Rules & FAQ



    • 4 reviews – £100
    • 6 reviews – £150
    • 8 reviews – £200



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 online.


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 20 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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18 & 31 MARCH 2023

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FORMAT Portfolio Review

The FORMAT Portfolio Review is returning in 2023. It will take place in person on Saturday 18th March and online Friday 31st March. Reviewers will be updated in February 2023. Bookings will go on sale in February 2023. For up to date information please join our Facebook page. To join our mailing list please visit our website.

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 12 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.


Reviewers to be confirmed soon!

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Alasdair Foster

Writer, Curator, Academic & Publisher, Australia

Working globally, Dr Alasdair is a writer, curator, academic and publisher of the online photography resource Talking Pictures. He was previously founding director of Fotofeis, the international festival of photo-based art in Scotland (1991–1997), director of the Australian Centre for Photography (1998–2011), editor of ‘Photofile’ magazine, and president of the Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia.

Until he retired in 2022, he was Professor of Culture in Community Wellbeing in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, and an adjunct professor in the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne.  

 Alasdair is interested in viewing work with a clear sense of purpose and a strong personal signature that seeks to communicate out into the world rather than simply express purely personal concerns. 

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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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Anna Kućma

Director, FOTEA Foundation and Uganda Press Photo Award, Uganda

Anna is the director of FOTEA and the Uganda Press Photo Awards, a unique educational photography platform and annual competitions for East African photojournalists and photographers. She also works as a Photo and Web editor at ZAM Magazine. 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 initiatives including the Joop Swart Masterclass, CAP Prize, FORMAT, Belfast Photo Festivals and Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards. She is based between Kampala and The Hague.  

Anna is open-minded but particularly interested in work originating from or engaging with the African continent and its diaspora. She’s also keen on seeing work responding to topics of resistance, authoritarianism, marginalized communities and diverse viewpoints. 

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Anne Nwakalor

Founding Editor, No! Wahala Magazine, UK

Anne Nwakalor is the Founding Editor of No! Wahala Magazine, one of Africa’s first-ever contemporary photography magazine dedicated to showcasing authentic visual stories told by African creatives. She is also a Photo Editor and presently works as a Communication Expert within the development space in the UK and Nigeria.

Anne is interested in conceptual work and work that represents ancestral history and representation.

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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. 

Phoo by Benita Nnenna Nnachortam

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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 Stradiņš 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, Kate Davis, Margaret Watkins, kennardphillipps, Lewis Baltz, Andres Serrano, 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.

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 Flannery O’Kafka

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Cindy Sissokho

Curator, New Art Exchange, UK

Cindy is a Curator, Cultural Producer and Writer currently based in Nottingham, UK.

She studied Communication, Media & Cultural Mediation at University Paris 8, France (2014), including a fully funded year Erasmus studying at Panteion University in Athens, Greece. She also did a Master’s in Cultural Events Management (2015) at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

She is the Curator and Special Projects Producer at the New Art Exchange, the largest contemporary art space in the UK focusing on underrepresented practices in the arts.

Cindy previously worked at Nottingham Contemporary in the Exhibitions and Public Programmes departments (2017-2018). She is also part of a Nottingham-based collective, SheAfriq, a group of creative Black women that programme a diverse range of events in and out of institutions to reclaim their space within the city.

Photo Credit: Richard Chung

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Claire Wearn

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

Claire is Festival Director at Photo Fringe, co-director of Corridor and independent curator and producer. Committed to supporting lens-based artists and curators especially amplifying those voices from the fringe, Claire is particularly excited by creating new ways to connect artists with audiences and co-producing unique encounters in unexpected spaces. 
Projects include: Photo Fringe 2022: Real Utopias; @fleshandblood___ (ongoing); Days of Wonder (2022); Altered (2021); Photo Fringe (2020); In Focus with Anna Farley (2019); Peckham 24 (Photoworks, 2019); Brighton Photo Biennial (2018); two editions of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards (Photoworks, 2017-19); Brighton Photo Fringe (2016); HOUSE Biennial (2014 – 2017); Ex-offenders with David Goldblatt (Multistory, 2012-2013); Pictures from America: Rochester (Magnum, 2012); Open for Business (Multistory and Magnum Photos, 2011-2012); Black Country Stories with Martin Parr (Multistory, 2011-2014); various at The Public (2003-2008); Radio:Active Handsworth (2002).

Photo by Zoltan Borovics.

