1854’s career accelerator for unsigned talent.

Fast Track gets you in front of global brand directors, advertising agencies and industry figures on the hunt for the next big names
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1854 Fast Track

You know where you want to be. You know you’re ready.
But how do you get there?

Why enter

Get seen by the names that can change the course of your career

1854’s career accelerator is back. For round two of Fast Track, we’re on the hunt for 18 photographers to represent at Le Book Connections Europe this September.

1854 Fast Track selectees will benefit from major exposure opportunities, including:

  • Get profiled on 1854.photography, with supporting promotion through 1854’s Industry Insights Newsletter going to 12,000+ of the photography world’s movers and shakers
  • Get presented to a global jury of industry A-listers through 1854’s Meet the Unsigned booth showing at LE BOOK Connections Europe on 30 September 2021
1854 Fast Track is exclusive to Access Members
Join today to apply.

Who will see my work?

1854 is the first word on new photography talent. LE BOOK connects talent with photography’s most established names. 

1854 Industry Database

As one of the 18 Fast Track selectees, your work will be promoted directly to 1854’s global database of decision makers including:

6,500 editors & pictures editors 2,270 ad agency creative directors & art buyers 2,070 decision makers commissioning photography at brands & charities 2,100 curators & gallery directors 1,550 photography & photobook publishers 910 photographers’ agents


On 30 September 2021, the Fast Track 18 will be presented to the LE BOOK Connections Europe jury by way of 1854’s ‘Meet the Unsigned’ booth.

Just some of the impressive names from LE BOOK’s jury list include:
Ruth Boulter— Creative Director | MCCANN
Tolga Büyükdoganay — Creative Director | OGILVY
Jason Corvi — Communications Director | CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Elmar De Jong — Creative Director | RAY-BAN
Pierre-Georges Kiefer — Marketing Director | WARNER MUSIC
Sarah Berends — Senior Art Director | SEPHORE
Cécile Lacoste — Art Director | CARTIER
See the full list of names here.

How to apply:

Fast Track is exclusive to 1854 Access Members.
Become a Member now to include your work in this career-enhancing open call.


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.

How many photographers will be chosen to be presented to the LE BOOK jury?

After going through the initial judging process, Studio 1854 and BJP Editorial team will select 18 artists to be put towards the LE  BOOK panel.

If I get selected as a part of 1854 Fast Track, will I be guaranteed to be part of LE BOOK’s Meet the Unsigned?

No. If you are selected as part of 1854 Fastrack, our team will help you prepare an artist’s profile and portfolio ready for the multi-channel Fast Track showcases

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. If you have lost your email with the entry link, please use the form here to retrieve it.

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

Why haven’t I received my award status?

In order to receive your award status, you must be subscribed to our newsletter. If you unsubscribe from our mailing lists, we will not be able to contact you.

If you have unsubscribed, you can resubscribe by filling out a form to our newsletter list. Once you have received an email from us, you can toggle your settings to choose what you do and don’t want to hear from us.

You must be an 1854 Access member to apply


Projects  can be taken in any time period


Professional and non-professional photographers from all over the world are eligible to enter.


Entries can be shot using any camera model (film or digital) or electronic device, and images may be portrait, landscape or square in format.


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


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.


You may submit an image title (200 words limit) and caption (1000 words limit) for each photograph entered, alongside a project description (2000 words limit). All accompanying text must be written in English.


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.


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.


If you are selected for 1854 Fast Track, your work will be presented to LE BOOK’s Meet the Unsigned initiative. This does not mean you will be guaranteed to be part of Meet the Unsigned.


Digital files of the winning images 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 1854 Media & British Journal of Photography in respect of any work entered or accepted.


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


A selection of images will be published through 1854 Media & British Journal of Photography and LE BOOK digital channels.



In order to receive your status, you must be subscribed to the Communications list on our mailing system. If you have not received your status after the deadline, you must simply resubscribe by filling out a form to our newsletter list. 


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