It's that time of the year when students are starting to gear up for their final degree show exhibitions. We are going through a similar process preparing for Graduate Photography Online 2013. This involves confirming the curator selectors for this year and the various formats in which the work will appear. If you are going to graduate from a BA or MA course this year, now would be a good time to think about whether you want to take part.
This year's selectors come from a mix of professional backgrounds. For the BA students Matt Packer is a curator at the Glucksman Gallery (read his thoughts on the future of photography curating in the current issue of Source) while Dagmar Seeland and Sue Steward are picture editors and critics for newspapers. For the MA we have some heavy hitting curators: Seán Kissane at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Helen Trompeteler at the National Portrait Gallery and Daniel F. Herrmann at the Whitechapel Gallery; between them spanning three of the most important national institutions exhibiting photography and showing work of all kinds, from art to editorial.
Graduate online has been going since 2007 so there is now a vast trove of past work to look through as well as previous selectors' choices. You can compare what caught the eye of Elizabeth Biondi (then visuals editor at the New Yorker) in 2010 with the picks of Stefanie Braun (curator at the Photographers' Gallery) in 2011. The idea is not to create a beauty contest (no prizes) but for the selectors to create a way into the great variety of work produced by students every year. Readers want to know about different kinds of work; the selectors each have different taste and want to show photographs for different reasons so their choices provide a useful introduction from which to explore further.
Last year we made a short film to explain how Graduate Photography Online works. If you would like to take part read the guide at the bottom of the Graduate page for this year and then get in touch.