Photograd Print Submissions - the results!

Late in November we launched Festive Cheer where we called for images from photography graduates with the chance of having a print sent to someone on our mailing list this Christmas. The submissions we received were fantastic and it was a really tough judging process deciding which to print. But we did it! Here are the results!

The above 12 images have been printed and packaged at the cost of Photograd and sent to the likes of Spectrum, Lens Think Yorkshire, #PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine, and Francesca Maffeo Gallery.

We will also include some special mentions in our upcoming newsletter.

Photobook Spotlight - Deadline Extended

Photograd Photobook Spotlight | Returning for its second year

Submissions now open | Deadline extended - midnight Friday 2nd March 2018

In recognition of the success of Photograd’s first Photobook Spotlight in early 2017, it will be returning for 2018.

Photograd supports and showcases work by photography graduates who studied in the UK. By providing opportunities to graduates we are effective in presenting a high standard of work. We are ensured each and every one of those we represent are devoted to their practice. 

  • The Spotlight is open to photography graduates who studied in the UK, and who are at any point in their career.
  • All responses to the suggested headers will be accepted for the Spotlight.
  • Submissions to

This Spotlight aims to demonstrate a wide variety of published, self-published, hand-made, and large print run publications by both old and new photography graduates. Acknowledgement of the headers we suggest graduates respond to allows them to promote their individual practice including exploration and process of book making.


The benefits of submitting to and being part of Photograd are a regular supply of exclusive opportunities and a support network of fellow creative graduates. At Photograd, we spend time sharing work of those we represent to the industry and establishing collaborations.

We hope to be able to showcase all submissions received for this Spotlight which will later be made a permanent part of our Archive.

Photograd Photobook Spotlight | Live on Friday 16th March 2018

To see the guidelines click here

Unveil'd Photobook Award 2017 - Submissions now open!

2016 winner | Blokovi | Lola Paprocka [UK] Exhibition | Centrespace | Bristol | April 2018

2016 winner | Blokovi | Lola Paprocka [UK]

Exhibition | Centrespace | Bristol | April 2018


Unveil'd Photobook Award is an international competition with the aim to support and promote the publications of emerging and established photographers. 

Each submission is added to a permanent collection which is exhibited and viewable to the public at Unveil'd events. 

- The award is open to all photobooks, artist books, catalogues or zines 

- Submissions must be primarily based on photographic content 

- The date of publication must be after 31 October 2016

Unveil'd will work together with the winning photographer or author to produce a fully funded solo exhibition within our 2018/19 programme. The focus is to create a flexible environment that responds to the winner's practice and best supports the development of their work. 

A shortlist of five titles and one winner will be announced 5 February 2018.

About the Panel

Jessica Lennan | Unveil'd Photobook Lead, Lecturer & Co-director of artist's studio and exhibition space Dodo Photo

Robert Darch | Unveil'd Project Coordinator, Photographer, Educator & Co-director of Dodo Photo

Tom Coleman | Unveil'd Founding Director

Oliver Udy | Photographer, Lecturer & Publisher, Antler Press

Lola Paprocka | Unveil'd Photobook Award 2016 Winner & Publisher, Palm*

Photograd Print Submissions!


🔊 We like to send out charity Christmas cards here at Photograd when things start getting festive. We of course really appreciate those who support us throughout the year and we think it's only fair we give recognition and a little thanks. 🎄

We have both a physical and online mailing list we add to all the time and this year we'd like to post some of our favourite people something a bit more special - a print from a photography graduate!

All you need to do to take part is:

1. Be a photography graduate who studied in the UK.

2. Be happy for us to print a small image of yours to be posted to our mailing list.

3. Email a file, alongside series title, university you studied at and graduation year, to with the subject title "festive cheer".

Deadline midnight 10th December.


A small selection of images will be printed and posted to our friends, and others may be selected and used (and credited of course) in one of our upcoming newsletters. We are happy to cover costs this time, but please do consider a donation to keep Photograd on its feet.

