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FORMAT PORTFOLIO REVIEW FAQ

BOOKING SYSTEM

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 via the drop down box under each reviewer. Once your slots have been chosen, you will have 30 minutes to complete the transaction. Please note, your reviews are not confirmed until you have paid.

WHO CAN BOOK?

These Reviews are aimed at photographers (or multimedia artists) with a developed and serious approach to their practice. Recent graduates are welcome. Please contact the Portfolio Review Coordinator at emilyj@derbyquad.co.uk for any queries.

WHAT TIME ZONE DO THE REVIEWS TAKE PLACE IN?

All time zones are in GMT.

HOW CAN I BOOK?

Bookings will open on Monday 11 December at 2pm GMT. When bookings have gone live the review slots under each reviewer will be available to add to your basket.

PAYMENT

Our dedicated booking system will accept all major credit and debit cards.

VENUE

The Portfolio Review will take place online, via zoom.

REFUND POLICY

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.

HOW DO THE REVIEWS TAKE PLACE?

FORMAT will email a zoom link prior to the event. The reviews will begin at 10am GMT each day. Please ensure you arrive to the zoom link 10 minutes prior to each review to ensure the reviews take place on time. When the review begins, you will enter the ‘main room’ of the reviews. Each review takes place in a zoom ‘break-out’ room which FORMAT will assign at the beginning of each review, which lasts 20 minutes exactly. You will be given a 5 minute and 1 minute alert in each review. The break-out room will close automatically after 20 minutes and you will return to the main room, thus ending the review. There will be a 10 minute break in between each review and a 40 minute lunch break at 1pm.

Note: It is the responsibility of the photographer to ensure you are on time to each review, FORMAT cannot guarantee that any latecomers will be able to catch up with the lost time.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE REVIEWS?

Each year, prior to the reviews, we hold an information session, free to attend. For more information on this years event, please click here.

 

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HABITAT OPEN CALL 2017 TERMS AND CONDITIONS

OPEN CALL TERMS, CONDITIONS OF USE AND WEB APPLICATION RULES

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”).

READ THIS AGREEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE YOU CONTINUE TO YOUR SUBMISSION OR UPLOAD ANY IMAGE. BY SUBMITTING TO THE OPEN CALL, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE, DO NOT CONTINUE YOUR SUBMISSION.

TERMS

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.

SUBMISSION FEES

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.

ENTRY

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.

ENTRANT IMAGE RELEASE(S) FOR PUBLICITY ONLY

THIRD PARTY RELEASES

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.

IMAGE RELEASE FOR PUBLICITY

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.

CONDITIONS

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.

RIGHT TO CANCEL

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 info@formatfestival.com

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FORMAT Portfolio Review

The FORMAT Portfolio Review is returning in 2024. It will take place online on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March. Bookings will go on sale on Monday 11 December at 2pm GMT. For up to date information please follow the @formatfestival social media pages and join our mailing list.

The Portfolio Review is aimed at committed photographers with a developed and serious approach to their work. Recent graduates are welcome. Please read all the information carefully before making a booking.

We have a brand new 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 would like to book via the drop down option available under each reviewers name. Please note, your reviews are not confirmed until you have paid.

We advise you look through the reviewers prior to booking 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. When making your bookings, ensure you are taking note of each time you book to ensure you do not book two slots at the same time. We cannot guarantee this can be amended once booked due to availability.

Please contact emilyj@derbyquad.co.uk for any queries.

How to Book

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

4 reviews – £112

6 reviews – £168

8 reviews – £224

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

Bookings go live on Monday 11 December, 2pm GMT. Review slots are first come first served. Slots will remain in your basket for 30 minutes, after which they will be released if payment has not been made. Your reviews are not confirmed until you have paid. Once booking is confirmed you will recieve a booking email and e-ticket via email from info@boxoffice.derbyquad.co.uk.

If you have any issues booking, please email info@formatfestival.com or call 01332 290606.

Reviewers

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Ângela Ferreira

Artistic Director, Solar FotoFestival & Co-Founder, Encontros da Imagem Festival (Brazil)

Ângela Ferreira, also known as Berlinde, is an artist, curator, and researcher born in Porto, Portugal.

She holds a Ph.D. in Visual Communication with a focus on photopainting and self-representation of indigenous nations from the University of Minho, Portugal. She graduated in Curatorial Studies and completed her Master’s in Photography at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands. Her post-doctoral research was conducted at the School of Fine Arts, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she explored contemporary visual practices that challenge hybrid forms of photography.

Over the past decade, Ângela has curated contemporary photography exhibitions across Europe, Asia, and Latin American countries, with a special emphasis on Brazil. She co-founded the Encontros da Imagem Festival and currently serves as an independent curator for international festivals and exhibitions, notably the Solar FotoFestival in Brazil, where she holds the position of artistic director. Ângela is also a consultant for international awards and is a member of the global photography association, Oracle, and the Curatorial Council of the Museum of Photography in Fortaleza, Brazil. She is Guest Professor at the School of Architecture, Art, and Design at the University of Minho and the Lusofona University in Lisbon. Ângela is also a co-founder of the Nervo_Portuguese Photobook Observatory (2022). She splits her time between Portugal and Brazil, working in the realm of narrative transversality, predominantly expressed through photobooks, where photography realizes its creative potential.

Based in Portugal and Brazil, Ângela is interested in visual story-telling, created with multiple layers and languages to visualize the subject matter. She is also interested in seeing lens-based media, photography, installation; photobooks and documentary and photoessays as well artists 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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Anna Kućma & Stella Nantongo

Co-Director's, FOTEA Foundation and Uganda Press Photo Award, (Netherlands/ Uganda)

Anna Kućma

Anna is the co-director of FOTEA , a unique educational photography platform for East African photojournalists and photographers. She also works as a project manager at NOOR Images. Anna has collaborated with a diverse range of partners, has curated and assisted many exhibitions and has worked on innovative visual storytelling initiatives. She is passionate about developing alternative educational models and networks for visual professionals on the African continent and beyond. She is a frequent nominator and jury member for photography festivals and awards. She is based in the Netherlands.
Anna is interested in seeing all kinds of work, photojournalism, reportage and social documentary in particular.

Stella Nantongo

Stella is co-director of FOTEA and Uganda Press Photo Award. She has managed a wide range of photography-related activities in Uganda and East Africa and these include exhibitions, educational programmes and independent photo awards. She also occasionally serves as a reviewer for photography competitions such as Market Photo Workshop’s JUSTPHOTO contest. Stella is passionate about helping emerging photographers in East Africa to expand their technical skills and broaden their understanding of the medium to tell more compelling stories. She believes that continued learning and conversations around photography are key to giving diverse voices a role in shaping the region’s socio-economic and political discourse.

Stella is particularly interested in work originating from or engaging with the African continent.

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Anne McNeill

Anne McNeill, Director, Impressions Gallery (UK)

Anne is the Director of Impressions Gallery, a charity that helps people understand the world through photography, and act as an agent for change. She is the 2022 recipient of the Royal Photographic Society Curatorship Award, which recognises excellence over a period of time in the field of photographic curatorship, through exhibitions and associated events and publications. Anne’s current research includes environmental responsibility and sustainable practices within photography.

