Portrait of Humanity Terms & Conditions Policies

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  • Deadline: 11 April 2024 – 23:59 (UK Time).
  • Portraits must have been taken after 1st January 2023
  • Portraits may be of individuals or groups of people
  • 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.
  • All photographers should adhere to the 1854 Awards Standard of Practice
  • We welcome applications from international professional and non-professional photographers of all ages
  • Images 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.
  • Once your images have been uploaded to the system you will see an option to submit your entry. Only submitted entries will be viewed by the judges.
  • 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.
  • Deadline: 11 April 2024 – 23:59 (UK Time).
  • Judging will take place shortly after the deadline.
  • Entrants have an additional 24 hours following this deadline to finalise and submit their entry.
  • Images must have been taken after January 2023, and can have been shot anytime up to the deadline of this award.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 Portrait of Humanity – this year and in future – and its promotion and publicity.
  • 1854 Media will organise and cover costs from the curation, framing, printing and production of the Portrait of Humanity Exhibitions in 2024.
  • A selection of images will be published through 1854 Media & British Journal of Photography digital channels.
  • If through to the shortlist of Portrait of Humanity, the photo book publisher may edit the accompanying text for accuracy, grammar, or to keep it to length if necessary
  • All shortlisted and winning images may be licenced by third parties and foreign rights. If the Portrait of Humanity book or exhibition is licenced in another language, we reserve the right to accept or deny permission.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • All entries are subject to 1854 Media’s General Competition Terms and Conditions (below)
  • 1854 Access Members can enter all our awards for free!




Awards Terms and Conditions

1854 Media Ltd (formerly trading as Apptitude Media Ltd)


  1. These terms and conditions apply to all competitions featured in any publications and online services that are organised by 1854 Media Limited (“1854 Media”) and include “Portrait of Britain” and any other competition or exhibition organised by 1854 Media on behalf of or in association with a third party.
  2. No Purchase necessary unless stated otherwise in the competition headline terms. By entering a competition entrants accept these terms and conditions together with any specific instructions and terms for such competition which may be mentioned in any electronic messages, or on the website, or communicated to entrants in any other way (“competition information”). Such competition information shall prevail in the event of there being any inconsistency between these competition terms and conditions and any competition information.
  3. 1854 Media may cancel or amend any competition, competition information, or these terms and conditions without prior notice. Further additional terms may relate to specific competitions and where they do, they shall be clearly published by 1854 Media. It is up to the entrant to ensure that they review these additional termsand comply with them. Any changes will be posted either within the competition information or these terms and conditions.

Competition entry

  1. Unless otherwise stated in the competition headline terms the competition is open to residents of all countries. If you choose to take part in this competition and are not a resident of the United Kingdom, you do so at your own risk should you be infringing any laws or regulations in the territory where you reside and you agree to fully indemnify 1854 Media in the event of any claim whatsoever being brought against it in respect of your entry into the competition. In the event that the competition is only open to UK residents 1854 Media may ask competition winners for proof of UK residency and if a competition winner is unable to prove their residency to 1854 Media’s satisfaction (i.e. prove that they are physically present in the UK for 183 days or more in the previous or current UK tax year), 1854 Media reserves the right to select an alternative winner. There is no minimum age limit unless specified otherwise in the competition information. However, entrants under the age of 18 must insert contact details of a parent or guardian when entering. Employees of 1854 Media and members of their immediate families (including any live-in partner or household member) of any of the following may not enter: Any company involved in the organisation, management, promotion, or administration of the competition or its entry routes or donation of prizes or their agents or subsidiaries;Any company involved in any capacity in the sponsorship of a competition or competition prize.
  2. Where an entrant requires the details of their parent/guardian to be entered onto the entry forms, 1854 Media may ask for proof of age and in all competitions evidence to verify the identity of that entrant at any time, and may use any channels and methods available to carry out checks of any details provided. Entrants may only enter the competition in their own name.
  3. The opening and closing dates and times for entries are as indicated in the competition information. Any entries received before the opening and after the closing of the competition will be invalid and will not be entered into the competition.
  4. By entering the competition entrants warrant that all information submitted by them is true, current, and complete. Entrants also warrant that they have all the necessary consents in relation to their entry and are the copyright owners of any copyright works submitted, e.g. photographs and drawings, and 1854’s use of such works (which you will permit in full or in part) for editorial coverage or promotion of the award will be at no charge will not infringe the rights of any third party and will fully indemnify us in the event of any infringement.
  5. Any limit on the number of entries a person or household may make will be clearly stated in the competition information. Entries received that exceed this limit will be invalid and will not be entered into the competition.
  6. Entry to the competition may only be made through the applicable method(s) indicated in the competition information. Where entrants pay an entry fee, they must have the permission of the bill payer before entering; otherwise the entry will be invalid.

