publishers, including Ffotogallery, how to pitch for art commissions, and advice on their development as a professional artist. He is most interested in viewing cohesive bodies of work with conceptually driven themes that have been or are near completion. He welcomes reviewing contemporary image-based work across a wide range of practices, including fine art and documentary photography, video, installation and digital media work.

As Ffotogallery does not present purely commercial, fashion or stock photography, he would prefer not to review such work.

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Deborah Robinson

Head of Exhibitions, The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK

Deborah Robinson is Head of Exhibitions at The New Art Gallery Walsall.  She has been responsible for the contemporary art programme since the opening of the gallery in 2000.  The programme includes exhibitions, a studio programme, artists’ projects, events and a professional development programme delivered in partnership with New Art West Midlands.

Deborah has curated many solo and group exhibitions.  These have included major exhibitions by Mat Collishaw, Mahtab Hussain, Idris Khan, Hew Locke, Martin Parr, Ged Quinn, Chiharu Shiota, Joana Vasconcelos and Zarina Bhimji.

Deborah sits on the Advisory Panel for New Art West Midlands, she is a member of the Acquisitions Advisory Panel for the British Council Collection and is a Board member of Meadow Arts.

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Dewi Lewis

Publisher, Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK

In 2019, Dewi celebrates 25 years of independent publishing. His publishing house has an international reputation with books by leading British and international photographers as well as by emerging photographers. Many of its titles have been shortlisted for various international prizes and several have won awards. 
In 2018 the company won both the Paris Photo / Aperture Foundation Photobook of The Year Award and the Rencontres d’Arles Author Book Prize.

Dewi Lewis is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Services to Photography and, in 2012, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing.

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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Ekow Eshun

Creative Director, Calvert 22 Foundation, UK

*Ekow will be reviewing with Skinder*

Ekow is a writer, critic and curator. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, an arts organisation dedicated to the contemporary culture of Eastern Europe.

He is the former Director of the ICA and a frequent contributor to TV and radio shows including Channel 4 News and Saturday Review and Front Row on BBC Radio 4. His writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Granta, Vogue, Aperture and Wired. He is the author of Black Gold of the Sun, which was nominated for the Orwell prize, and the editor of Africa Modern: creating the contemporary art of a continent.

He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from London Metropolitan University and has been listed by the Evening Standard as one of London’s 1000 Most Influential People. Portraits of him, by photographers Jillian Edelstein and Simon Fredericks, are held in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.


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Fiona Rogers

Chief Operating Officer, Magnum Photos International & Founder, Firecracker, UK

Fiona is the Chief Operating Officer 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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Gintaras Česonis

Curator, Kaunas Photography Gallery and Publishing House, Lithuania

Gintaras is the curator at Kaunas Photography Gallery and Residency and Publishing House, the associate professor at Vilnius Art academy, the head of Lithuania Photographers’ association.

Gintaras Česonis has graduated in Art History at the Vytautas Magnus University and studied photography in Kaunas photography school, Ecole Nationale de la Photographie in Arles. In 2009 he started working as a head of Lithuanian Photographers Association Kaunas department, where he successfully started gallery reconstruction, converting the gallery space to important national multifunctional center including education, residency and publishing activities.

Responsible for the Kaunas photography gallery and international art residencies program, has curated individual and group exhibitions, produced around 10 books of Lithuanian and foreign photographers. Since 2009 he does portfolio reviews at various local and international photography events. Since 2016 he works for Lithuanian Photographers’ association that has more important activities and coordinates gallery spaces around the country.

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Gwen Lee

Director, Singapore International Photography Festival & Deck, Singapore

After 6 years in the museum industry, Gwen went on to pursue her first love – photography. In 2008, she established 2902 Gallery, followed by the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), a biennale international photography platform. In 2010, she received an arts award from Japan Chamber of Commerce & Trade for her contribution to the arts community.

In 2012, SIPF received seed grant to establish the photography education for public. With passion to do more for the community, Gwen and her team built an independent container art space “DECK” with all year-round programme and residency for photographers. In 2015, DECK was awarded the President’s Design Award 2015 (Singapore) for its innovative design in revitalising urban space for the arts. Gwen has given lectures on professional development for photographers, and participates as jury for competitions, and a portfolio reviewer in Asia and Europe.

Gwen wants to keep the idea of discovering as open as possible, even through cross medium, or works pushing the boundary of photography tend to get more attention from her.  She is not of great help to editorial / commercial works. For people considering exploring works created in Southeast Asia in general, she could provide useful suggestions.

