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BJP International Photography Award

Now over 15 years old, BJP International Photography Award discovers the best in contemporary talent around the world — and has launched the careers of some of today’s biggest names.

Why enter

Win a solo show in London

Follow in the footsteps of past winners Juno Calypso, Jack Latham and Emeric Lhuisset with a solo exhibition in a renowned London gallery

Receive a £5000 production grant

…Plus flights and accommodation to attend the opening of your show

Now with an added single image category

20 winning images will be exhibited in a group show in London

Award closed for judging

Prize list

The winner of the Solo Show category will receive:

  • Your own solo show at a renowned London gallery
  • £5000 production grant for solo show
  • Travel & accommodation to London to attend the opening of your solo show
  • 4-page supplement in British Journal of Photography
  • International press coverage
  • Three year 1854 Full Access Membership, including a print subscription to British Journal of Photography

Prize list

The winner of the Solo Show category will receive:

  • Your own solo show at TJ Boulting Gallery, London
  • £5000 production grant for solo show
  • Travel & accommodation to London to attend the opening of your solo show
  • 4-page supplement in British Journal of Photography
  • International press coverage
  • Three year 1854 Full Access Membership, including a print subscription to British Journal of Photography

Second and third place of the Solo Show category will receive:

  • A 2-page supplement in British Journal of Photography
  • International press coverage
  • A year-long 1854 Full Access Membership, including a print subscription to British Journal of Photography

The 20 winning images of the Group Show category will receive:

  • A group exhibition in London, UK
  • International press coverage
  • A feature on 1854.photography

Second and third place of the Solo Show category will receive:

  • A 2-page supplement in British Journal of Photography
  • International press coverage
  • A year-long 1854 Full Access Membership, including a print subscription to British Journal of Photography

The 20 winning images of the Group Show category will receive:

  • A group exhibition in London, UK
  • International press coverage
  • A feature on 1854.photography

Judges

Each year BJP International Photography Award is judged by a panel of international industry leaders.

Amanda Hajjar

Founding Director of Exhibitions at Fotografiska New York

David Campany

Curator, Writer, and Managing Director of Programs at the International Center of Photography

Allie Haeusslein

Associate Director Pier 24 Photography

Claartje van Dijk

Head of Exhibitions at Foam Photography Museum

Izabela Radwanska Zhang

Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography

Vivienne Gamble

Founder Seen Fifteen Gallery

Sarker Protick

Photographer & Co-curator at Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography

© David Uzochukwu.

Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Founder and Artistic Director, SAVVY Contemporary, and Artistic Director, 13th Bamako Encounters 2021

© Sybren Vanoverberghe.

Jurgen Maelfeyt

Creative Director and Founder of Art Paper Editions (APE)

Hear from our past winners

Winners

Past BJP IPA winners have gone on to globally distinguished careers, garnering exhibitions, commissions and accolades from some of the world’s most prestigious organisations.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Log in to your 1854 Access submissions account here. If you don’t have 1854 Access, check out our membership options here

What will I need to prepare to submit?

You will need to submit a body of work alongside a project description.

I have a promotional code, how can I use it?

Please first choose the type of entry you wish to make (eg, one series entry). On the next page you will be able to enter your promotional code, and after submitting that form you will see your discount applied.

I have a promotional code, but it doesn’t work?

Please note that most codes are time-limited. If the deadline for using your code has passed, it will not be usable.

The entry system is saying that my entry has already been claimed when I haven’t entered. What do I do?

You may have already received an email from us with your entry link. If so, submit your images through the link provided.

I am an 1854 Access member, why am I being asked to pay for my entries?

You will need to click on the members log in section on the submission platform, and enter your membership number in order to submit your entries.

 

Have my images uploaded correctly?

If your images have uploaded correctly you will see a small version of each photo on the entry page, alongside the caption you entered. If you cannot see your photo, then your image has not uploaded correctly. If a caption has been stored but no image, you can delete it using the Edit option.

There isn’t enough room for my image title, or other text

Please note that maximum lengths that apply to these texts. The length limits are noted on the form used to enter them and are given in characters (letters), not words.

I can’t see the option to submit my entry

The Submit button appears at the top of your entry page once you have uploaded at least one image.

What happens when I submit my entry?

Your entry will be confirmed on a web page after submitting, and then we will send you a confirmation email, and your images (along with their captions, statements etc) are stored, ready to be viewed by the judges.

I have submitted my entry – can I change it?

No, once your entry has been submitted you may no longer alter it in any way.

Could you please check my images / text / entry?

I’m afraid this isn’t possible – our system receives thousands of images, so we can’t check individual ones. Please ensure that you are happy with your images and statement before submitting it.

Can you please provide an invoice for my entry?

Your entry confirmation email includes a full VAT invoice, we can not provide any other invoice request

 

Professional and non-professional photographers of all ages are eligible to enter.

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Photographers from any country are welcome to enter.

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Images can be shot using any camera model (film or digital), and images may be portrait, landscape or square in format. Images can also be shot on any camera phone.

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Each entrant will be deemed to warrant they own the entire copyright for the work or that they have permission from the licensee and/or copyright owner/s for the uses.

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Each image can be a maximum of 10MB in size. All images must be submitted as JPEG files – any files submitted in any other format (including TIFF, PDF, PSD etc) will be discarded.

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Text accompanying your images must be in English, and follow the character limits:

Image title (200 characters max)

Image caption (500 characters max)

For the Stories Category, the following character limits apply:

Project description (500 characters max)

Artist’s statement, to include notes about how you envisage your exhibition (1000 characters max)

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The deadline for entries is 19 August 2021 – 23:59 (UK time).

Entrants have an additional 24 hours following this deadline to finalise and submit their entry.

Judging will take place shortly after the deadline.

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Once your images and captions have been uploaded to the system you will see an option to submit your entry. Once submitted your entry cannot be altered. Only submitted entries will be viewed by the judges.

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The winners must be available to supply high-res files promptly for publication.

Digital files of the winning images will be created for press and publicity purposes.

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If the winning photographer of the stories category lives outside of London and wishes to be present during the exhibition installation and exhibition opening night, British Journal of Photography will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for up to three nights. The winning photographer is responsible for securing relevant travel documents, including a valid passport and any necessary visas.

Photographers may keep the exhibited work after the exhibition, but must make arrangements for, and meet the costs of, collecting them.

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1854 Media & British Journal of Photography  cannot be responsible for any loss or damage to submitted work.

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No copyright is transferred to the 1854 Media & British Journal of Photography in respect of any works entered or accepted.

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1854 Media & British Journal of Photography reserve the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media, any entry, without payment, for the sole purpose of BJP IPA  – this year and in future – and its promotion and publicity.

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Please note that 1854 Access members entering awards as part of their membership will be required to remain a member throughout the periods when awards are judged and exhibitions/outputs are planned, for their entries to be eligible.

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All entries are subject to 1854 Media’s General Competition Terms and Conditions

Enter BJP International Photography Award now, and change the course of your career.