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Call for Photographs: Disability and Representation

POSTED: 20 June 2024

We want to see your photographs exploring issues of identity and representation in relation to disability. Submit your photos for an opportunity to exhibit your work online with Autograph's support!

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The successful applicant/s of this open call will receive a £312 fee and an online exhibition on Autograph's website


This open call is for emerging photographers with a series of work which explores issues relating to disability and representation


The call for photographs is free to enter. The deadline to apply is 10am, Monday 19 August 2024

ABOUT THE opportunity

Are you a photographer looking to share your work with new audiences? We’re inviting artists who have a series of work (by which we mean 10 or more images) which engages with issues of disability and representation to share your work with us.

Autograph is committed to sharing the work of creatives who use their practice to address issues of race, representation, identity, human rights and social justice. We select and publish content based on relevance and quality and we’re keen to share the work of individuals with lived experience of marginalisation, misrepresentation and/or inequality.

The successful applicant's work will be featured in an online gallery, on Autograph's website, and will receive a £312 fee as well as editorial support from Autograph's experienced staff.

The call for photographs is free to enter, and the deadline for submissions is 10am on Monday 19 August 2024.

how to submit your photographs

Submit your photos by 10am (GMT) on Monday 19 August using this form.
If your work is shortlisted, we will be in touch in early September to ask to see more of your work.

If you need support in completing this form or wish to apply in a different way please contact Livvy:


Autograph's online content aims to be accessible, compassionate and progressive. We want our content to bring joy, understanding, awareness and action. To do this, we need a multiplicity of voices and perspectives involved, which is why we want to hear from you.

If your application is successful, Autograph's experienced staff will work with you to:
• discuss your work and support you in displaying it to the public via Autograph's website
• publish your work online and share it with others
• promote the work in our newsletter, on our social media channels and via our networks

The Judges

We will feature the work of the successful artist on Autograph's website and social media. Submissions will be shortlisted by a panel of judges including:

Sheryll Catto

Sheryll is Artistic Director & CEO of ActionSpace, the London-based visual arts organisation that supports learning disabled artists to develop and sustain successful creative practices.

Tony Heaton

Tony is a British sculptor, disability rights activist and arts administrator, who was appointed an OBE in 2013 for services to the arts and the disability arts movement. He was CEO of the arts charity Shape until March 2017 and is currently chair of their board.

Livvy Murdoch

Livvy manages Autograph's digital content and learning and participation programmes. They have a particular interest in programming around queer identity and disability justice issues.

Mark Sealy

Mark is the Director of Autograph. He has produced numerous artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide. His book, Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time, was published in 2019 by Lawrence and Wishart.


Who Cares

An Autograph newspaper sharing photography from Sonal Kantaria and Sangita Mistry alongside an essay by Yasmin Gunaratnam, probing the intersections of isolation, age, care and migration.

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Dexter McLean

Dexter McLean is a UK-based artist whose practice is concerned with representation of black and disabled communities. Drawing from his own lived experiences he creates photographic portraits that emphasise the challenges and myths disabled people face in contemporary society. 

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Making Artists Living with Brain Injuries Visible

Leon Foggitt's portraits of the artists at Submit to Love Studios in Hackney.

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Can I have a physical exhibition in Autograph's gallery space?
This is not an opportunity for an exhibition in Autograph's gallery.

Does the work need to be new?
No, we do not expect you to make new work for this call for photos. The successful artist will receive a fee of £312. This is not intended to cover the cost of producing new work.

How many images can I share? 
At this initial submission stage, we are asking to see just 3 images that represent your work addressing issues of identity and representation in relation to disability. If you are shortlisted, we will be in touch to ask to see more of your work. For the final image gallery, we are looking to share around 10 - 20 images in total.

Who is this opportunity for?
We're keen to work with emerging artists who are in the early stages of their artistic career on this opportunity. Emerging artists can be of any age or educational background, and we wouldn't expect you to have had a mainstream platform for your work before.

Will I retain the copyright for my work if selected?

Copyright for any images you submit will remain with you. We will credit all images with your name and sign off all captioning information with you before sharing the work publicly.

Do I have to be based in the UK to apply?
Though we are based in the UK, Autograph welcomes submissions from around the world. 

Can I apply as part of a collective?
You're welcome to apply as a collective if you have worked together on a series of work that you wish to submit.

Will you provide feedback if I'm not selected?
We are a small team and we are not able to offer individual feedback for applicants who are not successful. Often the reason we’re not able to support your work is due to our limited capacity and budget rather than the quality of your submission so please don’t be disheartened and feel free to engage with our future open calls.

Can I submit images that have already been published or exhibited elsewhere?
Yes, though please bear in mind that we are looking to support emerging artists with this platform, so are less likely to shortlist artists who have had already had significant exposure for a body of work.

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terms and conditions

By entering the Call for Photographs you are accepting the following:

1. Usage rights: By submitting your work, you grant Autograph the right to display the selected photographs for promotional use about the project, including on Autograph’s website, social media, advertising and in press.

2. Data consent: You allow Autograph to collect, process, store, and use your personal data (name and email) for this photo call. You can access, correct, or delete your data anytime by emailing

3. Model releases: You have obtained permission from any individuals depicted in your photographs, and have model release forms where required. For images of children aged under 18, a release form signed by a parent or legal guardian is necessary to enter this call for photos. An example of a model release form is available here.

4. Ethical considerations:
Ensure your photos respect ethical guidelines to protect vulnerable individuals. We recommend reviewing the standards of the National Press Photographers Association and UNICEF for reporting on children.

5. Digital alterations: Any use of AI in your images must be declared with your submission. If you have digitally altered the representation of people or events in your images, this must be declared in the caption.

6. Credit line: All photographs used by Autograph will include your name and credit line. Any inadvertent omission of this credit line by Autograph will not be considered a breach of the terms of the call for photographs.

7. Liability: You acknowledge that Autograph is not responsible for and will not be held liable for any misuse of your images.

8. Working agreement: The successful applicant/s will receive a working agreement for the use of their images, outlining further details on the above.

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browse Autograph's online galleries

Sharing the work of photographers exploring issues of race, identity, representation, human rights and social justice.

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Images on page: 1) Sonal Kantaria, c. 2012. 2) Dexter McLean, Kamahl, from the commission Untitled, 2020 © and courtesy the artist. Commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other. 3) Leon Foggitt, Terry Bruce, from the series The Artists. Courtesy of Submit to Love Studios / Headway East London / Leon Foggitt. 4) Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi, from the series East End Portraits [detail], 1950-1980. Courtesy Autograph, London.