Anne is interested in seeing work across all genres (documentary, portraiture, landscape, to name just a few) that explores considered issues such as identity, race, gender, politics, and sustainable practices

Photo by Carolyn Mendelsohn

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Arianna Cantania

Co-Director of Gibellina Photoroad/Open Air & Site-specific Festival (Italy)

Arianna Catania is an independent curator, photo editor and journalist. After graduating in Political Science, she attended the Higher Institute of Photography and Integrated Communication in Rome, Italy. She began working as a photographer. Since 2007 she has worked as a photo editor in several newspapers and magazines and written about art and photography, including the Huffington Post. She is the creator and co-director of Gibellina Photoroad/ Open Air & Site-specific Festival (Sicily, Italy), in which photography and visual arts dialogue with architecture in innovative urban installations. She is Director/Curator of the Permanent Collection “Photography” of the Orestiadi Foundation, which guards one the most important contemporary art collection of Southern Italy. She was the artistic director of Emerging Talents festival at Mattatoio (Rome, Italy), dedicated to the emerging artists of the contemporary scene. She has curated several works and installations by established and emerging authors including Joan Fontcuberta, Olivo Barbieri, Tobias Zielony, Vale?rie Jouve, Anouk Kruithof, Mimmo Jodice, Mario Cresci, Monica Alcazar-Duarte, Moira Ricci, Peter Puklus, Manon Wertenbroek and others. She is often internationally invited in portfolio reviews, jury, talks, workshop focused on editing and strategies in contemporary photography and visual arts.

In every language of photography you could find something interesting. In general, Arianna does not like to read “naturalistic photography”.

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Arianna Rinaldo

Independent Photo Consultant and Editor & Curator, PhEST (Italy)

Arianna is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. From 2012 to 2021 she was the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, international festival of visual narrative. Since 2016, she is the photography curator at PhEST, a festival on contemporary photography and arts in Puglia.   

Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 as Archive Director at Magnum Photos, NY; and then, back in Italy, as photo editor for Colors magazine. From 2004 to 2011, in Milan, she worked as editorial consultant and curator for exhibitions and special projects. For 4 years she was photo consultant at D, the weekend supplement of La Repubblica. For almost 10 years she was the director of OjodePez, a bilingual documentary photo quarterly published by La Fabrica in Madrid.  

Based in Barcelona since 2012, Arianna is active as consultant, teacher, curator and editor. She participates in photo events and festivals around the world as speaker and portfolio reviewer; and she is regularly invited on jury panels and selections committees for international institutions and organizations. Arianna is intrigued by the amazing stories told through images. She is interested in contemporary documentary and original storytelling: visions on the current world and stories of humankind living on this planet, and beyond.  

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

Photo by Paolo Verzone.

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Asha Iman Veal

Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography (USA)

Asha Iman is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. She focuses on interdisciplinary projects that advocate cross-cultural solidarity across geographic or political distance. Veal’s recent curatorial projects and exhibitions include: Beautiful Diaspora/You Are Not the Lesser Part at MoCP (2022); Martine Gutierrez at MoCP (2021); RAISIN as a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2021); Dream at Hyde Park Art Center (2021); and more. Her previous work includes curatorial, publication, and research projects in Chicago, New York, Edinburgh, Vietnam, Juárez, Havana, and Tokyo; as well as serving as Associate Festival Producer for playwright Eve Ensler’s V-Day global movement to end violence against women and girls (New York). She has been a juror and nominator for contemporary arts organizations and residencies including Arts + Public Life at University of Chicago Arts, Center for the Study of Race Politics Culture at University of Chicago, and more; and was recently on the boards of Experimental Sound Studio and Heaven Gallery. Her projects have been featured and supported by international organizations such as Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Alfred Landecker Foundation/Humanity in Action, BMW Foundation, and more. Asha Iman is faculty for Arts Administration & Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

She is most interested in seeing: narrative projects, portraiture, documentary photography, and performance. 

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Baiba Tetere

Head of the Latvian Museum of Photography (Latvia)

Baiba Tetere is a researcher of visual culture, lecturer at Riga Stradinš University and Head of the Latvian Museum of Photography. As a co-founder of the ISSP association, she has regularly organised photography education and art projects since 2006. Her career intersects the history, education and commercial fields of photography – she has worked at the Latvian Museum of Photography (2000 – 2002), the Latvian State Archive of Cinematographic and Photophono Documents (2008) and as photo editor at the international monthly magazine Cosmopolitan (2002 – 2007). Baiba studied History of Photography at De Montfort University, England, and obtained her doctorate from the University of Greifswald, Germany, where she studied early anthropological photography in Latvia in the late 19th century.

Baiba is interested in all kind of production and creative reflections in the field of photography; always looking at the relationships between past and present and contemporary ways of engaging with archival images.

Image credit: Ailsa Bowyer

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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, Margaret Watkins, Robbie Lawrence, Ishiuchi Miyako, Lewis Baltz, Markéta Luska?ová, Cindy Sherman 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. Ben has produced the Stills podcast, ‘Photography Down The Line, since 2020.

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 seeing work at any stage of development. Particularly interested 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 Flannery O’Kafka

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Billy-Jay Stoneman

Royal Photographic Society (UK)

Billy-Jay manages exhibitions at The Royal Photographic Society, responsible for the curation and delivery of exhibitions, call for entries, tours and other collaborative projects. Her curated exhibitions for The RPS have included most recently Only Human: Aneesa Dawoojee, The RPS Summer Exhibition, as well as the International Photography Exhibition. Billy-Jay’s key interests are accessibility for all, supporting emerging artists and photographers, community engagement and contemporary storytelling. Billy-Jay studied BA Documentary Photography at Newport (UWCN) with her degree show focusing on studies of a community in Ireland connected to her grandfather. She developed extensive experience in the commercial and advertising photography sector after graduating.

Billy-Jay is interested in seeing all kinds of work including documentary photography, fine art, portraiture, editorial and projects that focus on raising awareness to political and social issues.

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Cindy Sissokho

Curator, Wellcome Collection (UK)

Curator, producer and writer. Curator at the Wellcome Collection in London and Co-Curator of the French Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2024.

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Claire Wearn

Festival Director, Photo Fringe & Co-Director, Corridor (UK)

Claire is festival director at Photo Fringe and co-director of Corridor and currently based in Brighton. Committed to supporting lens-based artists and curators, Claire is particularly excited by co-producing festivals and exhibitions in unexpected spaces for artists and audiences to connect.

Starting her career in community arts in Birmingham and Sandwell, Claire began working as a creative producer with Multistory across long form social documentary photography projects including Black Country Stories, Open For Business and Ex-offenders with David Goldblatt. She worked as field producer with Magnum Photos on Pictures from America: Rochester, before relocating to Brighton to produce visual arts commissions for festivals including HOUSE Biennial & Brighton Festival featuring Gillian Wearing, Laura Ford, Yinka Shonibare and Nathan Coley among many others. Her freelance portfolio has also included Peckham 24 with Jamila Prowse, two editions of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards and Brighton Photo Biennial for Photoworks, Real Utopias for Photo Fringe. Currently with Corridor she co-directs socially engaged projects and commissioning.

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@clairewearn @photofringe @corridorproj @fleshandblood___

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Clare Grafik

Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers’ Gallery (UK)

Clare is Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She studied BA Joint Hons Philosophy/Art History (Leeds University) and MA Image and Communications (Photography) at Goldsmiths College. She has worked in a number of public institutions in London including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Whitechapel Gallery, Hayward Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. At The Photographers’ Gallery she has worked on exhibitions with artists and photographers including Lise Sarfati, Isa Genzken, Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel, Taryn Simon, Katy Grannan, Antoine D’Agata, Cuny Janssen, Zineb Sedira and Keith Arnatt.

