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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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The finalists of the water competition announced!

Congratulations to the following:-
THIRD PLACE Sandipan Mukherjee
Angela Baschieri (Honourable Mention)
Arka Dutta
Beth Magre Loren
Cath Dupuy
Chris Bennett
Daniel Munteanu
Gareth Sell
Goran Erfani
Jay Smet (Steve Jones) (Honourable Mention)
Joerg Karrenbauer (Honourable Mention)
Kateryna Stelmashchuk
Leah Oates (Honourable Mention)
Leticia Zica
Mustafa Karaaslan
Nicola Breen
Polly Rusyn (Honourable Mention)
Sabine Molenaar (Honourable Mention)
Sandipan Mukherjee
Sandra Wilks
Silvia Siracusa
Simon Hadleigh Sparks
Stanley Horowitz
Stuart Green
Yvon Jolivet
We are still waiting to hear from our venue when they will be ready for the exhibition – please bear with us and thank you again for your patience.
Congratulations to everyone who took part!

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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 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

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We announce the winners in our #abstract #fineart #photography competition! #London @rosie_hardy

When judging this competition I was looking not only for images which were technically well-composed, lit and thought out, but also photography that drew me in and caused me to pause and think more about what was going on behind the scenes of the image, and what the artist was trying to convey.
Amy Bateman’s “Convergence” took my breath away, both aesthetically and technically. I could have let my mind swim in this image for hours, in the blurred lines of space and perspective. The meeting of two opposite waters, strong and soft, calm and powerful, definitely appealed to my emotional tastes!
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Richard Maxim’s photograph also caused me to ponder more than just the strong composition and well executed, thought out scene. Playing with the human form in a style which makes one marvel at the female body for the agility and strength, as well as choosing to hide her head in the book lead to more questions than it did answers, which I enjoyed.
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Finally, “Review” by Brett Canet-Gibson was incredibly striking and really held my physical and mental gaze. Keeping the subject anonymous (identifiable only by his penetrating stare into the lens) was a fantastically abstract way to play with portraiture. The tones were beautiful, and overall a very worthy winning shot.
Brett Canet-Gibson
These and the other top 17 images will be exhibited at The Bridge Lounge in London for three months.  Congratulations to the finalists and all who entered!
Winner: Amy Bateman – Convergence  (£500)
1st Runner Up: Richard Maxim (head in box) (£300)
2nd Runner Up: Brett Canet-Gibson- Review (£200)
Coco Harris – Pier
Charlie Nowlan – Broken ice
Natalya Trotsevich – Goddess Selene
Simon hadleigh-sparks – Atlantis SG4
Daniela Pasquetti – Silences
Tawanwad Wanavit- Follower
Tawanwad Wanavit – Fishing feet
Enrico La Bianca – Fish market
Brika Weidmaier – Underground II
Dieter Kaufmann – Abstract 1001
Laura Visigalli – Drop a Line
Giovanni Chianese
Francesca Truddaiu – l’essenziale#1
Alessandra Barracchia – my beautiful laundrette
Graziano Panfili
Fernanda Carvalho – Divindade
Lauren Jenkins