Web entry

  1. Where specified in the competition information as an available method of entry to the competition, web entrants are required to follow the instructions on the website as indicated in the competition information. Entrants may depend on the competition and receive a message to the email address supplied when entering confirming entry to the competition. Web entrants may be required to supply their name, and/or email address and/or a contact telephone number and/or any other details. In the event that entrants are required to pay to enter online, entrants will need to use the relevant payment service indicated in the competition information, and may need to open an account and register to pay for online entry to the competition. Online entry costs will be as indicated in the competition information. Entrants must read and accept the terms and conditions relating to the online entry pay service before proceeding with such a web entry.
  2. Entries submitted through agents or third parties or in bulk (i.e. more entries than a human being could submit in the time available without the use of software or other devices designed to make automated entries or, in the case of postal entries, more than one entry submitted under the same postage stamp) will not be accepted. Entrants may enter as many times as they like unless otherwise indicated in the competition information but no more than one prize per person per competition will be awarded.
  3. Any entries which are incomplete, incorrect, inaudible, incomprehensible, or not received by 1854 Media will be void.
  4. Whilst AI generated imagery is permitted, it must be clearly stated upon application. All undeclared AI images will be disqualified.
  5. In the event of any fault, mistake, misunderstanding or dispute concerning the correctness or acceptability of the entry or any answers given by entrants (if applicable), or the operation of any part of the competition (in the case of postal entries, a postal strike for example), network or phone system, the decision of 1854 Media shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. 1854 Media will not be liable to reimburse expenses incurred in making an entry in any competition. Where 1854 Media decides in its sole discretion that an entrant is eligible for a refund, eligibility for refunds will be notified to relevant entrants. 1854 Media reserves the right to refuse to refund any messages where it suspects dishonest or fraudulent conduct on the sender’s part or where the entrant has not complied with the rules of the competition.


  1. The prize is as specified in the competition information and no alternative will be offered.
  2. Where the winner is requested to speak for the purposes of a film or video production they must make themselves available as required for the production in question.
  3. The process for determining the winner of the prize is as indicated in the competition information. Where the winner is randomly selected from all correct and valid entries, the draw for the winner will take place within 7 days or such other timeframe as may be stated in the competition headline terms of the date on which the competition closes.
  4. Prize draws will be awarded in accordance with the laws of chance and, if required by law or regulation, under the supervision of an independent observer. Any competition requiring a subjective assessment in the selection of winning entries will be judged by 1854 Media or as indicated in the competition information and, if required by law or regulation, an independent judge or a panel including one member who is independent of the competition’s promoters and intermediaries.
  5. Should more prizes be claimed than are available for any reason, a simple prize draw will take place for the available prize(s).
  6. 1854 Media will attempt to notify the winner as soon as judging is complete, and where time is of the essence for such a period as 1854 Media shall in its absolute discretion deem reasonable. Winners will be contacted via the email address provided when entering the competition. We strongly advise to stay subscribed to our newsletter to receive updates on the entry status. . The winner will have a specified fixed time period in which to claim his or her status. If 1854 Media is unable to notify the winner, or if the winner fails to respond within the fixed time period as specified and/or provide an address for delivery of the prize, this may result in forfeiture of the prize and 1854 Media reserves the right to select an alternative winner in accordance with these terms and conditions and the competition information.
  7. 1854 Media may in its sole discretion refuse to provide a prize, or seek its recovery, in the event of non-entitlement under these terms and conditions or an entrant’s breach of these terms and conditions, 1854 Media’s website terms of use, fraud, dishonesty, or other inappropriate or improper conduct including but not limited to the use of technology which enables an entrant to evade charges or entry requirements.
  8. Any entrant who enters or attempts to enter the Competition in a manner, which in 1854 Media’s determination is contrary to these terms and conditions or by its nature is unfair to other entrants may be removed from the Competition at 1854 Media’s sole discretion.
  9. 1854 Media reserves the right to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the Competition in whole or in part, at its sole discretion, if it believes the Competition is not capable of being conducted as specified in these terms and conditions or in the event of a virus, computer bug or unauthorised human intervention or any other cause that is beyond the reasonable control of 1854 Media that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality, or normal course of the Competition.
  10. 1854 Media reserves the right in its sole discretion to withhold delivery of the prize until such proof of eligibility and identity has been confirmed or if such proof is not produced on request or to disqualify the entrant from the competition.
  11. 1854 Media shall try to deliver the prize to the winner within 28 days from the date of the draw, unless otherwise specified to the winner. Delivery restrictions may apply. No cash equivalent (where applicable) or alternative prize will be given and the prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable. However, 1854 Media reserves the right to change the prize due to circumstances beyond its control or to offer an alternative of similar value.
  12. At all times ownership of copyright to any images entered into any 1854 Media competitions remain the property of the entrants. In relation to all competitions,entrants (and, if applicable, their collaborators) grant to 1854 Media a non-exclusive perpetual, worldwide royalty free licence to use and publish their entry in whole or in part in any media form whatsoever, for the sole purposes of editorial coverage and promotion of the same competition into which the images were entered. To clarify, 1854 Media and British Journal of Photography will not use the images for any purposes other than in direct relation to the competition entered into, and make no claim to the copyright of the images.

