ANNOUNCEMENT: YEARBOOK Awards 2021 (Enter Now)

Graphic with an out of focus photograph of a computer monitor displaying the YEARBOOK 2020 online exhibition, with white text in the centre reading'YEARBOOK 2021'

If you are a photographer who wants to get your work seen, then YEARBOOK is for you. A group exhibition for everyone, a publication for selected works, and awards from some of our favourite industry partners. And did we mention, there’s no set entry fee? We want to make sure this opportunity is open to everyone, no matter what their financial situation.

YEARBOOK was launched in 2020 as an answer to all the cancelled graduate shows, and uncertainty about when events of that size and nature would be able to resume. We at Shutter Hub thought about what these shows mean for those involved, and what they were 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. We decided to do what we could to have a positive impact for everyone, and not just for graduates. It was a huge success, with photographers gaining valuable new connections, opportunities and a real sense of community – it was something special to be part of, together!


We’re really pleased to announce this year’s YEARBOOK Awards:


One photographer will be selected by the UK BenQ team, to receive a BenQ SW270C professional monitor.

Preserve the true colours you captured and make sure the moments are perfect. BenQ’s SW270C monitor offers a wide colour range with 100% Adobe RGB, HDR10 and 97% DCI-P3/Display-P3 colour spaces to deliver brilliant and accurate colours. USB-C connectivity will boost your work efficiency with a quick video, audio and data connectivity and power charge, providing a quick and easy workflow setup. It’s the perfect monitor for photographers looking for professional results.

BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers lives. Set apart by the unique philosophy of ‘Because it matters’, BenQ is committed to empowering people to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier and enhance learning through people-driven, innovation-fuelled products. For photographers, filmmakers and graphic designers, they build and develop professional monitors focusing on colour reproduction and technology, eye health and efficiency. The monitors allow you to work with ease, knowing that what you see is true to life, and your work output is of the highest quality.


Genesis Imaging YEARBOOK AWARD 2021

One photographer will be selected by Gabrielle Brooks from Genesis Imaging to receive a £1,000 bursary to use with Genesis Imaging, redeemable against print and/or finishing services, plus a mentorship with Genesis Imaging’s Mark Foxwell.

Genesis Imaging’s extensive printing and finishing services combine the latest technology with a team that has over 20 years of experience at the forefront of exhibition production. The prints, mounts and frames they produce have graced the walls of leading museums and galleries from London’s Tate Modern to The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

They thrive on working with photographers, artists, interior designers, architects, and individuals on wide-ranging projects – from national and international exhibitions in galleries, museums and institutions to interior design and personal work.


The Griffin Museum of Photography YEARBOOK AWARD 2021

One photographer will be selected by Paula Tognarelli from the Griffin Museum of Photography to receive a seat in the online version of their Photography Atelier in either March or September 2022, culminating with a class exhibition.

The Griffin Museum of Photography is a nonprofit organisation dedicated solely to the art of photography. Through our many exhibitions, programs and lectures, we strive to encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of the visual, emotional and social impact of photographic art. As an institution, we are committed to insuring that our mindset, our practice, our outreach, our programming and our exhibitions set a framework with priorities for building programs and exhibitions that consider diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion through our mission that is centred around the photograph.


Metro Imaging YEARBOOK AWARD 2021

One photographer will be selected by Steve Macleod from Metro Imaging to receive a twelve-month mentorship.

Metro Imaging has a reputation for supporting education and in 2005 established its mentorship programme. Over the years the company has supported hundreds of artists from both academic and non-academic pathways and we are delighted to be able to partner with Shutter Hub by offering a twelve month bespoke mentorship where we will develop the individuals next career move.

We will cover all aspects of practice to include developing network; marketing and social media; technical and process led discussion as well as contextual and conceptual one to one sessions. There will also be opportunities to interact with others on the scheme and we will produce a working portfolio in support of the mentorship.


The Modern House YEARBOOK AWARD 2021

One photographer will be selected by Albert Hill from The Modern House to receive a mentorship session with Albert Hill and Elliot Sheppard, The Modern House’s Lead Photographer, including going on a shoot.

The Modern House is an estate agency that helps people live in more thoughtful and beautiful ways. We believe in design as a powerful force for good. Inspired by the principles of modernism, we represent design-led homes across the UK which celebrate light, space and a truth to materials. Esquire credits The Modern House with “rewriting the rulebook on estate agency” and GQ voted us “one of the best things in the world”.


