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Are You the Next Big Thing in Photography?

The Photography Show [NEC Birmingham, this March 18-21st], have announced, what they have labeled a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ for an up and coming photography talent to get fast-tracked into a professional career. This competition will seek to find one talented individual, who wants to make the transition to becoming a professional photographer.

Their competition will seek to find a single person, who wants to make the transition from enthusiast/amateur to becoming a professional photographer.

Submit your application HERE

The Photography Show 2015, NEC

  • Entrants will need to submit a 60-second video telling them why they think they should win the competition. The judges will be looking for original ideas with flair; it’s the content and message that counts, not the production. Entrants must also submit 3 of their best images to demonstrate their creativity and passion. The deadline for applications is 17 February 2017.

A shortlist of 10 entrants will be selected to take part in the 3 below challenges. The shortlist will be announced on 3 March 2017.

  • Challenge 1: Ahead of the Show, the shortlist will be asked to submit a selfie. They will again be judged on creativity and originality and a technical spec of how the image was created will be required to prove it is a self portrait. This time, production values will also be important.

A shortlist of 5 will be selected and invited to attend The Photography Show on Monday, 20 and Tuesday, 21 March.

  • Challenge 2: In the morning on the Monday, participants will be set a photography challenge, to be completed within 2 hours inside the exhibition (Hall 5).
  • Challenge 3: In the afternoon, participants will be paired up to take another image; shadowed by a judge to see how they work together.

A shortlist of 3 will be selected for the live photo shoot.

  • Live photo shoot: This last challenge will have a focus on communication and directing skills, judged by a panel of well-known industry representatives. The session will start at 13:00 on the Live Stage on the Tuesday of the show.
  • The winner will then be announced live on stage.

Submit your application HERE

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.