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Since the coronavirus pandemic swept the world in March 2020, all of humanity have shared – and documented – an extraordinary experience. History has unfurled in front of our eyes; cracks in our systems have been magnified, and across oceans and borders, ways of thinking, acting and existing remain in flux.
Conceived to stand as a historical reference for many decades to come, Edition365 is 1854 and BJP’s newest open-call. Uniting the voices of renowned photographers, emerging artists and everyday people alike, we’re producing a global and multi-faceted portrait of the year that changed everything. And we want to hear your story.
Who can enter
Anybody, from anywhere, practicing any form of expression, can submit an entry entirely free of charge (Access Members can submit up to ten entries).
Photographs, moving images, digital art, musical compositions, spoken word and videos are all eligible, and the work can relate – whether directly or indirectly – to any of the significant events that have occurred in the last year.
The work should be created between 11 March 2020, when the World Health Organisation officially announced a global pandemic, and 10 March 2021: 365 days, captured in 365 artworks, by a vast and dynamic array of creators from around the world
Get published in a once-in-a-century collectible photobook
Your work will be part of a collection that is sold in limited editions, via an NFT auction in partnership with a major environmentally conscious (layer2, PoS) NFT platform — with winning artists sharing 70% of the net income generated
Award closed for judging
The selected artists of Edition365 will receive:
- Your work as part of a major virtual exhibition
- Publication in a once-in-a-century collectible photobook
- Your work as part of a collection sold in limited editions via an NFT Auction
- Your share in 70% of the net income generated via the auction
- International press coverage
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
Meet our panel of international judges. Spanning digital art, photography and galleries, pioneering the way for the future of visual media.
Izabela Radwanska Zhang
Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography
Multidisciplinary Artist & Gallery Director, New Art City
Interdisciplinary/Internet Artist & Founder, New Art City
Bernadine Bröcker Wieder
Co-Founder & CEO, Vastari
Curator, and Founder, The Mechatronic Library
Founder and Director, Silicon Valet
Head of Design, OpenSea
Director of Fotomuseum Winterthur
New Art City’s mission is to develop an accessible toolkit for building virtual installations that show born-digital artifacts alongside digitized works of traditional media
“We’re excited to be working with 1854 and the British Journal of Photography to launch Edition365 on the eco-conscious Polygon network. Supporting creators of all kinds is a core part of our mission, and we can’t wait to see what comes of this open call to a global network of artists.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
What will I need to prepare to submit?
As an 1854 Access Member, you will receive 10 free entries. This means you will be able to submit 10 pieces of work, comprising of a visual media link or upload, alongside a title and caption. If you do not have 1854 Access Membership, you will only be able to submit one piece of work, with an accompanying title and caption.
How do I upload mixed media and written submissions?
If you are seeking to upload a piece of work other than an image, you will need to create a URL and upload the link to the submission form.
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.
What is an NFT?
NFTs or “Non-Fungible Tokens” provide artists with the means to sell their work on the blockchain in a way that has lasting value and benefit for the artist. An NFT is a unique digital identifier that cannot be copied or substituted, it is used to certify authenticity and ownership of a specific digital asset (such as the original version of an online photo or video). This enables artists, to create digital editions of their work for collectors. There could be infinite JPEG files of an artwork, but only one “real” image specified by the NFT. Or six. Or 100. Whatever edition size the artwork’s creator specified was what it would be.
What am I entitled to as an 1854 Access Member?
As an 1854 Access Member, you will be able to submit 10 pieces of work spanning various elements of visual media and digital art.
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 & artists of all ages are eligible to enter.
Photographers & artists from any country are welcome to enter.
Images and artworks can be shot using any camera model (film or digital), and may be portrait, landscape or square in format. Images can also be shot on any camera phone.
Video, digital art, moving image, musical composition, spoken word, and any other submissions must be uploaded via URL on the system.
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.
By submitting your images & artwork to Edition365, you agree (subject to being selected) for your submitted works to be included in the book, in the virtual exhibition, as part of the collection which will be auctioned as NFT editions, and to receive a proportionate share with other included artists of 70% of funds generated at auction. At all times the copyright of the artworks remains with the artists.
1854 will manage the curation and production of the exhibition and accompanying materials in collaboration with New Art City.
Images & artworks may be used by external partners, such as New Art City, and other participating platforms only in relation to the promotion of the exhibition.
Each image can be a maximum of 10MB in size. All images & artworks must be submitted as JPEG files – any files submitted in any other format (including TIFF, PDF, PSD etc) will be discarded.
Text accompanying your images and artworks must be in English, and follow the character limits:
Image title (200 characters max)
Description (2000 characters max)
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.
Once your images and artworks 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.
The winners must be available to supply high-res files promptly for exhibition.
Digital files of the winning images and artworks will be created for press and publicity purposes.
1854 Media & British Journal of Photography cannot be responsible for any loss or damage to submitted work.
No copyright is transferred to the 1854 Media & British Journal of Photography in respect of any works entered or accepted.
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 Edition 365 – this year and in future – and its promotion and publicity.
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.
All entries are subject to 1854 Media’s General Competition Terms and Conditions