Devising and producing The State of Photography event, held in January 2015, provided an opportunity to explore, debate and review how photographers and photography practice develops, responds and thrives in the current challenging times. During the Symposium we heard from the perspective of the photographer, curator, festival director, agent and publisher. Speakers included Broomberg & Chanarin, David Birkett, Louise Clements and Paul Herrmann. With a focus on innovation and sustainability speakers conveyed what it takes to not only survive but to expand and thrive. The day provided a showcase and celebration of self-initiated projects and entrepreneurialism with speakers providing an insight on their practices and the cutting edge of photography now.