Lens Think Yorkshire: Sheffield Christmas Social

Thursday 30th November - 6:30pm

A social to support creative talent in Yorkshire


Thursday November 30th will see the last social of 2017 for Lens Think Yorkshire, a bi-monthly social in Yorkshire to meet, share work, ideas, & develop photography in the North. The night will be a festive themed meet up, with talks by a trio of talent: Al Brydon, Chelsea Abbot & Darren O’Brien. There will also be a chance to join in with a festive print swap (wrapping optional).

The night takes place at Hagglers Corner, Sheffield – and you’re invited to come and take a look.This is the last of our 2017 events; so come and celebrate the very first year of Lens Think.

Not only that but it’s nearly the C word . . .Christmas. So the night will be a bit of festive fun to celebrate our three events and the founding of Lens Think in 2017. Think a bit of peer reviewing, a bit of photography, a bit of celebrating and lots of meeting creative from around the region. Everyone is invited and welcome! Put a Christmas jumper on, come have a drink and get ready to hear three talented speakers talk about how they make it work.

Image by Darren O'Brien

Image by Darren O'Brien



Contact: Joanne Coates | T. 0788 55 321 59

November 30th 2017| 6:30pm Doors open| Event starts 6.45pm | Hagglers Corner | 586 Queens Road | Sheffield

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|| Al Brydon ||

Image by Al Brydon

Image by Al Brydon

Exploration and Investigation - Subterranean Arts Gallery, Ipswich.


Exploration and Investigation, a collaborative exhibition created between Pop My Mind and ourselves, runs until 18th November. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.


26 October – 5 November 2017 announces a new photography festival in London. brings emerging and established artists together with the public to engage in thinking and talking about photography.

• opens with an exhibition featuring John Hilliard, Barbara Probst, Darren Harvey-Regan and Thomas Ruff.

• Screenings of the first ten films the Lumière Brothers showed to the public in 1895, at Close-Up Cinema.

• Aggie Toppins philosophically inspired cocktails are served at the Critical Cocktail Party.

• A collection of artefacts, objects and teaching aides gathered from the office of an unknown Professor of Photography spanning the last 30 years are the basis for the immersive exhibition, The Professor’s Office.

• Affordable, accessible artworks, books and zines are on sale at the Art Flea Market.

Barbara Probst, Exposure #49: N.Y.C., 555 8th Avenue, 05.21.07, 4:02 p.m., 2007 Courtesy Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London

Barbara Probst, Exposure #49: N.Y.C., 555 8th Avenue, 05.21.07, 4:02 p.m., 2007

Courtesy Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London brings together artists from across the world, at different stages of their careers to present a large scale exhibition in Ambika P3 and Gallery S O, an art flea market, an immersive installation, a series of public panels, discussions and critiques, exploring questions like “what does it mean to work in the arts and photography?”, examining every aspect of photography as an art form.

The brainchild of artist and educator Rakesh Mohindra and artist and writer Yuxin Jiang, who met at The University of Westminster, has been devised to celebrate the photographic arts and introduce new ideas about photography to a public audience who enjoy photography daily through their phones and social media, and asks them to think about it differently.

John Hilliard, Off Screen (5), 1999 Courtesy the artist, and Richard Saltoun Gallery

John Hilliard, Off Screen (5), 1999

Courtesy the artist, and Richard Saltoun Gallery

The weeklong exhibition will showcase work from established artists like Thomas Ruff and Barbara Probst while also providing a platform for artists at earlier stages of their career like Miki Soejima and Jorge Luis Dieguez.

Across the city, Gallery SO will be the east London hub of, home to The Professor’s Office, a mini library where visitors can explore books, papers, objects and curiosities, taken from the office of a mysterious Professor which tell the story of a life teaching photographic arts.

Davide Maione, ...and his neck from To a Place I can’t Pronounce, 2011 Courtesy the artist

Davide Maione, ...and his neck from To a Place I can’t Pronounce, 2011

Courtesy the artist

Close-Up Cinema,’s film programme partner, will be screening a series of historic and recent avant-garde films including Letter to Jane by Jean-Luc Godard and La Jetée by Chirs Marker as part of a film programme that explores the long standing and complex relationship between photography and film. opens and closes with a critical cocktail party. Using Graphic Designer Aggie Toppins' books of Critical Theory Cocktails which match traditional cocktails with philosophical thinkers and authors and devises new cocktails to represent their ideas, will be serving guests critical cocktails to encourage critical and conceptual thinking of photographic arts.