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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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Coşar Kulaksız

Founder, DIFOART Gallery, Qatar / Turkey

 Coşar was born in Ankara, Turkey and graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, majoring in economics. Since 2004 he has been the partner of DIFOART, Digital Photography Labs in Istanbul and later he founded DIFOART Gallery, a system to sell limited edition photographs. In late 2022 DIFOART opened his first international gallery and branch in Doha, Qatar. 

In 2005 he completed his master’s degree at Marmara University Fine Art Faculty with the thesis “The Contemporary Photography Schools and Movements in Europe”. He finished his post-graduate education in 2010 at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts Photography Department on his thesis “The Transformation that the Technology Causes Over the Photographic Art”.  

He became a member of IFSAK, the oldest and largest photography association in Turkey in 2001 and he served as vice-president in 2003 and 2004.  He participated to the organization committee of Photography Days Festival of IFSAK in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He served as a coordinator for international relations and participated to the curation team of the Istanbul Photography Festival between 2016-2017. 

In 2002 he won the first prize in the National Orhan Holding Photography contest. Since 2015 he has been the photography director of FOLKART Gallery. He has curated 50 independent exhibitions 50 exhibitions in Turkey and 1 in Sweden (including Yıldız Moran – Timeless Photographs at Pera Museum) and served as consultant for many art and photography projects. In 2017 he was appointed as a guest curator at DIPE, in China which is one the of the biggest Photography Biennials in the world.  

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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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Erik Vroons

Editor-at-large, GUP Magazine, Netherlands

Erik Vroons is Editor-at-large for GUP, the international platform for creative contemporary photography, and as Chief editor for the print edition of GUP Magazine. He is currently also an independent writer, editor, mentor, researcher’ in the broad and ever expanding field of photography/ visual storytelling. Furthermore, since 2012, he is closely involved with the production of, and the selection procedure for, the annual catalog GUP New (previously titled New Dutch Photography Talent) and its European version, Fresh Eyes since 2019. In recent years, he also initiates exhibitions with emerging artists based in The Netherlands, in the form of group shows at festivals and galleries around the world (e.g. Artsalon Taipei/2017; BredaPhoto/ 2018 and Paraty em Foco, Brazil/2018).

As a freelance writer/critic Erik has also contributed texts to several other international print magazines (e.g. British Journal of Photography, 1000Words, Archivo) and blogs (e.g, World Press Photo’s ‘Witness’). He is closely involved in the editing of various photobooks and contributes essays to several monographies. His collaborations within projects by award-winning photographers also include elements of research and curatorial conceptualization.

As a freelancer, Erik is furthermore active for World Press Photo (leading a fact-checking team for the annual awards) and several Dutch organizations concerned with the stimulation of photography. He is also a mentor in the field of creative authorship and the development of (documentary) projects, in the form of workshops. He is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and holds an MA in Photographic Studies (University Leiden) and an MA in Media Studies (University of Amsterdam).

Erik is looking forward to seeing the kind of photography which demonstrates smart and original approached to art- and documentary related subjects, by means of creative and convincing artistic authorship.

Photo by Kees Rijken 

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Francesca Marani

Visual Editor, Global PhotoVogue, Italy

Francesca is the Visual Editor of Global PhotoVogue and co-curator of PhotoVogue Festival (2016-2022), the first conscious fashion photography festival dedicated to the common ground between ethics and aesthetics.

In 2018, she curated a series of talks on contemporary photography for the Affordable Art Fair (Milan), co-curated the exhibition “Italian Panorama” at Armani/Silos (Milan), and was a juror of the Ooshot Award (Paris). She was a portfolio reviewer of the Blink Portfolio Review (New York, 2018-2019), juror of Photolucida’s Critical Mass (2018-2022) and Fresh Eyes (2019-2021). In 2019 she took part in “Scouting for India” (Mumbai), Vogue Talents’ project in collaboration with FAD International Academy, co-curated the photography exhibition “Future Shock” (Milan) and was guest editor of Personne magazine (ISSUE 02).

In 2020 she was a juror of the PHmuseum 2020 Mobile Photo Prize, Photoville FENCE and did portfolio reviews for Eddie Adams Portfolio Review, Perimetro Collective Review and Italy Photo Award. In 2021 she was a member of the jury of LensCulture Portrait Awards and did portfolio reviews for Fotografia Europea – Reggio Emilia, SI Fest – Savignano sul Rubicone, Eddie Adams Workshop and PhMuseum Days.

Francesca regularly collaborates with several photography festivals and schools as portfolio reviewer and lecturer.

