Current Professional Development Opportunities from GRAIN and FORMAT

GRAIN Portfolio Development Day | 13th October | 10am - 4.30pm | Birmingham City University, Parkside Building. 

We will be joined by: Camilla Brown Curator, writer and lecturer on contemporary art, specialising in photography. Award winning photographer and Magnum nominee Lua Ribiera. Acclaimed photographer Andrew Jackson who was the recipient of the Autograph ABP 2018/Lightwork International Photography Residency in Syracuse, New York. As well as Freelance Project Manager Seba Chaudhry who has worked on major projects including Rhubarb Rhubarb and Format International Photography Festival.

The day will be split into two parts a morning of talks and in the afternoon an opportunity for one to one portfolio reviews.

Please note there will be a maximum of 20 attendees to enable a focussed day. Tickets are priced at £25 or £18 Concessions (Students, OAP, Low or No pay).

For more information and to book a ticket please click here.



East Meets West is a collaborative project devised by FORMAT International Photography Festival/QUADand GRAIN Projects.  This year we will be offering a series of Masterclasses leading to an opportunity to showcase your work at FORMAT19.

At the Masterclasses you will learn from industry leaders such about portfolio development and receive advice regarding topics such as, competitions, commissions, exhibitions, funding, making approaches, distribution and editing.  Subjects will also include socially engaged, editorial and fine art photography, the photobook and responding to and working to commission. The Masterclasses will offer immersion in the subject matter and a unique opportunity for emerging photographers to develop their practice and showcase their work.

Masterclass speakers and portfolio reviewers include Natasha CaruanaHarry HardieAndrew JacksonAnthony LuveraMatthew MurrayKate Peters and Michael Sargeant.

Deadline to apply 7th October.

For further information and how to apply please click here.

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Introducing Findr

In this blog post we introduce you to findr, a brand new platform supporting photographers and finding them work. They simplify the search and booking process of photographers for work by giving direct access through their platform.

Findr can help if you are a photographer or need a photographer!


What is findr? Findr is an online booking platform through which photographers can showcase their skills and find more work. It was created for photographers, by photographers who grew tired of the unnecessary struggles that come with marketing oneself, finding clients, and arranging bookings. Findr aims at making it easier for photographers to find work that fits around their schedules, while still respecting their independence and artistic freedom.

Who are you? What's your photographic background? I am a photographer and picture editor from Edinburgh. I worked in the press industry for 15 years. I particularly enjoy portraiture, and marketing and events photography that gives me the ability to tell stories for the clients.

How did the platform emerge? The platform emerged from the need to create a solution to an everyday problem I faced as a picture editor: how to quickly and simply find photographers I could trust to work on projects I was involved in.

Image by Harry Spekter

Image by Harry Spekter

Who's behind Findr? Tell us about the team. Findr is made of a small team of people dedicated to improving the landscape of commissioned photography. The technology is created by Ben, Josh, and Rob, while the operational excellence is handled by Alex, Christian, and Pauline. And, of course, we'd be nothing without the community of over 3,000 amazing photographers we're lucky enough already be working with!

Who would you ideally like to get involved with Findr? We're looking for hardworking, reliable, and creative photographers interested in accelerating or improving their careers and in working with a growing list of great brands through findr.

Image by Michael Sheridan

Image by Michael Sheridan

How can people go about being part of the platform? It's super easy and quick! Head over to and create your photographer profile. You can add your portfolio, all the services you offer, and manage your own schedule.

Who is Findr's audience? Findr is meant for a community of professional photographers and clients who love and benefit from good photography.

What are the benefits of being part of or using Findr? New work, new opportunities, so little hassle! By signing up to work with findr, you join a direct route to work without any of the hardships that come along with being a freelance photographer, and companies receive an efficient management system for their projects.

Image by Pooyan

Image by Pooyan

What does Findr's future look like? Here at findr, we love to dream big! Our goal is to become the global marketplace for professional photographers and customers on an international scale.

Follow findr on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

On The Radar: September 2017

Welcome to the second edition of our 'On the Radar' blog series. On an irregular basis we'll bring you some interesting stories and events from the photography industry. If you want to feature in the next post, simply email us using the heading 'On the Radar' with your information and we'll squeeze in the most exciting stories.

