A new reality series, Great British Photography Challenge, will see photographer and Dazed co-founder Rankin mentor a new generation of image makers, helping them develop their signature style and build a portfolio.
Six up-and-coming photographers will get the chance to be tutored by Rankin, as they navigate themed weekly challenges. Unlike traditional competition shows, nobody will be eliminated during the show, but a winner will be crowned at the end.
Each episode will start with an on-the-spot challenge, which will ask the contestants to use nothing but a smartphone camera to deliver a winning photo. Guest judges will then tutor the photographers in a specialist area of image making, including wildlife photography with Chris Packham, documentary photography with Maryam Wahid, and street photography with Lamarr Golding. Each participant will also undertake a magazine shoot with actor Anna Friel, a high-end fashion shoot with stylist and fashion editor Cheryl Konteh, and more.
Contestants include Northampton-based 28-year-old Tyrone Williams, 41-year-old Georgie Peel from London, Paul Williams, aged 60, from Dorchester, 25-year-old Chelsea Nawanga from Luton, Shrewsbury-based 43-year-old Ali Lewis, and Jackson Moyles, aged 21, from Dunfermline.
Weekly challenges will help build each photographer’s portfolio, which will then be presented in an exhibition in the show’s final episode.
“Being a part of the Great British Photography Challenge has been an incredible opportunity to nurture the next generation of photographers,” Rankin said in a press release. “All the contestants had such unique and varied backgrounds, but what brought them together was their love for photography. The contestants have exceptional promise and I’m excited for the UK to see their talent.”
BBC Arts commissioning editor Emma Cahusac added: “I’m delighted to welcome this brand new series to the BBC. With smartphone photography being more popular than ever, we’ve never been more fascinated by the art of taking a good photo. Mentored by one of the biggest names in the business, along with extra help from some stellar celebrity guests and dynamic young creatives, Ranking provides six photographers with a unique masterclass in the art and craft of photography that allows them to develop and shine before our eyes.”
The first episode of the Great British Photography Challenge will premiere on BBC Four at 9PM tonight (May 24). Watch the trailer below.