Win a solo show

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British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award is back, with a new venue and a judging panel that includes Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery; Emma Bowkett, picture editor of the Financial Times’ award-winning FT Weekend Magazine; Hannah Watson, director of Trolley Books and TJ Boulting gallery; and Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self Publish, Be Happy.

The prize is divided into two categories, one recognising a series of work and the other an outstanding single image, and is open to anyone, making images on any topic, from anywhere in the world. Both winners will have their work printed and professionally framed by Spectrum Photographic – one of Europe’s best pro labs – and exhibited at TJ Boulting for one week in February 2015. The exhibition will include a private view, and both winners will be free to keep their framed prints after the show.


BJP’s IPA has been running since 2005; previous winners include Edmund Clark, Giulio di Sturco, Walter Astrada and Chloe Dewe Mathews. Clark won the series prize in 2009 with a work-in-progress on Guantanamo Bay, which went on to be published by Dewi Lewis and nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, the Prix Pictet and the W Eugene Smith Foundation Grant. His work has been shown at Aperture Foundation, Flowers Gallery, Huis Marseille and Houston Center for Photography, and his book, Control Order House, was nominated for the Fotobookfestival’s Photobook Award in 2013. Clark’s latest project, shot in Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, is featured in our August issue, which is on sale now.

Dewe Mathews won the series award in 2011 with Caspian, a look at crude oil-dominated life around the Caspian Sea. She won the 2014 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and exhibited her series Sunday Service at Tate Modern this summer. Astrada won the single image prize in 2008 – the first time IPA included a single image prize – with a harrowing shot of a victim of femicide in Guatemala. He has won numerous World Press Photo awards and his work has appeared in Time, Le Monde and Stern, among others. Di Sturco won the single image prize in 2009 with an image depicting a victim of religious violence in India. He has also won a World Press Photo award, shown his work at Visa pour l’Image and been published in Geo and Marie Claire.

IPA is now open for entries; closing date is midnight on 09 November. Entry costs £30 for a series (£20 for students) and £10 for a single image (£6.50 for students).

Diane Smyth

Diane Smyth is a freelance journalist who contributes to publications such as The Guardian, The Observer, The FT Weekend Magazine, Creative Review, The Calvert Journal, Aperture, FOAM, IMA, Aesthetica and Apollo Magazine. Prior to going freelance, she wrote and edited at BJP for 15 years. She has also curated exhibitions for institutions such as The Photographers Gallery and Lianzhou Foto Festival. You can follow her on instagram @dismy