Source Magazine Graduate Photography Online 2017

As always, Source are celebrating brand new graduates. We're excited to find out who has been selected by this years panel of judges! Find out more here.

You can also find out more about this years University of Westminster MA graduates who undertook an Instagram Takeover for us. Head over to Instagram here.

Image by  Stephen Burke

Image by Stephen Burke

CONNECT FOR: Photography Graduates

Date: Saturday, 9 September 2017

Time: 1pm - 5pm

Free, book your place

Are you a recent photography graduate? Come along to Stills for a nice afternoon of talks and discussions about life after graduation. Hear from early career photographers about their experiences of graduation and how they are shaping their careers.

Our aim with this event is to give new graduates the chance to hear from people a bit further along about their work and life afterward graduation. We will also have information from various organisations about the kind of support that they offer.

So book your free place, come along, meet other new graduates and take in some interesting talks.


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The award comprises a bursary of £1,250 for an early-career photographer in the UK to complete a photography project, plus £1,150-worth of printing at Metro Imaging and support towards industry and public exposure.

Judges for the award include Karen McQuaid, senior curator at the Photographersʼ Gallery, Matthew Tucker, UK Picture Editor at BuzzFeed, Professor Steve Macleod, photographer and creative director at Metro Imaging, and photography critic Jennifer Thatcher (Art MonthlyARTnews).

The award was created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer and photojournalist who died suddenly, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in March 2015.

Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a photography project around ʻa human story we seldom seeʼ. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 2 October 2017 at 1700 BST. Enter your work here.

Exploration and Investigation - A Collaborative Exhibition between Pop My Mind and Photograd.

Deadline: midnight Monday 18th September

Photograd photographers have submitted work under the theme of 'Exploration and Investigation' and five pieces have been chosen to inspire you, the Pop My Mind community! We would like you to expand on their pieces and show us how you can creatively interpret their photography.

We invite you to explore and investigate the themes of the photographer's work in your own unique medium. You can be inspired by a single photograph, or the whole series, just let us know in your description please.

Image by  Andrew Mellor , from the series  53.9230° N, 3.0150° W

Image by Andrew Mellor, from the series 53.9230° N, 3.0150° W


On the Radar: June 2017

Welcome to Photograd's brand new 'On the Radar' blog series. On an irregular basis we'll bring you some interesting stories and events from the photography industry. If you want to feature in the next post, simply email us using the heading 'On the Radar' with your information and we'll squeeze in the most exciting stories.

Starting Out: Conference for Photography Graduates

10:30am – 5:00pm, Tuesday 4th July

Direct Photographic, 200-202 Hercules Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7LD

FREE for AOP members, £5 for non-members (booking essential)

Another fantastic one day conference specially tailored for those embarking on a career in photography. You’ll hear from a great panel of speakers sharing their knowledge to help you make that leap to assisting photographer and beyond into professional photography.

Speakers include:

Cassie Gale from Lisa Pritchard Agency, Cassie will talk about how photographer’s agents work, how you might get an agent, and explain what LPA Futures is all about

Top advertising photographer and AOP member Kelvin Murray will talk about his staggering career and life as a photographer

Emma Taylor AOP Membership Officer and creative consultant will give some practical advice for emerging photographers on how to market yourself

AOP Assisting Photographer member Will Corder will talk about his experiences as an assistant, stories of starting out in his career, explaining the dos and don’ts and everything he has leant along the way

AOP Business and Legal Advisor Nick Dunmur will explain copyright and how to protect yourself as a photographer

Please join us, booking is essential: 


Sian Oliver , Norwich University of the Arts graduate, 2016

Sian Oliver, Norwich University of the Arts graduate, 2016


Millennium Images, Peaches and Cream


Peaches and Cream is a photography competition and exhibition run by Millennium Images. This year the competition seeks more then ever to celebrate the photographic arts, with a key focus in showcasing emerging photographers.

Click here to find out more and how to make a submission - entries open until 31st July.

