Photograd Print Swap

Would you like to own a print by another photography graduate? If that's a yes then read below.

 Image by featured graduate  Mohamed Hassan

Image by featured graduate Mohamed Hassan

The very first Photograd Print Swap is open to photography graduates from UK based courses only and allows those involved to pick which print they'd like to receive on a first come first served basis.

Once image selections have been made a small £7 fee needs to be paid to cover handling and postage. Images are then uploaded to Photograd where they can be claimed before being posted to their new owner.

Submissions to

Official guidelines can be found here.

Ginnel Foto Fest 2018 Open Call

The 2018 call by the Ginnel Foto Fest invites photographers to submit single Photographs or a series of maximum four images interpreting this year's theme 'BorderLands'.

All details can be found on the website, . This year's prizes are kindly sponsored by Intrepid Camera Co., COES, Frameworkshop and Snappy Snaps Ipswich. Deadline for entries is April 15th. The Ginnel Foto Fest happens on May 26 & 27th and is supported by Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council.

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Darren O'Brien - An Introduction

We recently invited Darren O'Brien to be a regular blog contributor at Photograd as he travels to Singapore and Vietnam as part of his MA Photography course at Falmouth University.

We're looking forward to finding out more about Darren and his travel experiences.

Hi, my name is Darren. I am a Documentary Photographer and photojournalist based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Between the 25th of March and the 8th of April I will be travelling to Singapore and Vietnam and I have been invited by Photograd to keep a travel diary of my experiences to share on the blog, along with images from the trip. I hope to do this as I travel, WiFi access permitting. Before I leave I want to introduce myself and give a little bit of background to my work.

 From the series  And Other Stories

From the series And Other Stories

I graduated in 2009 with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Brighton before commencing on my career as a photographer. After experimenting with various photographic disciplines, I settled into my current career as a photojournalist. Over the past few years I have had work published in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times and The Times. In 2013 my project Anywhere But Home was published as a book by Brown Owl Press. This project explored the idea of home whilst travelling in a foreign land, which is definitely a theme that creeps into a lot of my work.  

Deciding that it was time to reflect on my practice and explore a more academic approach to photography I started an MA in Photography at Falmouth University through their flexible learning program. I am currently working my way through the second module and will be using images from my trip to Singapore and Vietnam as part of my submitted portfolio for the course.

 From the series  And Other Stories

From the series And Other Stories

I am also putting together a body of work called And Other Storieswhich aims to deconstruct conventional forms of narrative through street photography and reportage. It is a new direction for me, influenced by the style and ascetic of the Provoke era of Japanese street photography in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It plays with the traditional tropes of technical perfection and, for me at least, is a more personal experience. It has a greater emphasis on feelings and spontaneity which contrasts with my more prescriptive work as a photojournalist.

During my trip I will share work from this project plus some of my more documentary images as we travel around. I am travelling with my partner, Sian, who lived in Singapore for 6 years, so the stop off there will have extra meaning. It will be interesting to see what her memories are of the place, 20 years on.

 From the series  And Other Stories

From the series And Other Stories

For the Vietnam leg of the journey it is really all about exploring somewhere that neither of us have been before. When visiting a new place I have a childlike curiosity and excitement which I hope comes through in my photography. We are focussing on the Northern part of Vietnam with stops in Sa Pa, Ha Long Bay and finally Hanoi.

I look forward to sharing my images and experiences with you and hopefully will be an inspiration to get out and explore.

You can find more of my work on my website and follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

The Royal Photographic Society announces 2018 bursaries across still and moving image

 Image by  Cebe Loomis , Postgraduate bursary winner 2017

Image by Cebe Loomis, Postgraduate bursary winner 2017


Let The RPS realise your photography dream…

The Royal Photographic Society has announced this year’s bursaries to help photographers and students alike develop, finance and realise projects across the still or moving image.

Recipients can use the funding for aspect such as travel, equipment, website or mounting an exhibition. Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive of The Royal Photographic Society, explains: “The Society’s bursary programme is an important part of our educational activities, allowing photographers to realise important and worthwhile projects. Many of those it has supported in the past have gone on to establish respected careers and the Society continues to support and maintain contact after those initial projects have been completed.”

