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Join our Photographers of the World movement! #photography

We’ve set up a new group (Photographers of the World) – please join it. We know all about your photographs but we don’t know much about you! We are looking to feature the face behind the photo – do you want to be featured? Send us a short video (1 min max) or some blurb about you (you can mention what photography projects you are working on but remember you want to find out about YOU) and a photo of yourself. Email: info@londonphotofestival.org or Emma at info@mappoflondon.uk

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We have a number of #photocontests for you to enter! #photography #London

Theme ‘Window with a London View’: 

When a recent flood damaged some of the WPF Therapy Rooms based in London Bridge, we’ve teamed up with the charity to help them adorn their recently refurbished walls with some great art. They are looking for images of London taken through a window or a door – pictures that include the frame of the window in some way, it has to visible in your picture that you are looking out through a window or doorway.

 

Whether it’s the view from the top of The Shard in London, or looking out from your own home, London has some of the world’s best and most interesting window views. The image can be taken from any London building or attraction – it could be a landscape, cityscape or any view from any London window that inspires you.

·         The competition is free to enter.

·         Photographers selected for exhibition will receive £50 per image

·         The images will be exhibited for 3-5 years from January 2018

·         You will also have the opportunity to sell prints of your image

Enter here.

View through to city scene with the Gherkin in Corbetts Wharf apartment, UK

And we’ve teamed up with Mapp of London to run their first photography competition!  They are looking for your images of towns or cities and the relationship they have with water – from London and the river Thames to a small town pictured in the rain or snow – any images of the urban landscape featuring some element of water.  Their favourite image will be exhibited in London from early 2018 for three months and the photographer will win a monogrammed camera strap from their current collection. The public will also have an opportunity to vote for their favourite image and this will also be exhibited in London for three months from early 2018.  The winners will receive recognition on Mapp of London and the London Photo Festival & Gallery’s social media channels via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogs. Good Luck!

https://londonphotofestival.submittable.com/submit/3fe7727a-bec3-4eeb-b972-5ba6a0fc5d0e/cities-towns-and-water


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Congratulations to our monthly ‘water’ competition winner #photography #photocontests #londonphotofestival

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Taken in Helen, Georgia in the United States in 2014, with a Nikon D90. This was taken during my first exploration of the mountains on the East coast of the United States, which truly developed my love for mountains and waterfalls alike, and drove me to travel and explore much of the Blue Ridge Mountains over the past few years.


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We speak to 2nd Runner Up Anja Filippini #London #photography #londonphotofestival

The London Photo Festival is extremely well-conducted and has a welcoming feel, all thanks to the founders who are very kind and accommodating. I especially liked the tasteful presentation of photographers’ work, and the simplicity of the venue itself. The high standard of this Festival is reflected in the quality of printing and framing as well. Being both affordable and well-visited, I believe it provides amateur as well as professional photographers with the perfect opportunity to get great exposure at low cost.

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We speak to this year’s judge @photopositive #photography #London #londonphotofestival

On 17th May I found myself at the crypt of St George the Martyr in London to judge the travel photo contest. Judging travel images is always  challenge because it is a such a wide genre that can encompass everything from sweeping landscapes to tiny details, to people, animals and abstracts. Indeed the images submitted spanned all of these and more. But this is part of the fun of judging a photo competition. Seeing how other interpret a theme is both enlightening and entertaining.
With so many strong images to select from, the two hours I spent walking around the exhibition were fraught with changes of mind, multiple winners and uncertainty over what to select as the overall best image, not to mention a second and third. The best solution is to be ruthless. In almost every image at the exhibition I found something to like or love, but there were also, in my opinion, faults. And it was these tiny faults that I had to use to cull. For example, there were two images that I really loved, as traditional pictures. But for me they just needed a tiny tweak – in both cases the subject was just off-balance in the frame – it was by the tiniest of margins but once the thought had formed in my mind, I couldn’t see past it and so they were discarded.
I walked around and around, constantly refining my choices. My first pass got me to around 20 images. Second time around this came down to 10. By my fourth pass I was down to seven. These formed the basis of my winners and honourable mentions as I’d decided four honourable mentions was acceptable, any more seemed indecisive in the extreme! Trying to go from these seven to a top three was nearly impossible, but there was one image that I kept coming back to.
Interestingly for me, it was not a traditional photo, but crossed the boundary in to art. For anyone that knows my work, I’ve very much about capturing the image in camera, so quite why this piece of artwork called to me so strongly is a bit of a mystery. I think it’s because of all the images there, it gave the purest sense of travel, journey and place. Maybe something that couldn’t be captured in a single image but required a montage to create an almost dreamscape of the location and the feeling of travelling. Despite my reservations about it being a photoshop montage I felt it fitted the theme better than anything else and was visually arresting to and for that reason, I selected Henry Rice as the winner.
As I said above though, there was something to love in almost every image submitted and on a different day, in a different mood, I could have selected any number of other winners and honourable mentions.
For those that entered, if I didn’t select you, do not feel disheartened or disillusioned. Judging a photo contest is a challenging and personal journey and ultimately, your success or otherwise falls on the decision of the judge. Keep persevering, keep shooting and keep entering. I hope to see you at a future LPF event!


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Did you make the final of our ‘water’ competition? #photography #London #competitions

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2nd Runner Up #londonphotofestival Anja Filippini #London #photography #travel

Anja Filippini

Girl On A Bus

London

“The Girl caught my eye instantly. She was smiling at two boys who ran up and down the stairs of a double decker. Suddenly, her face changed. Her mesmerising gaze was lit up by a beautiful soft light.” This image is part of the photographer’s series “Londoners In Transit”.

Biography:

Anja Filippini is a London-based street photographer with an avid interest in the genre of social documentary. She is currently working on documenting the welfare divide in East London.

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