Miki Soejima, The Passenger’s Present, 2016 Courtesy the artist

Miki Soejima, The Passenger’s Present, 2016

Courtesy the artist

Throughout the festival there will be a series of events including a panel discussion on careers in the photographic arts, and a talk on the relationship between theory and practice as well as group critiques where artists put their work forward for peer review.

The festival closes with The Art Flea Market, bringing together artists, publishers, makers and designers in Ambika P3 to present an art fair offering people the opportunity to buy affordable works of art, books and zines. events:

Sat Oct 28, 10:00 - 18:00
Symposium: Does Photography Need Theory? A Discussion
Speakers: Daniel C. Blight, Christopher Kul-Want, Nina Mangalanayagam, Sarah Pickering, Lucy Soutter, Duncan Wooldridge.
Lunch included

Sun Oct 29, 13:00 - 15:00
Group Critiques
Get feedback from Anthony Luvera, Bindi Vora, Katja Mayer, David Blackmore plus peer review.

Sun Oct 29, 15:30 - 17:00
FREE Printing and Framing Workshop
Presented by mounting and framing expert Will Mawby from A.Bliss and printing specialist Graeme Bulcraig from Touch Digital.

Mon Oct 30, 19:00 - 21:00
Panel Discussion: What Does it Mean to Work in Art Photography?
Chaired by David Campany (writer, curator, artist), joined by Nick Kaplony (Artquest), Lewis Chaplin (artist and book designer) and Katy Barron (Senior Director of Michael Hoppen Gallery).
With post-talk drinks

Thurs Nov 2, 19:00 - 21:00
Artists Talks
Featuring John Hilliard and Darren Harvey-Regan
With post-talk drinks

Fri Nov 3, 19:00 - 21:00
Artists Talks
Featuring Eva Stenram, Inès Lion and Miki Soejima
With post-talk drinks

Exploration and Investigation

We've been busy working alongside the Pop My Mind team recently, planning for an exhibition which opens next week at Subterranean Arts Gallery in Ipswich!

We begun the process with selected images from Photograd which Pop My Mind users made work in response to. The result is a collection of photography, painting, music, and more.

Our Private View takes place on Thursday 26th October at Subterranean Arts Gallery, St.Peter's Street, Ipswich, 5:30 - 7:30pm. The exhibition is then open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, until 18th November.

Free entry
Free wine, soft drinks, and nibbles
Live artwork being made in the space
A wide variety of photography, art, and music!

We really hope to see some of you there!

Here's some of the work being exhibited from photographers featured on Photograd.

From the series Covering The Carpet by Jocelyn Allen

From the series Covering The Carpet by Jocelyn Allen

Familiar by Karim Skalli

Familiar by Karim Skalli

Stephen Shaw - An Introduction

We recently invited Stephen Shaw to be a regular blog contributor at Photograd as he undertakes his MA in Photography at Lancaster University. In this post Stephen introduces us to his previous work and talks about his goals for his MA course.

We're looking forward to finding out more about Stephen and his work in his monthly blog posts right here on Photograd.

My name is Stephen Shaw I was raised on Grange Park with my Nan and Granddad, a council estate in Blackpool, nicknamed strange, where one has to mind ones fookin’ back.

I am a published social documentary, photographic artist and experimental writer who has just recently graduated with a first class honors degree in photography at Blackpool and the Fylde College.

The eye of the beholder rarely only sees beauty. If really looking, it will instead see despair, frailty, fear, loss, and a tremendous amount of imperfection. These are the things that I direct my lens towards: the human, the “raw and real” of life and society. I don’t seek to glamorize my subjects or their environment; I observe, assess, calculate and look, with declared empathy, from a distance, which is not only necessary to this photographic genre, but has the value of preserving dignity while maintaining the viewers curiosity for more.

Being passionate in documentary, it is always the little known subcultures on the edges of our society I am drawn to, these excite me, creating a beautiful document from danger is a great attraction. I am a deep constant thinker who always works to a deeply focused highly symbolic narrative within a street/documentary area alongside an ethnographic approach. 

My photographs always contain the unexpected, which I feel is a very important part of a good image and a factor that gives me great satisfaction.

