FAQs and Terms & Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TPG New Talent?
TPG New Talent (TNT) is an exhibition and mentoring award for emerging UK-based photographers and artists. Up to eight participants will be selected from an open call judged each year by a different internationally recognised practitioner. The 2019 inaugural year will be selected by American artist and photographer Jim Goldberg. The group exhibition will take place at The Photographers’ Gallery from the 14 June – 6 October 2019, each participant will also be offered a year-long mentorship with an industry professional. 

Who can enter? 
Any emerging UK-based photographer/artist or artistic duos whose practice has a significant focus on photography and who has not had a significant solo exhibition or published a monograph by a third-party publisher. There is no age limit. There is no need to have studied at an educational institution in the UK or elsewhere. Please note, in this context ‘UK-based’ applies to those who currently live in the UK for the majority of the year (over 6 months). A third party published monograph does not include being part of a group catalogue, self-published zines, artists books, small press publications or artist collectives. A ‘Significant solo exhibition’ refers to a one-person presentation organised by a (fully for profit) commercial gallery or publicly funded gallery. It does not restrict anyone who has been involved in self-initiated, artist run or peer organised exhibitions in non-commercial spaces from applying. 

TNT encourages applications from all individuals who meet the criteria and whose work shows outstanding talent, originality and innovation. 

The Photographers’ Gallery is committed to equal opportunities and we encourage applications from all persons without discrimination.

How do you apply?
Online applications will be accepted between 22 January – 19 February 2019 here. It is free to enter and each photographer/artist may submit a personal statement of up to 200 words, and up to two series of work - 16 images in total. Each series can be represented by up to 8 images (installation images can be included, file formats: .JPG file size: up to 1MB per image, no more than 16MB per total submission) with captions, and up to 400 words per project description. If animation or moving image are part of your practice, some alternative file types at a limited size can be supported, please email TNT@tpg.org.uk for more information. We advise doing this at least a week before the deadline so that you have time to transfer to a supported file type if necessary. Projects must have been started January 2015 or later but do not have to be completed. If you have not heard from us by 22 March 2019 please assume your application has not been successful. 

How will it be judged and mentored?
TNT is open to all forms of photographic/artistic practices and there is no specified theme or subject matter. The guest selector will bring their own expertise to the judging criteria. TPG New Talent offers a platform to under-recognised and emerging talent in the UK by selecting practitioners whose practice displays innovation and depth of vision. We are also looking for individuals who would benefit from a year-long mentorship with an industry professional. Specific mentors will be chosen in liaison with individual photographer/artists.

How will the show be curated?
Up to 8 practitioners will be featured in the exhibition which will be curated by the guest selector, a TPG curator and the individual participants.

Terms & Conditions

By submitting your application for TNT you are accepting the following Terms and Conditions. This agreement constitutes the entire and only agreement between you and The Photographers’ Gallery. The Photographers’ Gallery is a not-for-profit, independent, educational charity (UK Charity commission no. 262548). 

> I have been living in the UK since January 2018 and live here for the majority of the year.

> I confirm all the works submitted are my own and I have the intellectual copyright to use, exhibit and distribute them. 

> My artistic practice uses photography as a central component.

> I have not published a photography or artists book with a third-party publisher.

> I have not had a significant solo exhibition.

> I am not a staff member at The Photographers’ Gallery, or a sponsor of the organisation.

> I understand that I am only permitted one individual application to TNT per year, and I have not entered other work under any other name.

> I understand that the name, captions, texts and images or moving image files I upload to the TNT application site will be reviewed by The Photographers’ Gallery curatorial staff, and a shortlist of 50 applications will be reviewed by Jim Goldberg.

> The Photographers’ Gallery will only accept applications submitted through this website and cannot offer feedback on any individual application nor accept any submission by post.

> If selected, I allow my images to be used in print and online (including social media and other platforms) for marketing, press, promotional and educational purposes related to the TNT programme and The Photographers’ Gallery’s wider activities. Any images used will be fully and accurately credited when sent to press and third parties by The Photographers’ Gallery. Copyright for all texts and images remains with the artist.

> If my application is successful, my name, text and selected works, can be uploaded to The Photographers’ Gallery website and will be accessible to the public. My work will remain part of the Gallery’s online archive for an indefinite period. Occasionally images may be cropped for purposes of fitting into the website format, this will only be done when absolutely necessary. 

> The Photographers’ Gallery reserves the right to edit extended texts submitted through the application process, this will be done in consultation with the artist.

> All submitted information, text and images are my sole responsibility, not The Photographers’ Gallery's, and do not breach any third-party copyright. I am entirely responsible for all content that I have uploaded or make otherwise available.

> I do not hold The Photographers’ Gallery, including all its staff and trustees, responsible for any losses, claims, liabilities, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable legal fees, resulting from any violation of these Terms and Conditions or any activity related to the service (including negligent or wrongful conduct) by myself or any other person.

Submission Requirements

> One or two series- with up 16 images in total (file format: .JPG file size: up to 1MB per image, no more than 16MB per total submission.)

> A brief description of each series (up to 400 words per series), a personal statement (up to 200 words) in support of your application and optional individual image captions.

If you have any questions regarding your application, contact TNT@tpg.org.uk. (If you have not been notified that your work has been selected by March 22nd, please assume your application has not been successful).