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Iona Fergusson

Independent Curator, Producer and Creative director, India / UK

Iona is a curator and producer specialising in lens-based work. She worked for six years as Photo Editor for Vogue India before returning to the UK to complete a Masters in the History and Critical Theory of Photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. In 2015, she worked as Programme Director for the Delhi Photo Festival, an international photography biennial in India. Recent curatorial projects include the screening of The Lost Head & The Bird: a multi-platform video by Indian artist Sohrab Hura at Peckham 24 in London (May 2017); the exhibition A Million Mutinies Later: India at 70 – part of an Arts Council funded collaboration between Ffotogallery/Diffusion Festival Cardiff and Nazar Foundation in New Delhi (June 2017); and two exhibitions of abstract photography titled CUT PULL BEND THRUST and ARC by abstract artists Yamini Nayar and Zoe Croggon for Peckham 24 (May 2018).

She is currently working on a three-year photographic commission and curatorial project titled Girl Gaze: Journeys Through the Punjab & The Black Country, UK – a four-artist commission seeking to create compelling stories about the lives of Punjabi and British Asian women in India and the UK.

Iona’s preference is to meet young students and early career artists as well as artists interested in multi-disciplinary work.

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István Virágvölgyi

Independent Curator and Secretary of the Robert Capa Photography Grand Prize, Hungary

Istvan is a photo editor, curator and the secretary of the Robert Capa Photography Grand Prize Hungary. He studied freehand drawing, desktop publishing and photography and earned a master’s degree from library and information studies at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary). He worked at the leading Hungarian news portal Origo first as photo editor and then as head of photography between 2007 and 2011 after which he joined MTI Hungarian News Agency and was the head of the photo desk until 2014. He served as deputy director for professional affairs at the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (Budapest, Hungary). He lectures about documentary photography at the Budapest Metropolitan University.

István is interested primarily in documentary photography but in the broadest sense of the word.

Photo by Balazs Mohai

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Jae-hyun Seok

Curator & Director of Art Space LUMOS & Associate Editor, Photo Dot magazine, South Korea

Jae-hyun was born in Daegu, Korea. He completed his graduate studies at Ohio University majoring in Visual Communication. His career can be summarised as a photographer, educator and curator. His experience from working as a photographer—for New York Times, International Herald Tribune and Korean GEO—in the past has brought him where he is now.

Jay-hyun has curated many international exhibitions including Imaging Asia in Documents (2006) and Women in War (2014) for Daegu Photo Biennale and has been involving several Photo Festivals such as Dali International Photo Festival, Jimei x Arles Photo Festival in China and Foto Istanbul as a foreign curator. He received the Best Curator Award twice from DIPE in China, 2015 & 2017.

After profiling 30 established photographers from other countries on VON photography magazine, he is working as an associate editor for Photo Dot magazine in Korea. He has also participated in many international photo festivals as a portfolio reviewer such as FotoFest in Houston, Format Photo Festival in Derby, England, Koytography in Japan, Singapore Photo Festival, Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires and etc.

He is interested in seeing bodies of works on documentary and fine art photography with concept.

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Jean-Christophe Godet

Founder & Artistic Director, Guernsey Photography Festival, Guernsey

Created in 2010, the Guernsey Photography Festival brings together major names in international photography with a host of emerging talent, for a packed month of exhibitions, projections, talks, educational workshops and community events on the island. The festival is now firmly established as one of the most important and successful cultural events in Guernsey and has positioned itself amongst the best festivals of photography in Europe.

The festival concentrates mainly on contemporary photography including documentary and conceptual work. Jean-Christophe can offer various platforms for photographers through the festivals range of exhibitions, talks series and artist in residence programmes. The festival has developed close relationships with other major international festivals, galleries, agencies and publishers so JC can recommend people when appropriate.

For JC, a strong portfolio has to be coherent, innovative with a strong sense of artistic integrity. He is particularly interested in individuals who keep developing and maturing their work and strive to keep producing high quality projects over time. Reviewing a portfolio is above all about opening a dialogue with the artist. It is about creating an environment of attentive listening in order to deliver clear guidance and advice.

Photo by Peter Franklin/Guernsey Press

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Jeong Eun Kim

Director, THE REFERENCE ASIA & Founding Publisher of IANNBOOKS, South Korea

Jeong is editor-in-chief of IANN, the contemporary art magazine in Asia and founder of IANNBOOKS launched in 2007. In order to exchange contemporary arts and to activate a networking community among the countries of Asia, she opened a publishing-new media platform called THE REFERENCE ASIA in 2018 and co-founded UNIT CIRCLE, a non-profit international group centered around editors to enhance the Asian art-book network. Serving as the chief coordinator of DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE 2012 and curator of SEOUL PHOTO FESTIVAL 2010, she has been widely involved in curatorial activities within the field of photography. In an effort to introduce the contemporary photography scene of Asia, she continues to publish numerous art and photo books. Meanwhile, Jeong has been engaging in collaborative art projects commissioned by commercial corporations such as Leica Korea, LG electronics, HDC I-Park Mall and so on.

