April – June 2019

Submissions are now being invited for Reclaim Photography Festival 2019

The Festival returns to the West Midlands from April to June 2019. The programme will include responses to our open call: Beauty in Imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility.

We will also be offering displays, events, exhibitions and opportunities, in addition to a special exhibition from our 2018 regional project Windows into Industrial Worlds, in the West Midlands, UK.

Our curators will select a range of images to form a unique gallery exhibition. We will contact these participants separately within twelve weeks of the closing date for further details about submission and exhibition. Funds raised from the gallery exhibition will support the photographers and future festivals.

Beauty in imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility

The aim of this year’s festival is to return to the essence of our Reclaim Photography manifesto, by reclaiming the best in art photography. This year our festival theme is Beauty in imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility.

Wabi Sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional.  Leonard Koren, ‘Wabi Sabi for artists, designers, poets and philosophers’, 2008.

In this year’s open call, the festival sets out to explore the aesthetic value of Wabi Sabi, as described by Koren, by proposing that there is beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanency and incompleteness, thus creating an aesthetic consciousness.

The intangible qualities of  beauty and imperfection assumes a transcendental significance within photography, directing the sensibility of the viewer to look beyond the immediately apparent and to search deeper within oneself for meaning and essence.

Aesthetic consciousness can be explored either through the use of photographic processes and techniques, the photographer’s artistic interpretation, from the subject matter, or by a combination of all three.

Participants are encouraged to respond to this theme through the use of analogue and cameraless photography (including historical and alternative processes) or digital photography (including photo painting, photo-montage and digital printing skills). We hope to attract images in the form of:

 * portraiture – self, individual or group;

* experimental imagery;

* still-life photography – objects or the natural world;

* landscape photography – coastal, rural or urban;

* and documentary photography.

Key words: art, beauty, culture, decay, despondency, emotion, existence, fleeting, fragility, humility, Japan, life, loneliness, melancholy, memory, modesty, nature, object, silence, simplicity, solitude, transience, unconventional and Wabi Sabi.

Please carefully read the rules and application form before submitting your application.
By completing this application form, you have confirmed that you have noted all information for submission, events, exhibitions and project evaluation (subject to change) and read and understood the rules fully.

  • In the message box please include:
  • the type of camera, process and technique used to create your image;
  • the type of print/ media (if chosen for exhibition);
  • your web url and social media address(es)/ handle(s);
  • a short statement (maximum 60 words) about your image(s), project or practice;
  • title each image by: name, age, title, number and year taken.jpg     e.g. JohnDoe-21-Dorset-1-2016.jpg;
  • state if the image is part of a series or not and include the title of the series.
  • Check you have entered all the photographs you want to enter in Reclaim Photography Festival 2019. Although you can enter up to 6 photographs to the festival, all images have to be entered as part of the same application.
  • Entered no more than 6 low resolution images 1500 longest edge, 72 dpi/ppi.
  • Digital images with borders and watermarks not accepted;
  • photographs can be landscape, portrait or square format. Diptychs are counted as 2 images. Triptychs are counted as 3 images.
  • All entries must be received by 17:00 (UK time) Friday 22 February 2019.
  • Successful entrants will be notified of festival exhibition via email within twelve weeks of submission deadline (including information on how to submit prints chosen for exhibition,  and postage and packing, as detailed in the festival rules).

You will not be allowed to enter further photographs after you have completed your entry form, even if you have entered fewer than 6 images.

For portrait photography or images of private or iconic buildings (when the building/land owners require specific permission) please complete the appropriate model/ building release forms. Visit for further details or download the form attached. Selected festival prints will not be accepted without these. Downloadable release forms: Model and buildings release forms For submission of archival images, proof of permission is required by the copyright owner. Please complete a model release form, as proof.

How to upload your images:

  1. To zip each file: place each file on your desk top, right click each file, click on: send to, followed by compressed (zipped folder) for PCs, or right click, click on: compress for MACs.
  2. Please ensure you upload each zipped file separately.
  3. To upload your first image file, click on the red upload button.
  4. Once uploaded,  you will see a green line appear with your image title and an X . If you are not able to see these, your file has not yet uploaded.
  5. Repeat this process to upload each image.
  6. If you send your images in one zipped file the folder will appear blank and we will not be able to accept your submission.
  7. Remember to tick you have agreed the rules and submit your entry.
  8. A cog will turn until the submission has successfully uploaded.
  9. When the cog stops, there will be a slight delay before you receive a thank you confirmation on screen.
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Phone NumberYour daytime phone number
AddressStreet line 1
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CityYour city
State/ProvinceYour county
Zip/Post Codeyour post code
CountryYour Country
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How did you hear about Reclaim Photography Festival?
Name of Institution or Organisation:Institution you are part of
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Subject Specialism(portraiture, landscape, still-life, documentary, photo journalism, experimental imagery, other)
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