Data Protection and Publicity

  1. Entrants (and, if applicable, their collaborators) agree to the use of their names, locations, images, and their entries in whole or in part for the sole purpose of editorial coverage and future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes of the current or future seasons of the same competition entered into, in any media worldwide without notice or without any fee being paid. The winners may be required to participate in reasonable publicity and agree to the use and publication of their full names and images for promotional and marketing purposes for the current and future seasons of the competition. To clarify, entrants accept that images may be published in media not owned or controlled by 1854 Media as a result of publicity for or editorial about the competition. 1854 Media and British Journal of Photography will not use the images or grant use of the images for any purposes other than in direct relation to the competition entered into, and make no claim to the copyright of the images.
  2. Information, data and the caller line identity (“personal data”) which is provided by entrants when they enter will be held and used by 1854 Media and their suppliers and contractors in order to administer the competition. If entrants call from a withheld caller line identity and do not provide their caller line identity when entering the competition, 1854 Media may use the withheld caller line identity for customer care purposes such as refunds or communications relating to a service e.g. to notify a winner. Entrants’ personal data may also be passed to their mobile phone network or to relevant regulatory bodies including PhonePayPlus, the police or other authorities in the course of the investigation of any complaints or suspected unlawful activity or where requested bythe phone provider in connection with the billing arrangements for the competition. Aggregate, non personal data may also be used for the purpose of undertaking market research or in facilitating reviews,developments and improvements to relevant services.
  3. Data captured during the course of this promotion will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act and GDPR and any personal data will be used in accordance with 1854 Media’s privacy policy which can be viewed at https://www.1854.photography/privacy-policy/. Any entrant who is entering the competition via e-mail or may opt out of receiving any marketing communications from 1854 Media by clicking on the link on our emails’ footer.


  1. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall exclude or limit 1854 Media’s liability for death or personal injury caused by their staff or supplier’s negligence or for fraud. Subject to this, 1854 Media accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition or as a result of accepting any prize or entering the competition. 1854 Media is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, telephone lines or at any web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer, data or mobile telephone related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the competition.
  2. 1854 Media cannot promise that the services relating to the competition will be free from errors or omissions nor that they will be available uninterrupted and in a fully operating condition. These services may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair or for reasons reasonably beyond the control of 1854 Media. 1854 Media will not be liable in the event that all or any part of the service relating to the competition is discontinued, modified or changed in any way.

Standard terms

  1. In the event that any entrant does not, or is unable to, comply with and meet these terms and conditions and the competition information, 1854 Media shall be entitled at its sole discretion to disqualify such entrant, without any further liability to such entrant. In these circumstances, any prize(s) won by the entrant may be forfeited and 1854 Media reserves the right to reclaim any prize(s) already distributed to the entrant. Any entrant must comply with any directions given to him or her by 1854 Media including but not limited to any and all relevant laws, rules and applicable regulatory codes.
  2. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Terms and Conditions shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
  3. Please note that calls may be recorded to ensure that competition entries are captured, for staff training and quality control purposes.
  4. The promoter of the competition is The Green House | Ethical Property 244-254 Cambridge Heath Rd London E2 9DA

36.A person who is not a party to this Agreement has no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 but this does not affect any right or remedy of a third party which exists or is available apart from that Act.

  1. No waiver by 1854 Media (whether express or implied) in enforcing any of its rights under this Agreement shall prejudice its rights to do so in the future.
  2. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
  3. These terms and conditions were last updated in April 2024.