Currently, Jeong is focusing on the issues of ‘gender/feminism’ related to Asian bodies for organizing art projects. Her major interest is to look for young talented, emerging artists who try to push at the boundaries of contemporary art and new technologies.

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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 is the Creative Director of Shutter Hub, a photography organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide. Shutter Hub provides the chance for photographers to professionally promote their work, access high quality opportunities and make new connections within the photographic community.

Karen is also a curator, consultant, photographer and writer. She curates exhibitions internationally and has won awards for photography, writing and community development.

Karen wants to see work by photographers who are looking for support and direction, who want to exhibit their work and develop their networks.

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Karin Andreasson

News Picture Editor, Guardian, UK

Karin is a news picture editor at the Guardian where she works on the print edition of the newspaper. During her ten years there she has worked across all print titles, including Weekend Magazine, G2 as well as online. While on G2, Karin wrote for the photography column My Best Shot, interviewing leading photographers including Vanley Burke, Cristina de Middel and Carrie Mae Weems. Prior to working at the Guardian, Karin worked at the Evening Standard, NME and Time Out.

She has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Central St Martins and a Masters in History of Photography from Birkbeck. Karin is a regular participant at photography festivals and has been invited to portfolio reviews at Rencontres D’Arles and Photo Espania. She has been an international panelist on photography competitions and was a mentor for Women Photograph’s first year long program for emerging photographers.

She is interested in seeing people who work in news and features.

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Lisa Botos

Curator and Photography Specialist, Singapore & Hong Kong

Lisa is a curator, creative producer and former gallerist. Based in Singapore, she founded Botos, an arts-related, project-based initiative with a focus on collaboration and advisory. Its activities extend across programming, publishing and acquisition. In 2017, she began working with London-based creative consultancy MMBP Ltd. Lisa’s latest collaborative project is the global premiere of Beyond Fashion (Hong Kong, January 2019).

In 2008, Lisa co-founded Ooi Botos, a contemporary art gallery (Hong Kong). Prior, she led the photography department for Time Asia magazine. From 2011 – 2016, Lisa was a consultant to the WYNG Foundation (Hong Kong), assisting in the creation and growth of the WMA Awards, an international, issues-focused photography awards – and expanding visual media – programme. She continues as a member of its advisory group.

Lisa is interested in seeing work that is different, original and fresh. New ideas, new processes, new presentations – breakout ideas and unconventional perspectives; work that pushes and crosses boundaries – across mediums and across content. Work with strong vision or unique storytelling.

She is excited to review creative work that is intended for any and all support. She is happy to advise on projects in development, and is also interested in fresh ideas in the realm of fashion image-making, both still and moving image.

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Malcolm Dickson

Director, Street Level Photoworks, Scotland, UK

Malcolm is a curator, writer and organiser. He is the Director of Street Level Photoworks, a leading photography arts organisation in Scotland that provides artists and the public with a range of opportunities to make and engage with photography. He co-ordinates a programme which embraces different genres of photography and is extended through a network of local and community venues, regional art galleries, and through national and international partners. Recent exchange residencies have included cities such as Quebec City, Berlin, and Marseille. He runs the Photography Networks in Scotland platform which profiles exhibitions and events in photography across Scotland. Street Level is a lead partner in Scotland’s Season of Photography.

A former Senior Research Fellow at Dundee University, recent writings include the chapter ‘Slender Margins and Delicate Tensions: Projects by European Video Pioneers Stansfield/Hooykaas’ in the book ‘European Women’s Video Art’ (John Libbey Publications 2019).

Interested in viewing bodies of work in their early stages which impartial advice may help  AND substantially developed bodies of work from artists and photographers, which blend experimental approaches, conceptual or issue based themes; social landscape work and new documentary; work that tells a compelling story; lyrical and narrative or abstract and non-narrative; photography based work that intersects with other media. Advice will be given on the basis of the work seen. No fashion, commercial or classical modes of documentary. No students (please seek advice from experienced tutors, your peers and from existing resources available online).

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Marc Prüst

Artistic Director for the NUKU photo festival, Netherlands & Ghana

Marc is an active photography consultant and curator. In that capacity, he produces visual stories in a variety of formats: he edits books, creates exhibitions, teaches and organises workshops and masterclasses, lectures and writes on photography, and – on an individual basis – advises photographers on how to develop their work and how to market it.

He is currently Artistic Director for the NUKU photo festival Ghana. The first edition was from 13 to 21 September 2018 across venues in Ghana. The second edition is planned for 2020.

Marc is most interested in non-fiction narrative photography, and open to advise photographers about their editing across a range of styles.

Photo by Marcel Molle.