As art director she has curated advertising campaigns for Benetton, Huawei, Yuzen and special projects for Off-White, Audi, Diesel, Dyson, Mazda, Martini, Natuzzi, Regione Puglia, Sensai, Xiaomi.

Francesca would like to see reportage work.

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Franek Ammer

Curator, International Festival of Photography, Fotofestiwal in Lodz, 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 interested in wide range of fine art, documentary photography and mixed-media work. I would be happy to review unpublished photobooks and give advices on editing, sequence and design. I am always looking for young or emerging photographic talents for possible future collaborations. Please no commercial portfolios, architecture or nude-photography.

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Gemma Padley

Freelance Writer and Editor, UK

Gemma Padley is a writer and editor on photography. She has written for British Journal of Photography, the RPS Journal,, Elephant magazine, Photomonitor, Foam, The Telegraph, Time LightBox, the BBC, Port and 1000 Words, among others. Gemma has also written and contributed to several books on photography, among them, Look At This If You Love Great Photography (Ivy Press, 2021), Into The Wild (Laurence King, 2021), Joel Meyerowitz: How I Make Photographs (Laurence King, 2020) and 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die (Cassell, 2017). She is currently working on a book with Hoxton Mini Press due for release in spring 2022. Her most recent publication is New Photography of the Bird published by Hoxton Mini Press. 

Gemma also works directly with photographers, artists, curators, gallerists and agencies on texts of all kinds, including forewords, wall texts, image captions, website copy, project statements, biographies and essays. She is particularly interested in innovative approaches to documentary and fashion photography, as well as work that exists at the intersection between these genres. Projects on environmental issues and sustainability are also of interest. In addition, Gemma enjoys discussing how images and text can be used in imaginative, immersive ways, whether on a digital platform, in book form or in a physical exhibition space. 

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Giovanni Okot

Photographer & Graphic Designer, Uganda

**Gionanni will be reviewing with Stella Nantongo**

Giovanni is a Ugandan self-taught photographer and graphic designer based in Kampala, Uganda. A die-hard traveler and coffee connoisseur, his work evolves around commercial portraiture, documentary and travel photography. Giovanni has worked with the Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) as a judge for their Young Photographer Award and a mentor with the Emerging Photographer Mentorship program.

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Holly Roussell

Independent Curator, China & Switzerland

Holly Roussell is a curator, museologist, and art historian specialising in photography and contemporary art from East Asia based between Switzerland and China. Since 2021, she is a curator with the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. Roussell previously served as coordinator of both the worldwide travelling exhibitions program for the Musée de l’Elysée and the photography prize, the Prix Elysée, from 2013-2017.

Since 2013, Roussell has worked as an independent curator organizing more than 20 group and solo exhibitions for festivals, biennale, and museums around the world such as: Folkwang Museum, DE; MUCEM, Marseille, FR; Les Rencontres d’Arles, FR;  Somerset House, London, UK; NGV Melbourne, AUS; Lianzhou Photography Festival, CN; Shanghai Centre of Photography, CN; Auckland Art Gallery, NZ; Fotografiska, USA/SE; MMCA: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, SK and other venues. Recently in China, Roussell notably co-curated the major group travelling exhibition, “Civilization: The Way We Live Now”, exhibited at UCCA in 2018, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale (OCT-Loft Shenzhen, 2018), as well as “Stars 1979” with Dr. Wu Hung (OCAT Research Institute, 2020). She has contributed as author to a number of exhibition catalogues, artist books and international publications on photography. Presently, she is collaborating with Pixy Liao on the artist’s first museum solo exhibition tour with Fotografiska. In 2022, Roussell will join the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea as International Curatorial Researcher in residence.

A note to artists: As a curator and museum professional, I consider portfolio reviews a crucial moment to meet photographers and connect with individuals beyond one’s own network. I am excited to meet with artists at all career stages. Please feel free to approach our review as a first meeting and virtual studio visit, or, as an opportunity to bounce around ideas together in a concrete manner about a series edit, potential installation or publication.

Photo by Eugene Hyland.

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Izabela Radwanska Zhang

Editor, British Journal of Photography & Editorial Director, 1854 Media, UK

Izabela  is a writer and editor based in London, and of Chinese-Polish heritage. She is the Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of Photography and Editorial Director of 1854 Media. Her words have appeared in Disegno and Press Association among others and she is a guest lecturer and speaker on photography and publishing in various UK-based universities. She has appeared on a number of international photography festival juries and portfolio reviewing panels. Prior to this, she completed a MA in Magazine Journalism at City University, London, and more recently acquired a Postgraduate Certificate in Graphic Design at London College of Communication.

