Student Competition

Spectrum Photographic is proud to be partnering with Photoworks for our first edition of the Debut Award, which will provide an opportunity for emerging talent to have their final degree work judged by a panel of influential photographic experts. The winner will be selected on the body of work received through Spectrum Photographic’s online ordering service, alongside a project statement. The winner will receive £500 in prize money and national exposure.


  • £500 prize money
  • Have your work judged by a board of industry professionals
  • The winning work will feature as a Showcase on the Photoworks website alongside an article by Programme Curator, Mariama Attah, outlining her/ the selection process
  • Exposure on Spectrum Photographic’s social media platform
  • A feature on our monthly newsletter; this is sent to our client database, which includes picture editors, curators and artists.
  • A graduate feature on Spectrum Photographic’s blog

How to Enter

The competition is FREE to enter. Online orders must be placed between 16th April, 8am (GMT) and 30th June 6pm, (GMT) 2015.

Orders must be uploaded through the online ordering service, with #spectrumdebut entered in the optional message box on the payment page.


To finalise your submission, please e-mail your project statement (max of 300 words) to

Don’t forget to head over to our students page and sign up for your 10% student discount.

About the Judges

Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts is a British photographic artist, his work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity. He is a honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society and his work has exhibited widely. His photographs form a part of major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and Wilson Centre for Photography.

To date, Simon has published three critically acclaimed monographs: Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007), We English (Chris Boot, 2009) – voted as one of the best photography books of the past decade – and Pierdom (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013).

Clare Strand

Clare Strand’s imagery are conceived, researched, developed and resolved through a highly unusual and personal sensibility, using a clear and decisive method of production unique to each project.

Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Folkwang Museum, Essen (2009); Forum Fur Fotografie, Cologne (2010); and National Museum of Krakow (2014). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Tate Britain; The Hassleblad Center; Huis Marseille, The Courtauld Institute; Victoria & Albert Museum and Teatro Fernan-Gomez Arts Center, Madrid amongst others.

Strand’s work is held in the collections of Arts Council England; The National Collection; The British Council; The Folkwang Museum; The New York Public Library; Victoria & Albert Museum; Centre Pompidou, Paris and many private collections.

Two monographs of her work have been published; Clare Strand Monograph (Steidl, 2007) and mostrecently Skirts (GOST, 2013).


Brian Liddy

Brian is the Associate Curator at the National Media Museum and is responsible for providing pubic access to the museum’s collections and research centre. Brian was part of the curatorial team that helped to produce the current exhibitions: Drawn by Light, The Royal Photographic Society Collection and Revelation: Experiments in Photography

Mariama Attah

Mariama is the Programme Curator at Photoworks and is responsible for developing exhibitions on both a national and international scale, including the UK’s largest photography festival, Brighton Photo Biennial.

Mariama has worked with a number of influential artists and she previously worked as an Exhibitions and Events Manager at Iniva and Assistant Officer of Visual Arts at the Arts Council, England.

Chris Littlewood

Chris Littlewood is a curator and writer based in London, he works as the Photography Director at Flowers Gallery. Currently representing over ten established photographers, the programme at Flowers is most recognised for its engagement with important socio-cultural and environmental themes. Through a dedicated photography space established in 2008, Flowers also works with a number of invited artists and curators across a range of photographic practices. Chris has lectured and tutored at UK and international universities and institutions including University of the Arts, London, Architectural Association, Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, National Museum, Cardiff and Magnum Photos. Recent published writings include essays for Hotshoe Magazine and 1000 Words Magazine.

Terms & Conditions

1. To be eligible, students need to be graduating from a UK college or University at BA or MA level this academic year. 

2. We accept submissions from graduating students from any visual course, with a photographic core.

3. Online orders need to be placed between 8am (GMT) on 16th April and 6pm (GMT) on 30th June, 2015.

4. Orders for test strips will not be entered into the competition.

5. To qualify for entry, please add #spectrumdebut in the optional message box on the payment page.


6. Both elements: the online order &  project statement have to be submitted by the stated deadline.

7. We reserve the right to display and publish the winner’s images on our social media platforms & media, including our blog and newsletter.

8. One entry per customer.

9. The winner will be announced during the week beginning the 13th July.

Learn more about our Online Services

C-type prints

Photographic C-type prints are made by exposing light onto colour paper, which is then developed and washed using traditional photographic techniques. Our processors are equipped with an extra wash stage to increase the archival stability of your prints. We use Fuji Crystal Archive paper for our C-Type prints which are available in three finishes: Matt, Lustre and Gloss. C-Type prints are perfect for re-producing images with a photographic finish and yielding excellent contrast; making them perfect for portfolio prints and exhibition printing. 

Giclée prints

Giclée, the French word for ‘spray’, refers to the ink-jet printing process used to produce beautiful and archival standard fine art prints. We use 10 colour Epson UltraChrome HDR inks and a wide range of high quality papers, perfect for reproducing Fine Art and illustrative prints.

Giclée prints are the digital solution to the traditional fibre based baryta papers used in the conventional darkroom; especially if you are planning to print a black and white image. Our Innova Semi Matte is perfect for re-producing black and white images with rich blacks and bright whites.


When choosing how to mount a photograph certain factors need to be considered, such as how long will it be displayed for, how it will be attached to the wall or whether you would need the piece to be framed. We have a range of cost effective and archival mounting options to display your prints.

For short term display, we would recommend card, PVC Foamex, MDF and Kapa Foamboard. Whereas, for archival display we would recommend Aluminium, Dibond and Durospec mounting. The type of fixing is dependent on the size of your piece, generally pieces over 20″x 30″ we would recommend a aluminium subframe to provide the piece with an overall support.