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An international portraiture award conceived to show there is more that unites us than sets us apart.

Portrait of Humanity

Portrait of Humanity™ is an international portraiture award celebrating the many faces of humanity, and the everyday moments that bind us together.

Why enter

Get exhibited worldwide

Portrait of Humanity sits amongst the most viewed photographic exhibitions in global history. 30 winning images and three winning bodies of work will be shown in galleries and festivals around the world

Get published in a photobook

200 shortlisted images will be featured in the Portrait of Humanity book, Vol. 3, published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide

Get judged by industry leaders

Judges from past years include Alessandra Sanguinetti and Newsha Tavakolian, Magnum photographers; Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at the Guardian, and Mallory Benedict, Photo Editor at National Geographic

Get featured in international press

Alongside coverage on BJP-Online and in the print magazine, Portrait of Humanity award winners have been featured by BBC, Guardian, Times, Independent, CNN, Metro and many more

2021 Prizes

2021 Prizes

Open Category

  • 30 winning images will be exhibited worldwide as part of the Portrait of Humanity Global Tour 2021
  • Up to 100 commended images will also be exhibited digitally on Clear Channel screens internationally to be seen by millions
  • All commended, shortlisted and winning photographers will receive extensive international press coverage

Stories Category

  • Three winning bodies of work will be exhibited worldwide as part of the Portrait of Humanity Global Tour 2021
  • Three winning bodies of work will be published in British Journal of Photography
  • All winning photographers will receive extensive international press coverage

Open Category

  • 30 winning images will be exhibited worldwide as part of the Portrait of Humanity Global Tour 2021
  • Up to 100 commended images will also be exhibited digitally on Clear Channel screens internationally to be seen by millions
  • All commended, shortlisted and winning photographers will receive extensive international press coverage

Stories Category

  • Three winning bodies of work will be exhibited worldwide as part of the Portrait of Humanity Global Tour 2021
  • Three winning bodies of work will be published in British Journal of Photography
  • All winning photographers will receive extensive international press coverage

Judges

Each year the Portrait of Humanity award is judged by a panel of international industry leaders. Past years have included:

Sunyoung Kim

Curator, Head of Exhibitions and International Relations, Museum of Photography, Seoul

Kerri MacDonald

Picture Editor, New York Times

Michael Weir

Creative Producer & CEO, CAPCON & Belfast Photo Festival

Akinbode Akinbiyi

Photographer, Curator

Elias Redstone

Artistic Director, PHOTO 2021, Melbourne

Hear from our past winners

Winners

Meet the photographers whose work has made waves across the world. Many are now internationally established names.

Buy the book

Distributed worldwide, the Portrait of Humanity book, vol. 2, brings together 200 portraits and accompanying stories from photographers all over the world — celebrating the restorative power of community in a year of immense struggle.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

 

Portraits may be of individuals or groups of people

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All relevant subject consent must have been obtained for the use of the photographs for publication and exhibition. In the case of minors (persons under 18) parental / guardian consent must be obtained.

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We welcome applications from international professional and non-professional photographers of all ages

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

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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.

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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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Once your images 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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You may submit a title (200 character limit) and caption (750 character limit) for each photograph entered. For the Stories Category, you can also provide an artist’s statement (1000 character limit). All accompanying text must be written in English.

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Deadline: 22 October 2020 – 23:59 (UK Time)

Judging will take place shortly after the deadline.

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There is no time frame for the images

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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 shortlisted photographers must be available to supply high-res files promptly for publication.

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

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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 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 Portrait of Humanity – this year and in future – and its promotion and publicity.

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1854 Media will organise and cover costs from the curation, framing, printing and production of the Portrait of Humanity Global Tour 2021.

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

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If through to the shortlist of Portrait of Humanity, Hoxton Mini Press may edit the accompanying text to keep it to length if necessary

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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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In order to receive your award status, you must be subscribed to the Awards 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. 

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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.

 

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

 

Deadline: 22 October 2020 – 23:59 (UK Time). 1854 Access Members can enter all our awards for free!

Following a year of unprecedented global struggle, Portrait of Humanity 2021 is set to be more impactful than ever before.
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