ESPY PhotoAward 2017

Event Details

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Image by Filippo Venturi (blog post)

Sponsored by Swansea College of Art & elysiumgallery

Deadline: 1st July 2017

Exhibition dates: 18th August – 9th September 2017


The ESPY photography award in partnership with Swansea College of Art & elysiumgallery


The espy photography award for 2017 is now open for submissions. This year we have removed the categories allowing greater freedom for photographers to send in images on projects they are interested in.

ESPY photography award has got extra exhibition space this year to show case more photographers and include the self-published books. A total of three exhibitions, in elysiumgallery, Round Reading Room, and the Grand Theatre will run across Swansea all opening at the same time.

Submission fee:

£20 per  photographer for exhibition prize submission

£15 for the photobook prize submission

Photographers can enter both if they wish.

The Work:

  • For the exhibition prize please submit 5-10 images from one body of work

  • For the photobook prize please submit 1 self published book

  • A short statement of no more than 200 words to explain the context of the series or book.

  • Work should not to be mounted or framed.

  • Elysium gallery will be exhibiting prints only (exhibition prize) or the self published book (photobook prize)

  • Work should be professionally printed (this can be done by elysiumgallery at a reduced rate)

  • Do not send any additional information with the images for the selection.

  • The photographers that are shortlisted will be contacted for statements, CV’s etc

How to apply for the exhibition prize

  • Daadline: 11 pm (GMT) on 1st July, 2017.

  • Apply by email to

  • Use subject line: Espy photography award

  • Attach 5-10 images of your work

  • Each jpeg file must be 300 dpi minimum 800 pixels wide, max 3 MB each file

  • Each file must be numbered and titled in the following way:

  • 1_Artist Name_title of work_dimensions_year

  • The body of the email must include a full list of attached JPEGS and correct order they should be view. Your full name, phone number, email address, postal address

  • Applications must be accompanied by a fee of £20 Click here to pay

  • Please make sure that the contact details in your application email match those provided when paying your application fee.

  • All applicants will recieve a e-mail reciept as proof of payment and entry into Espy PhotoAward.

  • Please read terms and conditions below

How to apply for the photobook prize

  • A copy of the self published book

  • Deadline: 1st July, 2017.

  • £15 payable via PayPal Click here to pay

  • Please make sure that the contact details in your application email match those provided when paying your application fee.

  • Please read terms and conditions below

What happens next:

  • Selection process will take place between 2nd -12th July 2017

  • Shortlisted photographers will notified on the July14th 2017

  • The 43 shortlisted applicants for the print exhibition and the 25-30 book entrants will be posted on the website and blog and an email will be sent requesting more information.

  • Overall winners of both prizes will be announced on the opening night 18th August 2017 at elysiumgallery

  • Selected applicants for the print application need to post/hand deliver to

            Elysium gallery

            16 College Street


            SA1 5BH

  • All prints  or digital files have to be at elysiumgallery by 28th July 2017 to be included in the exhibition.



Terms and Conditions

Consignment & Exhibition agreement:

  • Selected photographers, when notified, will be sent an exhibition contract to sign and return by email or with the prints. Photographs will not be exhibited without this paperwork.

Delivery and Handling:

  • Work must be clearly labelled with name, address & email. The photographer is responsible for delivery of the work to the gallery by the deadline stated. Late work will not be exhibited.

  • The photographer is responsible for insurance of the work for both delivery of the work, duration of the exhibition and the return of the work. The gallery agrees to abide by any special handling instructions as outlined by the photographer.

  • Work will only be returned if the photographer arranges return postage or sends funds for postage.

Sale of Work

  • The gallery is authorized to sell work on behalf of the artist during the exhibition period. Elysium gallery will take 30% commission.

Loss, damage and insurance:

  • The gallery shall not be responsible for loss, damage or deterioration of work. The gallery agrees to immediately notify the artist of any deterioration or damage to the work but will not effect any repairs. Adequate insurance of works in the above exhibition period is the responsibility of the artist.

Copyright & ownership:

  • USE RIGHTS: Each artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submission for judging, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant ESPY the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting the ESPY and elysiumgallery programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on the ESPY website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for ESPY with artist credit. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from the ESPY.

  • Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers worldwide, both amateur and professional. ESPY invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions.

  • Exhibit Prints: All images accepted for exhibition must be printed professionally no framing or mounting of the prints is required for the exhibition at elysiumgallery. To encourage participation by photographers from around the world, we have made this an un-mounted print exhibition, making it easier for artists from around the world to send their prints

  • Acceptance Notice: Everyone who submits will receive an email notification of which images were accepted.

    UWTSD Swansea College of Art (PNG High Res)