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A platform that has launched the careers of some of today’s most sought-after photographers.

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 Felicity Hammond with a solo exhibition at the renowned TJ Boulting 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 at Seen Fifteen gallery

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

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. Past years have included:

Yumi Goto

Curator, Editor, Researcher

Itō Takahiro

Photographic Art Museum Curator

Azu Nwagbogu

Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation

Simon Bainbridge

Former Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography

Hannah Watson

Director, TJ Boulting Gallery

Vivienne Gamble

Founder Seen Fifteen Gallery

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

I have lost the email with my entry link

If you have lost your entry, use the reset form here, to send a reminder to your email address.

Can I pay by PayPal / Cheque / Cash?

We can only accept entries paid for with a credit or debit card online

Can I enter more than once?

Yes, you may enter as many times as you choose.

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.

I bought too many entries / ran out of time, can I get a refund?

Sorry, but all entry fees are non-refundable, as stated in the terms and conditions that you accepted on entry.

Can I upgrade my entry?

No unfortunately we can not upgrade your entry once a purchase has been made

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.

I can’t upload my images – I see a green bar, it says 100%, but that’s it

Our image uploader is designed to work with all modern web browsers, but some – in particular, Internet Explorer 11 – aren’t able to use it. If you are unable to upload your images please either download a modern browser (we recommend Google Chrome), or click the link on the upload page to use our Classic Uploader instead.

What’s the Classic Uploader?

The Classic Uploader uploads image files in a way that’s slower, but better supported by old browsers such as Internet Explorer 11. Please note that it can accept JPEG files of up to 5MB in size only, and that you will experience a wait after clicking the Upload button.

Can I send my photos by email / WeTransfer / on DVD / some other way

We can only accept images that are uploaded using our entry system. This ensures that each one is logged with your entry details, and made available to our judges.

I uploaded one image, and now want to go back to upload more, but the system will not let me do so – what’s wrong?

Either the competition deadline has passed, or you have previously submitted your entry to the judges. In order to do so you will have read a notice warning you, and ticked a box confirming your understanding, that doing so would prevent you from making any further changes.

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 8 October 2020 – 23:59 (UK time).

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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You will be asked to pay for your entry by Credit Card. All payments are handled securely by our payment partner Stripe. After payment, you will receive an email containing a personal upload URL where you may submit your images and statement.

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All entry purchases are final. Having purchased an entry, it is your responsibility to upload and submit your images and statement before the deadline. No refunds will be issued.

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Please note that 1854 Access members entering awards as part of their membership (as opposed to a paid entry) 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

 

Deadline: 8 October 2020 – 23:59 (UK Time)

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

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