2017 Postgraduate bursary winner, Cebe Loomis from Santa Cruz in the USA, explains: “Thanks to the Society I was given the opportunity to create a dynamic body of work that would greatly contribute to the professional field of photography including the funding of my fieldwork in Virginia City, Nevada, as well as begin designing the book that will soon house the complete project, Tailings. 

Being awarded this prestigious bursary has given me the resource to pursue my project to its fullest capacity. From travel support for months of fieldwork, to funding the purchasing and developing my 120mm and 35mm film, this bursary has been invaluable in a number of ways. Additionally, to have the encouragement of the Society is invigorating and I feel proud and inspired to continue creating and exploring the field of photography.”

Details for the 2018 bursaries are as follows:

Environmental Awareness Award

Two annual bursaries in partnership with The Photographic Angle -

£3000 towards a photographic project to support environmental awareness.

Applications close 29 May 2018.


Joan Wakelin Bursary

Annual bursary offered in partnership with The Guardian -

£2000 for the production of a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue.  Photo essay published in The Guardian and RPS Journal.

Applications close 18 May 2018.


RPS Postgraduate Bursary

Annual bursary of £3500 in support of a postgraduate student studying in the UK or abroad.

Applications close 29 June 2018.


RPS DepicT! Award

DepicT! challenges filmmakers on any budget from anywhere in the world to show their work in just 90 seconds. The RPS supports Main Award of £1500 and Cinematography Award of £1000. 

Applications close 2 July 2018.


All photography bursaries (excluding DepicT!) benefit from an additional £500 worth of equipment from Vanguard and the opportunity to have a portfolio printed by Metro Imaging.  All bursary projects will be published in the RPS Journal.

For more information about funding and bursaries please visit

For further press information including images and interview requests please contact Caroline Hook, Marketing & Communications Manager, on direct tel: (01225) 325 799 or email: 

We're calling for work with Loupe Magazine!


Loupe Magazine and Photograd come together to celebrate outstanding photographic talent. We're seeking a series of work from one photography graduate to reward with a feature in Loupe Magazine issue 7 (due for release Summer 2018), 2 tickets to Photo London and years subscription to their Academy, and a feature on the Photograd Spotlight. Three runners-up will be showcased on the Photograd blog.

The theme is open and the submission process is free. Entries close midnight Saturday 31st March 2018.

To enter, email your chosen series of work saved as JPG's alongside a series statement to using 'Photograd X Loupe' as the subject.

Good luck!


Image from the series Audiotypes by University of Cumbria 2015 graduate Liam Collins.

The Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 161 is now open for entries

Closing date: 4 April 2018

Click here to make an entry

World’s longest running photographic exhibition, IPE 161, is calling for entries from amateurs and professional photographers.

This year marks the 161st edition of the IPE, making it the longest running photographic exhibition of its kind in the world. Each year it provides a fascinating insight into the range and diversity of contemporary and traditional photography.

Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive of The Royal Photographic Society, explains: “Last year’s IPE 160 received over 5000 entries from over 56 countries. The exhibition was widely acclaimed as one of the best of its kind and we would expect IPE 161 to be equally strong.

From pin hole to Instagram, The RPS welcomes entries from all genres, styles and approaches by photographers worldwide, more importantly all levels of practice. International and national submissions are welcome, professional as well as non-professional.” 

Taking the form of a competition, The Royal Photographic Society is on the look-out for engaging, visually striking and inspiring work across all genres including Fine Art, Documentary, Landscape, Wildlife, Portraiture, Travel, Fashion, Photojournalism and Street Photography to name but a few.

The images will be selected by a panel of expert selectors. The chosen panel will select Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners and the exhibition will open in the new RPS Gallery at HQ Bristol in the autumn and subsequently as part of PHOTOBLOCK at The Old Truman Brewery in London.

This year’s panel of expert selectors includes Karen Knorr (photographer and Professor of Photography, University for the Creative Arts), Jack Latham (photographer), Christiane Monarchi (curator and founding Editor of online magazine Photomonitor), Aaron Schuman (artist, writer, editor, curator and Course Leader of MA Photography, UWE) and Jon Tonks (documentary photographer).