She is interested in personal projects with a strong narrative, within the spheres of documentary, conceptual, fine art, landscape, portraiture and everything in between. Izabela won’t be much help for those looking for advice on commercial work, technical improvement and/or fashion and studio photography. 

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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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Jens Friis

Independent Curator & Publisher, KATALOG – Journal of Photography & Video, Denmark

Jens Friis (MA, History of Photographic Art) was curator in charge of the photographic collection of Museet for Fotokunst, Odense (Denmark) as well as the artistic co-director of the photo festival initiated by same museum from 2003-2016. During this period he was also the editor of the bilingual and internationally recognized journal KATALOG, which he has continued personally since 2015. Now in its 33rd year with an editorial “flexi-board”, contributors and subscribers from all over the world, KATALOG is also an international platform for projects such as Nordic Photo Festival Network, the Creative Europe partnership Parallel and most recently the international Fast Forward – Women in Photography launched at Paris Photo and Tate Modern in 2019. KATALOG has cooperated with the festivals in Cardiff, Glasgow, Houston, Landskrona, Lisbon, e.a. As an author, he has written numerous articles for KATALOG, other journals and several introductions. He has contributed to anthologies i.e. Danish Photographic History (2004) and The History of European Photography 1970-2000 (2016). Aiding the advancement of new talents, he has served on international nominating committees for awards such as Photo Lucida (Seattle), Voies Off (Arles), Kolga Tbilisi (Georgia) as well as on the advisory committee of the Spanish magazine EXIT.

He is interested in all types of photographic art. Since his debut as a portfolio reviewer at FotoFest in 2004, he has participated in more than 70 festivals and seminars sharing his knowledge, advice and connections, but also gathering valuable material for exhibitions and future issues of the journal.

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Joanne Junga Yang

Artistic Director, Korea International Photo Festival (KIPF), South Korea

Joanne  is an artistic director, curator, juror, lecturer, portfolio reviewer and writer in the field of photography, working within a wide range internationally. 

Joanne is the artistic director of Korea International Photo Festival (KIPF) which has been held at Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea since 2018, and is also the director and curator of Y&G Art Global contemporary project, collaborating with galleries, magazines and private museums on curating and collecting. She has organized and curated a variety of exhibitions on contemporary art and photography, such as Dong Gang International Photography Festival, Seoul Photo Festival and many more. She received The Art and Culture Award for Curating of the Seoul Photo Festival (2011) from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and she was appointed as Director of the International Committee by the Seoul Metropolitan City Government. Joanne is author of many articles on photography, and has interviewed international artists for such diverse magazines as Korea Monthly Photography, PhotoDot, Monthly PhotoArt, Art Now and more. 

Joanne is most interested in viewing contemporary and developed bodies of work covering diverse issues. She is not interested in reviewing commercial photography. 

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Jodi Kwok

Assistant Curator, QUAD, UK

Jodi Kwok is a curator based in Derby and Hong Kong. She is currently the assistant curator at QUAD. She has been working on the Future Focus Exhibition, exhibiting 7 graduates’ work in different artistic disciplines from UK based BA Degree courses who graduated in 2020 and 2021 and De’Anne Crooks solo exhibition Seeking in the QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces. She did a placement at Open Eye Gallery, working on the ‘A Portrait Of…” exhibition, the Look Photo Biennial 2019 and the Visual Right exhibition. Prior to this, she completed a MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of Leicester and a BA in Media and Communication at the University of Sussex.

Jodi is mainly responsible for the Extra Gallery Spaces at QUAD, and is interested in exploring early-career artists to exhibit their works in the space. Since graduating, she has taken an interest in analysing and researching blockbuster exhibitions, interested in the sociopolitical related exhibition and the mixture of cultural and digital artworks because of her background.

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John Duncan

Editor of SOURCE Magazine and Photographer, Northern Ireland

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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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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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 Cian Oba-Smith’s Andover & Six Acres, Sadie Catt’s Woodstock and the forthcoming Harrowdown Hill 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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Louise Fedotov-Clements

Co-Founder & Patron, FORMAT Festival & Curator of Contemporary Art, Forestry England, UK

Currently Louise leads a national and international contemporary arts and photography programme across 1500 forests, working at the forefront of the global climate crisis and exploring the vital intersection between art, science and biodiversity, at Forestry England, including Earth Photo. Previously Louise was Artistic Director of QUAD, a center for contemporary art and film for 20 years. Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival for 18 years, which she co-founded in 2004, currently Patron of FORMAT. 

