Monday 14 June sees the conclusion of The Great British Photography Challenge, when the fourth and final episode is broadcast on BBC4 at 9pm.
The participant judged by Rankin and his creative team to have the strongest portfolio of images in the gallery exhibition will be crowned the winner.
With fresh assignments Flowers and Sports added to the bag of completed creative briefs during episode 3, the contestants will be looking to make sure they do enough to win the competition with the remaining assignments they need to complete.
And while the six photographers had to shoot hundreds of images over the course of the series, success in the gallery show will come down to the quality of just 15 photos.
Ahead of the final episode being broadcast, we caught up with all the contestants to find out more about their experiences on the programme.
So here are 5 quick questions with Georgie Peel, the street photographer of the group…
How did you feel when you were selected? Elated, yet at the same time perhaps slightly nervous, too?
I was most pleasantly surprised to have been selected and obviously I felt very honoured. Being a part of a television show wasn’t something I ever thought I wanted to be a part of, so at the same time I was a little apprehensive.
What was the hardest point of the programme for you?
The hardest moment of the programme for me was probably the brand shoot. I found it to be a side of photography that I admire hugely.
However I didn’t find a huge amount of joy in the process. I felt that my artistic freedom was very limited, which is something I’m just not used to.
Did you ever receive any criticism from Rankin and his team that you didn’t agree with?
I wouldn’t say I disagreed with any of the feedback. I don’t consider myself someone in a position to think I’m too good for that. I welcomed all the feedback.
Can you really be taught how to become a better photographer, or is this something that is innate and just needs to be brought out?
I suppose it’s possible to be taught how to become a better photographer.
I don’t really know the true answer to this as no one has taught me. Perhaps I don’t do things by the book due to being self-taught. I don’t even know if there is a book!
I just continuously go out and shoot what makes me happy and it either makes me cry or smile!
Don’t miss the series finale on 14 June
The Great British Photography Challenge concludes on Monday 14 June at 9pm BST on BBC4. All four episodes will be available on catch-up via the BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) (international details are TBC, but the show is likely to land on one of the best streaming services (opens in new tab) outside the UK).
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“This has been an incredible opportunity to nurture the next generation of photographers,” said Rankin (opens in new tab). “All the contestants had such unique and varied backgrounds, but what brought them together was their love for photography. The contestants have exceptional promise and I’m excited for the UK to see their talent.”
If you‘d like to hear more from Rankin about portraiture, make sure you catch his talk from the Super Stage at The Photography Show 2021, which welcomes back visitors to the NEC in Birmingham from 18 to 21 September.
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