Oxford Brookes University presents the Think Human Festival 2020 Photography Competition


Submissions close Friday 28th February 2020

'Relationships' is free to enter and open to everyone as part of Oxford Brookes’ Think Human Festival, taking place 1-14 February 2020. The Think Human Festival aims to highlight the value of the humanities and social sciences in challenging our understanding of ourselves and our relationships in a changing society.

Categories open for entries

The winner of each category will be awarded £250 and exhibited at Oxford Brookes University, 21st-27th September 2020 alongside other shortlisted entries. An overall winner will be chosen from the 3 category winners, and announced at an awards presentation at Brookes on 21st September, 2020.

Please carefully check eligibility criteria for each category (see briefs below) BEFORE entering

To be eligible for this category, you must be aged 18 or over on the 28th February 2020. Checks will take place retrospectively.

To be eligible for this category, you must enter your date of graduation and name of program on the initial agreement form for this competition, which you'll be presented with when you click to enter your first image. Checks will take place retrospectively.

To be eligible for this category, you must be aged 13-17 on the 28th February 2020. If you are under 13, and over 17 on 28th February 2020, you are ineligible. Checks will be made retrospectively.

Judging Panel

Grant Scott

Senior Lecturer Photography Oxford Brookes University

Grant Scott became a professional photographer in 2000 after working for fifteen years as an art director of photography books and magazines such as Elle and Tatler in the UK. His images and photographic narratives bring together his experience working with some of the greatest photographers of the last century. He has edited Professional Photographer magazine and launched his own title Hungry Eye before moving on to found The United Nations of Photography. He has been a jury member on the World Press Photo Multi-Media Awards as well as a judge of numerous international photographic competitions. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and his first monograph of photography, At Home with the Makers of Style, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2006. His work is held in the permanent collections of the MOMA, New York, Tate, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The British Library.

Jim Mortram

Social Documentary Photographer and Writer

Jim Mortram is a British social documentary photographer and writer, based in Dereham, Norfolk. His ongoing project, Small Town Inertia, records the lives of a number of disadvantaged and marginalised people living near to his home, in order to tell stories he believes are under-reported. His photographs and writing are published on his website, in zines published by Café Royal Books, and in the book Small Town Inertia published by Bluecoat Press in 2017. This work was also exhibited as Small Town Inertia, at the Side Gallery, Newcastle, in 2019. In 2013 he was identified as one of twenty photographers credited by the British Journal of Photography as "Ones to Watch".

Anne-Marie Kilday

Pro Vice Chancellor Oxford Brookes University

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday was educated at the University of St Andrews before completing her PhD in History at the University of Strathclyde. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust and the ESRC. She has been teaching at Oxford Brookes since 2001. Professor Kilday is now the Pro Vice-Chancellor Student and Staff Experience. Professor Kilday's research is centred around crime, gender and punishment since the early modern period in both European and global contexts, with particular reference to crimes of violence. Professor Kilday's specialist teaching focuses on the history of violent crime and its punishment in Britain and America. The subject of crime is examined through a range of different contexts and perspectives in order to come to a fuller understanding of its importance over time and place.

Gary Browning

Think Human Festival Director

Gary Browning is a Professor in Political Theory and Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. He is a member of the REF panel for Politics and International relations. He is the author of 14 books on a variety of subjects. Notable recent monographs include Why Iris Murdoch Matters (Bloomsbury: 2018); A History of Modern Political Thought: The Question of Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2017); Global Theory from Kant to Hardt and Negri (Palgrave Macmillan: 2013); Critical and Post-critical Political Economy (Palgrave Macmillan: 2011).

Photography at Brookes University

Our Photography degree course has been created with an informed understanding of where photography is today and how it is evolving in the 21st century and balances academic study with hands-on photographic practice. The teaching focuses on photography as a profession and a visual language appropriate for the creative industries. You will be supported in developing your creative practice, an independent voice and a personal identity as a photographer within a professional context.

You can find out more about the course here.

You can follow the course on Twitter and Instagram @PhotoOxBrookes

Think Human Festival

Think Human is a festival of humanities and social sciences, hosted by Brookes University Oxford. The festival takes place 1-14 February 2020.

What does it mean to be masculine in the 21st century? How do we face up to the loss of Arctic sea ice? What can contemporary dance tell us about human rights? Think Human Festival will tackle the latest global themes with a series of captivating talks, debates, activities and performances taking place on campus and throughout Oxford from 1 – 14 February.

From poetry and comedy, to theatre, film and music - Think Human Festival has something for everyone and all events are free to attend.

From mid November 2019 you can check the Think Human website for the full programme and sign up for events.

Test your assumptions, expand your perspectives, explore human identities, and let Think Human empower and inspire you!

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