Chris Packham announces his snappy new TV role

Jen Crothers
·3-min read

Chris Packham has been named as a guest judge on new BBC series The Great British Photography Challenge.

The Springwatch presenter and nature expert is an award-winning photographer, so he's perfectly placed to give advice to those taking part.

The series will be overseen by celebrity portrait photographer Rankin, who'll be mentoring six passionate amateur photographers.

The four part masterclass series will see the contestants undertaking a range of themed weekly challenges across the UK. Here's everything we know about the show so far...

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

The Great British Photography Challenge: What is it?

Six passionate amateur photographers will have the opportunity to be mentored by this groundbreaking creative figure at the forefront of modern fashion and British photography, in a fresh and contemporary four-part masterclass series. The contestants will undertake a range of themed weekly challenges across the UK.

The Great British Photography Challenge: Who's in it?

There are six amateur photographers taking part, and all were found through a nationwide search. Each has their own signature strength or influence, across fashion, street, abstract, wildlife and landscape.

The photographers taking part are:

Tyrone Williams, 28, from Northampton

Georgie Peel, 41, from London

Paul Williams, 60, from Dorchester

Chelsea Nawanga, 25, from Luton

Ali Lewis, 43, from Shrewsbury

Jackson Moyles, 21, from Dunfermline.

Photo credit: Vaughn Ridley - Getty Images
Photo credit: Vaughn Ridley - Getty Images

The Great British Photography Challenge: What's it about?

Each episode will begin with an on-the spot-challenge set by Rankin completed in just one hour. The contestants must deliver a winner picture using nothing more than a smartphone camera.

There will then be a bigger challenge, where they will take part in specific set projects with a celebrity expert in a specialist area of photography.

As well as Chris Packham, there's Maryam Wahid, documentary photographer whose work explores her identity as a British South Asian woman; and Lamarr Golding, photographer and creative.

Contestants will be given a high-pressure brief with clients, models and make up artists to shoot a glossy magazine cover, including a shoot with Marcella star and national treasure Anna Friel.

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The Great British Photography Challenge: How do they decide on the winner?

What’s different about this from other ‘The Great British (name of thing here)’ challenges is that the contestants won’t be sent home.

The contestants will use each week to build up to creating and presenting a portfolio of their work. These portfolios will be exhibited at the end of the series and the winner of the show will be chosen this way.

"Being a part of the Great British Photography Challenge has been an incredible opportunity to nurture the next generation of photographers," says Rankin.

"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.”

The Great British Photography Challenge airs this summer on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer

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