3rd May - 11th June 2016
The Wales photography Podcast and News website Ffoton Wales (www.ffoton.wales) kicked off 2016 with a project inviting photographers across Wales - professionals and enthusiasts - to interpret their local area using an Urban theme.
Photographers can use the #urbanwales hashtag on both Instagram and Flickr online photo-sharing platforms to have their images included in a diverse and fast-growing collection of images unique to modern Wales.
Ffoton Wales want the #urbanwales project to be a way for photographers to exhibit their work on walls for the first time. The Littleman Coffee Co. in Cardiff City Centre will be the home to a range of Urban themed photography through April to May 2016 whilst also hosting the inaugural Ffoton Talks - a series of events with guest photographers discussing their work and the challenges of working in public spaces, protests and legal issues.
We are pleased to be collaborating with Ffoton here in North Wales. A collaboration that will sees Oriel Colwyn host and promote a selection of #urbanwales images from photographers throughout May.
Ffoton will also team up with the organisers of the upcoming EYE International Photography Festival taking place in Aberystwyth over the weekend of Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October.
"Getting people to take photographs for a reason is the underpinning objective for The Eye Festival collaborating with Ffoton on the Urban Wales street photography competition. Not only are the entrants producing high quality work but also a document of Wales in 2016 and The Eye Festival is pleased to be a part of this project".
"While giving a photographer a reason to take their camera out for the Urban Wales street photography competition it is also producing a high quality historical record of Wales in 2016. The Eye Festival is pleased to collaborate with Ffoton Wales on this interesting project".
Glenn Edwards - Co founder of The Eye International Photography Festival
Over the last twelve months of producing Ffoton, the founders have been struck by the sheer number of talented photographers from all parts of Wales who are shooting great work in all manner of photographic genres, but who rarely show their images publicly.
For our show at Oriel Colwyn we have selected 9 photographers, and each have supplied 9 images from their #urbanwales feeds.
Selected photographers: (click to see their Instagram feeds)