The Photography Show & Video Show 2020

December 20, 2019

It’s the highlight event of the Creatives calendar, with thousands of photographers, videographers and creatives flocking to see the latest innovations. We catch up with the Photography Show, to see just what’s in store for the 2020 event of the year.

RISE: Firstly, can we put the date firmly in our diary, when is the show this year? 

The Photography Show, co-located with The Video Show is between 14-17 March 2020 – we hope you can make it for at least one day, or come along for all four!

RISE: We would like to say a BIG Thank You for being a Trade Supporter of RISE, why do you feel it is important to support our organisation? 

We support RISE because we believe in celebrating women in the industry – not to exclude or bash men in photography, simply to encourage women in this field to shout more about their work and their passion for these mediums, as well as inspiring other women to consider it as a career or hobby.

RISE: For those who haven’t been before to The Photography Show, can you tell us what they can expect to find? 

You can expect 4 days packed with all the latest gear from over 300 brands, an extensive programme of talks + demos covering everything from wildlife to weddings, masterclasses to on the latest legal and marketing advice and how to get your business to its profitability max, and a whole lot more. Whether you’re new to the industry or you have years of experience under your belt, the show will have something to spark your creativity and take your photography career to the next level.

RISE: You have Talks, Demos and also Masterclasses. Can you explain the differences in these for us? 

Talks and demos take place across the various stages, from Behind the Lens to the Social Stage. Talks vary in format, but are sessions led by experts in the industry covering a huge range of topics. At demos, our speakers show you their techniques and methods live on stage – in the past we have had BMXers, light painting, Asian wedding dancers and even a real horse!

Masterclasses come at a nominal extra cost, and are in-depth sessions which will help you take your skills and your business to the next level.

RISE: You also have the Super Stage, can you tell us a little about this and who can we expect to be inspired by this year? 

At the Super Stage, you have the opportunity to find out how some of the best photographers and filmmakers in the world approach their work, across genres like fashion, documentary, journalism, nature and so on.

In previous years we have seen legends such as Mary McCartney, Martin Parr, Lindsay Adler, Ami Vitale, Miles Aldridge and many more inspiring photographers telling us their fascinating stories and revealing how they rose to the top. We can’t disclose who will take to the stage in 2020 just yet – but we will say that we have some very exciting names under our hats! Keep an eye out for announcements in January…

RISE: We have also heard through the grapevine that you have some very new & exciting concepts coming to the show this year. Can you tell us more? 

We always aim to mix up our stages and content to make the show fresh and exciting year on year, and 2020 is no different. This year’s feature stage is the brand new Shutter Street, which will be designed to look like a street scene, and will cover a huge range of topics across photography and video, from street photography to guerilla filmmaking. We’re also launching The Studio, featuring talks offering insight into producing engaging content, storytelling, and creating projects using different techniques across various genres of moving image. Our brand new Analogue Spotlight will feature creative demonstrations of analogue photography, from analogue techniques to innovative uses of film photography, and the ever-popular Drone Zone will have the added Action Arena with ramps for stunt bikers, skaters and parkour. 

RISE: It is sometimes really daunting as a newbie to walk in on your own to the show, do you have any tips to alleviate this? 

We aim to make the show as welcoming as possible for everyone, but if you’re feeling a little anxious, we recommend that you come along with a friend or colleague, or meet up with your fellow RISE members for a friendly face! It can be daunting coming alone, but we hope you’ll find that the show staff, exhibitors and speakers are all really approachable and helpful. You’ll also be surrounded by like-minded photographers, so you can’t really go wrong!

RISE: Last year you showcased more female speakers, which is fabulous. Can we expect more again this year? 

We’re pleased to say that there were 346 female speaker appearances on our programmes at the 2019 show, up 9% on the previous year. We are always looking to make the gender split as equal as possible – so if you fancy running a session, please get in touch!

RISE: If you could sum up The Photography Show in three words, what would they be? 

Inspirational. Fun. Invaluable.

RISE: Let us not forget about all the amazing exhibitors, how many are there to enjoy and what new and innovative exhibitors should we be looking out for?

We see around 300 brands take to the show each year to show off their latest products, and offer some cracking show deals you won’t see anywhere else. All the major camera manufacturers will be there, and we’re excited to see more and more brands on the video side, as well as some new analogue kit in our Analogue Spotlight.

RISE: Finally, what is it going to cost, to attend this fantastic event, which is truly a highlight in the creatives calendar? 

For professional photographers and filmmakers, members of the trade and students who want to attend on the student day (Tuesday 17th), you can apply for a free pass via the website (subject to validation). For enthusiasts, tickets are £14.95 in advance, and £11.95 for concessions. Children under 13 go free! The masterclasses come at an extra nominal cost, and must be booked in advance as they do fill up quickly. We would love to see as many RISE members there as possible!

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