Because We Can!

Photo by:

© Judith Weik


At Festival Pil’ours – International Festival of Photography for Female Professional Photographers

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been invited to exhibit at Festival Pil’ours, Festival international de la photographie pour les femmes photographes professionnels, in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France.

Festival Pil’ours is an annual international festival of photography showcasing the work of female-identifying photographers from around the world. This year, a first for the festival (and for us!) Shutter Hub have been invited to bring a group exhibition of female-identifying photographers work to the festival.

The festival exhibitions will run from 8th July – 31st August 2018.

The outdoor exhibition sites are spread throughout the Pays de St Gilles Croix de Vie and attract thousands of visitors day and night throughout the festival. Organised tours, conferences with photographers and of course, the private view, make the exhibition accessible to all.



Why are we doing this? Because we can!

100 years ago the Representation of the People Act gave some women in Britain the right to vote.  Throughout the years we’ve all benefited enormously from the revolutionary courage of those women. The inspiring and tireless work of many women and men, for women’s rights continues to this day.

At Shutter Hub we welcome the opportunity to reflect on this and to take pause to celebrate contemporary work by female photographers today. While we pride ourselves on inclusion, we hope our male readership and membership understand and supports us with this project. We need you beside us to champion the work of female-identifying artists. You can start by sending this to every female-identifying photographer you think should get involved.

It’s as simple as that. Work that embraces the motto of Because We Can! There are so many reasons why we can, and we want to see what you can do.

Following the festivals format we’ll be displaying work in the outdoors on large dibond aluminium panels.

The selected images will be formatted in a design that looks like a traditional contact sheet. Each image will be 6x4in sized (inspired by the layout of the GIRL TOWN exhibition), with each photographer’s name under their image.

Each entrant can submit up to six images. These can be from a series or individual images.

There is no upper limit to the amount of images we can exhibit at Festival Pil’ours.



Each entrant can submit up to six images. These can be from a series or individual images. All submitted files must be named with photographers name and title of work.

We’ve subsidised the fee for Shutter Hub members to take part. The conditions of entry allow exhibitors to save on print, framing and courier fees which we hope encourages wider participation in our international exhibitions.

Please keep in mind that work entered needs to be suitable for a family audience.

The deadline for entries is 5pm BST on Friday 1st June 2018



Members £5 per image
Non members £10 per image
Each entrant can submit up to six works as 6x4in 300dpi uncompressed jpeg digital files.
Join Shutter Hub for just £80 per year.

We will be in touch to inform entrants of the outcome whether they have been selected or not within 5 days of the deadline.



Work will not be for sale



All submitted files must be named with photographers name and title of work.
Files must be 6x4in 300dpi uncompressed jpeg digital files.
We reserve the right to not display work.
Please read the Terms and Conditions for further details.



Shutter Hub reserves the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media any entry, without payment, for the purpose of the exhibition and its promotion and publicity. Copyright remains with the author and each exhibitor shall be deemed to warrant that they own the entire copyright in the work or that they have permission from the licensee and/or copyright owner/s for the uses and that all necessary model releases and clearances have been obtained. Insurance of the artist’s work is the responsibility of the artist. Shutter Hub and the venue reserve the right to refuse work that they deem to be inappropriate, offensive or explicit. Neither Shutter Hub nor the venue can be held responsible for the damage or loss of any of the work entered or exhibited.

Please make sure you read and agree with the above information before you submit your application. By submitting your application you are agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions and the information set out above.