In the wake of Brexit and the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Portrait of Britain 2020 compiles a vibrant record of modern Britain at a momentous time in our history.
Set to comprise one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary portrait photography ever held, the winning portraits have been selected by industry-leading judges including Simon Bainbridge, Editorial Director of British Journal of Photography, Martin Usbourne, co-founder of Hoxton Mini Press and Parveen Narowalia, Digital Picture Editor at British Vogue.
The exhibition will launch on JCDecaux UK’s nationwide network of digital Out-of-Home screens on 1 September, displaying the 100 winning images for one month throughout rail stations, shopping malls, high streets, bus shelters and beyond. The 200 shortlisted images will be published in the Portrait of Britain book, Vol. 3, published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide from 1 October.
“I hope my portrait can help audiences see that Black Dreams Matter, and inclusive representation can inspire future generations — which benefits everyone. To win is a great feeling… Hopefully, it inspires young photographers from a similar background to me to keep pushing forward”Brunel Johnson, Portrait of Britain 2020 Winner
From Brunel Johnson’s powerful portrait of a Black Lives Matter protester to Andrew Testa’s heart-warming profile shot of Captain Tom Moore — Julia Fullerton-Batten’s record of daily life in lockdown to Byron Hamzah’s celebration of the resilience of British healthcare workers — the selection of work sews a rich tapestry of our nation’s people in the face of immense struggle.
“As a photographer that is also a healthcare professional, I wanted to illustrate a different side of my profession; one beyond that of an institution under siege and beleaguered. In my winning image, I wanted to show that even in such difficult times, there is still resilience, hope, pride and optimism within us. It is these characteristics within all healthcare workers that uphold the NHS as the beacon it is for a better future”Byron Hamzah, Portrait of Britain 2020 Winner
“Since the end of WWII, Britain has been through a sustained and accelerated period of change. Our society is barely recognisable, and in many ways, Britain is now at a crossroad. Portrait of Britain is the microscope that helps us see more clearly what kind of nation we’ve grown into”Julia Fullerton-Batten, Portrait of Britain 2020 Winner
“Portrait of Britain 2020 is a chance for us to step back and understand where we are and who we are. So much of this year has been one of turmoil, anxiety and loss — but at the same time, there are so many of us working for others, making the world a better place, and living our lives from a place of generosity and courage. Portrait of Britain is like a vaccine against division and hate”Slater King, Portrait of Britain 2020 Winner
Leigh and Isy Anderson
Marianne van Loo
Jorge López Muñoz