Artist Talk: Martin Seeds

Assembly  installation image,  Martin Seeds

Assembly installation image, Martin Seeds

University of Brighton graduate Martin Seeds, featured on Photograd here, is talking at Phoenix Brighton on Monday 3rd July. Martin studied in the city and has exhibited at Brighton Photo Fringe a number of times.

Click here for event details.

Khadija Saye Memorial Fund

Khadija Saye

Khadija Saye

Khadija Saye very sadly lost her life in the Grenfell Tower fire in London earlier this month. Some of you might only know of Khadija from this tragic event, but we encourage you to read about the up and coming photographer. She's a real inspiration.

“Khadija was a true artist with a sensitive and generous singular vision, and will be missed by everyone who knew her. We have been inundated with messages of love and support over the last few days. 

On behalf of all of us involved in Khadija's Saye's life as an artist, we are setting up this Fund in memory of Khadija, to help others like her to pursue their passion as artists. In due course, we will establish a formal Fund and will make a decision together with those involved in Khadija's journey as an artist, and with professional partners within the cultural sector, about the best way to channel these donations for this cause. 

We will keep all donors informed of future developments. Thank you for your support.”

Click here to make a donation and find out more about the fund.

Photograd Experience: Paris Wood

We think it's really important for graduates or students to share their experiences within the photographic industry. Not only does it allow those interested to share their achievements and experiences, but we hope for it to encourage others. We've caught up with current UCA student Paris Wood, who has a lot to say about what she's achieved over the years. We really think everybody can get something from what she's written!

I’m currently a third year photography student at UCA, Farnham in Surrey. My work mainly focuses on documentary style photography, and I’m really intrigued by social classes, people and geographical locations. Some of my latest projects have included a study of my family home with 10 people living under one roof, and my most latest project studied the area I’m currently living in during term time in Farnham.

The area is a massive change from where I live back home in Norfolk, but I love it and don’t want to leave! Farnham isn’t too far to travel to London, so I wanted to make use of this connection to gain experience in the city.

A recent series about family

A recent series about family

During our second year, one of our units, Professional Futures, encouraged us to go out and get relevant work experience. Me, still not having a clue what I wanted to do in life, took this opportunity to get a short, months worth internship at a photo syndication agency in London - Lickerish Ltd. I found this opportunity through the AOP’s jobs shop.

Having had NO previous experience, not even a part time job, I was literally thrown in the deep end and had to help and push myself to get anywhere. I was in contact with Arlene at Lickerish and had a casual interview not long after my initial email. Lickerish is based on Riding House Street, London, and a small, friendly office with roughly 6 people working each day.

During my internship I was shown how Lickerish works. Most of my days were spend key wording, on Adobe Bridge, fashion week photographs from their photographers to be uploaded to the website. I was surprised by the detail needed to be included in each image to be uploaded, but this key for detail was something I really enjoyed, despite most calling it a tedious job! I ran a few errands, and helped out with scanning magazines in which our photographers images were in.

A recent series about family

A recent series about family

I also helped out with a few photo searches which came in via email when clients needed a specific photo. Lickerish also gave me the chance to meet one of their photographers - Holly Mcglynn - and help out on a shoot with her. Despite not particularly loving the idea of assisting a shoot, Holly was lovely to work with and I was super thankful for the opportunity to experience assisting.

Due to costs, I travelled into London 4 days a week for just over a month and was paid half of my travel money back. This routine was just what I needed and was my first break into the experience I really needed to get any further with my search for what I wanted to do in life!

Leading on from this, I found another opportunity through Twitter to work with Empowering Futures. Laura contacted me by phone later that day explaining what exactly Empowering Futures does, and got me involved immediately! Empowering Futures ‘conects entrepreneurs and university students to collaborate on specific projects.’ I went into London for a chat with Laura and an entrepreneur she matched me up with. Unfortunately this meeting wasn't a success, and i just wasn't the right candidate, with the entrepreneur realising he maybe needed more than a university students help. Despite this, is was a good experience meeting new people, and I ended up working with Laura to create some Infographics for her company. I also attended a Branding Workshop with Laura which was incredibly useful and is something that is open to all university students, studying any subject.