An independent curator since 1998 directing commissions, publications, performances and exhibitions. A Guest Curator for international exhibitions/festivals including Dong Gang (Yeongwol) South Korea; Photoquai Biennale Musée du quai Branly Paris; Les Rencontres Arles, Discoveries; Dali Photo, China; Venice Biennale EM15; Photo Beijing, and LishuiPhoto China; Korea International Photo Festival.  An international award nominator, she has also contributed to numerous publications as producer/writer/editor and a regular juror, portfolio reviewer, speaker in Europe, America, Africa & Asia. 

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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 Purkyně 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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Meredith Breech

Exhibitions Manager, Fotografiska New York

**Meredith will be reviewing with Phoebe Weinstein**

Meredith studied media, culture, and the arts at The King’s College, and worked for an international fine art gallery for years before joining Fotografiska New York’s exhibition team. With a fine arts background, Meredith approaches photography through a multidisciplinary lens, seeking to tell new stories and reveal fresh perspectives. Some of the most notable exhibitions she’s curated are ONYX by photographer Adrienne Raquel, prepare my heart by multidisciplinary artist Kia LaBeija, and Milked in Africa by photographer Tony Gum.  

Fotografiska New York is the NYC location of the renowned Stockholm-based museum for the world’s best photography. Founded in 2010, Fotografiska was built on the foundation of photography as a haven for inclusivity and free expression. 

Interested in artists with a unique narrative or conceptual approach, a strong visual style, and timely point of view. Also interested in seeing work from artists with an expansive photographic practice that spans mediums and disciplines. Not interested in commercial work. 

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Michael Itkoff

Cofounder, Daylight Books. USA

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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Michael Sargeant

Creative Producer, Magnum Photos, UK

Michael Sargeant is a creative producer living and working in London, UK. He is interested in seeing photographic projects that are in-development and whose authors are seeking advice or guidance.

Since 2018, he has spearheaded Magnum Photos’ video-on-demand education programme, Magnum Learn, and works to produce a variety of video content for the agency. Projects include courses led by Alec SothGregory HalpernBieke DepoorterMatt Black and Jonas Bendiksen, as well as a group course focused on street photography with contributions from Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden, Susan Meiselas, Mark Power, amongst others.

Outside of Magnum, Michael regularly works and mentors emerging creative talent through workshops, portfolio reviews and lectures, as well as curating exhibitions and commissioning projects for a variety of institutions.

Image Credit: The Sebah Chaudhry

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Michael Weir

CEO, Belfast Photo Festival, UK

Michael has been CEO of the Belfast Photo Festival for thirteen years, and initiated as well as curated numerous commissions on exhibitions of contemporary art with a particular focus on photography. He curates a varied programme of artist talks, symposiums, residencies, workshops, films and exhibitions per year, which has previously included artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Alec Soth, Roger Ballen and Robert Mapplethorpe. He nominates and judges for a number of international awards, including the ICP Infinity Awards (New York) and SIFEST (Bologna), as well as reviews internationally.


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Mohamed Somji

Director of Gulf Photo Plus, UAE

Mohamed is the Director of Gulf Photo Plus (GPP), a Dubai-based gallery and community organization cultivating visual practices in photography in the UAE, and across the wider MENASA region since 2004. As part of GPP’s commitment to developing visual and critical literacy, the organization engages the community with regular educational and art programming, and for a number of years hosted an annual photography festival that draws international attendance and showcases the world’s preeminent talent in photography. Mohamed is a co-curator of the bi-annual Breda Photo Festival in the Netherlands, and has served as a jury member for various visual arts initiatives notably the prestigious Arab Documentary Photography Program. Mohamed’s pedagogical expertise is broad, from teaching varied photography workshops and designing photo walk experiences across the UAE, to conducting portfolio reviews for Canon’s Student Development program, and leading a capacity building mentorship program for students in the Emirates with Warehouse421, a multidisciplinary arts organisation based in Abu Dhabi.

Mohamed is also the owner and founder of Seeing Things, a photo and video production studio employing a team of talented in-house artists who work primarily on art & culture projects. Our clients include Louvre Abu Dhabi, Alserkal Avenue, Jameel Arts Center, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, among other regional industry leaders.

He is interested in seeing works that have to do with sociopolitical issues, work by photographers from minority and working class backgrounds.

