It's been something of a tough time for Sky Arts these last few years. The channel was recently dramatically cut in scope, with Sky Arts 2 disappearing from the Sky Guide and the channel getting a new head, who's acting on orders to streamline the channel. Whilst it has seen a real terms budget increase (partially thanks to the closure of Arts 2) and a new European studio opened to encourage artistic talent to bring their endeavours to television, it's still seemed like something of a dark time for the channel.
Throughout all that though, Sky Arts have found a rich vein of programming which continues to draw viewers in. It began with Portrait Artist of the Year, and has since spun off into Landscape Artist of the Year, Guitar Star and now, an all new programme to highlight another underappreciated artform - photography.
The programme is to be called Master of Photography, and upon its debut, it will be the first European TV talent contest for photographers, open to both professional and amateur snappers. It's been developed by the Sky Arts Production Hub and will feature special guests including international photographers, celebrity guest and a committee made up of photography and art experts. That committee will be the ones to select the 12 finalists, who will compete for the title of Best New European Photographer and win the biggest prize ever offered in a European photography competition: €150,000. The winning photography will then move to a prestigious museum for display.
Photographers are already bombarding the Sky tel number with requests for information about the competition, but Sky would like to remind potential applicants that they can only accept entries via the programme's website, www.masterofphotography.tv. Any and all applicants must complete the form in full and supply a portfolio of at least five photographs, alongside a brief video presentation. Applications will be open from Tuesday the 10th of November, 2015, to the 10th of December, 2015.
Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, commented: “The European photography scene is incredibly active and we can’t wait to uncover some exciting new talent on Master of Photography. Whether you are a budding amateur or an experienced professional, we’d love to hear from you and so please do get in touch.”
Master of Photography is another Sky Arts effort which skews heavily towards reality TV formatting, something that they've had recent success with, however, that's not all the new Sky Arts is interested in. The Sky Arts Production Hub has been heavily involved in the development and creation of a number of upcoming Sky Arts programmes, including their Erotica Season, which dives deep into the most tantalizing subject in art. That 'season' includes The Erotic Adventures of Anais Nin and stars Broadchurch alumnus Lucy Cohu, and is now available on catch up or NOW TV , other upcoming specials are is the Silent Comedy Season, which features work from Kim Cattrall, Kevin Eldon, Jim Moir, Jonny Vegas, Frank Skinner, Seann Walsh and more, celebrating a great British tradition with both passion and style.
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