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One from the archives: when we spoke to @KarolinSchwab, our first Best in Show winner at the inaugural LPF in 2011! #photography

It’s been some time now since I have been part of the fantastic London Photo Festival, but my memories of it are still quite vivid. I heard about the LPF from one of my teachers at University in Germany, where I used to study for a Teacher’s degree in Fine Art at that time. Since I was planning to spend a semester abroad in London anyway and now found out there would be a chance to exhibit my work, I didn’t hesitate a second and booked my space.

So finally the big day of the private view came and I remember walking around the exhibition thinking “damn, there are some really good photographer’s in this show, who really know how to use their camera.” A little bit embarrassed about my own photo I tried to look at the positive sides, like that I got to meet a lot of interesting people and generally the whole experience of exhibition practice was very helpful. So, as I was in company of nice people and good wine, you can imagine how I surprised I was, when suddenly my name was called out for “Best in Show”.

I didn’t expect it at all I can’t emphasize this enough!) and I think it actually took me a few days to realize everything. Also the fact that my picture got sold straight from the show seemed very unreal at first. It was all too good. I’m still in touch with the collector who bought my piece and it’s such a nice thing to know my photo is now hanging miles away in somebody else’s living room.

Still, what was even more important to me – That night, after winning the award, my boosted ego decided to take my career as an artist seriously, quite my studies in Germany, stay in London and finish my Fine Art degree here. Looking back, there isn’t much to say other than: It has been the best decision I’ve ever made. After two wonderful years full of art, putting up and taking down many more shows and finally graduating from Uni, I am know back in Germany, Berlin dividing my time between working for a gallery and concentrating on my own art work.

Nothing left to say than life is good. In fact, it’s great and I really have to thank everyone from the LPF, without whom all this might have never happened.



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London with a Window View: 12 Finalists (penultimate round) @wpftherapy #photography #london #art #exhibitions

We teamed up with WPF Therapy to run a competition to help them adorn their walls with great art. Congratulations to the following 12 photographers who have made the penultimate round, with the final winning images being selected on 8 March. Good luck everyone!

Gaynor Spry
Iu Chung Hong
Jamie Bryan
Jennifer Boyer
Jose Betancourt
Judy Vere Parkinson
Nick Beadle
Regis Lampert
Richard Dickson
Robert Finch
Roger Jackson
Stephanie Mussi-Braojos

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London Photo Festival: Competitions & Exhibitions!

The World Around Us Photography Competition

  • We are looking for images that epitomise where you live and it is our aim to get entries from every country in the WORLD! This includes separate states, provinces or counties – for example, we are not just looking for images from the USA, we’d be looking for images from all 50 states or from every county in the UK etc.
  • You can only enter one image, so make sure you select your best work!
  • We will then select our favourite 30 images for exhibition in London for three months – enter here

Claudette Dudley – The Beauty of the Yorkshire Moors

Image: Claudette Dudley

London Photo Festival

There are still a few spaces left for our Festival in May (the theme is street photography) but be quick before they sell out! You can book your place on our website.


Image: Alice Gardoni

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We’ll be exhibiting at @photoschweizch again in the Directors Choice Series #photography #Zurich #London

We are delighted to have been selected again for the Directors Choice Series at photo18 Zurich. The following photographers’ photos will be ehibited at photo18 Zurich.

SyedMahabubul Kader-A Garment Factory in Dhaka

Adeel_Chishti-Going To Work

Aline Goncalves-Ceu

Ashley Hale-Daffodil on the rocks

Gabriele Merlo-Desert Waiting

Gary Alman – Mizuho Building

Jonathan Herbert-Puddle In The Thames

Juergen Schabel-Into Space

Kaat Stieber-Prince of water

Kerry Moran-Indelible

Kimberly Kern-Grand Canyon at Sunset

Lucy Higgins-Pyramid

Mark Aizenberg-Beauty of Decay

Mohit Tejpal-Magic at Moon Lake

Nataliya Andrianova-River Fantasy


Parag Banerjee-Call Of Eternity

Rachel Fuller-Purple Sunset

Richard Collens-Afterlife At Joshua Tree

Scott Brennan-Level 2E

photo18 Zurich is the largest festival dedicated to Swiss photography ranging from different areas such as press, advertising and art. Yearly, national and international photographers, present their current work at the fair, which provides more than 7000m2 exhibition space spread out through three premises at Halle 622 and StagOne in Zurich, Switzerland. photo18 Zurich shows a broad overview of the current photographic creativity in Switzerland.

This year photo18 Zurich will again be accompanied by the project alongside the exhibition, the Directors Choice Series.

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We speak to Harry Jenkins, one of this month’s Collectors Club photographers #photography #London #londonphotofestival

My favourite medium is paint but when I had painted an abstract painting based on a photo I took of a street in London and compared it with my original photo of the scene (which I had taken because I had been able to finish sketching), it struck me that both had something to offer about the feel of that place.
The painting was my interpretation of  how I felt immersed in London. By combining my photograph and a photograph I then took of my painting it added a greater depth and the differences were highlighted and it emphasised indecision even further.
I personally really liked this image as it holds onto the feel of the painting and I was able to tweak the layering until the balance between them was most effective. It was a great moment to find out that other people had liked it too, particularly with so many great photos entered and I am so glad that I did.
I am now working on more in the series and this has motivated me to continue to explore my own City  and capture it in this dual way.

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We speak to Amy Bateman @Croftfoot our fine art/abstract #photography #competition winner #London #cumbria


This photograph was taken on a family outing to a local tarn in Cumbria. It was winter and had been a hard frost. The tarn had frozen in the still shallows, yet, was still unfrozen in the deeper parts. The convergence between ice and water was making a stunning rippled effect and the picture has so much texture from the water, ice and movement that I took a whole series of photographs. These have become some of my favourite shots.

Photography has become a serious hobby since giving up work to look after our children and I have been entering a few competitions on the internet when I stumbled across the London Photo Festival. As a very busy mum of three I’d forgotten I’d even entered. Receiving the email to say I’d won was amazing. I’m delighted that the judge was taken with the shot as much as myself and my twitter followers! I am really looking forward to seeing my photograph exhibited at The Bridge Lounge, a pinnacle of my photographic career to date.

Amy Bateman1

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We speak to 1st Runner Up Guy Needham! #photography #London #londonphotofestival

Being based on the other side of the world and only being an occasional visitor to the UK, I jumped at the chance to be able to show some of my work at the London Photo Festival.

The timing was perfect as I had just finished an exhibition about the Hamar tribe of Southern Ethiopia, and it was some of these images that I put forward for the Festival. The main reason I wanted to enter was to get further international exposure and test the appeal of my cultural portraits in a metropolitan marketplace. I wanted to show images designed to be interpreted as cultural crossings, where the space between photographer and photography is more than just physical. On the faces of the portraits I submitted was a mix of suspicion and acceptance, my attempt to personify the deeper issue of tourism versus exploitation.

Having read about the Festival the previous year I knew that it was easy for overseas photographers to get everything organised online. I didn’t really expect to sell any of the work, but when I did the communication was very professional.

Of course, a real highlight was being judged 1st Runner Up, a complete surprise and honour. Sharing that accolade on social media has led to further interest and also boosted those who had previously purchased from the original exhibition, knowing that they had chosen award-winning work.

For me it was certainly worthwhile taking the time to enter the Festival and I’ll be back again next year!


Guy Needham