New event: Photo North Festival

15 June 2018

Photo Festival

Open: 9th-11th November, Harrogate

RPS Members: take your membership card with you to get a discount on entry. 

Non-members: we are offering 20% off the cost of RPS membership to new members at the event.

Update 24/10/18: Other confirmed highlights include: undiscovered newcomer John Bolloten’s controversy raising ‘Nothing to See Here’, documenting two years of homelessness and addiction in Bradford and Northern social documentary photographer Tish Murtha’s Youth Unemployment shots, which are returning home for their first ever Northern showing. 

Copyright John Bolloten
Copyright: John Bolloten

Tickets are on sale from today for a new photo festival in Harrogate.  The event will take place in a single venue with a back drop of street food vendors, live music and licensed bars which will play host to exhibitions, book zine stalls, photo walks, portrait salons, workshops, portfolio reviews, screenings and live chats, all championing photography and open to the public for the three-day festival.

The headline exhibition for the 100 year commemoration will be ‘Women and War’, curated with the Imperial War Museum and Anne McNeill of Impressions Gallery, an exhibition by female photographers examining the impact of war on women. From women fighting a war to mothers displaced by war and the often courageous stories behind them.

To commemorate 100 years since the end of WWI, the festival will show Tom Stoddart HonFRPS Shadows of War, a stunning reportage of the battlefields and war memorials in Belgium and France.

Another highlight of the festival is Jane Hilton’s, ‘All Lit Up’, an ongoing project of people, places and objects that have been lit up in America. A stunning nod to American culture where living the American Dream is a constant part of people's lives. 

Reuters photojournalists have also signed up to the festival, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of image makers with portfolio reviews and motivational, inspirational presentations over the three-day event. Reporting from nearly 200 locations, Reuters global network of 600 photographers produces over 1,600 news images each day, offering a unique window into the world by capturing the essence, authenticity and significance of international events.

Other confirmed exhibiting photographers so far include: 2009 RPS Joan Wakelin Bursary recipient Anastasia Taylor-Lind, RPS Centenary Medal recipient 2013 Professor Brian Griffin HonFRPS, Harry Borden HonFRPS, RPS Vic Odden recipient 2012 Laura Pannack, 2012 RPS Hood medallist Marcus Bleasedale and Jenny Matthews HonFRPS amongst many others.

Harrogate Convention Centre, 
Hall D & Queens Suite, 
Kings Road,


Copyright: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui. .An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh September 11, 2017.