Innogen · News · May 23, 2012

Call for Applications for Photographer in Residence

Genomics Forum Photography Competition

Great opportunity for a recently-graduated photographer to gain experience working creatively in an education/research environment.


Have you recently (2011-2012) graduated from a higher-education photography course?  Would you be interested in creating a portfolio of work inspired by the work of the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum/Genomics Network, with a view to submitting this to the ESRC ‘Portraits of Britain’ photographic competition?

The ESRC Genomics Forum  is seeking a Photographer in Residence to create a portfolio of photographic works inspired by the work of the Genomics Forum and its involvement with the wider Genomics Network – from late June to late July/early August 2012.  It is intended that work produced during the residency will be exhibited at the Genomics Network Annual Conference 2013 and other events and potentially be entered into the ESRC Portraits of Britain photography competition.

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The Genomics Forum was established in 2004 as a novel initiative in the field of social science research.  It aims to connect research in genomics  and life sciences, and the scientists that undertake this, with a wider audience in order stimulate debate and increase understanding of the impacts this might have for society.  In order to engage the public and policy-makers, the Genomics Forum has used a range of creative approaches – including writers, playwrights and artists in residence – as part of its Creative Space initiative.

The Genomics Forum now wishes to commission a Photographer in Residence to represent the issues surrounding society and genomics through the photographic medium.  Based at the Forum’s offices in Edinburgh, the residency will involve the photographer spending a minimum of 1-2 days a week working with Forum staff (and potentially those from other Genomics Network Centres such as Innogen) and attending Forum events to explore the issues and topics researched.  The portfolio of work resulting from the residency, which will run from late June 2012 until late July/early August 2012, will be exhibited to promote the Forum’s work at various events.  Selected photographs will also be entered into the ESRC Portraits of Britain photography competition, which has a closing date of 17 August 2012.

It is intended that the residency would provide an ideal opportunity for a recently-graduated photographer to gain experience working creatively in an education/research environment. 


Applications are invited from students who will, or have, graduated from a higher education photography course in 2011 and 2012, and are able to be resident in Edinburgh during June and July this year.


The successful candidate will receive a monetary prize of £500 and £200 of vouchers towards photography equipment/courses from a supplier of their choice.


Copyright remains solely with the commissioned photographer. The ESRC Genomics Forum will hold first rights usage for one year from the commissioning date. The ESRC Genomics Forum will also have the right to use images for promotional purposes beyond this date.

Application details:

To apply, you must complete the online application form by Friday 8th June. When we receive your application, we will send you a sharing link to a folder on 4shared* where you need to upload by Monday 11th June 2012:

  • 12 samples of your work which you feel most represents your approach to the residency

  • one page CV documenting your photography experience to date.

Please note that your application will not be accepted if the required documents are not uploaded by Monday 11th June 2012.

*you will need to sign up to a 4shared account in order to do this. It is free to do so and will only take a few minutes

The selection panel will include (Director, Genomics Forum), (Director, Innogen) and Colin Cavers (Lecturer in Photography, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University)

If you have any queries, please contact Steph Wright on 0131 651 4736 or by email