Shot Up North: Photography Awards/Exhibition

Featured image by Jon Shard – SUN28

We here at Cotton On MCR love it when people celebrate the talent here in the north, and Shot Up North Photography Awards are doing just that. They are providing an amazing opportunity for photographers out there, a chance to not only have your work in an exhibition, but also published in a high quality book. Applications are open, so read on to find out more.

Moy Williams – SUN29

The SUN33 awards is all about celebrating professional photography form the North, giving photography a platform to shine, showing to everyone, including agencies, that you don’t have to go down to London to acquire some incredible creative talent.

The SUN33 awards is an open call exhibition, inviting photographers to submit ‘advertising, design, editorial and fashion’ photography. 50 pieces will be chosen for the exhibition and printed in the awards book, then there will also be an award for the top three photographs also!

Applications to apply are open until 30th October, and the SUN33 exhibition launch party will be held at SeeSaw on Thursday 8th December. Not only will this be a great night for photographers and photography fans, but there will also be ‘tasty bites, an awesome bar and some amazing sounds’ too. It’s a free event so make sure you register for your ticket.

Sean Knott, 2nd place SUN31

The selection of work will be judged by an esteem panel, including:

Ed Horwich, chair of Shotupnorth and non-voting chair of judges. He has had a life-long career as a photographer. He spent three years serving as a director of the Association of Photographers, was a founding member of the Digital Imaging Group, and a member of the Approval Panel for the first academic Digital imaging qualification.

He will be joined by Jack Suckling who is the Producer and Locations Expert at Revolution Productions. They have worked for clients such as Puma and McClaren.

Also on the panel is Nick Dumur, a Photographer, Chair of the British Photographic Council and AOP Business & Legal adviser. And lastly, Paul Waterworth, stills and motion photographer, formerly of Hasselblad and RED cameras.

SUN33 have partnered with both Revolution Productions and Direct Digital to organise this year’s events. Revolution Productions is a Manchester based production company who service commercials, content, and stills campaigns, and Direct Digital are an audio visual equipment rental service in Manchester. They we’re both really keen to see SUN come back after the pandemic and wanted to get involved to make sure that SUN comes back as a continuing strong voice showcasing Northern photography talent.

There is also additional benefits if you sign up to the awards, you can get a discount on your entry fee by becoming a Shot Up North member. Not only will you receive 30% off the fee, you will also have your own personal portfolio on the SUN website, as well as free or discounted access to other events and showcases they host through the year. You will also have access to special offers and discounts from their partners, and they are planning on hosting both virtual and in real life networking events! Which we have come to notice rarely happen for photographers!

There is also a second way to get discount on your entry fee to the exhibition, if you are new to working in the photography industry, you could qualify for 30% off.If you have been assisting and/or working as a photographer for less than 3 years, you quality for their debut discount. To be eligible for this, you also have to apply before 23rd October.

We here at Cotton On MCR have worked with many photographers through our time, and have tried to make sure they get featured in our events and exhibitions too. This art form isn’t as seen or as celebrated as widely across Manchester as other art forms are. That’s why, when we heard about Shot Up North, we were happy to feature then on our website to make sure that photographers of Manchester and the North knew about this exhibition opportunity, something that is solely for them and their work.

Tom Keen, 1st place SUN31

The SUN awards has been going for over 30 years, and they have been facing the challenge of making sure that photography stays in the spotlight, especially the photography up north. The idea came from a group of Northern based members of the Association of Fashion Advertising and Editorial Photographers,and they have continued to host this annual event each year (minus Covid19 year). Similar to Cotton On MCR, they aim to celebrate local talent, and give local creatives a chance to shine, to show their work, and to help them to connect with customers and clients. This is a huge opportunity for photographers indeed.

So make sure you head to the Shot Up North website to apply for the exhibition, and make sure you register for the launch party also!


Applications for the SUN33 Awards are open till 30th October, and you can apply here – SUN33 CALL FOR ENTRIES . Remember to apply before 23rd for the debut discount. You can reserve your ticket to the launch party here – SUN33 Launch Night.

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