Press Photographers watch out: The MyTown 2018 shortlist revealed

UK’s biggest outdoor exhibition of street photography

Congratulations to everyone who’s made the shortlist for MyTown 2018, the UK’s biggest outdoor exhibition of street photography.   They are not the world’s best press photographers or press pictures, but they are not far off.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday 5th December.  Shortlisted images will be shown on outdoor screens across the UK.


The break-up, London © Stevert Honorio

  • Clear Channel has launched the second instalment of its street photography competition MyTown, which celebrates the people, places and moments that make up the UK’s communities
  • Renowned social documentary and press photographer Dougie Wallace is joined on this year’s judging panel by Ronya Galka and Linda Wisdom, two of the UK’s best street and press photographers
  • Selected entries will be showcased on Clear Channel’s Digital Out of Home sites across the country, to create the UK’s biggest ever outdoor exhibition of street photography

Bradford Cafe, West Yorkshire © Craig Philip Szlatoszlavek

Outdoor media owner Clear Channel has today announced the return of MyTown, the UK’s biggest outdoor exhibition of street photography. The competition, which showcases the work of UK press photographers, celebrates the diversity and uniqueness of our local towns and cities.

Aftermath of Notting Hill Carnival, London © Brunel Johnson

Last year hundreds of budding press photographers, both amateur and professional, submitted images that highlighted the real-life moments, situations, and people that perfectly sum up the communities within their town or city.

Ron and Mitzi on Portobello Road, London © Steve Ullathorne

Selected images from this year’s entries will be showcased across Clear Channel’s national network of over 3,000 screens – the UK’s largest digital Out of Home network – and also displayed at a pop-up exhibition at Carousel: Next Door in central London, on December 5th, where the winner will be announced.

Justin Cochrane, CEO, Clear Channel UK says: “Like all of the MyTown entrants, we love the uniqueness of our towns and cities, and the people who make them great.”

Baking Hot, Brighton © Leah Sinclair

“We’re exceptionally proud to be bringing MyTown back again, bigger and better than last year. Our continually expanding digital portfolio, the UK’s largest, is the perfect vehicle to reach the nation and showcase the excellent work capturing what makes our towns so special.”

Returning judge Dougie Wallace says: “The bar was set exceptionally high last year, I was blown away with the sheer volume and high quality of MyTown’s entries. Huge quantities of them captured the spontaneity and spirit of street photography.

Faces, London © Justin Goulding

The UK’s towns and cities provide us with exceptional subjects – a truly great street photographer will make ordinary life look extraordinary. I’m looking forward to seeing how this year’s entrants tell the stories of their communities and those around them.”

My seafront, Hove © Fabrizio Oppes

The competition is open from now until Sunday 11 November, with a series of selected entries running on screens in the coming weeks. The shortlist will be announced on November 21st. In addition to the national exposure of the exhibition, the winning press photographer will receive a X100F, Fujifilm’s premium compact camera, and a UK City Break of their choosing.

Blackpool in Union, Blackpool © Gisela Szlatoszlavek

About this year’s judges:

Dougie Wallace is an award-winning British Street Photographer famed for his ‘Harrodsburg’ series, which won the Magnum Photographer Award in 2016 and had a number of images included as part of the Royal Academy’s 2018 Summer Exhibition, curated by Grayson Perry.

Man with red chair, London © Jonathan Sharp

His photos have been published in Dazed, GQ, The Guardian, New York Times and more, and he is internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects and distinct style of expressive street photography. Wallace’s next book ‘Shoreditch Themepark’ will be published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in March next year.

Tate Britain Colour Match, London © Josh Edgoose

 Ronya Galka was named as one of the ‘Top 10 British Street Photographers in 2015’ by the Interactive Design Institute and last year was shortlisted for ‘Most Influential Street Photographers of 2016’. Her fine art street photography has been exhibited at Liberty’s of London and the Pall Mall Gallery in London. It can be found in private collections around the world and has resulted in numerous publications and exhibitions over the past ten years. She was also a contributor to the book ‘The New Street Photographer’s Manifesto’ published by Illex Press.

Support, Newcastle © Alan Warriner

Linda Wisdom is a professional photographer specialising in fine art urban and street photography for almost 10 years.  She has been a part of many successful exhibitions including the London Photo Festival in Borough, Photo City London in 2017. Linda won ‘Best Street Life’ category with the British Life Photography Awards 2016 and was commended again in 2018, where her image was exhibited at the Royal Albert Hall. Her next group exhibition will be in Hull in October as part of the HIP Festival 2018.

Do not feed the gulls, Liverpool © Andy Allchurh

For more information on the competition, please visit: www.MyTown.Photography