In addition to exhibiting in the touring exhibition, winning photographers will be eligible for several cash prize awards, totalling £4,250, aimed at helping to support future photographic projects. This includes a dedicated award of £1,500 for a photographer under 30 years of age.

The RPS will be sharing standout images throughout the submission period on Instagram.

For further information and entry details visit


The IPE is proudly supported by theprintspace.

Anne Erhard - An Artist Residency

London College of Communication graduate Anne Erhard was featured on Photograd last year and we recently caught up with her again. In a quick interview, Anne has told us about her residency which involved a six week stay at DEPO2015 in Pilsen, Czech Republic, and introduces us to her new series of work, An elderberry place.

 From the series  An elderberry place

From the series An elderberry place

Who are you and where did you study? I’m Anne Erhard, a photographer and writer currently based in Berlin. I studied on the BA Photography at London College of Communication and graduated in 2016.

Tell us about your new series of work, how did the idea come to the surface? An elderberry place actually developed out of my graduation project From the trees we run between, which was based around various legends of the forest. For that series, I visited the Bohemian Forest at the border of Germany and the Czech Republic. After that first visit to the region, I wanted to know more about my family history there, which is the main focus of the new work. When I came upon an ancient and very direct connection between the two places in my research, An elderberry place essentially created itself:

More than 14 million years ago, a meteorite struck the earth in what is now Southern Germany, tearing open a crater whose remains are still visible today. In the moment the meteorite hit the ground, a unique mineral, Moldavite, was created out of the melting rock, thrown upwards and scattered in the South of the Czech Republic, across an area several hundred kilometres to the East of the impact site. My father’s father, who died when my father was a boy, came from Schönfelden (Osí) in the Czech border region of Bohemia, which the German population was forced to leave in 1946. My grandfather was subsequently resettled in a German village that happened to be located within the aforementioned meteorite’s crater, a coincidence that unknowingly bound him to the home he had left behind.

 From the series  An elderberry place

From the series An elderberry place

We understand that you completed An elderberry place as part of an artist residency. Can you explain more? How did you secure your residency? Yes, doing a residency was one of my biggest goals for the year after my graduation. I wanted to do a program that would help me develop a project that was already in progress rather than beginning some completely new work. I applied for a few residencies in the Czech Republic before being accepted for a six-week stay at DEPO2015 in Pilsen. Writing several applications and having the project rejected along the way really helped me to refine my ideas as it forced me to repeatedly think about how to effectively communicate my plans for the project. My time in Pilsen was brilliant, I got to do, see and be involved so many different things. Everyone there was so welcoming and really went above and beyond to help me complete the project.

 From the series  An elderberry place

From the series An elderberry place

Have you exhibited this work now it's complete? If so, where was it shown? At the end of my residency at DEPO2015 the venue hosted the Czech-German festival Treffpunkt, and I had a solo exhibition as part of this festival. Treffpunkt is a recent initiative supported by various European organisations and brings together cultural activities from both sides of the border. I made many of the prints for the display myself in the darkroom at DEPO2015, and the final exhibition also included objects that I had gathered from my family archive.

As An elderberry place is your first completed body of work since graduating, have you got any tips or advice you can share with new graduates? The biggest learning curve was making the project outside of the university network and facilities. My main point of advice would be to learn how to use whatever your new circumstances might be to your advantage. For me, this meant a shift away from making work by shooting every couple of months and bringing the project together piece by piece. Instead, I spent a year planning the photographs I wanted to make in advance and then shooting almost all of them in the space of a few weeks. Over the course of that year, I became much more experimental and let go of a lot of expectations I had had for myself, and I think in the end this worked out well for the final result. The most important thing for me was to embrace the fact that things will move at a different pace after you graduate and accept that there will be failures and rejections along the way. Throughout that time it helps so much to keep in touch with your course friends, as you are all in the same boat and most likely facing similar struggles.

 From the series  An elderberry place

From the series An elderberry place

What does the future hold? I am just working on getting An elderberry place out into the world and figuring out plans of where to potentially exhibit it again this year. Beyond that I’m looking to publish a book of From the trees we run between this year and am involved in and applying to a few other exhibitions. I also have a new project idea that I am starting to plan and research, which follows on from the very last photograph I took for An elderberry place at a Czech photography museum.

