Growing An International Photography Festival

Co-founders/co-directors of the London Photography Festival, Kit Shah and Emma Matt sought out Submittable in 2015. The London Photography Festival was rapidly expanding, and they needed a submission management platform that could keep pace.

After four years successfully hosting photography exhibitions under the London Bridge, Kit and Emma wanted to add an international photography competition to the festival.

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“Submittable ticks all the boxes of features we wanted.”

So Kit set about researching submission management platforms. This turned out to be more challenging than he anticipated. “We were looking for something we couldn’t find. This was the first photography competition we’d run, so we looked up many, many platforms.”

When he came across Submittable, Kit knew he’d found the solution. “Submittable ticks all the boxes of features we wanted, and it works really well.” Going with Submittable meant the contest ran smoothly, and Kit and Emma were able to save significant money, time, and headaches over building a system in-house. “Technically,” says Kit, “An in-house platform can be quite difficult to maintain. Submittable does all of that. You know – the hard part.”

“People find it really straightforward to submit their work, so it obviously works.”

“Our first photography competition was very successful,” said Kit. They pulled in over three times as many submissions as predicted, and were able to give a great deal of exposure to a wide range of diverse photographers. “People find it really straightforward to submit their work, so it obviously works.”

“No one else took time to do that from all the other platforms we were looking at.”

Kit was given access to a fully functioning demo account for further review before he made his final purchasing decision. “No one else took time to do that from all the other platforms we were looking at.” And he found that Submittable’s responsive customer support team was right there to make sure the system worked perfectly. Questions and issues were always quickly addressed. “There are a lot of places where you wait days and days for an answer. We didn’t have to do that.”

This year, the London Photography Festival is planning to hold additional competitions, and may expand into other areas as well. Submittable will continue to be an integral part of their growing organization. Always looking for ways to improve, Kit says he’ll be “bugging the support team again so we can make things bloody better.”

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Simple interface and powerful tools allow you to start accepting submissions in minutes.

Affordable

We provide variety of plans for your size of organization.

Saves you time

...so that you can focus on choosing the best submissions.

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