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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.

Photo by Carlos Alba.



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Natan Dvir

Associate Director, International Centre of Photography, USA & Israel

Natan Dvir is an educator, artist, and editorial photographer. 

He became the Associate Director of Part-Time Programs at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York in 2022 after teaching at ICP since 2011. In his role, Natan is in charge of designing and managing creative and flexible programs for American and international students to develop their practice while studying with some of the world’s most accomplished and innovative practitioners. His personal teaching focuses on conceptual documentary, street photography, editing & sequencing, and professional best practices.  

Natan received his MBA from Tel Aviv University and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is Israel’s first Sony Imaging Ambassador and is represented by Polaris Images agency and Anastasia Photo gallery. His award-winning work was exhibited and published extensively during the past 20 years by museums, festivals, and leading magazines around the world. 

Natan is open to review all themes and photographic genres, but is most interested in long-term projects (finalized or in progress) demonstrating a strong relationship between concept and imagery.  

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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, 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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Peter Bonnell

Senior Curator, QUAD & FORMAT, UK

Peter Bonnell is a Senior Curator based at QUAD in Derby and has been a member of the curatorial team for FORMAT International Photography Festival since 2013, also working on festival iterations in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021 – producing many projects across various sites, including exhibitions by artists such as Lottie Davies, Kensuke Koike and Brian Griffin, and curators Hester Keijser, Lars Willumeit and Marina Paulenka. He has been a professional Curator for more than 17 years and has curated, managed and produced close to 200 exhibitions across wide-ranging media including numerous commissions, residencies, publications and touring projects.

Peter is newly diagnosed as neurodivergent, with a specific focus on Autistic creatives, and prior to embarking on a career as a curator he was a practising visual artist exhibiting work in the UK, across Europe and in the US. Peter has been based at QUAD since early 2012 where he has led on a range of projects, including the mass participation film work Derby Soap Opera with the artist and filmmaker Marinella Senatore involving almost 15,000 Derby Residents; group exhibitions Illuminated; The Pride and the Passion: Contemporary Art, Football and The Derby County Collection and the AI/ robot themed exhibition Our Friends Electric. Solo shows he has curated/ organised at QUAD include significant projects by Lindsay Seers; Benedict Drew; susan pui san lok; Susan MacWilliam, and Joey HolderHe has also managed and curated a number of digitally focused projects at QUAD – including the immersive AR gallery-based game-experience Glitched: Quest for the Lost MacGuffin; the interactive installation What a Loving and Beautiful World by Japanese digital art collective teamLab; the digital installation Line Segment Space by Korean based Kimchi and Chips, a new VR commission by the American artist and digital art pioneer Rebecca Allen, and most recently the video-game interactive exhibition Haunting Alongside Our Shadows by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley.

Before this, Peter was Curator at ArtSway, in the New Forest, where he was responsible for the exhibitions, residency and commissioning programmes and the education programme, working on significant exhibitions. In addition, Peter co-curated along with ArtSway Director Mark Segal the New Forest Pavilion at the 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 Venice Biennales.

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Phoebe Weinstein

Exhibitions Manager, Fotografiska New York, USA

**Phoebe will be reviewing with Meredith Breech**

Phoebe was raised in London and educated in New York at Parsons School of Design. With a background in film and photography, Phoebe is interested in the power of storytelling through still and moving imagery.  

She is an Exhibitions Manager at Fotografiska New York. Fotografiska New York is the NYC location of the renowned Stockholm-based museum for the world’s best photography. Founded in 2010, Fotografiska was built on the foundation of photography as a haven for inclusivity and free expression. 

Interested in artists with a unique narrative or conceptual approach, a strong visual style, and timely point of view. Also interested in seeing work from artists with an expansive photographic practice that spans mediums and disciplines. Not interested in commercial work.

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Ricardo Reverón Blanco

Assistant Curator, Photoworks, UK

Ricardo is a Spanish writer, curator, and arts researcher. He is the co-founder of UnderExposed, a photography platform and collective dedicated to encouraging artistic collaboration.

Having graduated from The University of Sussex with a First-Class degree in English Literature and a Distinction in Art History & Museum Curating, Ricardo now works for Photoworks as Assistant Curator. Previous work includes positions at Fabrica Gallery, The Tower of London, Diep-Haven, The De La Warr Pavilion, the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and being the Deputy Director of Socially Engaged Art Salon where he curated The Force of Fantasy in 2019. His writing has been featured in Photomonitor, Typical Girls, the Photoworks Annual and he is an ongoing contributor for Photography+. During Peckham 24 (2021) he was contracted as production manager for Light where under the guidance of Monica Allende, supported the delivery of the exhibition and its catalogue; designed by Sarah Boris and printed by Mörel.

