PREVIEW: Great Photography Challenge, BBC Four

Portrait and fashion icon Rankin is searching for an exciting new name in British photography, as six talented photographers from across the UK embark on the photographic challenge of a lifetime.



In this four-part masterclass series, the six photographers will spend several weeks on the road tackling various assignments around the county and a range of themed weekly challenges, beginning each episode with an on-the-spot smartphone camera challenge.


In the first episode, the amateur photographers meet their new guide and mentor Rankin and share their homework assignment with him. The photographers take on a blustery Brighton seafront for a speed assignment using just their phones, followed by a nature assignment with award-winning wildlife photographer and BBC Winterwatch presenter Chris Packham, who tasks them with finding and presenting him with a stand-out image from his own backyard in the New Forest.


And finally we see the photographers tasked with an under-pressure brief to capture a celebrity portrait for a magazine cover photo of renowned actor and Rankin’s good friend, Anna Friel.


Returning to the classroom from their travels, there’s group feedback on their shots from Rankin and his creative team, as Rankin’s ‘students’ begin to build up to the task of creating and presenting a portfolio of their work, to be revealed at a climactic exhibition in the final episode, and for the chance to be crowned the winner of the Great British Photography Challenge.


The Great Photography Challenge begins Monday 24th May at 9pm on BBC Four.