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Photo Scratch at The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Friday 7th October 2022

Click here to submit your application.

We welcome applications from working documentary photographers and photojournalists. The only criteria for showing work is that it is documentary in nature, and that you are a professional photographer (full or part time), not currently in full time education.

You will be asked to include in your application:
  • A brief description of your project (no more than 200 words)
  • What you hope to gain from doing Photo Scratch – are there particular issues or questions you are encountering to do with your project?
  • A selection of low res jpegs from the proposed project (no more than 5 pictures, no more than 800kb each in file size)
  • Two links to where your work has been published or shared other than your own website. This should not be the work you are applying with.

Please note:
  • Photo Scratch is for work-in-progress only.
  • Photo Scratch is predominantly focused on documentary photography and photojournalism, though projects that reach into the art side of things are also welcome if they are rooted in documentary. Challenging the form is always encouraged.
  • There is no fee to apply or participate, but you are responsible for your own costs associated with participating (transport, prints etc.)
  • Photo Scratch is specifically for photographers who are not currently studying.

Please contact us before you apply if you have any questions.

Deadline: Monday 12th September 2022, 5pm

Click here to submit your application.

Application Timeline

Monday 12th September 2022, 5pm: applications close

Monday 19tth September 2022: photographers contacted by this date to confirm outcome.

Friday 7th October 2022: Photo Scratch at The Photographers’ Gallery, London