Benedict Brain ARPS
Journalist and Photographer, Editor Digital Camera

Benedict is an award-winning journalist and practising photographer. He is also the editor of Digital Camera, Britain’s best-selling consumer photography magazine.

As a journalist and magazine editor, Benedict has been writing photography how-to articles, curating best-in-class content, writing features and presenting videos for a range of magazines, including Amateur Photographer, PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Practical Photoshop and Professional Photography.

After graduating with a degree in photography from Derby (1991), where he was tutored, influenced and inspired by John Blakemore and Olivier Richon, he went on to have a vibrant and varied career as a photographer – from cruise ships and commercial assignments to photography workshop leader and creative photographer.

Benedict balances his day job as a magazine editor with a vibrant creative life working on personal photography and art projects, and has taken part in multiple exhibitions in the UK and USA and is an Associate of the RPS.


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Tony Bramley FRPS
Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographer, awarded Fellowship of the Year 2016

Tony has always been interested in modern and contemporary art, regularly visiting London exhibitions. He was awarded the RPS Fellowship of the Year Award in 2016 for his highly abstract photographic work in Suprematism which is a direct link to the Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich's 'Dynamic Suprematism' period.

Specialising in weddings and portraiture, Tony runs a photographic business near Colchester, alongside offering bespoke photographic training through his company The Light Academy. Tony is a member of Colchester Art Society and the Members Secretary for Colchester Photographic Society.


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Maria Falconer FRPS
Professional Photographer specialising in performance, Visiting Lecturer at De Montfort University

Maria is a professional photographer and Visiting Lecturer at De Montfort University who has exhibited at the Arles Photo Festival, FORMAT Festival, The Edinburgh International Arts Festival, and also in the US, China, Belgium and Ireland.

Maria’s commercial speciality is performance photography, and she works with dance companies around the UK to produce promotional images. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman.

In 2011 she was awarded a Fellowship with The Royal Photographic Society, and in 2014 completed an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster.


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Joe McNally FRPS
Internationally acclaimed Photographer, Director, Author

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned more than 35 years and has included assignments in 60 countries. His most well-known series is 'Faces of Ground Zero – Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th', a collection of 246 Giant Polaroid portraits shot in the Moby c Studio near Ground Zero in a three-week period shortly after 9/11. 

Joe is often described as a generalist because of his ability to execute a wide range of assignment work. His expansive career has included being an ongoing contributor to the National Geographic - shooting numerous cover stories and highly complex, technical features for the past 25 years; a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated; as well as shooting cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. 

His work and his blog are regularly cited in social media surveys as sources of inspiration and industry leadership. He is also among the rare breed of photographer who has bridged the world between photojournalism and advertising, amassing an impressive commercial and advertising client list including FedEx, Nikon, Epson, Sony, Adidas and ESPN.

He has been honoured numerous times by Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY, and The World Press Photo Foundation. His prints are in numerous collections, most significantly the National Portrait Gallery of the United States and National September 11 Memorial & Museum. McNally is represented by the prestigious Monroe Gallery of Photography, which staged a one-man print exhibition of his photographs in 2014.

We are delighted that Joe will be selecting the award winners from this year's exhibition selection. 


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Andre du Plessis FRPS
Social Documentary Photographer

Andre’s main interest is social documentary photography, and for the past few years he has focused on portraying the people living in the townships of South Africa.

In 2015, Andre received his FRPS distinction in the Applied category. He and his work were featured as the cover story for the inaugural edition of’s magazine. One of his images was selected for Amateur Photographer Magazine: Best Images of 2015, and another is currently part of the RPS International Print Exhibition 159. This year he was awarded Bronze and Honorable Mention in the Prix de la Photographie Paris – PX3 2016.

Andre is South African, and he lives and works as a medical doctor in London. Recently he has been giving talks about his photography and his black-and-white processing and printing techniques.


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Steve Smith FRPS
Social Documentary and Street Photographer

Steve Smith FRPS is a social documentary and street photographer best known for his work on Cuba for which he has gained Fellowships in Visual Arts and Travel. He specialises in producing monochrome prints from film and digital capture.

In 2011 he won the prestigious AOP Open Awards, an award winner in the RPS 2010 Print International and has had his worked published in the Sunday Times magazine, The Independent on Sunday, Advanced Photographer and the new RPS Journal. He has had solo exhibitions in Cuba, Scotland and London with more planned for future projects.

Steve sits on the RPS Creative & Pictorial panels and is a member of the London Salon and Arena Photographers.