British Journal of Photography IPA / Deadline: 20 December / Entry fee: £30 – £45
© Sara Galbiati, Peter Eriksen and Tobias Markussen, from the series The Merge (2018 winner)
Running for over a decade, the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award has long established itself as an important entry-point into the photographic community. The contest has been instrumental in launching the careers of some of the world’s most respected contemporary photographers, with winners and shortlistees gaining international industry exposure and the opportunity to be celebrated and acknowledged by key leaders in the field.
The judging panel this year will be looking to award and promote a substantial body of work featuring compelling images that together form a distinct and conceptually unique narrative. The series may be shot in any format or camera model, on film or digital, and contain a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 photographs. The grand prize winner will be awarded a solo show in the renowned contemporary art gallery TJ Boulting, a £5,000 production endowment, a four-page supplement in the British Journal of Photography magazine, and an in person one-to-one portfolio review with a BJP editor.
The closing date for entries is 20 December. Entry fees: one series, £30; two series, £45. To learn more and apply, visit bjpipa.com.
Sony World Photography Awards / Deadlines: 30 November – 11 January / No entry fee
© Fredrik Lerneryd, from the series Slum Ballet (2018 Professional Competition winner)
Free to enter and open to all photographers, the Sony World Photography Awards are an influential voice in the photographic industry, offering its winning, shortlisted, and commended photographers exposure to many of the leading names and institutions in the field. The awards are divided into four separate competitions, namely Professional (recognising outstanding bodies of work), Open (awarding single images), Youth (for photographers aged 12 to 19), and Student (aimed at photography students worldwide). At the pinnacle of the Professional contest is the title Photographer of the Year, one of the most distinguished and highly regarded awards in photography. A total prize fund of US$30,000 plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment will be shared between the winners.
The jury this year features Erin Barnett (Director of Exhibitions and Collections, International Center of Photography), Brendan Embser (Managing Editor, Aperture), Emma Lewis (Assistant Curator, Tate), Isabella van Marle (Head of Exhibitor Relations, Unseen), Mike Trow (Editor and Producer), Rebecca McClelland (Head of Art Production for Saatchi & Saatchi), Jason Baron (Creative Director of Photography, BBC Creative), and Bruno Bayley (Managing Editor, Magnum Photos).
The respective deadlines are: Professional, 11 January; Open and Youth, 4 January; Student, 30 November. Further information about each prize can be found at worldphoto.org.
TheDocumentaryProjectFund / Deadline: 30 November / No entry fee
© Scott Brennan (Project Support Awardee 2018)
Founded in 2012, TheDocumentaryProjectFund was established to ensure that photographers who are committed to telling stories in their communities have the backing needed to do so. “We are here to encourage, through project support, photographers who have a community focus and a good story to tell” say the jury. “We believe that still photography, especially the documentary form, can be an incredibly powerful art. We can admire the beauty of each image, be challenged to think about the issues raised and come away with our biases tested” they add.
There are currently grants offered in two categories, specifically the Project Support Grant (US$5,000), open to all photographers in the planning stage of a project, and the Mountain West Regional (US$5,000), available only to photographers from selected regions in the United States. Applicants must provide a project description that details a timeline for completion, intended outcomes, and ways the work could have relevance outside of the documented community.
Selected artists will have one year to complete the project. The application deadline is 30 November. Visit thedocumentaryprojectfund.org to find out more.
Reuters Photojournalism Grants / Deadline: 15 November / No entry fee
Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider, has opened the second edition of its photojournalism grant program that looks to recruit and develop a diverse new generation of visual storytellers. Eight US$5,000 grants will be awarded to passionate photojournalists or students of photojournalism, the aim of which is to support assignments and projects that will advance the recipients’ experience, skills, and ability to tell compelling news stories.
Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 / Deadline: 17 December / No entry fee
This newly relaunched competition looks to celebrate pictures that show the importance of health in society and the impact health issues have upon people and communities worldwide. Open to documentary and clinical photographers, research scientists, artists, and photojournalists, this award is designed to inspire people to think differently about health and ultimately open conversations about the pressing medical challenges facing humanity today. Recipients of the first prize in each category will be granted a monetary award of £1,250 and one overall winner will take home £15,000.
Portraits – Hellerau Photography Award / Deadline: 25 November / €50
Moving into its fourth edition, The Hellerau Photography Award this year is calling for photographic works related to the theme, Uncovered. From the classic nude to the outer boundaries of portrait photography, the jury is looking for images dealing with revelations, bare skin, and the unveiled body. The prizes include €8,000 in monetary grants, a six-week residency program at the Hellerau Center for the Arts, and invitations to participate in solo exhibitions in Dresden, Germany.
Malta International Photo Award / Deadline: 30 November / Entry fee: €10 – €30
The Malta International Photo Award strives to connect the world through visual stories, promoting and financing photographers who are employing different approaches to image-making. Applicants are invited to submit work in five separate categories, namely Cities, Nature, People, Abstract, and Storytelling, and the monetary prizes this year total €45,000.
Grand Prix Fotofestiwal / Deadline: 2 December / €15
Fotofestiwal, Poland, one of the leading photography events in central Europe, is calling all photographers to submit their projects for exhibitions at its 18th edition next year. The jury is comprised of experts from key photography media and institutions and they are looking to award artists of exceptional personality and bodies of work that showcase innovative ideas.
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