Moving Photograd Forward

Last year I benefited a fair amount from Start East, an initiative local to me who provide business support in the form of workshops, seminars, and one-to-one meetings. Advice and guidance really motivated me to take the first step in making Photograd my job. Many of you might not know or realise, but Photograd is a one man team. It's something I had an idea for soon after graduating when realising I didn't want any old ordinary day job. Thoughts became words, which soon became this online platform and related social media channels. Photograd now has a big following; I'm overrun with emails and requests, and views are always growing, it's just a lack of income for my hard work at this time.

Oh, I also work two other jobs.

After my first one-to-one in December I knew exactly what I had to do to make this work. I created a survey just for those featured on Photograd since it launched in April 2016 in order for me to gauge what is wanted and needed in this industry. I promised I'd publish some results and here they are.

Of the roughly 120 featured graduates when the survey was created, 52 responded.

  • 59.6% don't currently sell their work, 40.4% do.
  • Work is generally sold after assignments, at exhibitions or art fairs/festivals, through websites, word-of-mouth, via online printing portals, during residencies, or through an agent.
  • Of those 52, 81.4% are looking to sell work in the future, with 14% possibly wanting to. 4.7% revealed that selling work isn't for them.
  • Of those 52, 50% have somewhat benefitted from Photograd, with 38.5% having definitely benefitted from the platform, and 11.5% suggest they've not benefitted at all.
  • 94.2% of those 52 would consider being part of opportunities provided by Photograd in the future.

"What support or resources do you think you need as a photographer?"

  • Exhibitions, portfolio reviews, feedback, features and promotion.
  • Commissions, project support, advice, workshops, both professional and peer networking opportunities.
  • Print sales and outlets to sell work, both online and physical opportunities.
  • Competitions, meet-ups and discussions, learning resources, marketing and sales skills.
  • Support with funding and bursaries, recommendations, and links within the industry.
  • Inspiration and motivation, and an online community.

"What are your goals in terms of making a career from photography?"

  • Exhibitions, marketing, journalism, editor, writing, interviews.
  • Take on commissions and residencies, enter competitions and opportunities, and collaborate.
  • Teaching, lecturing, assisting, and make contacts within the industry to move forward.
  • Gain respect, be established, achieve agency or gallery representation, and reach a wider audience.
  • To make more work and sell more work.

"What does Photograd mean to you?"

  • Networking and exposure opportunities.
  • Connect and be inspired by others.
  • Exploration into new genres of work.
  • A valuable community and support system.
  • Professional, accessible, needed, and useful.
  • A first step platform to launch graduate careers.
  • A boost.

"How has Photograd benefited your career?"

  • Exposure, publicity, reaching a wider audience, gives credibility to work.
  • Confidence and inspiration to continue creating new work and show others.
  • Features are often used on websites, CV's, and sent to others when applying for opportunities.
  • Meet like-minded people, grow online audience, put new ideas into words.
  • Be contacted by others working in the industry for further opportunities.

"What extra support would you like to receive from Photograd, if any?"

  • Exhibitions, online and offline community support. Industry connections.
  • Critiques, portfolio reviews, mentorship, workshops, events, talks.
  • More exposure, sharing of new work. Advice and guidance, feedback.
  • Opportunity links from other platforms; a 'what's on' newsletter.
  • Financial support, funding and grant resources.
  • A way of sharing work online with others for feedback. Professional and peer networking. More of a conversation between those featured.
  • A physical presence.

"What sort of opportunities would you like to see provided by Photograd?"

  • Exhibitions, collaborations, connections, talks.
  • Feedback, reviews, competitions, awards, internships.
  • Seminars, printed media opportunities, festivals, open calls, job connections.
  • Involve more industry experts.
  • An online store.
  • Introduction to industry professional; publishers, curators, galleries etc.

At the end of the survey I allowed featured graduates to leave any additional feedback and this section overflowed with very kinds words of appreciation, support, and encouragement. I can't express how much it all means to me.

I've been working extra hard already this year to provide new exciting opportunities for Photograd, most of which will allow me to finally pay myself.

Watch this space.

Melissa, at Photograd. Obligatory tea in hand.

