The first of the Free Range Graduate shows have been taking place at the Old Truman Brewery over the past two weeks giving thousands of students the opportunity to showcase their emerging creative works, celebrating talent and providing a platform for UK artists beyond education.

Last year the FR Awards were introduced with winners selected weekly from their specific category exhibitions. Winners of the FR awards receive mentorship and funding towards solo exhibitions. As part of Metro’s continuing support of young talent our Creative Director Steve Macleod is involved in judging the photography categories and an annual Metro Imaging mentorship is provided as part of the FR prize.

The FR Award for Photography Week One at Free Range has been awarded to Alexander Mourant from Falmouth University. He receives a prize package including a solo exhibition in 2018 at the Truman Brewery as well as mentorship and support in the lead up, including Metro mentorship & exhibition printing.

We caught up with winner Alex and asked him how he felt about his award, “I was delighted to be chosen for the FR Award 2017, Photography Week One. It was great to hear of Metro’s enthusiasm towards the high attention to detail and mature presentation of my work. Moving forward, I am eager to push the boundaries of my practice with scale and well considered paper types. I am certain the experts at Metro will have invaluable knowledge in advising me throughout this process, with their guidance I’m greatly looking forward to producing an exciting and dynamic show.”

Watch this space as further award winners will be announced in the coming week.

Free Range Graduate shows continue until 17th July 2017

Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

For more information about Free Range

Images © Alexander Mourant

  1. Blue Parrot, from the series Aurelian. 2016-2017
  2. Untitled XII, from the series Aurelian. 2016-2017
  3. Display dome with atmosphere, circa 1880. From the series Aurelian. 2016-2017
  4. Untitled VIII, from the series Aurelian. 2016-2017


The four winning photographers of the BJP Breakthrough Awards 2017 have been announced. The awards now in their third edition, offer students and recent graduates an opportunity to showcase their work and help to launch their careers.

Metro is the official print sponsor for the awards and we have printed and framed the winning images which will be exhibited as part of the Free Range Graduate Shows at The Old Truman Brewery in London this week.

The judging panel consisting of experts from the photography, art and publishing industries selected a Series Award and Single Image Award winner in each category as follows:

Graduate Series

Ryan James Caruthers won the Graduate Series award for his emotive series Tryouts, in which he explores the intersections between homosexuality, masculinity, identity, and athleticism.

Jocelyn Allen won the Graduate Single Image award for her image 21st April 2017 (Today’s Look), taken from her on-going series Don’t Take Me Out Of My Melons, which explores themes such as representation, anxiety, self-esteem, self-confidence, and hiding.

Undergraduate Series

Todd R Darling was awarded the Undergraduate Series award for his project Silk City, in which he turned his lens on Paterson, New Jersey, a place he says, is “close to my heart and home.” The project – “born out of a desire to explore my home and my youth” – is a survey of the area, which Darling describes as incredible, but forgotten.

Cathal Abberton received the Undergraduate Single Image award for his portrait of Leo during a trip to the remote Italian town of Riace, Southern Italy, earlier this year. It is from a wider series called Solo in Calabria about the people and landscapes of this picturesque part of Italy. Where many of the refugees and migrants who live there are just waiting, he says – for a job so they can earn money, or to move to another place – and so the project touches on this notion of ‘waiting’. 

For full information about the awards

Read about last year’s winner Simone Sapienza


BJP Breakthrough 2017 

Opening Night: Thursday 22 June 2017; 6:00pm-9:00pm

Shop 13, Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR



  1. Silk City – Todd Darling (Undergraduate Series)
  2. Leo – Cathal Abberton (Undergraduate Single Image)
  3. 21st April 2017 (Today’s Look) from Don’t Take Me Out Of My Melons – Jocelyn Allen (Graduate Single Image)
  4. Tryouts- Ryan James Caruthers (Graduate Series)


Last month saw the announcement and launch party of the LPA Futures bi-annual competition. The Lisa Pritchard Agency (LPA) is one of the country’s leading photographic agents and shoot producers and LPA Futures is a division established to support and promote the next generation of commercial photographers.  A panel of industry experts selected five emerging commercial photographers for LPA to represent over a two-year period.

This year LPA Futures received an unprecedented amount of entries of an exceptionally high standard from photographers from all over the country proving to be a very difficult task narrowing down more than 120 entries to just 5!

Along with their 2 year representation by LPA, the winners also receive a huge array of fantastic prizes from various sponsors including ourselves here at Metro Imaging, printing and mounting digital C-type matt prints of the winning images for the launch party which took place at LPA headquarters at Camden Park Studios.

LPA Futures 2017/19 winners:

Imogen Forte: her stunning, atmospheric and voyeuristic style captures beautiful moments in everyday life

Will Hartley: a distinctive gritty urban style derived from a childhood love of skateboarding

Steven Joyce: combining the two things he loves; food and photography and creating his mouthwatering portfolio.

Katrina Lawson-Johnston: her breathtaking eye for detail and a clean, polished and yet sumptuous style

River Thompson: a passion for photography which sits closely alongside his passion for exploring.


For more information about LPA Futures & their launch night


Get the best from your files when entering the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 with our Round 1 Digital Offer!

Due to TWPPP application process change this year to include digital only for the first round of entries, Metro Imaging have created an offer to support and assist with your entries.

Our expert technicians can optimise your files – so we can colour correct where necessary, size accordingly and ensure you get the best result from each image. Whether it’s a one-to–one consultation or you send your files directly to us with your instructions.

  • DIGITAL FILES: For just £25.00 per file you will receive a print technician session with file(s) ready for entry to Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017


AND for those analogue photographers out there, don’t fret! We know photo-scanning quality can make the difference between a good and a truly great image.

  • ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL: For just £50.00 per file you will receive a high res drum scan and a print technician session with file(s) ready for entry to Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017



Just send your files straight to us and mark Metro x TWPPP17  in the comment section along with your instructions.

OR for more info contact 0207 865 0000 or email enquires@metroimaging.co.uk 

Should you advance to TWPPP17 Round 2 your image file will already be prepared for print and we can accommodate the print production at a lower cost!

Consultation appointments must be made in advance. 
Offer available until June 29th 2017  / Prices exclude VAT  / T&C’s apply,