Group exhibitions include ‘The Photographic Object’, ‘Photography & Collage’ and ‘Double Take: Photography & Drawing’. Other projects include a Bettina Von Zwehl solo exhibition at the Freud Museum, and contributions to books and catalogues include Alex Prager’s ‘Silver Lake Drive’, and more recently ‘Another Country’. She has been a Sessional Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London, teaching course on hidden and unknown London photographic archives, and has lectured at institutions including University of the Arts, University of South Wales, Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She has also completed a foundation course in Psychoanalysis at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London and is a keen amateur birdwatcher. 

She does not mind what she sees but is less useful for those wanting editorial/commercial advice.

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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 is interested in reportage or documentary work that would interest a wider, international audience, in particular work that finds an individual human angle that illustrates the big issues of our time. In addition she is looking for portraiture, while architecture and fine art are less an area of expertise for Dagmar.

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Emma Bowkett

Director of Photography, FT Weekend Magazine (UK)

Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the FT Weekend Magazine and a curator focussed on lens-based arts and contemporary visual culture. She is Associate Lecturer at UAL: University of the Arts London, and regularly participates at international workshops, portfolio reviews, festivals and awards. Emma is a visiting speaker for various photography programmes across the UK and abroad.

Emma is the curator of a Financial Times special supplement and talks programme at the annual Photo London photography fair and is on the advisory board for Peckham 24, the annual festival that celebrates established and early career artists working with an expanded photographic practice. Emma is based in London, UK.

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Frances Jakubek

Image-maker, Independent curator & Artist Consultant (US)

Frances Jakubek is an image-maker, independent curator, and consultant for artists. She is the co-founder of A Yellow Rose Project, past Director of the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City, and Associate Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts.

Recent curatorial appointments include Potential Space: A Serious Look at Child’s Play featuring works by Nancy Richards Farese; Critical Mass, Portland, Oregon; Filter Photo, Chicago; The Griffin Museum of Photography; British Journal of Photography; Les Rencontres d’Arles, France; Save Art Space, Los Angeles; and Photo District News.

Jakubek has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography fellowships, speaker for SPE National and Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and lecturer for the School of Visual Arts, University of New Mexico, and Washington and Lee University. She has taught workshops for the Cambridge Art Association, Maine Media, and the University of Iowa and serves as an advisor to the Rhode Island School of Design and Clark University program.

With a background in exhibition production and promotion, I am interested in viewing bodies of work at any stage of completion. Conceptual projects that incorporate a personal narrative, documentary work, and unwieldy projects are of particular interest.

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Francesca Marani

Senior Photo Editor, Global PhotoVogue (Italy)
Passionate about photography, cinema and contemporary art, Francesca strongly believes in the power of art to change people’s lives.
Before taking on the role of Senior Photo Editor of Vogue Italia, Francesca was Visual Editor of Global PhotoVogue and curator of PhotoVogue Festival, the first conscious fashion photography festival dedicated to the common ground between ethics and aesthetics, from 2016 to September 2023. She regularly collaborates with various festivals and photography schools as a portfolio reader and lecturer. As art director she has curated campaigns for Benetton, Huawei, Yuzen and special projects for Off-White, Audi, Crivelli, Diesel, Dyson, Engine, Mazda, Martini, Natuzzi, Regione Puglia, Sensai, Xerjoff, Xiaomi.

Francesca would like to see reportage work.

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Franek Ammer

Curator, Fotofestiwal (Poland)

Before joining Fotofestiwal, Franek co-founded TIFF International Photography Festival. He devoted a large part of his work to bringing up aspects related to the photobooks and popularizing them in Poland. This interest resulted in several exhibitions, lectures and cooperation with prominent figures from the world of photography and the publishing scene of photobooks. In the Fotofestiwal collective he is responsible for the festival program, coordination of exhibitions, events and publications.

I’m generally interested in socially engaged documentary practices and on the other hand also works that experiment with aesthetics and mixed media projects. I can provide comments on developing book project especially editing and sequencing . I’m not interested in fashion, nude and reportage. However if artist’s work is bending the this genres in playful way then I would be happy to see the work.

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Gordon MacDonald

Co-publisher and Editor, Hapax Magazine (UK)

Gordon MacDonald was founding editor of Photoworks magazine and head of publications. He was a co-founder of GOST Books and is currently co-publisher/editor of HAPAX magazine. He has curated Krakow Photomonth and exhibitions is public and private institutions in the UK and internationally. He is one half of the artist duo MacDonaldStrand with Clare Strand.

Gordon is interested in seeing work that is moving towards publication, experimental work or work that is at an early stage.

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Hana Kaluznick

Assistant Curator of Photography, V&A Museum (UK)

Hana Kaluznick is Assistant Curator of Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). She was Assistant Curator of the expansion of the V&A Photography Centre (2023) and has contributed to other V&A displays including Known and Strange (2021) and Valérie Belin / Reflection (2019). She is a PhD student at the University of Liverpool studying the industrial history of early colour photography.

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Harry Rose

Founder and Senior Agent, Darwin Studio (UK)

Harry is the founder and senior agent at Darwin Studio. A next generation photo agency representing under represented and marginalised photographers in the creative industry. Past roles have seen Harry as the Head and founder of Studio 1854, British Journal of Photography’s content agency and working freelance for multiple creative agencies and production houses. From working across global productions for brands and clients, Harry’s career has taken him around the world and led to multiple campaigns being shortlisted for awards.

Harry is interested in seeing personal, documentary and commercial portoflios.

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Iona Fergusson

Independent Curator, Producer and Creative Director (India/UK)

Iona is a curator, producer and public programmer specialising in lens-based work. Following seven years as Photo Editor at Vogue India and a Masters in the History & Critical Theory of Photography, she has worked as a curator and programmer on a number of photography festivals: Delhi Photo Festival, Diffusion Festival (Cardiff), Blast! (West Bromwich) and Peckham 24 in London. Recent co-curatorial projects include Parasol Foundation Women in Photography / V&A Award exhibition at Peckham 24 (2023); Rohit Saha at Peckham 24 (2022), the Archive of Public Protest and Sofia Karim’s Turbine Bagh at Peckham 24 (2021). She currently organises the Talks Programme for Peckham 24. In 2022, Iona co-launched the South Asian multi-artist photobook Guftgu at The Photobook Café in London (2022) and represented Offset Projects, a Delhi-based publisher and online photobook distributor, at Polycopies in Paris (2022).

Iona is open seeing everything

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Jean-Christophe Godet

Founder & Artistic Director, Guernsey Photography Festival & GLAZ Festival (Guernsey/France)

Jean-Christophe Godet is an international curator and founder of the Guernsey Photography Festival. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of a new major festival in France: GLAZ Festival (Rencontres Internationales de Photographie de Rennes).

Both festivals 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.

Both 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. Both festivals have 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.