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Marina Paulenka

Artistic Director, Organ Vida International Photography Festival, Croatia

Marina is an artist and independent curator, the recipient of the Lucie Awards 2018 for best curator/exhibition of the year. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Organ Vida International Photography Festival and the Organ Vida Photography Organisation, 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 nominates photographers for The Joop Swart Masterclass, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and she is an international juror and portfolio reviewer at many institutions, awards and festivals worldwide including the Les Rencontres d’Arles, UNSEEN, Hamburg Triennial, Robert Capa Prize, FORMAT. She has had curated numerous solo exhibitions of artists such as Nina Berman, Katrin Koenning and group exhibitions such as Vigilance, Struggle, Pride: Through Her Eyes.

Marina is interested in contemporary practices, new approaches to mediums and exhibiting, and in works dealing with feminism and socio-political issues of our everyday life.

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Markéta Kinterová

Creative Director of Fotograf Gallery, Festival and Magazine, Czech Republic

Markéta is the Creative Director of Fotograf Gallery, Festival and Magazine based in Prague. Fotograf Magazine is a twice-yearly periodical, special-themed issues dedicated to photography, visual culture and contemporary art. Fotograf Gallery is a space dedicated to solo exhibition projects of contemporary photography. Fotograf Festival is an annual occasion to meet special-themed and curated photographic exhibitions in Prague as well as professionals, theoreticians and artists passionate about the medium.

Markéta is doctoral candidate in a fine art program at Fine Arts at Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague. She has studied at the Department of Photography, Faculty of Art and Design, Ústí nad Labem.

Markéta is most interested in reviewing conceptual art projects, experimental projects, public art projects, documentary photography crossing borders of its classical attitude. She is also interested in independent publishing, artists books and zines. As a magazine editor and festival co-founder she is interested in a wide range of approaches in sense of depicting the world around us in a distinctive way.

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Michael Pritchard

Director, Education and Public Affairs at The Royal Photographic Society, UK

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS is Director, Education and Public Affairs at The Royal Photographic Society. For twenty years he was a Director and photography specialist at Christie’s, London, before leaving to complete his PhD which examined aspects of British photographic history. He has taught at MA level and has acted as a consultant to a number of photography organisations.

Michael has lectured and broadcast internationally and is a regular writer on photography. He has written a number of books most recently A History of Photography in 50 Cameras (2014), Photographers (2012) and was an advisor and contributor on the Encyclopaedia of Nineteenth Century Photography (2008), a contributor to Photography. The Whole Story (2012), Phaidon’s Design Classics (2006) and to The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (2005) amongst others.

As part of his role at The RPS he is actively involved in working with photographers and in looking at photographs across a wide variety of genres. He has sat on a number of other photography juries including the HIPA Award, Travel Photographer of the Year, Food Photographer of the Year; the Youmanity Award, Spider Awards, and others.

Michael would be interested in seeing commercial and documentary work and personal projects.

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Michael Sargeant

Online Education Manager, Magnum Photos, UK

Michael Sargeant (Born 1989, UK) is a curator and creative producer living and working in London, UK. He currently holds the position of Online Education Manager at Magnum Photos. He regularly curates and produces projects independently, as well as acting as an Associate Curator for FORMAT International Photography Festival, the UK’s leading biennale in contemporary photography having previously worked as a key producer for the festival, as well as the position of Assistant Curator at QUAD, Derby’s centre for contemporary visual art, digital practice and independent cinema between 2012 – 2017.

He has curated over thirty exhibitions and managed multiple major commissions since 2011. Recent exhibitions include: Ascension by Monica Alcazar-Durate for the New Discovery Award at Rencontres d’Arles, France (2018), New Urban Narratives, a major outdoor exhibition featuring newly commissioned work by Tom Hunter, Liz Hingley and the international art collective Discipula, FORMAT Festival, Derby UK (2017); Co-curator for The Pride and the Passion: Contemporary Art, Football and the Derby County Collection featuring artists such as Jordan Baseman, Ronnie Close, Stuart Roy Clarke, LS Lowry for QUAD, Derby UK (2014).

Michael is regularly invited to speak at educational institutions and has been a portfolio reviewer at organisations/festivals related to contemporary photography including: GRAIN Projects, Magnum Photos, TransEurope, PhotoEspana, Voies Off and Rencontres d’Arles.

Interested in seeing photographic projects that are in-development and whose authors are seeking advice or guidance. Not interested in seeing ‘fine art nude’ photography.
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Mirjam Kooiman

Curator, Foam Photography Museum, Netherlands

Mirjam is an art historian and curator at Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam, where she was responsible for shows including Ai Weiwei – #SafePassage, Daisuke Yokota – Matter, Awoiska van der Molen – Blanco, and the traveling Foam Talent exhibitions of 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she also initiated a series of collaborations with photography platforms in Mexico, Nigeria and Indonesia in Foam’s project space Foam 3h, in order to create an exchange of cultural knowledge on photography discourses worldwide.

