What People Say


Some kind words from the photography community:

FORMAT is a truly ambitious and huge enterprise, an intelligently and coherently curated festival 

Arts Council England 

Scholarly, stimulating and up to the standards of its international peers

Francis Hodgson, The Financial Times 

 FORMAT - it's like the Woodstock equivalent of photography festivals.

– Kramer O'Neill

FORMAT is in the Top 40 of international festivals 

European Survey of Photography

The sixth FORMAT international photography festival makes brilliant use of Derby's disused mills and factories to document working life since the industrial revolution 

Sean O’Hagen, The Observer 

Attending the portfolio reviews at FORMAT Festival was a great opportunity to meet the reviewers in person. It is invaluable as there is an exchange of ideas and opinions with industry professionals. For me, it was a great opportunity to share my series and talk through my motivations in making the work. In doing so, not only was I chosen for the FORMAT Portfolio Review Award but more importantly I had formed strong working relationships for the future.

– Mahtab Hussain, winner of the FORMAT Portfolio Review award, voted by the reviewers



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