2017 Conference

The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography will be holding its 2017 Conference on Monday 6 November at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridge. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Twitter hashtag #ahfap17

Call for speakers

This year’s call for speakers aims to encompass and celebrate all aspects of creative photography within our sector. We want to hear about what makes us great image-makers through your work in the studio and on location. We want to focus this conference on the wonderfully creative images you produce. We would welcome presentations on your projects, stories, and cross-sector subjects that support this creativity.

It is planned that the timetable shall accommodate presentations of 15-, 30- and 45-minute durations.

Please submit your proposals to conference@ahfap.org.uk by 7 August 2017. Submissions should include the following:

  • An abstract of between 150 and 300 words on your proposed presentations
  • A brief (one or two sentences) summary of what attendees will learn from your presentation
  • Have you given this presentation or talked about this project at a previous conference? If so, at which conference and when?
  • How long you wish to speak for and any special requirements for presentation you may have over and above PowerPoint, lectern microphone and a widescreen projector.

We are also delighted to announce we have Simon Norfolk giving the keynote which we hope will set the scene for an incredibly inspiring conference. Simon is a Nigerian photographer from Lagos. He is known for his architectural photography and has won a World Press Photo award, Foreign Press Club of America Award, Citibank Prize, European Publishers Award for Photography and the Infinity Prize from International Center of Photography. His works have been collected by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Tate Modern, London. His most notable publications are For Most of it I Have No Words (1998) and Bleed (2005).


Print Exhibition

In addition, this year we are celebrating our work as photographers by running a print exhibition in the fantastic space around the auditorium, showcasing our best work as photographers within our respective organisations and as AHFAP members.

Our aim for the exhibition is to celebrate the breadth and depth of the work produced by our members and to showcase the creativity that is an inherent part of our industry. We welcome submissions from all AHFAP members, covering all facets of photography and digital practice.

Further information and details of how to submit images can be found on the Print Exhibition Submission Guidelines page.

Tickets and Travel

Please read this section carefully.

The venue is situated in the Cambridgeshire countryside 30 minutes from the centre of Cambridge by car. There are various travel options including AHFAP conference delegates only shuttle buses from two national rail stations.

A parking permit is required. When booking your conference ticket please add the required number of permits.

From the South:
Leave the M11 at junction 9 (signed A11 Newmarket) and take the first exit signed A1301 towards Cambridge. From the roundabout take the first left (about 800 m). At the next small roundabout follow the signpost left for the ‘Genome Campus’.

From the North:
Leave the M11 at junction 10 (note that M11 junction 9 is restricted and only accessible from the South). Turn left at the roundabout and straight over the next roundabout. Travel a mile or so on the A505 in the direction of Saffron Walden. At the next roundabout take the third exit (signed A1301 towards Saffron Walden). Pass two turnings to Hinxton village (these go to the village only), and take a right, at the next roundabout, signposted on to the Genome Campus.

Car sharing
We actively encourage all of our delegates to share journeys to and from the Campus where possible.

There will be two AHFAP conference delegates only shuttle buses from Whittlesford Parkway & Royston to meet the morning trains detailed below, the buses will also return you back to the station you booked in the evening. The return ticket costs £5 and must be booked when booking your conference tickets.

Whittlesford Parkway is on the Cambridge-London Liverpool Street line and Royston on the Cambridge-London Kings Cross line. The journey time from London is around one hour. Cambridge is the closest railway hub, it is on both the London King’s Cross and the London Liverpool Street line, and also serves trains coming from the north and midlands.

The Whittlesford Parkway shuttle bus will leave the station at 9.20am to arrive at the conference centre at 9.35am, this caters for the following trains:

7:58am from London Liverpool St
8:48am train from Cambridge

The Royston shuttle bus will leave the station at 8:55am to arrive at the conference centre at 9.25am, catering for the 8:14am train from London Kings Cross

The two shuttle buses will depart the conference centre at 5.40pm to arrive at Whittlesford Parkway at 5.55pm and Royston at 6.10pm.

All shuttle bus times are approximate, the buses will wait for any delayed trains.

Please note that Whittlesford and Great Chesterford stations do not have a taxi rank or telephone: use either Cambridge or Audley End stations if a taxi has not been pre-booked.


Earlybird prices are due to end on 10 September.

Earlybird AHFAP Members – £35 (normal price £45)
Earlybird Non-members – £100 (normal price £125)

To register and pay for a ticket, please use our external booking facility (hosted by Eventbrite). To pay by invoice or cheque, please select the amount of tickets you require and select “Show other payment options” under the Order Now button, then click the Pay Offline button and follow the instructions to complete your registration.

Please note: you do not need a Paypal account to pay by Paypal, select ‘Pay with a credit or debit card’ when at the order summary page.

Lunch is included. If you have any dietary requirements please contact the conference team.


We have secured a number of discounted rooms within the on-site hotel facility, rooms will only be held exclusively for AHFAP until 25th August.

Single occupancy rooms will be charged at £74.50 +VAT per room per night.
Double / twin occupancy rooms will be charged at £90.25 +VAT per room per night.

In order to book please contact the Wellcome Reception team directly at conference.reception@wellcomegenomecampus.org or on 01223 495000 and quote “AHFAP”.

Location Map

Venue website https://conferencecentre.wellcomegenomecampus.org/