“I am interested in Contemporary Photography, Conceptual, Fine Art, Documentary, New Technologies, Performances, Videos”


Photo by Peter Franklin/Guernsey Press

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Joeleen Lynch

Belfast Photo Festival (UK)

Joeleen, holds a postgraduate Masters in Contemporary Curatorial Practice from Falmouth University and History of Art from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Joeleen is a contemporary visual art curator and cultural producer with over 10 years experience working within the arts and cultural sector, across a range of private, public and not-for-profit arts organisations in the UK, and Ireland. Notably, she has held curatorial and project management roles with the Contemporary Art Programme for National Trust (Bristol), The Eden Project (Cornwall), Business to Arts (Dublin), and Sligo County Council Arts Office. Where she managed the draft process of a 3 Year Public Art Commissions Plan for Sligo County Council, now at delivery stage. Joeleen has acquired a vast amount of contemporary art commissioning, exhibition making and event organisation through the programming and management of international exhibitions, public engagement programmes, symposiums and artist talks. Joeleen curates and delivers the festival programmes whilst leading the creative partnerships for the delivery of Belfast Photo Festival, ensuring it meets its strategic and business goals.

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John Duncan

Editor of SOURCE Magazine and Photographer (UK)

John is one of the editors of Source magazine. He studied Documentary Photography at Newport and Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art and still makes his own work. 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 they publish. In general its personal projects resolved over an extended series of images. The archive section of their website gives you a sense of what they do. He is happy to look at longer edits of work in progress or completed work.

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Josh Lustig

Deputy Picture Editor, FT Weekend Magazine (UK)

Josh is the Deputy Picture Editor at the FT Weekend Magazine. He is a regular participant at festivals and workshops, and has been a visiting lecturer at several universities including, London College of Communication, University of Syracuse, NY, USA and the School of Media and Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark.

In 2013 Josh co-founded the book-publishing wing of Tartaruga, an independent record label and print studio. Up until May 2014 when he joined the FT, Josh was the Assignments Editor at Panos Pictures.

Josh is interested in seeing Fashion and Commercial/Editorial Portfolios

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Julia Bunnemann

Curator, Photoworks (UK)

Julia Bunnemann is a writer, researcher and Curator at Photoworks, a UK-based photographic platform. She is responsible for the curatorial programmes such as the Photoworks Festival, the Ampersand Fellowship, the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, and wider curatorial partnerships. Julia previously worked as Assistant Curator of the Triennial of Photography and as the curatorial assistant at Deichtorhallen House of Photography, one of Germany’s largest exhibition spaces for photography. In her current role at Photoworks, Julia is interested in work that engages with timely social, political and postcolonial issues through documentary and conceptual approaches.

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Karen Harvey

Founder & Creative Director, Shutter Hub (UK)

Karen is the Creative Director of Shutter Hub, the UK based photography organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide. She founded the organisation to create a supportive community for photographers and to provide a platform for the development of ideas and careers.

She is dedicated to creating fair access to photography and opening up opportunities for everyone. She’d love to see work by creative photographers who are looking for support and direction, who want to exhibit their work, develop their networks, and connect with others.

Karen has spoken at industry events and locations such as FOAM Museum, London Art Fair, FORMAT Festival, and the Festival of Creative Industries; curated exhibitions at London Photomonth, Cambridge University, and St Bride Foundation, to name just a few in the UK, and taken shows to Belgium, Denmark, France, Israel, Portugal, Romania and The Netherlands. She’s reviewed portfolios in the UK, Europe, Canada, the US and Israel; at Unseen Amsterdam, FORMAT International Photography Festival, Belfast Photo Festival, London Photomonth, The Photographers’ Gallery, Getty Images Gallery, Exposure Photo Festival, Griffin Museum of Photography and the Photographic Resource Center, and more.

Karen is a consultant, curator and collaborator who works to bring innovative ideas and fundamental kindness to every project. She has won awards for photography, writing and community development. In 2019 she was named the Digital Influencer of the Year at the Holland Press Awards. Karen is experienced in working with museums and galleries, developing exhibition spaces, and collaborating with organisations such as The National Archive, English Heritage and Cambridge University. She also founded and co-directs the charitable organisation Toiletries Amnesty.

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Lau Ching-Ping

Photography Curator & Visual Artist (Hong-Kong)

Apart from his own artistic pursuit as a photographer, Lau Ching Ping has played multiple roles in Hong Kong photography. As a mentor, he has guided countless new practitioners and helped take their work and career to the next level. As the artistic director and curator of the Hong Kong International Photo Festival from 2018 to 2022, he initiated the emerging artists nurturing platforms Satellite Exhibitions and Photographer Incubator, and bridged the photography organisations of the SEA region together through curatorial collaboration such as the Photography Cinema project. In the 1990s, together with Lee Ka-sing, Holly Lee, Patrick Lee and Blues Wong, they published the photography journal NuNaHeDuo (Dislocation) that set the scene for contemporary photography of Hong Kong. He is the recipient of The WYNG Air Commission (2013-14).

 

 

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Lee Elkins

Founder & Creative Director, The Lost Light Recordings (UK)

Lee Elkins is the founder and Creative Director of The Lost Light Recordings. Established in 2018, Lost Light Recordings is an independent publisher that works with photographers to realise projects through the medium of the photobook. The books he has created under the imprint since 2018, including Lewis Khan’s Theatre, Sadie Catt’s Woodstock and an artists edition of Harrowdown by John Spinks, explore the political landscape and its effect on people and place.

Passionate about creating authentic expressions of photographers’ work, Elkins collaborates creatively with both established photographic artists and new talent to create distinctive photobooks. Elkins manages the whole process of creating a book with intense detail: from the editing down and sequencing of photographs with the artist, the graphic design, materiality, personally overseeing the printing, to hand binding the books. This attention to detail calls on Elkins conviction that a photobook is more than a book of photographs, which in the right hands can become a complex intellectual dialogue between photographer and reader and his experience as a master bookbinder in the printing industry. Elkins worked as a bookbinder for twenty years in Frome, Somerset, for one of the UK’s most significant printers before gaining a first class BA (Hons) in Photography from the University of the West of England and an MA in Photography and the Book from Plymouth University.

Lee Elkins is Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Lee has an interest in any project that plays with narrative, any book work, images and text and documentary

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Lexi Parra

Community Manager, Women Photograph (Venezuela/US)

Lexi Parra is a Venezuelan-American photographer and community educator based between Caracas and New York. Her work focuses on youth culture, migration, the personal effects of inequality and violence, and themes of resilience. Parra has worked with The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker and others.

She is the community manager at Women Photograph, as well as a member of both WP and Diversify Photo databases. Parra has received a Diversify x Getty Inclusion Grant (2022) and is a Pulitzer Center Reporting Grantee (2021). Her degree is in Photography and Human Rights, from Bard College.

Parra is the founder of Project MiRA , an arts education initiative that fosters visual literacy and critical analysis with youth in the barrios of Caracas.

I am open to seeing any work”

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Louise Fedotov-Clements

Director, Photoworks (UK)

Louise Fedotov-Clements is the Director of Photoworks, a leading international contemporary photography and related media organisation established in 1995. Photoworks is a charity that produces exhibitions, residencies, commissions, learning programmes, awards, publications and a biennial festival www.photoworks.org.uk
CoFounder, and former Director FORMAT Festival 2004-2022 and previously the Artistic Director QUAD,, a centre for contemporary art and film 2002-2022. As a creative director, since 1998 she has led commissions, publications, mass participation art, film and photography programmes and exhibitions around the world. Currently she is also acting National Curator of Contemporary Art Forestry England and Co-Director of Earth Photo www.earthphoto.world Advisory Board Member for Archivo and Vice Chair of Inspirate
Louise writes about photography for catalogues and magazines in both print and online including Next Level, South Korean Photography, 1000words, co-editor of Hijacked III UK/AUS, PHOTOCINEMA. She is an international photography juror, advisor and nominator, a regular portfolio reviewer at festivals and galleries throughout Europe, America, Africa and Asia.

