Respected professionals drawn from the creative community, jury members will score submitted photographs and poems. Their average scores will lead to the final works being selected.
We understand that evaluation of any creative work involves much subjectivity and jury members will be guided by their own emotions and centres of interest. However, they will follow a selection of criteria including:
Brian Aris began his photographic career as a photojournalist, working for a London agency. Over the next nine years a series of frontline assignments took him around the world – to cover the civil unrest and riots at the start of the troubles in Northern Ireland, the plight of Palestinian children in Jordan, the civil war in Lebanon, famine in Africa and the war in Vietnam, where he worked until the final days of the conflict in Saigon.
He then decided on a complete change of direction and opened a studio in London where he started photographing fashion and glamour models for newspapers and magazines. At the same time he gradually broadened his studio work to include pop and rock stars such as Blondie, The Jam, The Clash, The Boomtown Rats, Roxy Music and The Police. And after three years he turned away from the model world to concentrate on the music industry that was exploding in Britain.
During the next two decades he covered every aspect of the music scene from punk rock, glam’ rock and straight rock ‘n’ roll with the Rolling Stones right through to the emergence of the boy bands and then the girl power that arrived with The Spice Girls. His portraits include those of Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bob Geldof, Sting and many more…
The late Princess Margaret’s son David Linley asked Brian to take the official photographs at his wedding to Serena Stanhope and it was on that occasion that he photographed members of the Royal Family for the first time. He went on to photograph Her Majesty the Queen Mother and Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret. He was then commissioned to produce the official portraits marking both Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th birthday and, later, the Golden Wedding Anniversary of her marriage to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. His archive represents one of the largest individual collections in the U.K.
I was born in Folkestone, grew up on Romney Marsh and have been resident back in Folkestone since 2010. I first became seriously interested in photography in 1986 with the acquisition of my first SLR. Membership of the Romney Marsh Camera Club in 1988 greatly enhanced my photography, especially monochrome and I built my own darkroom for developing and printing my films. In 1998 I was a founder member of the St. Marys Bay Camera Club. I have also been a member of Folkestone Camera Club. Membership of these clubs allowed me to exhibit my work throughout Kent and I have also been featured in books and magazines such as Amateur Photographer. In 2010 a lecture at the Folkestone Book Festival by Queen guitarist Brian May on Victorian stereoscopic/3D photography led me to specialise in this niche genre and I have had success at international level winning awards and gold medals exhibiting my 3D work in Australia and the USA.
Alongside my photographic interests I also enjoy local history and have been involved in community history and archaeological projects. In 2010/11 I was part of the award winning project, ‘A Town Unearthed, the history of Folkestone to 1500’. More recently I was part of the ‘Finding Eanswythe’ project based on Anglo-Saxon Folkestone and was I proud to be part of the photographic team during the examination of the St. Eanswythe relics.
The son of surrealist artist Roland Penrose and photographer Lee Miller, Antony Penrose is a Film maker, photographer, author, artist, photo curator, co-founder of the Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection.
Antony’s photographic career began at an early age when peering through the view finder of his mother’s Rolleiflex camera. Antony’s first camera was a Kodak using 121 film to make 1 1/4 ” square negatives. Later Antony used mainly 35m/m and medium format and today shoots digital but is still nostalgic about analogue. Antony’s photography continued as production stills, documentary and occasional fashion work. With the rise of the Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection much of his work was shooting copy work or documentary connected to the collections. His work comprises about 15,000 images.
Antony’s main activity is writing and lecturing on photography and fine art. His has dedicated a large part of his life to research into the lives of his parents and their circle of artists friends. He lectures from the unique stand point of a person who personally knew many of the artists and illustrates his talks with documents and images from the Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection.
Georgie Scott is a curator and project manager living and working in the South East of England.
As Curator at Folkestone Fringe, Georgie manages their projects in the four-year-long Creative Europe exchange platform MagiC Carpets and is part of the project management team for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2020 and Folkestone Fringe Triennial Programme 2020.
Georgie is also Gallery Curator (Kent) for the University for the Creative Arts which includes the Herbert Read Gallery (UCA Canterbury), the Zandra Rhodes Gallery (UCA Rochester) and the Brewery Tap UCA Project Space (Creative Quarter Folkestone) and is a trustee for Art in Romney Marsh.
Prior to these roles, Georgie worked as the project coordinator for From the Kitchen Table: Drew Gallery Projects 1984-90. This project, in partnership with Southwark Park Galleries (formerly CGP London), included a series of exhibitions, talks, events, and a publication which reanimated the ground-breaking public art exhibitions organised by Australian curator Sandra Drew. Georgie has also worked as the administrator for the Institute for Public Art and Urban Room Folkestone.