Ricardo is particularly interested in conceptual photography, experimental photographic processes, queer photography and portraiture.


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Sarah Gilbert

Features Picture Editor, Guardian News & Media, UK

Sarah Gilbert is a photo editor at the Guardian with specific responsibility for features. She spent the previous three years based in NYC as the US picture editor, and is highly experienced in commissioning and producing all types of photo shoots including portraits, news, reportage, fashion and lifestyle across print and digital platforms.

Previously she was a freelance editor working with various publications and a stint as picture editor for Conde Nast.

Sarah’s specific areas of interest are reportage and projects based around reportage, social issues, and above all, human stories.

She is NOT interested in fashion or fine art photography.

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Stella Nantongo

Programme Coordinator, Uganda Press Photo Award, Uganda

**Stella will be reviewing with Giovanni Okot**

Stella is the programme coordinator at the Uganda Press Photo Award, where she manages the Awards and oversees a busy calendar of talks, workshops and discussions.

As part of this role she also collaborates with the FOTEA Foundation, which is the organiser of the UPPA, and oversees the Award’s integration with FOTEA’s broader educational programme and its strategic aims.

As well as her role with UPPA, Stella has assisted in the production of independent photography exhibitions as well as grants and other activities. She also occasionally serves as a reviewer for photography competitions such as Market Photo Workshop’s JUSTPHOTO contest.

A former magazine employee, Stella is passionate about helping emerging photographers in Uganda and the broader region to expand their technical skills and broaden their understanding of the medium in order to tell better stories.She believes that continued learning and conversations around photography is key to giving diverse voices a role in shaping the region’s socio-economic and political discourse.

Stella and Anna are open-minded but particularly interested in work originating from or engaging with the African continent. They are also keen on seeing work responding to topics of resistance, authoritarianism, marginalized communities and diverse viewpoints.

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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 Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham City 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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Steven Evans

Executive Director, Fotofest International, USA

Steven is a curator, writer, artist and executive director of the award-winning arts organization FotoFest, based in Houston, Texas. FotoFest created the first and longest running international biennial of photography and lens-based art in the U.S. He is responsible for the artistic direction of FotoFest, its exhibitions, programs, and Biennial. Among many exhibitions organized for FotoFest and other venues, Steven co-curated the FotoFest Biennial 2022 central exhibition “If I Had a Hammer”, the FotoFest Biennial 2018 central exhibition “India: Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art” and the FotoFest Biennial 2016 central exhibition “Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet.” He co-edited the related hardcover books “If I Had a Hammer,” “INDIA,” and “Changing Circumstances,” as well as recent FotoFest publications “Velvet Generation” (2019) and “African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other” (2020).

He represents FotoFest at photography events around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, and South Korea. Prior to FotoFest, Evans worked with a wide range of artists and collaborators in New York and San Antonio, Texas. His curatorial work incorporates a range of approaches with a focus on photography, moving image, and new media art.

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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Tanvi Mishra

Independent Curator, Writer & Photo Editor, 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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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. 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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Varun Nayar

Assistant Editor, Aperture Magazine, USA

Varun is an editor and researcher with an interest in photography’s global and postcolonial histories. He’s currently based in New York, where he’s the assistant editor at Aperture magazine. Varun was previously with the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), Bengaluru, where he worked closely with the photography department and served as the lead editor of the museum’s multidisciplinary Indian art encyclopedia project. His writing has appeared in FOAM, Words Without Borders, Himal Southasian, National Geographic, and Pacific Standard, among other catalogues and books, including, most recently, a volume exploring the photographic practice of the Indian modernist Jyoti Bhatt. 

He is open to seeing a range of portfolios, but does have a particular interest in work that has a strong narrative framework, where the intention, approach, and perspective is somewhat clear. Due to his background, he could potentially also be a helpful resource for photographers working within/from the South Asian context.   

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Vincent Hasselbach

Researcher & Curator, UK

Vincent is a researcher and curator focusing on photographic and archival practices, particularly in and from South Asia. His work is rooted in collaborative practices, centring process alongside outcome and mobilising the exhibition form to explore complex and multi-layered narratives.

