Meet California: The shortlist

Following a lengthy initial judging process, the shortlist for Meet California has been announced. The commission will see four photographers fly to California and road trip across the Golden State on a 10-day British Journal of Photography commission, in partnership with Visit California.

The four competition winners will each produce a photo series that responds to their experience traversing California. Steering clear of generic picture-perfect travel photography, each body of work will delve beneath the surface of California and reveal the daily occurrences and unexpected nuances, as well as the people and places, that give America’s Golden State its distinctive character.

A prestigious panel of industry experts is currently judging the competition with the winners due to be announced in mid-August. The panel comprises four judges: Simon Bainbridge, editorial director of British Journal of Photography; Zelda Cheatle, an independent curator and photography consultant; Max Whittaker, a California-based photojournalist and Visit California’s official photographer; and Charlie Pinder, international photography manager at Red Bull Media House.  

Below, we present the final shortlist, from which four winners will be selected.

Ricardo Nagaoka © Ricardo Nagaoka

Peyton Fulford © Peyton Fulford

Cian Oba-Smith © Cian Oba-Smith

Clement Chapillon © Clement Chapillon

Sara Szymańska

© Sara Szymańska

Antoine Bruy © Antoine Bruy

Filippo Venturi © Filippo Venturi

Jeff Hahn © Jeff Hahn

Johan Hallberg Campbell © Johan Hallberg Campbell

Kate Peters © Kate Peters

Eva Roefs © Eva Roefs

Francesca Allen © Francesca Allen

Marco Arguello © Marco Arguello

Anya Broido © Anya Broido

Nicholas White © Nicholas White

Dorothée Nowak © Dorothée Nowak

Kalpesh Lathigra © Kalpesh Lathigra

Kenny Hurtado © Kenny Hurtado

Arthur Crestani © Arthur Crestani

Brant Slomovic © Brant Slomovic

Kristen Dobbin © Kristen Dobbin

Meet California is a British Journal of Photography commission made in partnership with Visit California. Please click here for more information on sponsored content funding at British Journal of Photography.