I am interested in seeing all projects at any stage of development”

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Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen

Managing Director, Copenhagen Photo Festival (Denmark)

Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen (DK), has been Managing Director of Copenhagen Photo Festival (CPF) since 2016 and responsible for re-branding the festival with a distinct emphasis on experimentation and sustainability, as well as a strong international focus and long term collaborations across Europe.


She has worked with a large number of art and photography institutions, festivals and photographers and has been in charge of numerous photography-based projects with partners across the culture field.


She holds a MA from the University of Copenhagen and has worked in the culture industry for more than 15 years.

She has been a portfolio reviewer for Les Rencontres de la Photograhie, Arles, FUTURES, Photoszene Köln, and been in jurys for Fotofestiwal Lodz, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography, Center, Photo Is:rael and tutor sessions for FOAM and FUTURES (CPF has been a member since 2021) – among others.

 

I am not interested in fashion photography.

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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 exhibitions include Forever Changes – Contemporary Nordic Photography and Climate Change and forthcoming solo exhibitions by Colin Gray, Margaret Mitchell, Moira McIver and Simon Murphy. Exchange residencies include those with the Northern Photographic Centre (Finland), Kaunas Gallery (Lithuania), and Artlink (Ireland). Street Level manage the Photography Networks in Scotland platform which profiles exhibitions and events happening across the country and is a member of Scotland’s Workshops, a network of artists production centres in Scotland.  

Interested in viewing bodies of work in their early stages as well as substantially developed bodies of work from artists and photographers which blend experimental approaches, conceptual or issue based themes; photography as social practice; work that tells a compelling story; lyrical and narrative or abstract and non-narrative. Almost everything except fashion, commercial or classical modes of documentary. Prefer not to give advice to students as they should seek advice from their experienced tutors, peers and from existing resources available online. 

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Markéta Kinterová

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

Markéta is a director of Fotograf Gallery, Festival and editor-in-chief of Fotograf Magazine based in Prague. She has ongoing experience as a portfolio reviewer or jury member for different competitions. She is also an independent artist working with photography as a tool of conceptual art. Her author’s book What You See Is What You Think was published as the artistic part of the doctoral thesis under the title Oppositional Reading of Public Space, which she defended at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in 2019. She studied photography at the Faculty of Art and Design at the Jan Evangelista Purkyne? University in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic. She is the head of the Documentary Photography Studio at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) since 2016. She attended several artists residencies as in Centro de la Imagen – FONCA, Mexico city, Mexico and Artist in residence, Rotor – Association for Contemporary Art, Graz, Austria.

Fotograf Magazine is a periodical mapping the world of contemporary photography. Every four months comes out special-themed issue dedicated to photography, visual culture and contemporary art. Fotograf Gallery is space dedicated to solo exhibition projects of contemporary art artists using medium of photography as well as artist with photographic background. Fotograf Festival is 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 the most interested in reviewing conceptual art projects, experimental projects, public art projects, documentary photography crossing boarder of its classical attitude. She is also interested in independent publishing, artists books and zines. As an magazine editor and festival co-founder she is interested in wide range of approaches in sense of depiction world around us in a distinctive way.

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Michael Itkoff

Cofounder, Daylight Books (US)

Michael Itkoff is a Cofounder of Daylight Books, a non-profit organisation dedicated to publishing art and photography books. For two decades, Daylight has been dedicated to publishing art and photography via its print and digital publishing programs. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalise the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. 

Michael has been deeply involved in the publishing industry in both print and digital media and has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Before starting Daylight, Michael spent time at the Annie?Leibovitz?Studio, Aperture Foundation and Rizzoli International Publications.? His monograph, ‘Street Portraits’, was published by Charta Editions in 2009. 

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Monica Allende

Independent Curator & Consultant (UK)

Monica Allende is an independent curator, consultant and educator. She is the Artistic Director of LandskronaFoto Festival, and was GetxoPhoto International Image Festival Artistic Director from 2017 to 2019. She has also collaborated with WeTransfer as a Consultant and Creative Producer, as well as the director of FORMAT17 International Photography Festival.

She has worked with Screen Projects and produced and curated Blue Skies Project, a multidisciplinary project with artist Anton Kusters and Ruben Samama exhibited during PhotoLondon 2019 and currently showing at USHMM. It was also recently shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.

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 has also produced and taught creatives labs including for FIFV in Chile, ScreenLab in London and WPP JOOP Masterclass in Saudi Arabia. Along with the University of Sunderland’s Mentorship Business Programme, Festival Internazionale a Ferrara, WPP workshop Angola, Magnum Professional Practice Workshops, among many others.

She is dedicated to nurturing new and established talent and nominates photographers for prizes including the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, the Prix Pictet andThe Joop Swart Masterclass/ WPP.

She has served on juries across the world including the Center Awards in  Santa Fe, Perth  Center for Photography,  Vogue Festival, Bar Tur Photobook Award, La Fabrica/Photo London dummy award and LandskronaFoto.

She has also been the recipient of the Amnesty International Media Photojournalism Award, the Picture Editor’s Award, the Online Press Award and Magazine Design Award for Best Use of Photography.

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Nicola Shipley

Director of GRAIN project (UK)

Nicola works as a Producer, Curator, Project Manager, Mentor and Consultant, specialising in photography, and is co-founder and Director of GRAIN Projects. 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.

As Director of GRAIN Projects she leads on commissioning new work, curating exhibitions, developing artist’s and photographer’s training, development and networking opportunities and producing events and symposia. She is interested in working with emerging and established artists and photographers.

Recent projects include collaborations with Photoworks, Creative People & Places – Appetite, New Art Gallery Walsall, Herbert Art Gallery, FORMAT International Photography Festival, Redeye Photography Network, Brighton Photo Fringe, Library of Birmingham and The Hive Arts Centre. She has worked with artists and photographers including Anthony Luvera, Edgar Martins, Indre Serpytyte, Tom Hunter, Mark Power, Helen Marshall, Sam Laughlin, Kate Peters, Arpita Shah and Maryam Wahid.

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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Päiviö Maurice Omwami

Curator of Exhibitions, Finnish Museum of Photography (Finland)

Päiviö Maurice Omwami works as a Curator of Exhibitions at the Finnish Museum of Photography. In his curatorial practice, Omwami researches the ways photographic art intersects with activism, subjectivity, representation and agency. He is highly interested in photographic materialism and Afrofuturism, as well as in how the symbolic order, produced by the relationship between images and technology, constructs and shapes the reality we live in. Omwami has a background in photography and master’s in social science from the University of Helsinki.

Päiviö is interested in seeing any works revolving around the concepts of race, Blackness or Whiteness. Works dealing with photographic materialism and/or its history. Works that explore AI and the internet and their use of images. Any works that deal with the relationship between images and reality, and especially the way in which images are used to enhance or affirm a specific ideology. Works that investigate the utilization and perhaps even weaponization of representation in photography.

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Pelumi Odubanjo

Assistant Curator, Glasgow International (UK)

Pelumi Odubanjo is a curator, writer, and researcher based between London and Glasgow. Her interests in contemporary art are cross-disciplinary, with specific interests in the field of contemporary photography. Pelumi works with artists, photographic archives, and cultural artefacts to create and explore dialogues across global Black diasporas. Her research and curatorial practice build on theories of racial, gendered and diasporic studies, Black feminism, and critical photo theory, amongst others.

