SUN Awards 25
3 September - 28 September 2013
The Gallery at Munro House and Shot Up North present the 25th annual SUN Awards Exhibition.
This exhibition includes, as well as the the competition photographs, an insightful retrospective looking back at 25 years of commercial photography. We are also hosting a special silent auction in honour of this, in which you can buy selected SUN prints from past years for the first time.
The 50 finalists have been chosen by an independent panel drawn from key figures in the commercial photography industry. This year’s judging panel includes Leeds photographer Peter Mitchell.
The SUN Awards showcase and reward the best in professional photography this through an annual judged competition and the showcase SUN exhibition with allied events and seminars highlighting photography generated in the Northern regions of the UK, within the disciplines of advertising, design, fashion and editorial.
Ssshhh... it's a Silent Auction
The Sun Awards final 50 photographs are not for sale, however The Gallery at Munro House will be holding a silent auction of framed photography from 30 finalists of previous years.
This is an opportunity to own original photography from the Sun Awards previous finalists and winners in a silent auction taking place throughout the 25th Sun Awards at the Gallery which will be on display from 3 – 28 September 2013.
This is an opportunity to own original photography from the Sun Awards previous finalists and winners in a silent auction taking place throughout the 25th Sun Awards at Leeds Gallery, 3rd – 28th September 2013.
So, how do I bid… ?
- Come and see the work, and choose your favourite! All 30 auction pieces are available to view in the gallery or on our Facebook page.
- Fill in a bid sheet with your bid (there will be a minimum bid on each piece), your name, telephone number and email address. Place your bid sheet in the box provided. We will inform you if you are successful at the end of the show!
- If you’d like to email us your bid please download the bid form and send it to us.
This year, in celebration of the award’s milestone anniversary, we are also proud to present the SUN Retrospective.
During the last 25 years the technology of the photographic industry has undergone momentous changes even leading to the demise of such household names as Kodak and Polaroid. The advances in technology and the subsequent ‘democratisation’ of image making have both helped, and hindered, the practicing photographer whose creative abilities and art of re-invention are becoming increasingly necessary to fuel the image hungry world we inhabit.
The SUN Retrospective dips into the last quarter of a century to reveal where we have been and hint at what might come next.
About Shot Up North
The SUN Awards showcase and reward the best in professional photography.
It does this through an annual judged competition, the showcase SUN exhibition, with allied events and seminars highlighting photography generated in the Northern regions of the UK, within the disciplines of advertising, design, fashion and editorial.
SUN is run as a not-for-profit event by photographers for the mutual benefit of the industry, and the awards are judged anonymously by an independent panel drawn from key figures in Photography. The awards are open to all professional photographers in the ‘northern regions‘ (from the Midlands to the Scottish Isles), and working in the required disciplines. The event has been showcasing the best photography since 1988, and is one of the most important sources of reference for all commissioners of photography, whether they are agencies, creatives, or corporate buyers.
History (1988 – 2014)
It began as a single open exhibition for northern members of the Association of Photographers (or AFAEP as it was then). The exhibition was unjudged and took place at Viewpoint Gallery in the Old Fire Station, Salford.
For the next few years a ‘blu tack’ judging system was in place, where the whole membership were invited to a viewing day and asked to note images in order of preference. The top 60 highest scoring were selected for the exhibition, which had now moved to Dukes ’92, Castlefield in central Manchester.
1993 they began producing the SUN book, featuring the fifty winning entries from that year’s exhibition. Around a thousand copies were distributed to agencies and other creatives across the country.
Subsequent to that year the judging became more formalised, with a panel drawn from leading photographers, designers and art buyers.
In 2000 the shotupnorth.co.uk website was launched, a ‘best of show’ award was presented, and the exhibition moved to the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester’s upcoming ‘northern quarter’.
2003 was a year of innovation with an exciting new exhibition format and a new home at the Circle Club, in the heart of the creative’s network.
2005 saw SUN take on new challenges again. Doug Currie, and Ed Horwich, had been involved with running SUN for most of its life and they then took over the responsibility and running of SUN from AOP.
It is now a completely autonomous independent event, open to all professional photographers based in the Northern regions.
The Gallery at Munro House has hosted the SUN Awards exhibition since 2012, this is our second year.
For more information please visit the Shot Up North website.