We were delighted to receive work across many photographic genres, from wildlife to sport to fashion. The dominant genre was documentary photography, which, given the work we publish in 8 Magazine and on Foto8.com is not surprising. What was remarkable, however, was the quality of work submitted. Though it doesn’t seem possible, like national A-level results, the standard really does improve every year.
Over a week in June, the 2,853 images were whittled down by the Foto8 editing team to 150. Choices were made, as they are each year, on single image impact alone – a click of the delete button and it was gone forever. The successful images hang floor to ceiling in HOST Gallery for a month this summer, giving you the opportunity to pick your own personal favourite, which in turn may stand a chance of winning the coveted People’s Choice award – and an Olympus PEN E-P2 camera to boot. Meanwhile, our illustrious judges, Richard Billingham, Charlotte Cotton, Emma Morris and James Reid selected an overall winner, announced at the wild street party that has come to personify the spirit of the Summershow itself, with the winner receiving £2,000.
In the final selection there are noticeably more portraits than last year, superseding large-scale landscapes so favoured by entrants last year. There is an absence of street photography, usually such a popular genre in open submission competitions, which we attributed to a heightened awareness of what constitutes excellence in this genre following the cluster of recent exhibitions and books. From all over the world, we bring you striking, memorable and moving images of conflict, love and death… and a hen in a purple jumper. That’s the beauty of the Summershow – the only limit is the imagination of the photographer.
So we hope you’ll take this opportunity to not only look at, but also to own an original work of photography. You won’t find a more competitively-priced photography show in London this summer, or a better selection of limited edition prints. And in buying a print, you’ll be helping to secure the future of Foto8 and HOST, which, after building works later this year, will expand over two floors, in our newly refurbished gallery.
See you there!
The Summershow 2011 is on at HOST Gallery from 9 July – 12 August.
Click ‘captions’ to see photographer credits.
Above image © Annie Collinge
For a complete list of photographers in this years Summershow, click here