I also always collect artefacts and record live audio with my sitters to increase my knowledge, build a rapport and grow a sense of personal creativity and subject aura that helps to drive me. My current practice researches the photographic representation of social justice and class, alongside social mobility and memorialism within my own environment. It is driven by intimate pain and so far contains four main projects consisting of Queens town. The Last 7. 

This project was focused on the last 7 people living on a recently demolished Blackpool high-rise flats. The images and sound document the way of life of these local inhabitants with a strong narrative of drugs, violence and suicide. 

Images from the series Strange

Images from the series Strange


These images are created in my own environment, Grange Park in Blackpool. It tells a story around its inhabitants regarding lives tragically cut short on the estate with a strong narrative made up of omens, portents and superstition.

Images from the series The Gift

Images from the series The Gift


This is piece of visual recording and storytelling that reaches into the depths of normalcy, certain to find its manifold inversions. With carefully calibrated doses of everydayness and disillusion, The Gift is a story of life and death, of desire and the inability to avoid it; a story of self-destruction brought on by the brutal honesty of repeatedly failed attempts at self-fulfillment.

I empathise with so many aspects of such vulnerability, as it is a personal reflection of myself, my 'black mirror', which I have had to endure.

The Gift photobook

The Gift photobook

I’m now, studying an MA at Central Lancashire University so this is my main concern at the moment. I wish to use it as a platform for a gallery exhibition and zeen publication around the old and new projects I am currently involved in. I am also looking for publishers hoping for my photo books to be published on a larger scale.

Arrival is a new project I am throwing myself into on the MA. It is set in well known train stations and council estates around the UK, I don’t want to give too much away just yet; you could see more on it in the near future and view my work here on my website.

Chris Mear - 'For The Love Of Lettuce'

Staffordshire University graduate Chris Mear has continuously updated us with his work since we featured him on the platform some time ago. You can read his initial Feature here. We've supported Chris along the way with a Spotlight and Instagram Takeover, and would now like to introduce you to his newly completed series of work For The Love Of Lettuce.

At the start of the twentieth century, there were over 150 Market Gardeners in the Parish of Melbourne, South Derbyshire. Over the course of the past century the industry experienced a great rise followed by a steep decline. Now, in the twentieth century, Melbourne has just three Market Gardening families who are continuing to survive and thrive. Over the summer of 2017 I shadowed the work of these remaining family businesses. 

For The Love Of Lettuce was exhibited throughout the village during the annual Melbourne Arts Festival in September, 2017. Here are some installation shots.

Photobook Spotlight Submissions


In recognition of the success of our first Photobook Spotlight earlier this year, it will be returning for 2018!

To be considered for the Spotlight please respond to the following points. Contact details are below.

Using no more than 100 words for each, respond to the following:
  • A statement describing your chosen series/photobook, practice, and/or self.
  • What university did you attend and when did you graduate?
  • What is your favourite photobook by another photographer?
Using no more than 150 words for each, respond to the following. Incorporate your own ideas into each heading to express your photobook as you wish.
  • Direction (your route into photography and book making, into publishing or self-publishing, publisher relations, websites, contacts)
  • Considerations (decision to create a book as opposed to prints; paper stock, colours, weight, feel, binding, size, unique qualities: such as hand finishing)
  • Interior (use of images and/or text, layout, introduction and ending)
  • Inspiration (photobooks by others, visual influences, photographers, text/theory)
  • Advice and Future Goals (tips - book making, finding a publisher, being published, helpful websites, links, or reading. Contacts who gave help. Personal future plans or goals)
Your answers need to be accompanied by a selection of images. These need to be sent as JPG’s, no bigger than 12 inches on the longest side and 96dpi. Consider things such as unique aspects, the cover (front and back) and inner pages. Please include in your email:
  • No more than 10 images that are included in your book. Include image titles where relevant.
  • No more than 10 images of your photobook. These need to be of a high quality and well produced. 
  • If you have the equipment to make a well presented video of the book, please feel free to.

By submitting to this Spotlight you agree to Photograd using your images in related social media posts and newsletters. You will always be credited.

Submissions from graduates only

Description and images

All submissions will be presented on Photograd

Deadline: December 8th 2017