Having at least some kind of experience on my back, I went on to volunteering in an art gallery, the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, which I’m currently involved with, and a great insight into the gallery world. I’ve also got myself involved with an online magazine The Urban Watch and blogger Haylie Rubery from Frock Me Im Famous.

At the gallery

At the gallery


Both of these opportunities are great, each in their own way. Laura at The Urban Watch Magazine met me for a coffee in London and we discussed what we both wanted to achieve. I wanted experience of running a start up magazine, and Laura wanted help with social media and creation of a media kit for the site. Frock Me Im Famous’ Haylie took me our for lunch in London and said she wanted some social media, Pinterest ‘pinning’ help and typography/graphic overlays on her images to upload to the blog and use on Pinterest. Both these opportunities are on going and I complete remotely which keeps costs of travelling down.

For the time being, I shall continue with my current opportunities, and I'm still on the look out for other things I can get involved with. I’ve also just co-founded a new, online photography magazine - Untitled Collective which showcases the work of aspiring photographic artists and aims to connect, support and collaborate with other artists. Untitled Collective is always open to photographic or written submissions!

At the gallery

At the gallery

I said at one point I wanted to go on to compete an MA, but I just cant see this happening. At the minute, I just love meeting new people, getting involved with different projects and companies, and just want to get myself out there! I’ve loved my time studying photography at university, and it’s given me the confidence in the art side of things to go out and find what I want to do. When I’ve graduated, I hope to continue with the online photography magazine - Untitled Collective; get myself involved with more opportunities and internships, and hopefully soon, find what I really want to be doing!

My main advice would be to not worry too much about what you want to do in life. I’ve never had a clue what I wanted to do, and choosing photography as my BA degree was out of not knowing what else to do! My parents told me that I should take the opportunity to go to university for the experience, and I can say it has built me up as a person incredible amounts. I have no clue what I’d be doing with my life if I hadn't gone! During holiday breaks, take the opportunity to get in touch with people you know, or have industry contacts to get yourself relevant experience as it's so incredibly important these days. Even if it's something short and simple, to say you have pushed yourself to take on opportunities is something that will push you further and further!

In terms of things I find really useful - I subscribe to SO MANY email subscriptions, and not just related to photography! Any company you like, subscribe to them - you never know what opportunities may arise! I highly recommend Twitter, Diary Directory, The AOP and Fashion Workie for finding relatable opportunities.

Photograd Experience: Katie McAtackney

We recently spoke to Katie McAtackney, a 2016 photography graduate from Norwich University of the Arts about a commission she undertook. This new series on our blog shares graduates unique experiences within the industry and our second feature is Katie and her photo shoot at The Seasons at Lassco in London.

I studied BA (Hons) Photography at Norwich University of the Arts, and graduated in 2016.

The commission was to be the photographer for the event: The Seasons at Lassco.

The Season at Lasso is a four part series of workshops, dinners which is curated by Lasso Ropewalk and Lucy Franks, that celebrate each season by collecting together various of artists, musicians, and chefs in the unique setting of the Maltby Street arches in Bermondsey, London. In this event I had the pleasure of photographing the first event of the seasons, Spring. 

Luckily, Lucy (the curator of The Seasons of Lasso) found me via Instagram. She immediately sent out an email to me asking if I could photograph the event, as my style was exactly what she was looking for. I was just surprised she asked me! Thankfully, I had past experience with photographing these types of events in the same aesthetic style.

I used a canon 5D Mark iii with a 24-105mm lens to make the images and I was on location all day from 10am till midnight! It was exhausting, but well worth it. 

One vital thing I learnt from this whole process is probably to keep it professional. I learnt how to socialise with the people at the event but still be in control of what I was working on. I’ve also learnt how to keep my style coherent; I look for subjects, light, shape and form that will keep the set of final images relevant.

The images I made are now being used on The Seasons of Lasso’s website and Instagram to advertise and to promote future events, the next one is in the Summer.

My future plans are to keep on going, and carry on taking photographs! (Never give up!) 

Katie will also be a part of our Free Range Spotlight so check back on Friday to see more of her personal work!