Mirjam is currently researching how photography can relate to virtual realities, gaming and online experiences. Mirjam holds a BA in Art History and a MA in Museum Curating from the University of Amsterdam, with a special interest in postcolonial approaches in the arts and museum studies. She has written for L’Internationale and she is a regular contributor to Foam Magazine.

Mirjam is interested in work that relates to techniques such as photogrammetry, VR, CGI, 3D-rendering and in-game photography. And all genres of photography except for fashion photography, photojournalism or traditional documentary photography. Unconventional approaches within these genres are also welcome, however. Specifically looking for strong autonomous artistic visions, interdisciplinary work and new media.

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Monica Allende

Independent Curator & Consultant, UK

Monica is an independent curator, consultant & strategist and educator. She is the Artistic Director of GetxoPhoto Photo Festival and Landskrona Foto Festival. She has collaborated with WeTransfer as a Creative Producer and Consultant, and she was the director of FORMAT17 International Photography Festival, she collaborated with Screen Projects and is producing and curating several multidisciplinary projects with artists and digital platforms worldwide.

Previously Monica was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section. She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication, London & EFTI in Madrid.

She nominates photographers for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, the Prix Pictet, and The Joop Swart Masterclass/ WPP; FOAM Paul Huf award, and she has served on juries worldwide including the Vogue Festival, World Press Photo, Bar Tur Photobook award, La Fabrica/Photo London dummy award, National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing photographic Portrait Prize, among many others.

She is interested in documentary multidisciplinary projects. She works across many different platforms and is open to experimental concepts, as well as traditional visual storytelling, Currently researching the theme for GetxoPhoto on transhumanism.

Photo by Carlos Alba.

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Nicola Shipley

Director of GRAIN projects, UK

Nicola 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.

Recent projects include collaborations with FORMAT Festival, Magnum Photos, Redeye Photography Network, Brighton Photo Fringe, Library of Birmingham and The Hive Arts Centre.

Nicola is interested in seeing fine art photography and bodies of work that have a clear subject or story to tell, which the photographer explores in an original way. This could be within documentary, portraiture, still life or fine art.   She is interested in a wide range of photographic genres including emerging practices. She is not interested in seeing fashion photography, photojournalism or architectural photography.

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Nuno Ricou Salgado

Artistic Director, PARALLEL – European Photo Based Platform & Portugal

Since 1990, Nuno has worked as a creative producer and project manager for several institutions in the cultural industries. He has developed projects related with visual arts (photography), festivals, performing arts (theatre), multimedia (cinema, video and television), music, creative markets, international cultural networks and conferences.

PARALLEL is a platform that brings together creative European organisations committed to promoting cross-cultural exchanges and mentorships in order to set new standards in contemporary photography. The platform consists of 18 partners from 16 countries ensuring a wide geographical spread. With its large and diverse network, PARALLEL aims to establish a wide and effective platform for the exhibition of European emerging artists and curators and to promote a more fluid and functional link between them and the exhibitors (museums, galleries and festivals).

Nuno is also Artistic Director of, a Lisbon based organisation that specialises and produces International photography projects.

Nuno is interested in working with a good story, and always looking for new photographers to work with.

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Reinout van den Bergh

Curator, BredaPhoto Festival, Netherlands

Since 2006, Reinout is the curator of BredaPhoto festival. With over 80,000 visitors, BredaPhoto is the largest photo festival in the Netherlands and a valued brand among international photographers. The festival takes place every two years. In 2018, during 7 weeks the festival presented 58 international photographers from 25 countries and 70 events at 15 indoor and outdoor locations in Breda.

BredaPhoto gives extra attention to young photography talent, working together with ten art academies over Europe.

On the basis of a changing theme (2012 Homo Empathicus, 2014 Songs from the Heart, 2016 YOU, 2018 To Infinity and Beyond) we determine with which photographers we will design the festival.

As curator of the festival, Reinout is always looking for new talents and special photography / image projects.

Photo by Peter Hal.

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Sarah Allen

Assistant Curator, Tate Modern, UK

Sarah is a photography specialist. She is Assistant Curator at Tate Modern where she curates exhibitions and displays as well as researching acquisitions for the international collection. She recently co-curated Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art (2018). She has also curated Martin Parr (2018), Mark Ruwedel (2018), Workers: Paris, Killip, Chernysheva (2018), Daido Moriyama (2017), Kaveh Golestan (2017) and Gyorgy Kepes (2017) as well as thematic displays Diaristic Photography and The Photobook (2019) and Iranian photobooks (2017​). She is curator of the Martin Parr photobook collection.

I’m interested in seeing documentary projects, conceptual work and photobooks. I am less interested in fashion, editorial or commercial

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Sebastian A Hau

Curator specialising in photobooks & Director, Cosmos books, France

Sebastian studied comparative literature, and has worked for publishers and bookshops for a number of years. He specialises in photography and photography books. From 2009 until 2016, he managed the bookshop and book-related program at Le Bal in Paris. He now runs independent events, specifically Cosmos and Polycopies together with friends. He is a curator, teacher, and writer.