He won the FORMAT Festival Open Call Award in 2021, with a curated group exhibition entitled COLLABORATION > CONTROL; and curated the Archive of Public Protests and Turbine Bagh exhibitions for the 2021 edition of Peckham 24 together with Iona Fergusson, with whom he also convened the festival’s talks and events programme. For the 2022 edition of Peckham 24, he curated Rohit Saha’s 1528, as well as the talks programme, again in collaboration with Iona Fergusson. Subsequent projects include a group exhibition curated with ZONE 6 Press for London Design Festival, and a presentation of Offset Projects’ Guftgu publication at Photobook Cafe.

Vincent is a MPhil/PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UCL, where his research focuses on  archival and museological strategies, looking at their relationships to collective memory and narrations of history. His research is fully funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (AHRC).

Vincent is interested in discussing projects that have a clear sense of narrative. He is interested in seeing work across a range of genres. He is just as interested in ongoing work-in-progress projects as finished ones. Given his dual research/curatorial focus, he is also happy to discuss image/text, research practice in photography, and project development more broadly. A further area of interest is book projects and independent publishing.

Photo by Munem Wasif.

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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 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 organizations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organizations, festivals, and events. 
She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-founder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold which is a curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities. In addition to the RPS in Tokyo, in November of 2020, she established a new RPS offshoot “PAPEROLES” in Kyoto and will lead a full-fledged activity. 

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 – £


    • 6 reviews – £


    • 8 reviews – £


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



FORMAT International Portfolio Review Bursary

We are conscious of the inequalities that exist within society, therefore the FORMAT International Portfolio Review Bursaries aim to encourage and support participation from people worldwide who are from a lower socio-economic background or an underrepresented identity. We have bursaries available for 5 artists from underrepresented backgrounds to attend the online portfolio revoew. 

To apply and for more information send an email titled ‘FORMAT Bursary’ to Seb at

And please provide the following information:


1. Name
2. Contact Number
2. How you would benefit from this bursary? (max 100 words)
3. Information about/weblinks to recent work (max 200 words)
4. Please list 20 reviewers you would like to see from the online reviewer list, in the order you would like to see them, and we will try our best to allocate your reviews with them. The reviewer list will be finalised by 3rd February 2023. Please apply after this date.

Deadline: 6th February 2022

We will offer 5 artists, 5 reviews each on 31st March. You must be available on these dates. The reviews will be allocated by the FORMAT team. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.  Underrepresented groups include people who identify as: Black, Asian, ethnically diverse, LGBTQI+, neuro-diverse, disabled, those who face gender or age discrimination and individuals from a lower socio-economic background or from another underrepresented identity.

Scottish Artists Portfolio Review Bursary

Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow and Stills, Edinburgh have teamed up to support Scottish photographers and are offering 7 bursaries to support artists living in Scotland. 5 bursaries will be available for artists attending online, and two bursaries for attending the in-person portfolio review on 18th March.

To apply, send an email titled ‘FORMAT Scottish Bursary’ to Seb at and include the following information:


1. Name
2. Contact Number
2. How you would benefit from this bursary? (max 100 words)
3. Information about/weblinks to recent work (max 200 words)
5. Would you like to attend the in-person review or online review, or be considered for both? Please list your preference.
4. Please list 20 reviewers you would like to see (from each reviewer list, if you would like to be considered for both) in the order you would like to see them, and we will try our best to allocate your reviews with them.
The reviewer list will be finalised by 3rd February 2023. Please apply after this date.

Deadline: 6th February 2022

We will offer 5 artists, 5 reviews on 31st March, and 2 artists 5 reviews on 18th March, in person in Derby. FORMAT will also pay for your travel and 2 nights accommodation in Derby. You must be available on these dates. The reviews will be allocated by the FORMAT team. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.

FORMAT 23 Awards Night

The Portfolio Awards will take place ONLINE between 4.30pm - 5pm, after the review. Winners are chosen throughout the days and by special invited guests.

Award Winner
Every Attendant
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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FORMAT Patron Award - FORMAT Patron Brian Griffin will look through and select his favourite portfolio
FORMAT Festival Shutter Hub Portfolio Prize 2021 - 1 years membership of Shutter Hub Work featured on Shutter Hub’s blog + Mentoring session with Creative Director
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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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The Moth House Artistic Practice Support Award - Edgar Martins will offer career guidance, portfolio reviews and mentoring to an emerging artist.
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Spectrum Portfolio Award - £1200 + VAT worth of printing
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FORMAT Lishui Photography Festival Special Exhibition Award - exhibition at Lishui Photo Festival

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.