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A picture says a thousand words and can

capture a moment in time that lasts a lifetime.

Create your own part of the story about what

the seasons mean to you

As part of our partnership with the City of Culture, Arco hosted a photography competition in association with HIP Gallery.


'Season4Tography’ encouraged colleagues and local residents to go out, take in their surroundings and capture an image that represented one of the four City of Culture seasons > Made In Hull, Roots & Routes, Freedom and Tell The World.  We had over 300 amazing entries and the winners were unveiled at the annual HIP Festival on 29 September 2017.


Our talented winners’ images were professionally framed and on display at HIP Gallery alongside world renowned professional photographer’s works. Also, part of the prize was cash gift and a photography masterclass.


Ewan Smith’s image of the Blade in Queen Victoria Square won your People’s Choice vote with

588 votes from a total cast of 4,636 votes across all the submitted images.


List of Winners, Runner’s Up and Shortlist

Made In Hull -  Stuart Deoraj Winner

Made In Hull  - David Ireland Runner-Up

Made In Hull  - Nye Whittaker Shortlist


Roots & Routes  - Lee Gale Winner

Roots & Routes - Mike Sissons Runner-Up

Roots & Routes - Tom Sutherland Shortlist

Roots & Routes - Alyson Pirie Shortlist


Freedom  - Nassim  Ansari Winner

Freedom  - Mike Bland - Runner- Up

Freedom  - Richard Wilks Shortlist


Tell The World - Ellie Dixon  Winner

Tell The World - Rebekah Sargent Runner-Up

Tell The World - Andy Medcalf Shortlist


The People’s Choice  - Ewan Smith Winner



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Matt Hart

Event Photographer


Matt is a black and white street and event Photographer based in Liverpool England. His journey through photography has been over 45 years mostly using film. He still shoots film, but most recently he prefers the freedom and flexibility of the digital medium striving to retain the integrity of the original image. Matt’s stock images have been used in advertising all over the world, his work has also been published in many books and magazines, including many photography magazines. Matt runs Street Photography workshops and courses around Liverpool and other UK cities passing on his tricks and techniques in Street Photography and processing in black and white. Matt is also the latest UK Fujifilm Ambasidor  and founder of the Fujiholics social media groups. He will be the exhibiting at PhotoCity London & HIP Gallery Hull in 2017.

Neil Jowsey

CEO Arco


Arco’s first ever CEO, formalising the sole leadership he has provided

the business since becoming the lead partner of the Joint Managing

Directors since January 2016. After 3 years as Joint MD and a lead

role for the last 15 months, this move completes the simplification of

the executive leadership first mooted by Exec members of the family

over 10 years ago.

Alan Raw

HIP Gallery


Creative Director of Hull International Photography Festival, Curator of The HIP Gallery & PhotoCity London, Co-curating the In&At Exhibition with the European Capitals of Culture 2016 to 2018, WEA Photography Tutor. CEO of The Creative & Cultural Company; this includes managing the Art Spaces in Princes Quay Hull, developing support for artists, creating cultural partnerships locally & internationally. Currently also in 15th year as a BBC Presenter/producer. Manager of @IGERS_hull the official Instagram group for Hull supported by InstagramUK. Previously produced & location managed for MTV, BBCi & BBC2 and taught Camera Skills for BBC LearnXpress. Youth & Community Arts Facilitator since 1992.

Andrea Lea

Fine Art and Documentary Photographer


"I'm a fine art and documentary photographer from Norway, based in Hull, UK. My documentary work often revolves around people and their every day life in different environments. It's the similar or totally strange little nuances that fascinates me and inspires me to explore more."

Andrea has had her work exhibited at Hull International Photography Festival 2015 and has taught photography to the young people of HIP club at the HIP Gallery Hull and will have work shown in the International In&At exhibition 201.

HIP Gallery


The HIP Gallery is part of the Creative & Cultural Companies Hull International Photography project a voluntary not for profit project developing photography skills in the community. The Gallery showcases touring exhibitions and commissions photographers to create work. Situated in Princes Quay Hull, the Gallery has a full calendar of events including ‘HIP Festival’, a globally recognised festival for professional and amateur photographers to exhibit and sell their work, network and exchange ideas.


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