Popular photography exhibition returns to east London

An international photography festival has begun in the east of London.

Photomonth takes place during October and November and aims to showcase a variety of established and emerging photographers and their work.

In total, there will be more than 150 photography exhibitions held in a number of venues and galleries that will appeal to amateur and professional photographers staying at central London hotels.

This year's Photomonth has opted for a central theme of Radical London and will focus on the political and geographical transformation of East London in recent years.

The area has been significantly developed following the end of World War Two as a result of heavy bombing and the recent London 2012 Games has also rejuvenated the east of the capital.

Events on the festival calendar include key talks by photographers David Hoffman, Ed Thompson and Jenny Matthews, who will explain more about images snapped during the Poll Tax Riots and the more recent Occupy campaign.

One of the other key events is the Photomonth Portfolio Review taking place at the V&A Museum of Childhood on October 27th and October 28th.

Photographers are given the chance to show their work to leading picture editors, curators, gallery owners, publishers and agents. This year's panel includes Sophie Batterbury from the Independent on Sunday, Alex Ortiz from Guardian & Observer, Diane Smyth from the British Journal of Photography, Eva Eicker from the Photographers Gallery and Patrick Di Nola from Getty Images.

Meanwhile, the 2012 Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will open at the Natural History Museum in two weeks. Tickets for the event will cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions and children and it is open until March 2013.

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