Sebastian is Interested in digital and screen-based, experimental, slow documentary photography. He has no eye for fashion photography, slightly blind for National Geographic projects. Otherwise, interested in all forms of photography, big or small, young or old.

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Shoair Mavlian

Director, Photoworks, UK

Shoair is director of Photoworks and is responsible for curating the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial. From 2011-2018 she was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated the major exhibitions ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018), ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’ (2016), ‘Conflict, Time, Photography’ (2014), ‘Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions’ (2014) and ‘Harry Callahan’ (2013). While at Tate Modern she also researched acquisitions and curated displays from the permanent collection including ‘Dayanita Singh’ (2017), ‘Lynn Cohen and Taryn Simon’ (2017), ‘Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’ (2016), ‘Close Up: Identity and the Photographic Portrait’ (2015), ‘Charlotte Posenenske and Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’ (2014), ‘Lewis Baltz and Minimalism’ (2012), and ‘New Documentary Forms’ (2011).

Recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition ‘Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge’ (Les Rencontres d’Arles, 2016) and ‘In flux’ (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015 and Getxo Photo 2017).

I’m interested in experimental contemporary practice, new approaches to documentary practice and work that explores the boundary between fashion and popular culture. I’m also interested in work linked to the history of conflict and memory.

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Skinder Hundal

CEO/Director, New Art Exchange, UK

*Skinder will be reviewing with Ekow*

Skinder is CEO/Director of New Art Exchange and has been in post since the establishment of the organisation in September 2008 positioning NAE as one of the leading contemporary art spaces in the UK. He has successfully led the organisation through a significant period of growth and development, achieving a strong reputation for creating and producing high quality adventurous art, bringing international level culturally diverse art to Nottingham and the UK. He is passionate about supporting new talent, and creating ‘incredible encounters’, rethinking and improving how the arts and cultural ecology works so that the value of art and culture is shared as widely as possible and is inclusive at all levels. He has successfully delivered many complex, large-scale projects, including  Here There & Everywhere international programme as part of Re-Imagine India.

Skinder has commissioned significant artists including Akram Zaatari, Zarina Bhimji, John Akomfrah, Hetain Patel, Zineb Sedira, Hurvin Anderson and Sonia Boyce and presented works at NAE including Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’ and Turner prize winners Elizabeth Price and Duncan Campbell. Several commissions have been bought by Tate, Arts Council Collection and international museums.

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Steven Evans

Executive Director, Fotofest International, USA

Steven is a curator, writer, artist and executive director of the award-winning arts organisation FotoFest International, which created the first and longest running international Biennial of Photography and New Media Art in the U.S. Appointed in 2014, he is responsible for exhibitions, art programs, administration and FotoFest Biennial directorship.

Steven co-curated the FotoFest 2018 Biennial central exhibition INDIA: Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art and the 2016 Biennial central exhibition CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet. He co-edited the related hardcover books INDIA and CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES. He represents FotoFest at photography events around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain, India, Latvia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, and South Korea.

Prior to FotoFest, Evans worked with a wide range of artists and collaborators as managing director of the Dia:Beacon Museum in New York State and as director of the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, Texas.

Steven is looking for bodies of work with well-defined purpose, fully formed or near completion, either in still photographs, video or new media.

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Thomas Dukes

Curator, Open Eye Gallery, UK

Thomas is curator at Open Eye Gallery – a leading organisation based in the North West dedicated to photographic development, research and inspiration. We work with people and institutions to further the opportunities and ideas around how photography can lead to a more positive future for everyone.

Thomas has worked with Open Eye Gallery to present exhibitions which have opened discussions on subjects from suicide to affecting change in a grassroots dynamic, always looking to reflect the debate, diversity and democracy which the space of photography allows. He has particular interests in the results of new technologies impacting on photography, as well as guerilla tactics in photography to agitate for change.

He is working towards a specialism in contemporary Chinese photographic practice, and has recently received Arts Council funding to further this research and development.

Photo by James Borner.

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Tiina Rauhala

Chief Curator, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland

The Finnish Museum of Photography is one of the leading and oldest photography museum’s in Europe. Through exhibitions, collection management and research, the museum strives to promote and foster photographic art and culture in Finland. Tiina started at the museum as a curator in 2008.

The museum’s exhibitions cover Finnish and international contemporary photography, as well as the diverse history of the craft. Along with the museum’s main exhibitions Rauhala has been responsible for the museum gallery’s program for the emerging photographers.

Tiina is also 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.

