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Herefordshire Photography Festival marks 20 years
Footballer posed for photo
Photographs connected to the Blind World Cup are being exhibited.

The Herefordshire Photography Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of special exhibitions.

It is the longest running annual photography competition in the country.

Twenty photographers who have shown work at the festival in the past two decades have been asked to lend examples of their current work for one of the shows.

This year's event runs from Friday, 29 October until Saturday, 27 November - entry to all exhibitions is free.

Pioneering photographer

The Hereford Photography Festival (HPF) was started by local photographer Dave West and one-time Rolling Stone photographer Al Vandenberg, who both settled in Hereford in the 1980s.

The city's connections with the history of photography go back still further - Alfred Watkins, the inventor of the first light meter, lived in the city.

He founded the Herefordshire Photographic Society in 1885.

Hereford cattle
Tessa lived with the cattle breeders and their families

Exhibitions

  • Twenty: Twenty photographers who have shown work at the Hereford Photography Festival in the past 20 years have been asked to lend examples of their current work
  • [Open Here]: Images by photographers from across the world will form the basis of this year's open submission exhibition, with a unique prize - a £2000 socially-engaged commission for next year's festival.
  • The Hereford: Documentary photographer Tessa Bunney has been commissioned by the festival to take portraits of local breeders and their cattle.
  • Focus Here: To celebrate the blind world cup tournament, 20 partially sighted students from the Royal National College for the Blind worked with HPF on an unique project to photograph portraits of the players of England squad.
  • Stuart Whipps: Images of Hereford's changing town centre by East International Prize winner Stuart Whipps will be on display.




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