ANNOUNCEMENT: The Exposure Photography Festival YEARBOOK 2020 Award Winner

Mock UFO Saucer Where a UFO was Witnessed Landing in 1980, Rendlesham Forest, 'Britains Area 51', Suffolk, 2018 © Samuel Fradley

We’re really pleased to announce the winner of the Exposure Photography Festival YEARBOOK 2020 award is Samuel Fradley, selected by Beth Kane from Exposure Photography Festival. Samuel will receive a Mentorship package with Beth which will include a full portfolio review and will also be promoted through the Exposure Photography Festival social media channels.


Cold War Roc Bunker, Brixham, 2018 © Samuel Fradley

“Samuel Fradley’s A Handshake with a Martian is a fascinating exploration of the British UFO phenomena. From visiting Britain’s Area 51 to meeting Alien Bill, through Samuel’s photography we follow him on his unique journey and are able to see the places and meet the people he encounters. What is usually seen as a mostly American mystery, is bought to Samuel’s home in this very British depiction of UFO history and continued contemporary dialogue about this phenomenon or controversy. Through this extensive photo narrative and collection of official declassified documents, A Handshake with a Martian encourages the viewer to experience the same inner curiosity that continues to fuel Samuel’s work and the viewers attachment to his investigation.” – Beth Kane


John’s Research, 2018 © Samuel Fradley


“Provoked by my inner curiosity into the UFO scene in the United Kingdom, A Handshake with a Martian is a personal investigation into the British UFO phenomena. I embark on a journey that takes me across the UK to try and understand what has occurred. Supported by official declassified documents, this project is a photographic response to my journey. I meet the people who believe in and research ufos, as well as visit the locations where these famous sightings happened.

The main part of this project occurs at Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, commonly referred too as Britains ‘Area 51’.

The images submitted are a small selection of images from the project. Composing of over 300 images, the project is still ongoing as of 2020.” – Samuel Fradley


Visit Samuel’s website here.


The annual Exposure Photography Festival presents exhibitions that showcase photographic work by internationally renowned practitioners, alongside emerging and established talent from Alberta. Exposure provides an exciting, innovative meeting place for photographers and art lovers to connect with one another, along with curators and photography professionals from around the world. The festival brings together people of all ages to celebrate Alberta’s rich photography scene and creative communities.

Exposure 2020 welcomed over 890,00 visitors and explored photography’s past and present, as well as its future—what it might be. By engaging with photography’s current place in contemporary art we can begin to envision the future of the medium.


With most of the graduate shows cancelled this year and uncertainty about when events of that size and nature will be able to go ahead, we started thinking about what these shows mean for those involved, and what they’re missing by not having them. In many ways they echo the ethos of Shutter Hub exhibitions – group shows of work by many varied photographers, promoted to the photography world, attended by industry experts, other photographers’ networks and potential employers.

At Shutter Hub we’re always trying to find ways to create opportunities for as many people as possible, so we came up with an idea that could have a positive impact for everyone, and not just for graduates…

We invited all photographers who wanted to promote their work to enter YEARBOOK. Whether they were recent graduates, self-taught, graduated a really long time ago, under 30, over 30, emerging, emerged or not even sure what emerging means. Entrants paid what they could, there were no set entry fees. Some entered a single image, some a series and some a whole portfolio. We received several thousand images and in the online exhibition we are showing at least one image from everyone who entered. 100 photographers selected to be included in the YEARBOOK 2020 publication, selected by judges from our partners BenQExposure Photography FestivalFujifilm Original Photo Paper and Newspaper Club and Shutter Hub creative director Karen Harvey. For their awards, each judge then selected a shortlist of 10 photographers from the full YEARBOOK 2020 online exhibition, featuring over 200 photographers. The judges were sent all images and information submitted by those shortlisted photographers to make their final selection.


If you are an editor, director, curator or someone who commissions, promotes or supports photographers and would like to receive a copy of the YEARBOOK 2020 printed publication, featuring 100 selected photographers, please register your interest by completing this form.


The YEARBOOK online exhibition showcases work from over 200 photographers from across the world. YEARBOOK is a group show, promoting the skill and talent of photographers working now. We invite you to explore the gallery and the huge range of styles and subjects from photographers across the world. View the full exhibition here.




09 July – 09 September 2020




The YEARBOOK 2020 publication is printed by: Newspaper Club.

The YEARBOOK 2020 Awards are supported by: BenQ, Exposure Photography Festival, FujiFilm Original Photo Paper, and Newspaper Club.



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