The Photography Show 2017

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the event take place?

The Photography Show will take place in Hall 5 at:

The NEC
North Ave
Birmingham
B40 1NT

For more information on how to get to the NEC and where to stay, take a look at our Travel and Hotels page

When is the event open?

The Photography Show is open from 10:00 until 17:00 on:

Saturday, 18 March
Sunday, 19 March
Monday, 20 March
Tuesday, 21 March

 

 

Visiting - General Information

Who should attend The Photography Show?

Anyone who has an interest in photography. It doesn’t matter if photography is your business, your study focus or your passion, The Photography Show is a destination for all image creators.

Are students welcome?

Yes! The Photography Show is suitable for both University and college students (18 and over). Students studying photography are welcome to attend the show free on our Student Day (Tuesday, 21 March). The Student Conference, also on the Tuesday, is a nominal £5 for a half-day session. For those attending on the Saturday, Sunday or Monday, the concession fee of £10.95 will apply.

We have a limited number of GCSE student places available. GCSE students will not be admitted to the Student Conference. We offer a group booking service to teachers wanting to register groups of students. Please contact us at thephotographyshow@futurenet.com for more information.

Can I bring my children?   

Yes! The Photography Show is a great family day out and we allow children to enter the exhibition. If they are under 18, they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children under 10 years of age get in free.

What ticket options are available?

Tickets are £18 for adults and £15 for concession. Discounts promoted apply to standard adult entry tickets only and expire on Wednesday, 15 March. 

Conferences, masterclasses and Super Stage sessions are charged for separately as are any partner-hosted workshops.

Super Stage sessions will be released closer to the show date.

To be notified by email when tickets go live and the stage programmes are launched, you can sign up to receive our communications

All tickets can be purchased online. If you would prefer to book by telephone, please call 0844 581 1316. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Our lines are open from 9am to 7pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 5pm (Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays).

Should I have an e-ticket or a badge for show entry?

All Adult and Concession ticket holders will receive an e-ticket for entry to the show. Please print it and bring it with you. If you do not have a printer, we can scan your mobile phone. 

If you do not receive your e-ticket in your inbox, please call 0844 581 1316 to request a resend.

All pro, trade and student day ticket holders will receive a badge in the post approximately a fortnight before the show. In the event that you do not receive a badge or you register late, don't worry, we'll have your details on file so you'll just need to print out your badge when you arrive. Make sure you bring your email confirmation with you if this is the case.

Complimentary tickets must be completed and presented to the ticket desk on arrival.

Confirmation of any pre-booked activities (Masterclasses or Super Stage) will be emailed to you separately. Please print and bring it with you or have it ready to view on your mobile phone when you arrive at your class or at the Super Stage session you've booked.

How do I register for a free Trade Pass?

We classify individuals who receive the majority of their income from photography-based activities as 'Trade'. This includes professional photographers and those who work for agencies, studios and retailers.

All trade registrations received prior to the event will be vetted individually based on at least two of the following qualifying criteria listed:

Professional Photographers

  • Website
  • Professional Indemnity / Public Liability certificates
  • Company certificate
     

Photographic Trade & Press

  • Company name
  • Job title
  • Company website
  • Publication (if press)

 

Trade visitors who register from 12:00 on Thursday, 16 March and on arrival at the event will be charged the standard fee of £18 per person (concession £15). No exceptions will be made.

If I attended as Trade last year, do I need to register again?

Yes, you do. We like to make sure that we have the most up-to-date information possible.

How can I find out what's on and where the exhibitors are?

From January, you will be able to download the show app which will tell you everything you need to know about the conference, theatre and stage programmes, and includes an exhibitor listing and a floor plan. You can also purchase a Show Guide when you register or at our Information Desk near the entrance to the show. In the meantime, check what's on and find out who will be exhibiting at this year's event.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes! There will be lots of opportunities to practice the skills you've learned over the course of your visit. Please be aware that neither the venue, nor the event organisers can be held responsible for personal belongings. 

Venue Information

Can I park my car at the NEC?

Yes, there is parking available for 21,000 vehicles at a cost of £12 per day.

Please note that The Photography Show team does not have any control over the parking fees.

For more information about travelling to the venue, visit our Travel and Hotels page

Can I stay near the NEC?

Yes, there are a number of hotels located near the NEC itself, from high-end to budget. Central Birmingham also has a good selection of chain and boutique hotels close to Birmingham New Street station, which is a ten minute journey from the NEC by train. 

For more information about staying in Birmingham, visit our Travel and Hotels page

Are there disabled facilities at the NEC?

Yes, all levels of the NEC are accessible to wheelchair users, via ramps or lifts.

The Piazza and Atrium main entrances have automatic doors. The NEC has wheelchairs and mobility scooters available for hire, please telephone +44 (0)121 780 4141 to book in advance.

There is a disabled parking area close to the venue.

If you require a carer ticket, please call our free hotline on 0800 640 5001. Our lines are open from 9am to 7pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 5pm (Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays).

Where can I eat when I'm at the show?

The Food Village will be open throughout the event. In addition, numerous bars, restaurants and seating areas offering anything from a quick drink to a more substantial meal are situated around the NEC complex.

For those staying a little later or overnight, there is a selection of restaurants in Resorts World, a 5 minute walk from Hall 5.

Is there anywhere to put my coat and bag?

Yes, cloakrooms are situated adjacent to the hall entrances and are open daily until 20 minutes after the close of the exhibition.

The charge per item is £1.

Is there WiFi at the venue?

Free visitor WiFi coverage is available across the NEC.

You can connect using any compatible device, such as a mobile phone, laptop or tablet. This free service is suitable for sending emails, simple web browsing and accessing social networks.

PC internet access is also available for hire at the Visitor & Business Centre.

Exhibiting

Can I exhibit or find out more about sponsorship packages?

Yes, please contact Richard Macey at richard.macey@futurenet.com for details of the options available.

I'm already exhibiting - where can I find the exhibitor manual?

The manual is available in the Exhibitor Zone. You should receive access information shortly (if you haven't already) but if you are having problems, please contact Madelene Andersson at madelene.andersson@futurenet.com

Your question not here?

Please contact us at thephotographyshow@futurenet.com​ and we will direct your query to the relevant team member. Your query is really important to us but please bear in mind that we receive a large volume of emails and may not be able to respond immediately.