Richard Southall from Frame Creatives fills us in about the support they offer to ensure growth of the region's photographic community!

The annual Frame events have produced some incredible images. What is different about this year’s event?

Frame Creatives events have become a collective in the past, bringing together a trade show, conference and the annual exhibition. This year, Frame16 is purely focused on a two-week exhibition that will showcase the diversity of photography across the region.


With Millennium Point being the host of the exhibition this year, how has this partnership benefited Frame Creatives?

Having the opportunity to showcase the Frame16 exhibition in a central location, for an extended period of time, really allows us to give all contributors the chance to exhibit their work to a wider audience of both invited guests and the general public.


Who is this competition open to and how do people get involved?

We encourage everyone to get involved! Whether you’re a professional, artist, student, lecturer, or an aspiring photographer, this is a great opportunity to showcase your work to a wider audience.

An esteemed panel of judges, including Michael Pritchard, president of the Royal Photographic Society, will shortlist images from individual entries to be included in the exhibition.

What can we expect to see in the exhibition?

Our sole purpose has always been to support and stimulate the growth of the region's photographic community in the most inclusive way possible. This has brought together a considerably varied selection of work from all disciplines, levels of expertise and speciality, which will be reflected in Frame16.


The event has attracted some big name sponsors such as Epson and The RPS. How were you able to secure these sponsorships and what do they add to the exhibition?

We’re lucky enough to have some fantastic long-standing relationships with many of the sponsors, who are always supportive of our annual events. Each year, the RPS has supported in the judging panel, and the support from the UK’s leading photographic retailers such as AG Photographic, Calumet Photographic, Epson, The Flash Centre, Pixapro, Pixelrights and theimagefile, really adds credibility and prestige to the Frame16 event.


Palm Labs is sponsoring the Best Student in Show award. What does being exhibited at Millennium Point do for a student photographer’s career?

For a student, the opportunity to promote themselves in a respected leading city centre location, as well as gaining first-hand experience of a solo exhibition, is sure to boost any student's profile within the creative industry.


Is there any advice you can give to a budding entrant as to how to make their work stand out?

The aim of Frame Creatives is to be inclusive of all photographers and abilities. The submissions are in no way restricted, of course, individuality is encouraged but most importantly, those who submit should be personally happy with their own images. The themes for Frame16 are ‘People, Places and Things’ and all entrants are allowed the freedom of interpretation.


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