Erik Kessels, Brett Rogers and more to judge BJP’s IPA

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Would you like to have Erik Kessels see your work? Or Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery? How about Emma Bowkett, photography director of the award-winning FT Weekend Magazine? Now you can, via the BJP‘s International Photography Award.


Offering photographers the chance to show their work at London’s TJ Boulting Gallery, the competition is divided into a series and a single image category; the series category will be judged by Erik Kessels, curator and co-founder of KesselsKramer communications agency; Brett Rogers OBE, director of The Photographers’ Gallery; Bruno Ceschel, director of Self Publish, Be Happy and SPBH Editions; Emma Bowkett, photography director for the Financial Times’ FT Weekend Magazine; and Hannah Watson, director of TJ Boulting gallery and Trolley Books. The single image category will be judged by Sean O’Hagan, photography critic for The Guardian and The Observer; Bruno Bayley, European managing editor Vice; Alexia Singh, editor-in-charge of the Wider Image Desk, Reuters; Sarah Thomson, head of art production, Fallon London; and Hannah Watson.

Entries can be on any topic, shot in any format and taken with any camera; photographers can be of any age and nationality. The closing date for entries is 11 November; both the series and the single image winner will have their work printed by Spectrum Photographic, one of Europe’s leading fine-art photography printers. The exhibition will take place in TJBoulting in early 2015. The BJP’s International Photography Award has been running since 2005, and previous winners include: Edmund Clark, a two-time nominee for the Deutsche Borse Photographic Prize; Chloe Dewe Mathews, winner of the 2014 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography at the Peabody Museum, Harvard; and Giulio di Sturco, a previous World Press Photo Award winner.

For more information, and to enter, visit

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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