Pelumi currently works as the Assistant Curator for Glasgow International, previously worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Serpentine Galleries, and has curated at festivals and institutions such as Photo50 at the London Art Fair, Photo Oxford, Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, Brighton Photo Fringe, and the Black Cultural Archives, amongst others. Her writing on contemporary photography, art, and culture has appeared in Magnum Photos, New Contemporaries, Artillery Magazine, Photoworks, and Photo Fringe amongst others. She has also been a panel selector for Photography Festivals and Organisations including Photo|Frome (2023) and Source Photography (2022).

Pelumi is very open to seeing a range of Portfolios but ideally work that touches on wider social issues i.e race, gender, environment

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Raquel Villar-Pérez

Curator, Impressions Gallery (UK)

Raquel Villar-Pérez is curator and researcher with a special interest in de- and anti- colonial art practices of artists from the Global Majority. She focuses on the work of women-identified and non-binary image-makers who address notions of migration and mobility, transnational feminisms, social and environmental justice, and do so in original, expansive ways.

She is currently the Curator at Impressions Gallery in Bradford, UK, where she is responsible for the exhibitions programme of the gallery, commissions, and public events. Previously, Raquel was a curator at Photoworks, where she was instrumental in the development of the Photoworks Festival and led on the Annual, the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, and the Ampersand Fellowship. Prior to Photoworks, Raquel worked for Tate Modern as an Exhibitions Assistant. As a freelancer, Raquel has curated exhibitions of contemporary art and public programmes in London, Cambridge, Bogotá, Stockholm, Seoul, Málaga, and Valencia. Her exhibition project Poetics of Resistance from the Archive in Two Acts won the 2021 Peckham24 Open Call. She regularly mentors artists, sits in jury panels and contributes to publications such as British Journal of Photography, Photomonitor, Intervenxions at NYU, A-Desk*, and C& América Latina.

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Sarah Gilbert

Features Picture Editor, Guardian News & Media (UK)

Sarah Gilbert is features picture editor for the Guardian with over 20 years’ experience as an editor. Previous roles have included work for book and magazine publishers, a picture editor at Conde Nast, and several years in the US as the Guardian’s Photo Editor. She has been a juror on a number of leading photography competitions, conducts portfolio reviews at international photo festivals, was a mentor on the Women Photograph programme and is a lead on the Positive Action Scheme at the Guardian to encourage underrepresented groups in the photography department. Her specific areas of interest include documentary and long-form photography, and she commissions portraits around the world,  and loves to encourage new talent.

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Sebah Chaudhry

Freelance Creative Producer and Curator (UK)

Sebah is a Freelance Creative Producer and Curator. She is experienced in working at international world class festivals, projects and events. She is Co-Founder and Co-Director of ReFramed, a photographic based visual arts network based in the Midlands, supporting the community and artists who are Black, Asian, or from other ethnic minorities. She is also a Director at BCVA, where she has just started a heritage project with Derby Museums working with the South Asian community. She is currently Producer & Curator of Picturing High Streets, a Historic England funded project managed by Photoworks. In Oct 2022, she started teaching on the BA Photography course at Manchester School of Art, MMU.

She was previously Creative Producer & Assistant Curator on an international British Council funded project with Ffotogallery, The Place I Call Home, connecting the UK to the Gulf region, culminating in 10 exhibitions from September 2019 — March 2020 in 9 countries. From 2013 — 2017, Sebah was Coordinator & Curator at FORMAT Festival.

Sebah reviews portfolios internationally and mentor’s artists. She has also curated a number of exhibitions as a freelancer, and with organisations across the UK. With TRACE, she launched a year-long mentorship programme for women over the age of 35. She is on the selection panel for BJP Portrait of Britain 2023, Source Graduate Photography Online 2023 and NAE Open 2023. She has been on the Jury for UNSTUCK, The Ian Parry Scholarship, RPS IPE 163 Open Call and BJP Portrait of Britain 2021 & 2023. She is the Curator for AIS Open 2023. Currently UK editor for thephotoexhibitionarchive.com, Berlin, Steering Group member for FORMAT Festival, Derby and a Trustee at Royal Photographic Society and COMMUN.

Sebah is interested in seeing all kinds of narrative works. She is not interested in seeing any kind of nude photography.

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Siân Addicott

Director of Ffotogallery (UK)

Siân Addicott is Director of Ffotogallery, Wales’s national development agency for photography and lens-based media. Prior to joining Ffotogallery Siân was Head of Undergraduate Photography at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s in Swansea. Before moving back to Wales Siân spent a number of years working in London, including as International Editor at Camera Press, one of the UK’s largest independent photographic agencies. Siân is particularly interested in the intersections between photography, galleries/museums and activism.

 

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Sian Bonnell

Artist, Independent Curator & Publisher (UK)

Sian Bonnell is a UK based artist, living and working in Devon. Her work is concerned with concepts surrounding photography and its relations with objects, environment and performance. Sian’s work has been exhibited and published widely and is held in many public and corporate collections.

Sian established TRACE, the curation, publishing and mentoring project in 1999.

Artist books published under the imprint TRACE Editions include Wild Track the first book of poetry by Mark Haworth-Booth, Imagine Finding Me by Chino Otsuka and Villa Mona by Marjolaine Ryley. Between 2014 and 2019 she curated an annual exhibition of UK graduate photography, featuring over 250 images selected from 16 Universities for the Pingyao International Photography Festival held each September in China.

TRACE has supported artists for over 20 years at all stages in their careers, through mentoring. In 2022 Sian in partnership with Sebah Chaudhry and Haley Morris-Cafiero initiated the inaugural year-long TRACE Mentorship Programme for 24 female-identifying photographers over the age of 35, with generous support from the Genesis Kickstart Fund. Further iterations of the programme both online and in person are being planned for commencement in 2024 after the TRACE project relocation to Plymouth in the South West.

Sian is interested in seeing all kinds of work.

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Sophie Gladstone

Photography Editor, Wallpaper* Magazine (UK)

As Photography Editor at Wallpaper*, Sophie Gladstone commissions across fashion, interiors, architecture, travel, art, entertaining, beauty & grooming, watches & jewellery, transport and technology. Gladstone also writes about and researches contemporary photography. Alongside her creative commissioning process, she continues her art practice as a photographer, for which she was recently nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award. And in recognition of her work to date, listed by the British Journal of Photography as ‘One to Watch’.

I’m interested in conversations around contemporary photography; it’s purpose, it’s influences, it’s strengths and limitations. This is an incredibly complex industry, so it’s interesting to see work that addresses that, while remaining curious about of the trends that shape our aesthetic taste.

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Stephanie Blomkamp

Founder of Oath Magazine (South Africa)

Blomkamp is an editor and curator based in Cape Town, South Africa. A leading expert in the field of contemporary African photography, she has extensive knowledge of photography from the continent with a specialization in South and West African photography.  Her robust career began as a practicing photographer, and now after establishing Oath, the preeminent magazine in South Africa, she runs an important platform granting visibility to emerging talents. Blomkamp works as a judge on the Contemporary African Photography Prize alongside a distinguished panel, furthering her goal to champion new voices.  In 2022 she was awarded the Hasselblad Heroine title.

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Stephen Burke

Project Producer, GRAIN Projects (UK)

Stephen Burke is a Photographer, Artist and Creative Producer living
and working in Birmingham, UK.

