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Get Involved

IPF has been created to increase and improve real-life interaction between photographers, creatives and anyone interested in or curious about independent photography and creativity. We welcome everybody to the exhibition openings, to vote in the Photo Prize People’s Choice Award, to drop rolls to be developed at our Hillvale drop-offs, to say hi on Twitter or Facebook and to party with us at our opening and closing events.

IPF is run by a team of dedicated, hard-working and very nice friends, but we can always do with a few extra pairs of hands attached to keen helpers. If you’d like to volunteer to sell zines, pull beers, carry bags of ice and generally help us Get It Done, send an expression of interest to brodie@hardworkersclub.com with “IPF Crew” in the subject line by October 7. Please let us know if you’ve got your RSA and if you’ve got any work/uni stuff that we should know about.

We’re eternally grateful to the 121 buddies who donated $7,301 to help take IPF out of the 3000s and across to London, New York City, Los Angeles, and up to our pals in Sydney.

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The Independent Photography Festival (IPF) 2015 is Melbourne’s fourth annual celebration of independent photography, its application and practice.

Initiated by Hard Workers Club, Smalltime Projects and The Good Copy, and hosted by some of Melbourne’s best small galleries and project spaces, IPF 2015 will present a series of exhibitions by Australian photographers and international guests.

While we’re eternally grateful to The Internet for the infinite platform it gives us to connect, collaborate and communicate, we feel that for too long our altogether analogue, manual and physical practice has been confined to blogs, tumblrs and dedicated websites. IPF exists in an effort to bring together the living, breathing artists and creatives who make up our inclusive but nowadays very screen-based discipline. The program introduces hard-working, autonomous, passionate, and progressive photographers who are creating for the love of shooting and shooting for the love of creating.

After a successful crowdfunding campaign in April and May, IPF has broadened its scope and gone global this year. IPF Melbourne will see the festival return home after international iterations in Los Angeles and New York City, and ahead of events in Sydney and London.