'In-Between Shores' - A residency opportunity provided by Ardesia Projects

Application Deadline: 15 March 2018

Country: Italy

In-Between Shores is a 23-days residency opportunity open to photographers all over the globe, with no age restriction, born through a collaboration between Ardesia ProjectsJest and Witty Kiwi. Click here for further details.


'Aomori' - A Solo Exhibition by Alexander Mourant

Falmouth University graduate Alexander Mourant was featured on Photograd in 2017 and he's back again this year with a solo show!

Alexander Mourant was born in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1994. He studied BA (Hons) Photography at Falmouth University. His work has been featured extensively online with British Journal of Photography, AINT-BAD, The Plantation Journal, Pylot Magazine and TRIP Magazine. Alexander has also exhibited a variety of work, most notably with CCA Galleries, Mall Galleries and in a duo show held at the Royal Geographical Society, London. He was a recent finalist for the South West Graduate Photography Prize and the winner of the FR Award 2017 for his graduate series Aurelian. Alexander is working towards his first major solo show held at The Old Truman Brewery, February 2018.

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Aomori meaning “blue forest” in Japanese, is a synthesis of two existential ideas: the forest and the nature of blue. By combing these phenomenologically charged subjects, I create a place of high intensity, a place which exudes a life force and questions our relationship to time, colour and self.

Previously, through my photographs, I employed atmospheric conditions such as humidity, alongside tropical flora and fauna enclosed in artificial spaces, as a metaphor, for elsewhere. Through Aomori, I have expanded these territories to the ancestral forests of Japan. It is the presence of the forest and the density of its nature, which arrests for us, the relentless progression of time. It is peculiar how forests have such an affect on us. In our mind’s eye they exist continually in the past. Perhaps, it is the canopy of the trees which shelter us from gently falling light and the intoxication of time and duration. As temporal dimensions crumble, objectivity leaves us. We are found in a still, oneiric state, contemplating our own accumulation of experience.

Instagram: @alexandermourant

Twitter: @alex_mourant

'Deluge' - A Solo Exhibition by Alice Wills

University of Huddersfield graduate Alice Wills was one of the first to be Featured on Photograd in 2017 and she's back again this year with a solo show!

 Image from the series  Deluge

Image from the series Deluge

Deluge is a landscape project that explores the concept of a constantly changing world and the realisation as we grow up that nothing ever stays the same forever. Throughout this project I have revisited places from my own childhood and using the movement of water as a metaphor for transformation, I have explored feelings such as nostalgia, loss, compassion and acceptance. I have also explored the lack of control we have over the world around us and the changes that face us in the future, both in the natural world and our own personal lives. All images in this project were taken in Cumbria in the aftermath of Storm Desmond and the floods in December 2015.

 Image from the series  Deluge

Image from the series Deluge

Details of the exhibition

Location: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria

Dates: 17th January - 24th February 2018

Times: 12 noon - 8pm, 7 days a week

Entry: Free!

 Image from the series  Deluge

Image from the series Deluge

Find out more about Alice here


Instagram: @alicewillsphotography

Twitter: @alicewillsphoto

Facebook: Alice Wills Photography

Read Alice's Feature here to find out more about Deluge.

Revolv - An Open Call


Revolv turns 1 year this month and we are looking for single image submissions to celebrate innovative photography by emerging talents. The call is free to enter and open to early-career and self-taught photographers, graduates and anyone currently studying on a BA/MA course, or equivalent. We welcome submissions from artists already featured by Revolv, as well as new faces. Applications can be submitted from anywhere in the world, but must be in English. There is no specific theme, however the images must be suited to be shown in a public space. The final deadline of the competition is the 1st of February 2018. The selected artists would be asked to pay a small fee (up to £15).

How to enter:
– One JPEG, maximum 5 MB
– Title and contextual information in relation to the image in a doc or pdf file
– Short biography in doc or pdf file, maximum 150 words
– A link to the artist’s portfolio/website
– Title the submission email ‘’One Year Submission‘’ and send to

If you submit later than 12:00 pm (GMT) on the 1st of February 2018, in size or format different from the above requirements, your submission won’t be taken into consideration. Details regarding the pop-up show for the winning photographers to be announced soon.