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My Hackney Selfie - Call for Photographs

POSTED: 05 August 2022

Send us your photos and help us celebrate what Hackney means to its communities 📸

ABOUT THE call for photographs

What would your Hackney selfie look like?

Autograph’s #SenseOfBelonging project celebrates and documents the many perspectives and experiences of self, identity and community life in our diverse borough - and we are inviting you to join in!

#SenseOfBelonging is a public art project created by young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Over the last year, they have been taking photographs and making films, starting conversations and sharing stories from people in our locality.

Now we are inviting you to send us your images that respond to the theme ‘My Hackney Selfie’. This could include your photographs, videos or other art forms like collage and painting. It could be an image of something you have already created, a new work or snaps from your family album. You definitely don’t need to own a fancy camera or be a professional artist to take part! 

Send us your photographs by 10am on Monday 12 September 2022, and our panel of judges will select their favourites to feature on Autograph's website and social media as part of the #SenseOfBelonging project.

How to Submit Your Photographs

Submit your photos here using our Google Form

You can submit a maximum of 3 images or artworks - they must be works that you've created.

A panel of Autograph staff, artists and partners will choose their favourite images, which will then be featured on Autograph's website and social media as part of the #SenseOfBelonging project. We will contact you to let you know if your image has been selected.

Please read the FAQs section below for further information on submitting your images.

The Judges

Selected works will feature on Autograph's website and social media. Works will be selected by young artists from the #SenseOfBelonging project alongside a panel of judges including:

Ali Eisa

is Autograph's Learning & Participation Manager. He is an artist and educator with passion for doing creative work with young people and getting their voices heard on the big social issues we face.

Aida Silvestri

is a UK based artist. She creates work that challenges the status quo of stigma, prejudice, and social injustice/inequality by highlighting issues of migration race, class, identity, and health. Her work explores unique approaches to documentary photography and manipulation of the photographic surface.

Denise Rose

set up Mouth That Roars 21 years ago with the sole purpose of training young people in film production who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to media resources, enabling people who are often misrepresented to be heard.

Bindi Vora

is Autograph's Curator and an artist, whose work you might have recently seen in the British Journal of Photography.

Who we are

Established in 1988, Autograph’s mission is to champion the work of artists who use photography and film to highlight questions of race, representation, human rights and social justice.

Through doing so, we invite people to explore the creative and critical power of visual representation, in shaping our understanding of ourselves and of others.

Every year we engage hundreds of thousands of people locally, nationally and globally at our gallery in Hackney, digitally and through projects in partner spaces. 

frequently asked questions

I don’t live in Hackney, can I still submit my images?
Yes! You don’t have to be based in Hackney yourself to submit an image, but your shots should connect to Hackney in some way - whether that's it's people, places, histories etc.

How many pictures can I submit?
You can submit a maximum of 3 images or artworks.

Are there any image specifications?
Submissions must be in a digital format but the image does not need to have been originally taken on a digital camera. High-quality scans are also acceptable. Digital files must be a minimum of 1200 pixels along the longest side.

Is there an age limit?
No, but if you're under 16, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian's permission to take part in our call for photographs. Your parent or guardian will need to support your submission and provide their own contac tinformation and personal details to complete the submission. Autograph will contact your parent or guardian to consent on your behalf to the terms and conditions of the call for photographs.

Do I need to have completed a model release form to share my images?
The focus of this call out is on selfies but if your photo depicts someone other than yourself, make sure you have their permission to take and share the photo. Technically, you are legally required to get a signed model release form when taking photos of other people. If your photograph contains an image of a child that is not your own, then we will need to see a release form signed by the parent or legal guardian of the child before we can display it on our site. For more information, see this document and handy model release template produced by the Royal Photographic Society.

What ethical guidelines should I follow when taking photos of people?
Photography and visual storytelling is a powerful medium, and it is important to consider ethical implications when taking images - to protect vulnerable people and provide honest representations of the subject at hand. To get a better sense of the ethical guidelines around photography, read the code of ethics produced by the National Press Photographers Association.

What are the copyright and usage rights of any images I submit?
By uploading and submitting your images, you confirm that you own the copyright for the works you are submitting, and grant Autograph permission to publish these images on our website ( and on Autograph's social media as part of the #SenseOfBelonging project. Your images may also appear in reports we send to our funders and other organisations about our work. If your image is selected to feature on our website, Autograph may also include your image in a press pack to promote the project to local, national and international press. Copyright for any images you submit will remain with you. We will credit all images under the name you submit them with.

Remember - you can decide at any time for Autograph to stop using your images, in which case they will not be used for any future purposes, but may continue to appear on platforms / publications already in circulation.

I have an unanswered question, how can I contact you?
Get in touch with us by emailing

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See our online gallery of images from the public, created following the first call for photos, with submissions responding to the theme 'Hackney is home'.

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Can you spare a few moments? Autograph is carrying out a survey to better understand who our digital audiences are. The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Anything you tell us will be kept confidential, is anonymous and will only be used for research purposes.

The information you provide will be held by Autograph and The Audience Agency, who are running the survey on our behalf. In compliance with GDPR, your data will be stored securely and will only be used for the purposes it was given.

You can take the survey here. Thank you!

Supported By

Sense of Belonging is supported by Hackney Council’s Shoreditch and Hoxton Arts Fund, created from a levy on developers to support arts and culture programmes that bring different communities together.

Project Partner

Images on page: from the Sense of Belonging project courtesy Autograph / Mouth That Roars.

Discover more image: Manal Massalha, Convivial Hackney, 2019 © Manal Massalha.