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Tim Clark

Editor-in-Chief & Director, 1000 Words, UK

Tim is a curator, writer and since 2008, has been Editor in Chief and Director at 1000 Words, which was nominated for Photography Magazine of the Year at the Lucie Awards 2014 and 2016.

Previously he held the position of Associate Curator at Media Space, The Science Museum in London; and Artistic Director of Photo Oxford 2017 together with Greg Hobson. Tim has curated numerous solo exhibitions of artists such as Alec Soth, Julia Margaret Cameron, Martin Parr, Mariken Wessels, Edgar Martins and Peter Watkins. He is currently preparing Who’s looking at the family, now? as Curator of Photo50 for London Art Fair 2019; plus Mutable: Multiple, the headline exhibition at QUAD, Derby for FORMAT International Photography Festival 2019, co-curated with Louise Clements.

He writes widely for the likes of FOAMTIME LightboxPhotoworks, Objectiv and The British Journal of Photography, as well as in exhibition catalogues and publications for the Barbican, Archive of Modern Conflict. Tim is Associate Lecturer on the MA in Photography at NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano, and has taught and given guest lectures at numerous universities.

He is looking for nearly-completed/new photographic projects to publish in the magazine or to incorporate into different curatorial projects.

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Ute Noll

Director On Photography & Illustration and UNO ART SPACE, Germany

Ute works internationally in the broad field of photography as photo director, editor, publisher, curator, author and university lecturer. She offers her extensive expertise and her long-term experience under the one roof of her project Agency ON PHOTOGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATION, based in Stuttgart. Her gallery UNO ART SPACE focusses on international photography. Since 2013, she is also the photo director at Du Magazine, Zurich and also responsible for putting together the entire Magazine.

Ute founded her gallery UNO ART SPACE in Stuttgart 2007. Since then she has shown about 40 shows with international photographers, also Fotofest discoveries.  Recently, she has been a judge for competitions such as Lianzhou Punctum Photography Award & Jury Special Prize, 2016; Unicef Photo of the Year Award 2017, 2018; Swiss Press Photo, 2018. Krasnodar Photovisum Prize, 2018.

With her diverse background, Ute can offer profound, individual and in-depth feedback for completed projects as well as for works in progress. Small working prints would work best for her. Digital presentation and book format are less effective for reviewing work. She is not interested in seeing commercial, nude or landscape photography. She is most interested in fresh and contemporary approaches, documentary and fine art and prefers work, which is strong in concept and/or narrative and also in careful and aesthetic execution. If appropriate, Ute considers work for exhibitions, gallery shows and publications. However, she makes no commitments during the reviews on site but comes back to these artists later.

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Verity Roberts

Photography & Art Commissioner, BBC Studios Creative , UK

Verity is a photography and art commissioner at BBC Studios Creative, working on campaigns for key BBC brands such as Doctor Who and Top Gear, developing photographic strategies across marketing, press, product and digital platforms. Previous to this, she worked as a photographers’ agent, representing artists for global advertising commissions.

Verity would like to see and could be the most helpful with: photographers looking for advice with editorial, advertising or TV/Film commissions / projects; artists experimenting in different mediums, particularly digital ones; but within that she would be interested to see any genre of artist (portrait, still life, travel, fashion, documentary, undefinable etc!)

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W.M Hunt

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

W.M. – Bill – Hunt has been looking at and talking about photography for a long time. He first reviewed portfolios at Fotofest in 1992 and has reviewed work at the past two FORMAT festivals.  He is pleased to offer critical or career advice. He likes work that is resolved, not in progress. Please no nudes; sex pictures, ok.

Hunt is a champion of photography: a collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York. His collections have been exhibited in Europe and the US. He teaches at SVA, ICP and Aperture and around the world. He writes (“The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious”, “Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups before 1950”, and numerous artist monograph essays).  For more than two decades, he organised and moderated the “Your Picture …” series for Photo Expo in NY and judged competitions ranging from World Press Photo to PDN, CPW, HCP, PCNW, Daylight, FRESH, etc. He is on the board of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and been the head judge twice.

Bill wants to engage with an artist. It is a 20 minute meeting with the potential to go further. A photographer being reviewed ought to be motivated and have some sense of direction.  He is interested in talking to photographers who want someone to react and to help them problem solve. Be brave. He’ll like that.

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Wang Baoguo

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

Wang is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Photographers magazine, part of China National Academy of Arts based-in Beijing. He has worked as a Photographer, Picture Editor 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), FORMAT Festival Open Call (UK) and International Photo Awards (China region, Lucie Foundation). Wang has published A Journey to East: China through Lens of Important Western Photographers since 1840s (SDX Joint Publishing Company 2015) and Essays on Photography (Beijing Time Publishing House 2016).

