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‘We are seeing… and what the response to the Foto8 Summershow illustrates – is a new generation of photographers redefining the medium and connecting with new audiences’ – The Times

2012 marks the fifth year of the Summershow, as it continues its trajectory as a consistently record-breaking event: this year we had more than 1200 entrants from around the globe contributing to a final count of 3,226 images of which 159 were selected for the exhibition.


>> Summershow Gallery Exhibition
>> Summershow Online Slideshow
>> Summershow Launch Party Pics
>> Summershow Prints You Can Own
>> Summershow Best in Show Award
>> Summershow Judging Process


The successful images hang floor to ceiling in Foto8 Gallery for a six-week period over the summer – 7 July – 18 August –  giving you, the audience, the opportunity to pick your personal favourite, which in turn may stand a chance of winning the coveted People’s Choice award – and some professional photographic kit. Meanwhile, our illustrious judges, select an overall winner, announced at the wild street party that has come to personify the spirit of the Summershow itself, with the winner receiving £2000.



This year there will be five judges who will decide on the winner of the ‘Best In Show’ prize, to be announced at our festival launch party on Friday 6 July.

The judges for 2012 are:

Gerry Badger, Writer and Curator of photography

Phil Coomes, Picture Editor, BBC Online

Alison Jackson, Photographer

Simon Roberts, Photographer

Ossian Ward, Art Critic, TimeOut