Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 20 December 2019

It’s strange to be writing the last post for 2019 and for the decade. Where did that time go? Everyone I talk to says the same thing, it feels like time itself has sped up. This is the last missive for the year before my annual hiatus from all things digital. I look forward to the break from social media every year, a way to recharge and get into a different head space. Thanks to all my loyal readers and the wonderful photographers who have shared their work with us. It’s been another incredible year of amazing photography, important stories, challenges and successes. Wishing you all a safe and joyous festive season, however you may spend it. We’ll be back on Friday 24 January, 2020.

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up an eclectic mix of awards, grants and festival information for the final post of 2019. Plus a recap on some of the books recently reviewed on Photojournalism Now. But first, Loud and Luminous announce the 2020 line up.

Loud & Luminous 2020

Some of the images chosen for Loud and Luminous 2020

The Loud and Luminous project celebrates and recognises the important contributions of contemporary female-identifying photographers in Australia.

The project is the brainchild of photographers Hilary Wardaugh and Melissa Anderson and 2020 marks the third edition, with this year’s theme “equality.”

On 6 March, International Women’s Day, Loud and Luminous will host a conference in Canberra followed by an exhibition of 100 photographs selected from a national call out. The exhibition opens at the Contact Sheet Gallery in Sydney in April.

“Last year we had over 2500 people through in one night, and this year we are planning something even bigger,“ says Wardhaugh.

Anderson explains that one of the main aims of Loud and Luminous is to bring female artists together for an inclusive discussion that celebrates diversity and promotes cultural change and equality across all areas.

“The stories told in the 2020 exhibition address important social issues, it is both a celebration of equality, and also a brave statement of what still needs to change.”

This is a great initiative and I was thrilled to be a guest speaker at the inaugural event in Melbourne in 2018.

Visit the website for more details.


Book reviews – recap:

Martine Perret’s Ngala Wongga Cultural Significance of Language in the Goldfields

Ngala Wongga Book Cover LR

Rocco Rorandelli’s Bitter Leaves

low Periyapatna, India A farmer’s child sitting on a tobacco bale

Alys Tomlinson’s Ex-Voto

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(C) Alys Tomlinson

David T. Hanson’s The Cloud of Unknowing

The Cloud of Unknowing #147
Gomateshvara, Vindhyagiri Hill, Sravanabelagola, Karnataka, India, 2008 © David T. Hanson

Markéta Luskačová’s By the Sea: Photographs from the North East, 1976-1980

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(C) Markéta Luskačová

Plus Paul Blackmore’s Heat, Andrew Chapman’s Woolsheds 2 and David Wadelton’s Suburban Baroque.

(C) Paul Blackmore
(C) Andrew Chapman
(C) David Wadelton


Australia and New Zealand Photobook Awards – entries are now open. Close 15 January, 2020. The folks at Momento Pro, who created the awards, have some terrific prizes lined up. They also have a list of other Photobook awards on their site that may be of interest.

Mullins Australian Conceptual Photography Prize 2020 – entries close 1 May 2020. Finalists announced 19 May. Lots of time to get sorted for this award. Visit the website for details. 


Grants for new visual projects – If you haven’t seen this list published by World Press Photo on its Witness magazine, it’s worth checking out. It was updated at the end of 2018, and features links to 47 grants.

These grants are for new projects, are not dependent on prior or invited selection and don’t have high entry fees. 

FotoRoom also has a huge list of international photography grants, fellowships and funds, although I am not certain how current it is.

2020 Photography Festivals:

I’ve started to put a list together of international photography festivals for 2020. Would love to hear from you with other suggestions.


  • Chobi Mela Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Exposure Calgary, Canada


  • FotoFest 2020, Houston
  • Format, Derby, UK
  • Cork Photo, Ireland


  • Glasgow Photography Festival, Scotland
  • Hong Kong Photo Festival
  • PhotoLucida, Portland, Oregon
  • Image Festival, Amman Jordan
  • Kyotographie International, Kyoto, Japan
  • Seoul Photo, South Korea
  • Photo 2020, Melbourne
  • Photo London, London
  • World Press Photo Festival, Amsterdam


  • Head On Photo Festival, Sydney
  • Photo Ireland, Dublin
  • Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand
  • Palm Springs Photo Festival, Palm Springs, California


  • Belfast Photo Festival, Ireland
  • Photo Espana, Madrid, Spain


  • Les Recontres D’Arles, Arles, France
  • Encuentros Abiertos Festival De La Luz, Buenos Aires, Argentina


  • Unseen , Amsterdam
  • Kaunas Photo, Lithuania
  • Photoville, New York
  • Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
  • Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad
  • Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France
  • Singapore International Photo Festival
  • Guernsey Photography Festival, Channel Islands
  • Brighton Photo Biennale, Brighton UK


  • Photo Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Off-Centre Photo Festival, Nottingham, UK
  • Photovisa, Krasnodar, Russia
  • Doha Photography Festival, Qatar


  • Paris Photo, Paris
  • Photo Kathmandu, Nepal


  • Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia



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