Supporting 2018 photography graduates - call out results

We're continuously seeking brand new talent here at Photograd and so of course the Summer months are our favourite time of year - it's degree show season!

We recently created a call for work specifically for those students graduating this year with the aim of rewarding a number of them with opportunities to be represented by Photograd.

The work we received was brilliant and the judging process was a tough one, but finally, the results are in..

The two 2018 photography graduates we are rewarding with a Spotlight feature are

  • Tom Roche and the series Black Blood - University of the West of England
  • Caterina Lombardi and the series SATIS - Falmouth University

The selected 2018 photography graduate we are rewarding with an Instagram Takeover is

  • Holly Farndell with the series Golden Promise - Norwich University of the Arts

The highly commended 2018 photography graduates who will appear on the Photograd blog are

  • Laura Dow with the series Flock - The University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Art) 
  • Luke Hurlock with the series Tokamak Fusion - University of Westminster
  • Chiara Avagliano with the series Val Paradiso - London College of Communication
  • Jae Storer with the series Riders of The City - University of Suffolk
  • Hannah Morgan with the series Precious Fragments - Brighton University
  • Stefania Kossakowska with the series Her Name Is Polonia - University of South Wales
  • Emma Stevenson with the series Altered Lands - University of Westminster
  • Paige Middleton with the series Coastal Contamination - Coventry University
  • Miguel Proença with the series The Buzzer (ZhUOZ) - University of South Wales
Image from the series  Black Blood  by University of the West of England graduate    Tom Roche

Image from the series Black Blood by University of the West of England graduate Tom Roche

PUER NUPTAE  from the series  SATIS  by Falmouth University graduate  Caterina Lombardi

PUER NUPTAE from the series SATIS by Falmouth University graduate Caterina Lombardi


Dates for the release of interviews and blog posts are as follows

  • Spotlight interview with Tom Roche - Friday 29th June
  • Highly commended blog posts - Friday 6th July
  • Spotlight interview with Caterina Lombardi - Friday 27th July
  • Instagram Takeover by Holly Farndell - Sunday 29th July - Saturday 4th August

Calling 2018 Photography Graduates

We want your work!

We’re looking to reward 2 photography graduates with an interview on the Photograd Spotlight and 1 graduate with an extended Instagram Takeover.

To submit, email a series of work, description, university, and website to
Submission deadline: 13th June. Open to 2018 photography graduates from UK courses only.

Image from the series  Utö  by Swansea College of Art - UWTSD 2018 graduate  Jasmine Färling

Image from the series Utö by Swansea College of Art - UWTSD 2018 graduate Jasmine Färling

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

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

Chris Mear: The Final Video From Coalville Photographed

Coalville Photographed, By Graham Ellis
A Series of Short Films By Christopher Mear

Unfortunately Chris' video series has come to an end. We've really enjoyed sharing the new episode every fortnight and we're now really excited to get to work creating a Spotlight to showcase his accompanying zine. In case you've missed the series or would like to catch up, you can find all the videos here. A massive thank you to Chris for sticking with us and allowing us to share his journey through the creation of this body of work. You can also find out more about Chris in our interview with him here.

The Charnwood Hills are too striking a feature to be passed over without especial notice. When seen obscurely they appear like an extensive range of mountains, much larger than they really are. When approached, the mountain style is still preserved, the prominences are sharp, distinct, and most of them pointed with rugged rocks. One of these prominences, Bardon Hill, rises above the rest: and though far from an elevated situation, it probably commands a greater extent of surface than any other point of view on the island. It is entirely insulated, standing, in every way, at a considerable distance from lands equally high. The horizon appears to rise almost equally on every side: it is quite an ocean view, from a ship out of sight of land. The midland district, almost every acre of it, is seen lying at its feet. The Sugar Loaf, in South Wales—the mountains of Shropshire and North Wales are distinctly in view—and the Derbyshire hills, to the highest peak, appear at hand. An outline, described from the extremity of this view, would include nearly one-fourth of England and Wales. It may be deemed one of the most extraordinary points of view in nature.

- T.R. Potter, The History and Antiquities of Charnwood Forest: With an Appendix On the Geology, Botany and Ornithology of the District, 1842

In the days before this shoot Graham and Liz had a series of disagreements, leading to some tension at home. Come Thursday morning Graham was told he can’t use the ‘chariot’ to go and take photographs. This left Graham with the choice of either abandoning the shoot and staying at home, or shooting somewhere within an hours walking distance.

Bardon Hill is the highest point in Leicestershire, standing at 912 feet (278 m) above sea level, but in comparison to the nearby Beacon Hill it seems to gain little attention or interest.

The presence of Bardon Hill was consistent during our journeys around North West Leicestershire. No matter where we ventured the radio mast at its summit always found a way to reveal itself and the hills heavily scarred (by a “Super-Quarry”) west face. Graham has wanted to walk to the summit ever since he arrived in Coalville in 1988. He’s lived, for most of the last twenty-seven years, at the foot of it, but due to the inevitable distraction of daily life, he never quite found the time to make the climb. He currently lives just around the corner from one of several public footpaths leading to the summit, it was really the only viable option for a shoot of any interest this week. So Graham would therefore finally realise one of his ultimate long-standing ambitions. 

This would be the last Coalville Photographed shoot I would film. Although I continued to join Graham for several more shoots, though it was becoming increasingly difficult for him to negotiate the time away, I only made photographs. But eventually, due to the increasing strain of caring for Liz, and finally, the loss of his temporary respite each Thursday morning, Graham was forced into publishing the last Coalville Photographed post, in June 2016. He has however vowed to maintain the page with occasional photographs taken as he goes about his daily chores. 

Dedication, Coalville Photographed via YouTube.