Another publication opportunity. Shutter Hub (who have published a couple of my photos already) has launched an open call / competition described as follows:

Are you a graduate? Self-taught? Graduated a really long time ago? Are you under 30? Over 30? Emerging? Emerged? Not sure what emerging means..?

If you’re a photographer looking for a way to get more eyes on your work, we’d like to introduce you to YEARBOOK.

A group show, promoted to people working within the photography industry, with the chance to be selected for a printed publication going out to industry specialists and agencies. This is for you.

Nice and broad then :-)

A few other interesting aspects to the initiative:

  • It can be a general portfolio submission or a specific project
    • I chose the latter of course
  • There is an entry fee but it is ‘pay what you can afford’
    • I thought £20 was about right
  • The main ‘publication’ will be an online exhibition but there will also be a printed publication of 100 selected images
    • To be sent to 100 “industry specialists and agencies”
    • And also be available to buy

The edit

Interestingly they do not set a minimum or maximum number of images, it’s up to me. I considered sending the whole set of 15 but decided that this is too much for a competition entry. I thought that 10 felt like the right number for this purpose.

I kept the edit of 10 that I had used for the LensCulture Critics’ Choice 2020 application.

LensCulture 10

Submission instructions

Similar to LensCulture but subtly different. The image size needed to be 2000 pixels wide (not 2000 pixels on the long edge). For my landscape ratio images these two specifications would result in the same image size, but if my images had been portrait ratio then I could have provided bigger files overall (2000 x 2667 instead of 2000 x 1500). Interesting but ultimately irrelevant for me.

Shutter Hub has a strict filenaming convention of:

  • firstname_surname_image_title.jpg

Interestingly, this rule made me reconsider how I am titling the images. Up until now, the image title (and usually also the filename) has been the text fragment from below the image itself, so the first one in the series is usually titled, and referred to, as:

  • to take Henry with to my mum’s

and filenamed as one of the following, depending on the specifications of the requester:

  • to take Henry with me to my mums.jpg
  • to_take_Henry_with_me_to_my_mums.jpg

However, it suddenly struck me that this titling convention could be interpreted as prioritising the text over the image, and I was always trying to draw an equivalence between the two rather than having one of the two parts carry the ‘meaning’ of the overall combined artwork, if that makes sense.

I have decided to start making the titles of the individual pieces a simple numbered sequence using the overall project name:

  • Remembering Forgetting 01
  • Remembering Forgetting 02
  • etc

For me this helps to cement the idea that there is a series of these images; if one is seen out in the wild without context, at least a wider context is implied by the titling approach.

This therefore means that the filenames I have used for the Shutter Hub application are in the format:

  • Rob_Townsend_Remembering_Forgetting_01.jpg
  • Rob_Townsend_Remembering_Forgetting_02.jpg
  • etc

I am aware that I am almost certainly overthinking this (no change there then) but it makes me feel better so I’ve done it :-)


There is just one text box where we are invited to talk about the work, no word limit but what is asked for is “a paragraph”. I used broadly the same text as for the LensCulture entry previously mentioned, but added in a reference to this working my photography degree final year project, as there isn’t anywhere else to mentioned this.

That’s it for this one. Wish me luck.