He is the Project Producer for GRAIN Projects, and is experienced in
commissioning new work, artist development, exhibitions, publications,
public art and socially engaged projects. He has worked with a broad
range of artists & photographers including; Julian Germain, Anthony
Luvera, Arpita Shah, Nilupa Yasmin, Maryam Wahid, Murray Ballard,
Emily Graham, Polly Braden, Lydia Goldblatt, Sam Laughlin, Kate
Peters, Stuart Whipps, Marco Kesseler and Chris Hoare.

Stephen studied BA Photography at Falmouth University graduating in
2012 and completed an MA in Documentary Photography & Photojournalism
at Westminster University in 2017. He is a Lecturer in Photography at
Coventry University.

He is interested in all work, particularly in: Documentary
Photography, Socially Engaged Practice, Collaborative Practices,
Community Engagement, Portraiture, Editorial. Stephen is keen to
support emerging artists & photographers.

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Suzanne Tromp

Senior Art & Photography Editor, WePresent (Netherlands)

Suzanne is the commissioning editor on WeTransfer’s content site WePresent, which currently has over 3 million monthly readers. She leads the art commissions on WePresent and has worked with institutions like Tate Galleries and World Press Photo, and artists like Edel Rodriguez, FKA twigs and Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokonnikova.

 

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Tanvi Mishra

Curator, Writer & Photo Editor of PIX (India)

Tanvi works with images as a photo editor, curator, and writer based in New Delhi, India. Among her interests are South Asian visual histories, research methodologies in image-making as well as the notion of fiction in photography, particularly in the current political landscape. 

She has served as the Creative Director of The Caravan, a journal of politics and culture published out of Delhi. She is part of the photo-editorial team of PIX, a South Asian publication and display practice. She works as an independent curator and has been part of the curatorial teams of Photo Kathmandu, Delhi Photo Festival and BredaPhoto 

Her writing on photography has been published in various platforms including Aperture, FOAM and The Caravan. Tanvi has served on multiple juries, including World Press Photo, Chennai Photo Biennale Photo Awards and the Catchlight Global Fellowship. She is currently part of the first international advisory committee of World Press Photo. She has recently been appointed as curator for the Louis Roederer Discovery award for the 2023 edition of Recontres d’Arles 

Tanvi is interested in seeing projects with relevance to politics, society and culture. Medium can be anywhere from traditional documentary to visual research to contemporary/experimental practice, as long as there is a comment on society as well as imagined futures. Not interested in pure aesthetic experiments, fashion or fine art photography.

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Taous Dahmani

Curator & Editor of The Eyes Jounal (UK)

Taous R. Dahmani is a London-based French, British and Algerian art historian, writer and curator specialising in photography. Her projects mainly involve the links between photography and politics. She is an Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication.
Her words can be found in photobooks published by Loose Joints and Chose Commune but also in magazines such as The British Journal of Photography, FOAM, GQ & 1000 Words Magazine. She is a frequent speaker and has appeared at Tate, the Getty Research Institute, the Barbican, Le Bal and La MEP. She recently curated the 2022 Louis Roederer Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles. Dahmani has been the editor of The Eyes jounal since 2019.

Taous is interested in seeing photojournalism, fashion, editorial

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Trish Lambe

Artistic Director/CEO, Photo Museum Ireland (Ireland)

Trish Lambe is the Artistic Director/CEO at Photo Museum Ireland, Ireland’s national centre for contemporary photography. She has overall responsible for exhibition curation, artistic programming and the development of the museum’s artists’ archiving initiative. Her curatorial practice is particularly concerned with social and political issues in Ireland. Recent projects include the Reframing the Border 5-year cross-border programme and the In Our Own Image year-long survey of contemporary practices in Ireland. She was the founder of the Museum’s ongoing Photo Album of the Irish social engagement project which explores vernacular photography from Ireland. She is a nominator for national and international artists awards and commissions.

Trish is interested in all genres of contemporary photography, apart from commercial photography or touristic images.

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Vincent Hasselbach

Researcher & Curator (UK/Bangladesh/ Germany)

Vincent is an anthropologist and curator working on and around photography and archival practices. His work often explores themes of time, memory, and the political imagination. He is based between London, Dhaka, and Berlin.

Recent projects include curating exhibitions at Peckham 24 (2022, 2021), Permanent/Temporary (London Design Festival 2022), Photobook Cafe (2022), Polycopies (2022), and Format International Festival of Photography (2021) amongst others; and convening the talks and public programmes for the 2021 and 2022 editions of Peckham 24, together with Iona Fergusson. He has taught workshops and delivered guest lectures for organisations such as The Photographers’ Gallery and GRAIN Projects; and regularly conducts portfolio reviews.

His AHRC-funded PhD research focuses on the everyday lives of photographic archives and the images they house, and considers their relations to collective memory and narrations of history.

Vincent interested in discussing narrative-driven work, across a range of genres. He is just as interested in ongoing projects as finished ones. Given his dual research/curatorial practice, he is also happy to discuss image/text, research practice in photography, and project development more broadly. Further areas of interest are book projects and independent publishing.


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Vivienne Gamble

Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Peckham 24 Festival (UK)

Vivienne Gamble is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Peckham 24 festival. Established in 2016, Peckham 24 festival of contemporary photography takes place annually during Photo London Week. With a focus on supporting new talent and experimental artists working with photography, the festival creates a vibrant takeover of a number of warehouse and gallery spaces across Copeland Park and the Bussey Building in the heart of Peckham’s artistic scene. Peckham 24 is proud to partner with the South London Gallery and the V&A. In 2023 the V&A launched the Parasol Foundation Prize for Women in Photography in partnership with Peckham 24, bringing an exhibition of the inaugural winners of the prize to Peckham 24 2023. From 2015-2023 Vivienne ran Seen Fifteen Gallery, also in Peckham, Seen Fifteen’s programme was dedicated to contemporary photography, and the most recent curatorial project, The Troubles Generation, considered the legacy and impact of the Northern Irish Troubles on artists who were brought up in the shadow of the conflict. Vivienne lectures in photography and exhibition practice as an Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts, London.

Vivienne is interested in seeing complete bodies of work and projects that are ready for exhibition.

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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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Wang Peiquan

Director, Lishui Photography Festival (China)

Wang is the Director and Curator of Lishui Photography Festival. Lishui Photography Festival is an international photography celebration co-hosted by Lishui Municipal People’s Government and China Photographers Association (CPA). As China’s only photographic celebration named as “photography festival” by the State Council, it has been held for ten consecutive sessions since the year of 2004. The goal of the festival is “to create a well-known city of photography, to expand international exchanges, and to show the charm of Lishui”.

Wang is also the Director of China Photographers Association, a Member of Curator Committee of China Photographers Association.

Lishui have partnered with FORMAT for a number of years and often showcase FORMAT photographers’ work at their festival. Wang will be reviewing with Isabella Xueke Wang who is the Head of the International Department. They will also be joined by a translator.

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Yining He

Independent Writer and Curator (China)

Yining HE is a photographic and visual arts curator based in the UK and China. In curatorial practices, she specializes in uncovering contemporary visual arts practices and weaving them within a dual vision of politics and visual culture.

