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Would you like to join Magnum Photos? The agency is inviting photographers worldwide to submit their portfolios online by 31 January to be considered for nominee status.

Magnum will accept digital submissions from all professional photographers, and entries for June 2019 can be made through this website: Applicants are required to submit two to three projects, with up to 80 photographs in total. The new nominee members will be announced on 01 July 2019.

After two years, nominee photographers can apply for associate membership of Magnum, which allows access to the agency’s offices worldwide in London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo. After an additional two years, associate members can present a further portfolio of work to be considered for full membership. Once elected, photographers remain full Magnum members for life, or until they choose to leave.

Recent nominees include Gregory Halpern (USA), Rafal Milach (Poland), Lua Ribeira (Spain), Sim Chi Yin (Singapore), and Lindokuhle Sobekwa (South Africa), who were all accepted in June 2018. During 2016 and 2017, the nominees included Enri Canaj (Albania), Emin Ozmen (Turkey), Diana Markosian (Russia/Armenia/USA) and Cristina de Middel (Spain). In addition, Magnum runs several educational initiatives “that support learning for aspiring photographers worldwide”.

“Magnum’s strength has always been in the distinctive and varied voices of its photographers,” says Olivia Arthur, Magnum photographer and current Vice President. “We are committed to expanding this range of points of view to reflect the complex world we live in.”

Thokoza, Johanneburg, South Africa, 2015. Thabang waking up in the early hours of the morning. Nyaope is South Africa’s “poor man’s heroin”. It is highly addictive and can contain anything from detergent, rat poison or crushed anti-retroviral medications. The drug has gained popularity among young black South Africans in the townships. Image © Lidokuhle Sobekwa/Magnum Photos

In addition MACK is accepting open submissions for its First Book Award this year – in contrast to previous years, in which photographers were nominated by a panel of industry insiders. The prize is open to any photographer or artist who has not previously published work with a third party company, and entries are invited from 12 November 2018 – 21 January 2019. All entries must be paper book dummies; digital submissions are not accepted.

The winning project will be announced in May 2019 at Photo London, where the work will also be exhibited. The winning dummy will then be published by MACK. Previous winners include Hayahisa Tomiyasu (from Japan, who won in 2018), Emmanuelle Andrianjafy (Madagascar, 2017), Ciarán Óg Arnold (Ireland, 2015), and Joanna Piotrowska (Poland, 2014).

To submit photography portfolios to Magnum Photos, visit: Submissions are open until 31 January 2019, and the new nominee members will be announced 1 July 2019.

To find out more about submitting work to the MACK First Book Award, visit Photographers must submit paper book dummies, between 12 November 2018 – 21 January 2019.

Dinah dancing at home. From the series Noises in the Blood, 2016 © Lua Ribeira
From ZZYZX, 2008-2015 © Gregory Halpern/Magnum Photos
Batumi, Georgia, 2013. One of the interiors of the Alphabetic Tower. In 2013, the Rustavi 2 Broadcasting Company, which supported the then president of Georgia, Micheil Saakashvili, had a television studio there. That same year, Saakashvili’s party lost the parliamentary election and the former president was formally accused of appropriating government funds. The Rustavi 2 editorial department was deserted overnight, becoming a giant trap for birds. Dozens of rock sparrows flew into it through a small opening in the wall. Once they were trapped inside, a combination of heat and starvation killed them. In 2013, president Mikheil Saakashvili was ousted and all his personal projects of accelerated change in Georgia were put on hold. Facade-like modernisation covered the greatest number of political prisoners in entire post-soviet region. The series of images traces the abandoned dream of a man with almost unlimited power in his country. Image © Rafal Milach/Magnum Photos
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