We have put together some notes to guide you through the Storyteller programme. There is something in the programme for everyone, whether you intend to submit a story, are willing to help other members prepare their submissions, or just want to learn some new skills.
For discussions and questions we’ll use a dedicated Forum. All members can read this forum, but if you want to post there you must first join the "Storytelling and Photo Essays" interest group:
Sign Up on the Interest Group
After you have done that it will take a bit of time before your forum posting rights are granted. If you still can't post 24 hours after signing up, email the webmaster for help.
Some storytelling resources are available to members in our Document Library. Search there for the "Storytelling" tag.
You can also contact Richard, Gerard or Paul with any questions.
Your final submission needs to be ready in January, made up of up to seven photos, and you can choose just to add a title, or also to caption each photo.
Some Tuesday evening society meetings will be dedicated to storytelling, and the competition closes in January, so there’s nothing to stop you getting started now.
We’ll update this information during the programme, and the key dates are as follows:
Programme opening: This year’s programme opened on 1st September, with Jim Grover talking about his approach to storytelling and photo-essays. You can read more in our blog.
1st October: How are your ideas coming together? Think about themes and ideas for your story. Do you want to work with a buddy, to help you edit your story?
20th October: A ‘Four Corners’ evening meeting, with an opportunity to talk about your stories in the break, as they start to take shape.
3rd November: Mimi Mollica, friend of the society, presents at our Tuesday evening meeting.
17th November: PhotoEntry website opens for initial submissions, consisting of up to ten photographs. This will be a work-in-progress, and you may subsequently change or edit these pictures. Some of these submissions will be selected at random for review in December by 2018 Sony World Photography Awards winner, Alys Tomlinson who talked to us recently. See below.
1st December: Everyone who intends to enter must upload their initial shortlist to the PhotoEntry website, to enable selection for review by Alys Tomlinson.
15th December: Alys Tomlinson attends our Tuesday evening meeting, reviewing and commenting on submissions.
1st January: Are you prepared to submit your final photos, or do you need to re-shoot? How are you getting on with editing?
5th January: PhotoEntry opens for final submission, allowing one panel of images from each participating photographer. Don't wait until the last minute. You can continue revising your panel in PhotoEntry up until the deadline.
19th January: Submission closes in PhotoEntry.
2nd February: Jim Grover will return to review entries, announce his top three stories, and announce our Storyteller of the Year.