She has curated more than 50 theme exhibitions for museums, art institutions, and photography festivals across Eurasia, including the 8th Singapore Photography Festival: Future Known as Unpredicted (Emerald Hill, Singapore, 2022), BredaPhoto 2020: China Imagined (Grote Kerk, Breda, the Netherlands, 2020), The Port and the Image (China Port Museum, Ningbo, China, 2022/2019/2017), The Abode of Anamnesis (OCAT Institute, Beijing, 2019), and the 3rd Beijing Photo Biennale: Troubled Intention Ahead (CAFAM, Beijing, China, 2018). She won the OCAT Institute’s inaugural “Research-based Curatorial Project” and the “Curator of the Year Award” Nomination Award of the 14th Award of Art China (AAC), among others.

Yining HE is also a writer and researcher in contemporary Chinese visual arts. Her paper has been published or forthcoming in the New Art Museum Studies (Vol.2, 2023), Photography and Culture (Vol 15, issue 3, 2022), Journal of Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Vol.42, 2021), Photographies (Vol.14-Issue 1, 2021), and OVER Journal (Vol.1, 2020). She has been published widely in Chinese and English, including peer review journals, book chapters, sole-edited books, and exhibition publications as in Routledge Companion to Photography, Representation, and Social Justice (Routledge, 2022), a series of exhibition publications of The Port and the Image (2022/2019/2017), The Abode of Anamnesis (China Nationality Culture Press, 2021), A World Histories of Women Photographers (Thames and Hudson, 2022 /Editions Textual, 2021), Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture (Routledge, 2018) and Photography in the British Classroom (China Nationality Culture Press, 2015), among others. Yining is the editor of Floating Island: Journal of Photography and Visual Culture (Est. 2016) and a member of the peer review panel of OVER Journal and Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.

Yining has published hundreds of articles in art, photography, and visual culture magazines in China and Internationally, including FOAM Magazine, Aperture Photobook Review, IMA, ArtForum, Art World, and China Photography Magazine. Apart from writing, she also devoted herself to translating the history and theory of art and photography books into Chinese. It includes Art and Photography (David Campany ed.), Artists Who Make Books (Andrew Roth, Philip E.Aarons and Claire Lehmann ed.), Photography and Travel (by Graham Smith), Perspectives on Place (by J.A.P. Alexander), The Photobook: A History Volume II and III (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger ed.), among others.

Yining is a London College of Communication, University of the Arts London graduate. She is a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA), Faculty of Arts, Design, and Media at Birmingham City University. Her doctoral research is centered on the decolonial turn of Chinese contemporary art in the post-2008s period, examining the links between decolonial art practices, the impacts of the Colonial Matrix of Power on Chinese histories, and current decolonial discourses. She is an associate lecturer in “MA Photography” at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. And she has been a guest lecturer across art universities in China and the UK, including SOAS University of London, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Xiamen University, Nanjing University, and Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts over the years, to name a few.She

Yining has also worked as a jury member for domestic/international photography and art awards, including the World Press Photo Contest 2023 (NL), OCAT “2022 Research-Based Curatorial Project” (China), 2022/2021 Jimei Arles Curatorial Award of Photography and Moving Image (China), 2021/2020 Photo Vague (Italy), 2019 A New Gaze (Switzerland), 2019 Reference Asia Awards (Korea), 2019 Youth Art 100 (China), Top 20 China Contemporary Photography (China), 2016 New Talent Award (China), FORMAT International Photography Festival Open Award (UK), and Three Shadows Photography Award (China).

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Zelda Cheatle

Independent Editor & Curator (UK)

Zelda Cheatle has a long history of working with photography as art, both in a gallery and museum context. Recent international exhibitions were in Dubai, UAE, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, and in China. The most recent London exhibition was the Photographic Dog Show in 2019 which raised money for many Dog Rescue charities. Zelda has several corporate spaces in London that she organises exhibitions for, is a consultant for the Arts Council,

She is currently curating an exhibition on Neo Pictorialism, called Squaring the Circle. with 8 photographers,  which will open at the RPS in April 2020 before touring Asia and Europe.

Formerly a publisher of photography, she is now working with Hoxton Mini Press on  book about the Photographs that Changed Peoples Lives. Recently a judge of Hanehmuhle Stident Award, a long association with Sony World Photography Awards, a board member of Peckham 24, a trustee of Koester Arts and on the council of the National Gallery of Ireland.

A visiting lecturer at several universities, so far this year,  Westminster, Kingston and LCC. Zelda likes to see a broad range of photography and admires commitment, integrity and depth.

FORMAT International Portfolio Review Bursary

We are pleased to be offering our bursary places once more. This year we have various Bursary places available.

We support and provide adjustments for people with disabilities – if you have a disability and need help with the application process or would like to submit your application in an alternative format please get in touch at submission@formatfestival.com

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FORMAT Portfolio Review Bursaries: 

There are 5 bursaries available – each bursary awardee will receive 3 reviews each.

Deadline for submissions 31 December 2023, 11:59pm GMT. Reviewers will be allocated to the selected bursary awardees based on their portfolio. Successful applicants will be notified by 5 January 2024.

To apply, please fill out the application form

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Scottish Artist Portfolio Review Bursary

We are delighted to announce that Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow and Stills, Edinburugh have teamed up once again to support Scottish Photographers to attend the FORMAT24 Portfolio Review. This year we are offering 10 bursaries to Photographers living in Scotland. Each selected bursary awardee will receive 5 review places each on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March 2024.

Reviewers will be allocated to the selected bursary awardees based on their portfolio.

Deadline for submission 31 December 2023, 11:59pm GMT. Successful applicants will be notified by 12 January 2024.

To apply, please complete the following application form

FORMAT International Portfolio Review Sponsorship 

FORMAT is delighted to be able to offer support for 5 artists through the FORMAT bursary programme, however there are many more people who could benefit from attending the portfolio reviews who may not be able to afford them.

If you would like to sponsor an artist(s) for a place on the portfolio review, please get in touch at info@formatfestival.com with ‘Portfolio Review Sponsorship’ in the subject line.

FORMAT24 Portfolio Awards

The Portfolio Awards will be announced during the Portfolio Award Ceremony on Saturday 23 March at 5.30pm following the online reviews. Winners are chosen throughout the day by special invited guests.

  • FORMAT Portfolio Award – Five day Instagram Takeover of the FORMAT and QUAD Gallery Instagram accounts plus a mentoring session with the FORMAT/QUAD Curatorial Team.
  • GRAIN Projects, FORMAT Portfolio Award – Mentoring session and feature on the GRAIN Instagram page.
  • Shutter Hub Portfolio Prize – 1 years membership of Shutter Hub Work, Feature on Shutter Hub’s blog + Mentoring session with Creative Director
  • John E Wright Award – Awarded to a local photographger the winner will receive £100 worth of fine art / photographic printing from our partner John E Wright.
  • Daylight Award – A digital portfolio feature on the daylightbooks.org website.
  • Genesis Imaging Portfolio Award – £100 credit for photographic or fine art printing / finishing services and a 1:1 mentoring session with @genesis_imaging Creative Director, Mark Foxwell
  • Source Portfolio Award: 1 year’s digital subscription giving access to 100+ back issues of Source Magazine and a mentoring session with the Source Editor. 

FORMAT Festival

FORMAT is the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media. It organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and internationally and welcomes over 100,000+ visitors from all over the world to its biennale.

The biennial festival and off year programmes both celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice and feature everything from major conceptual works, participative projects, documentary photography, mobile phone imagery to the archive and all that falls in between. We are concerned with what is happening now in the scene and beyond, whilst sharing and contributing to it.

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