Newspaper Club YEARBOOK AWARD 2021

One photographer will be selected by Sarah Belfort from Newspaper Club to receive a £150 printing voucher for Newspaper Club.

Newspaper Club helps everyone print their own newspapers. There’s no minimum order, 24/7 online ordering and fast delivery anywhere in the world.

Founded in 2010, Newspaper Club has printed over 19 million newspapers for some of the world’s most creative people and brands. All of their papers are either 100% recycled or sourced from sustainably grown forests and their printing press is powered by solar energy.


Photographic Resource Center YEARBOOK AWARD 2021

One photographer will be selected by Jessica Burko from the Photographic Resource Center to receive a one year membership to the Photographic Resource Center.

Founded in 1976, the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is an independent forum for the exploration and interpretation of new work, concepts, and methods in photography and related media. Emphasizing fresh ideas and trends in contemporary photography, the PRC inspires our members and the broader community with thought-provoking exhibits, educational programs, wide-ranging resources, and unique special events that support the advancement of the photographic arts. Led by regional and national photography luminaries, regular PRC education programs include lectures and portfolio reviews, as well as PRC-led tours of the exhibitions for school and community groups. The PRC is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Photolucida YEARBOOK AWARD 2021

One photographer will be selected by Audra Osborne from Photolucida to receive a virtual portfolio review and entry to Critical Mass 2022.

Photolucida is an arts nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to provide platforms that expand, inspire, educate and connect the regional, national, and international photography community.

Photolucida does two primary things to support and promote the work of emerging and mid-career photographers: Annually, we open Critical Mass – an online call for entry that makes connections within the photography community. Photographers at any level, from anywhere in the world, submit a portfolio of 10 images. Through a pre-screening process, the field is narrowed to a group of 200 finalists who go on to have their work viewed and voted on by over 200 esteemed international photography professionals. Biennially, we host the Photolucida Portfolio Reviews where an international set of photographers and reviewers gather in Portland, Oregon for a five-day celebration of photography that includes lectures, workshops, exhibitions and, of course, intensive portfolio reviews. Reviewers are selected for their experience, involvement, and commitment to advancing the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Both programs are intended to promote the culture of photography locally, nationally, and internationally.


PhotoShelter YEARBOOK AWARD 2021

One photographer will be selected to receive a PhotoShelter Pro Account, which comes with unlimited storage and over 100+ features developed specifically for professional photographers.

PhotoShelter is the leading technology platform that helps photographers and creative teams unlock the power of a moment. Our tools and resources are designed and built for you. We make it easy for you to present, store, sell and share your images so you can focus on what you do best.


WSJ Photo Editor YEARBOOK AWARD 2021

One photographer will be selected by Dan Gaba, Photo Editor at the Wall Street Journal, to receive a portfolio review.



Just like last year, the main exhibition will be online, so it can be easily shared and accessed, in the same format as last year’s exhibition, which you can see here. All valid entries will have at least one image included per person, on our website, which reaches over 20,000 people per month . We’ll promote the show through our newsletter and social media with a combined audience of over 12,000 and everyone we know who wants to see new photography!

100 images will be selected to be included in a printed publication that will be sent out to industry specialists and agencies. The publication will also be available to buy if you’d like to send it to your own contacts, or for others to buy just to enjoy! You can find out more about last year’s printed publication here.

Want to take part? Find out more and ENTER HERE!


There are no set entry fees for YEARBOOK, we’re asking you to ‘pay what you can’. If you’re lucky enough to be in employment, or getting financial support, we hope you’ll help us support those who aren’t.

We’re making this opportunity affordable for all photographers, but it isn’t cheap to produce. Please help support us by sharing what we do. We receive no external grants or funding, but we’re determined to do what we can to keep photography open to all.


You don’t have to be a Shutter Hub member to take part, but if you’d like to find out about all the benefits of being a Shutter Hub member you can do so here.


This is your graduate show, whether you’ve just graduated, never graduated, or can’t even remember that far back!


Deadline for entries: 22 July 2021 (5pm BST)



Instagram giveaway: Fancy winning a Shutter Hub goody bag? Once you’ve submitted your entry via the entry form, post the image/s on Instagram with #SHYEARBOOK, follow and tag @shutter_hub to be entered into the draw! Winners will be selected at random from qualifying entries and announced after the deadline has passed. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.⁠



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