One of the best ways to see the best of photography is to attend one of the many photo exhibitions and galleries around the UK. From the short term, touring exhibitions to long-term, single locations, we have lots to offer photography fans here in Britain and here are some of the best to add to your calendar.
Royal Photographic Society Members Biennial 2017
As the name suggests, this event from the RPS takes place every year and there is still a chance to catch it this year. It highlights the member’s passion for photography and is open to people from around the world. The judging panel then decides on the best and the exhibition then tours the country, allowing people to see the works up close.
You can catch it from 30th Sept until 12th October at the Hull International Photo Festival and the from 9th November until 7th December in the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Victoria & Albert Museum
This free entry museum is known for many things and one of them is its collection of photographs. The museum began acquiring photos back in 1852 and is now one of the largest and most important collections anywhere in the world. The first curator of the museum was a keen amateur photographer, Henry Cole, and the collection is now around 300,000 images including scientific and artistic images that show the variety of the technique.
Getty Images Gallery
Getty Images hold an online archive of millions of photos as well as their negatives, prints and transparencies. These date from as early as the 1850s right through to modern times. Each year, the gallery holds a number of regular exhibitions including ‘100 Years of Hollywood Images’ and a ‘History of the Isle of Man TT Races’ where collections of images are available for people to see. You can also buy prints of the images while visiting the gallery.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
This is an annual event that takes place in venues around the world that allows people to see the very best of wildlife photography. Each year, 100 of the best photos are selected and compiled into a tour that visits various locations around the UK and around the world. You still have time to catch this year’s exhibition as there are two dates left in Wolverhampton Art Gallery until 1st October and the Old Big School Gallery in Tonbridge School until 5th November.
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Astronomy is a very specialist area of photography and each year, a winner is selected from the global community. There is an award ceremony held in the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the winners will be on show there from 16th September.
This year’s photographs included Uranus and asteroids for the first time and included works by both professionals and amateurs from a total of 9 different countries. Judging is conducted by experts from both the world of astronomy and the world of art, showing that the two can work well together.