Take part in Reclaim Photography Festival 2017: Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes.  Send us up to four images to be exhibited across the West Midlands. Submission is free of cost or competition.

Submissions are now being invited for Reclaim Photography Festival 2017: Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes.

Cultural landscapes are an important part of our past, present and future. They help to provide us with a deeper understanding of the world. We are therefore looking for images that represent landscapes which have been influenced or shaped by human involvement, whether through cultural events or by individual personalities. In reclaiming our understanding of our cultural landscapes, we hope to explore our sense of self, our evolving relationship with our communities, and the continuity of our communal heritage.

Participants are encouraged to respond to this theme through the use of archive material, analogue, digital and mobile photography. We hope to attract 1000 images which will incorporate both traditional and contemporary approaches in the form of:

o portraiture;
o landscape photography – coastal, rural or urban;
o still-life photography – objects or the natural world;
o documentary photography;
o photo journalism;
o and experimental imagery.

We will print 600 images, to be exhibited in traditional format, alongside images presented in digital and projected image format. Printing services are sponsored by Palm Laboratories, Birmingham.

The Festival programme will include responses to our Open Call: Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes, through our one-day event across eight regional venues in print, digital and projected image format on Saturday 6 May 2017. We will also be offering photography workshops, gallery exhibitions and professional opportunities for young people and emerging artists.

Our team of Festival curators will work with Festival Adjudicator, British artist, Richard Billingham, to select thirty prints for our travelling gallery exhibition hosted by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 6-21 May 2017 and Wolverhampton Art Gallery 23 May – 7 June 2017. We will contact successful participants separately within a eight weeks of the closing date for further details about submission and exhibition, in addition to announcing our Festival award recipients prior to the exhibition.

Full information and submission details here: Current Festival. Closing date for submissions 5pm (UK time) Friday 27 January 2017.

If you are interested in our professional and volunteering opportunities we would like to hear from you.  To find out more about how to apply go to our Opportunities page. Closing date for applications: 5pm (UK time) Friday 21 October 2016.

Prints from all the events will be auctioned to raise funds for our regional charity St Basils, who work with young people age 16-25, to prevent youth homelessness. Find out more here.

Photograph © Stalter György Város A Városban-Town in the City. Visit: http://staltergyorgy.hu

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