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

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Yining He

Independent Writer and Curator, China

Yining graduated from LCC, University of the Arts London and is a curator and writer of photography. Her work is principally focused on the way in which photography is able to freely straddle the boundaries of art, responding to and raising questions about contemporary and historical social issues through effective, diverse, and interdisciplinary means. Yining’s exhibitions have been held in museums, art spaces, and photography festivals in China and Europe including: the 3rd Beijing Photo Biennale (2018, CAFA Art Museum, Beizhen Cultural Industries Center), The Port and The Image: Documenting China’s Harbor Cities” (2017, China Port Museum), A Fictional Narrative Turn (2016, Jimei Arles International Photo Festival) and 50 Contemporary Photobooks from China 2009-2014 (2015, FORMAT15 Festival, UK).

Her publications include Photography in the British Classroom, and The Port and the Image.

In the last five years, Yining has been looking into the effectiveness, diversity and interdisciplinary of practitioners’ use of photography as a medium when responding to and proposing social issues related to history and the present. As a reviewer, she is good at discussing the works with practitioners who encounter problems in the project progress and helping them push the project forward. As a curator, Yining is happy to find photographers from all over the world to expand her research framework and hopes to provide opportunities for photographers to show in China. She is looking forward to seeing artists from all disciplines, both emerging and established. She is not interested in seeing fashion and commercial work.

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Yumi Goto

Independent Photography Curator, Editor and Researcher, Japan

Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders. She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organisations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organisations, festivals and events.

She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-founder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold which is curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities.

Yumi is more interested in visual story-telling, the work created with good research, with multiple layers to visualise the subject matter. She is interested in looking at images and talking about how they could develop the work, new approaches or alternative ideas for doing more, so all are welcome if the artists are open for the input. Some might be interested in photobook making, that Yumi could only talk about from her experience but not from the photobook industry in general.


There are three booking options, and they are as follows:

  • 4 reviews – £160
  • 6 reviews – £210
  • 8 reviews – £260


We recommend you only book 8 reviews if you have had your work reviewed before as  it can be quite an intense experience.



FORMAT19 Grand Awards Night

After the review, the Portfolio Walk takes place between 4.30pm - 6pm. The tables are turned, and photographers lay out their work to be seen by reviewers and the public. The Grand Awards Night takes place from 7.30pm, and winners are chosen throughout the day and during the Portfolio Walk.

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FORMAT Reviewers Choice Award - The reviewers will choose their favourite projects from the day and the Portfolio Walk, the winner will receive £100
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Guardian Portfolio Review Award - Picture Editor [News] Karin Andreasson will select and present an award consisting of mentoring for one year by senior picture editors at the Guardian, plus a paid commission
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GRAIN Portfolio Award - The GRAIN team will select a photographer during the Portfolio Walk, the winner will receive £350 and 2 one-hour mentoring sessions
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Spectrum Award Prize - A photographer chosen at the Portfolio Walk, will visit Spectrum’s studio and work for up to five hours with a master printer to produce 20 x C-type portfolio prints
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John E Wright Award - Chosen at the Portfolio Walk the winner will receive £100 worth of prints from our partner John E Wright
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LensCulture Feature Award - LensCulture will create and publish a feature about one stand-out photographer from the portfolio reviews, providing exposure to LensCulture’s international audience
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Street Level Photoworks FORMAT Award - We are delighted to announce that the second Street Level Photoworks / FORMAT Award in 2019. This is for the best work seen at the Portfolio Walk during FORMAT 2019 by representatives of Street Level. This will result in the production of an exhibition in one of Street Level's partner venues in later 2020 during the 6th Season of Photography in Scotland which runs from September to November 2020
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FORMAT Lishui Photography Festival Special Exhibition Award - One photographer from the portfolio review will be selected to win a $1,000 cash prize, and an exhibition at the prestigious China Lishui Photography Festival in November 2019. All production costs will be covered, as well as travel and accommodation to the festival. The winner will be chosen by the FORMAT Curatorial team and expert reviewer, Wang Baoguo
A complimentary ticket to the FORMAT19 Grand Awards Night, featuring award announcements, a new short film Critical Run FORMAT19 by Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel and Doug Fishbone’s "Luft Gesheft", a performance looking at everything from Pablo Escobar's hippopotamuses, Polynesians taking vacations in Hull, to Richard Nixon and the Gold Standard. The piece is a comic slide-show lecture illustrated with hundreds of images downloaded from the internet. 7.30pm- 9.30pm
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a place on the FORMAT Portfolio Walk 4.30pm – 6pm
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Every participant at the Review will receive a FORMAT19 tote bag
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FORMAT Festival

FORMAT is the UK’s leading non-profit international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. It contains exhibitions, portfolio reviews, workshops, commissions, conference, screenings, talks, photo collectives, publications, mass participation, performance and much more. The next festival will take place between March – April 2019 in Derby, UK but FORMAT continues to develop and produce a year-round programme of exhibitions, workshops, talks and more.