We are proud to announce details of our RPF17 professional awards.

Reclaim Photography Festival is proud to announce British artist Richard Billingham as Festival Adjudicator for RPF17: Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes.

Our team of Festival curators will work with Richard to select thirty prints for our touring gallery exhibition hosted by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 6-21 May 2017 and Wolverhampton Art Gallery 23 May – 7 June 2017.

Awards for our gallery exhibitors include:

  • exhibition alongside internationally renowned photographers;
  • exhibition exposure in two main city galleries;
  • inclusion in exhibition marketing and promotion campaign;
  • inclusion in BLUR Magazine*.

Reclaim Photography Festival has invited experts within the field of photography to assist with individual award selection. Our RPF17 jurors will offer awards to at least three gallery exhibitors, including our Volunteers’ Favourite. These include:

  • Exhibition award – solo exhibition at Argentea Gallery, Birmingham’s newest contemporary photography gallery dedicated to showing the very best in contemporary photography from both British and international artists.
  • Professional experience award – spend the day at the studio of celebrated British portrait and fashion photographer Rankin. Exclusively available for a photographer aged between 18-25 years.
  • Years free RPS membership – free membership for one year to the prestigious Royal Photographic Society.
  • Work experience award – work experience on a photographic shoot in 2017, with Multistory.

Festival Adjudicator

Richard Billinghamwww.anthonyreynolds.com British artist working in photography and film, concerned mainly with human relationships and the landscape. Work in public collections includes the V&A and Tate Galleries in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and San Francisco MOMA.

Festival Jury

Jennie Andersonargenteagallery.com Director of Argentea Gallery, Birmingham. Argentea is a new gallery dedicated to showing the very best contemporary photography from both British and international artists. Argentea’s aim is to support the careers of both emerging and established artists by promoting an awareness and appreciation of contemporary photography and by providing a platform where ideas and practices can be explored and tested.

Maxine Wattsreclaimphotographyfestival.org Founder and Artistic Director of Reclaim Photography and Festival (RPF) West Midlands UK. RPF offers a programme of collaborations, events and exhibitions; dedicated to showing the very best in art photography free of cost or competition. Recent work includes producing A Cartography of Dreams for Dimbola Museum and Galleries with artists: Paul Biddle, Tami Bone, Jonah Calinawan and Fran Forman.

Award Details:

Solo exhibition at Argentea Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Argentea Gallery – argenteagallery.com Located in Birmingham’s last remaining Georgian square, in the heart of the vibrant Jewellery Quarter, Argentea Gallery is Birmingham’s newest contemporary photography gallery.

An opportunity to work with Gallery Director Jennie Anderson to curate and host a solo exhibition.

A Day at Rankin Photography

A chance to spend a day with the photographic team behind Rankin Photography, Hunger Magazine and HungerTV; this day placement is a genuine opportunity to see behind the scenes and gain experience in the studio and production aspects of a demanding photography environment.

Opportunities can include:

• A tour of the studio
• Observe a high profile magazine or commercial shoot
• Participate alongside studio assistants to gain hands on experience
• Get an overview of the roles involved in a successful photographic campaign

Rankin – rankin.co.uk – Synonymous with compelling portraiture, Rankin’s body of work features some of the world’s most celebrated publications, biggest brands and pioneering charities.

Rankin made his name in publishing, founding the monthly magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1992, to provide a platform for innovation from stylists, designers, photographers and writers. Rankin has published over 30 books and in 2011 returned to fashion publishing as he launched the biannual magazine: Hunger.

With his intimate approach and playful sense of humour, Rankin is known for his celebrity portraiture – photographing everyone from the Queen of England to the Queen of Pop. However, his campaigns and projects featuring ‘real women’ have marked him out as a genuinely passionate portrait photographer. Whether personal or commercial, Rankin’s images have become part of contemporary iconography.

Free year’s membership to the prestigious Royal Photographic Society (RPS)

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) – www.rps.org – The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is a registered charity promoting photography and supporting photographers as well as a membership organisation. It was founded in 1853 and has over 11,500 members. Whatever your photographic interest the Society can help guide you on your journey as a photographer.  The Society also acts as a public advocate for photography and regularly speaks to the media on matters such as copyright and photographers’ rights.

Membership includes:

* Monthly award-winning magazine
* Your portfolio on our website
* Discounts on insurance
* Member only competitions
* Over 500 events a year throughout the UK

Work experience opportunity with Multistory

Multistory – www.multistory.org.uk – Multistory works with photographers to celebrate and document everyday life in the Black Country to create a contemporary archive and collection. They are offering the opportunity to get some work experience on a photographic shoot in 2017; date and location to be confirmed.

*BLUR – blur magazine.com – BLUR is a 200+ page bi-monthly online magazine devoted to uncovering and promoting creative photography, with a visual identity, for professional and amateur photographers alike. Established in 2007, BLUR is a non-profit magazine, published by Photography Association Creatus, and has a public following in over 200 countries. Contributing Editor: Michael Kirchoff – www.michaelkirchoff.com is a commercial and fine art photographer.

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