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About Portrait of Humanity

Portrait of Humanity is a new global initiative by 1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography, in partnership with Magnum Photos.

Portrait of Humanity serves as a timely reminder, that despite our many differences, we are able to unite as a global community through the power of photography, to create one of the greatest collaborative photography exhibitions in history.

At its core, Portrait of Humanity will be a celebration of our shared values:

  • Individuality
  • Community
  • Unity

We are inviting photographers of any level, to show us the world through their eyes, to capture the many faces of humanity, and to document the universal expressions of life; laughter, courage, moments of reflection, journeys to work, first hellos, last goodbyes, and everything in between. What’s normal to you might be extraordinary to someone else.

50 shortlisted images will be exhibited at various locations across the world. Second and third place winners will each receive $2,500, and one first place winner will receive $5,000 to create a project exploring their interpretation of humanity.

Be part of the movement. Together, we will create a Portrait of Humanity.

1854 Media is an award-winning digital media organisation with a global audience, including millions of photographers, arts lovers and industry leaders.

At 1854’s core is British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography title, which has been showcasing pioneers of the art form since 1854. It has also created an internationally renowned photography awards programme, which includes OpenWalls, Portrait of Britain™ and BJP International Photography Award, all of which aim to discover and promote new talent.

Our visual content agency, Studio 1854, helps brands use the power of photography and video to cultivate and engage larger audiences, by leveraging our relationships with the world’s top photographic influencers and our understanding of the visual content that engages them.

Magnum Photos represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers.

For nearly 70 years, Magnum Photos have established themselves as purveyors of authentic storytelling, providing an international client base of media, charities, publishers, brands and cultural institutions, with the highest quality photographic content. Their photographers are united under a shared vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, shatters the status quo, redefines history and transforms lives.

Magnum is known globally, and effortlessly reaches a international audience. Since its establishment, it has remained loyal to its original values of uncompromising excellence, truth, respect and independence.

VisionNow Media is a London-based culture & creative agency, specialising in media, marketing, events and e-commerce. From social digital campaigns to exhibition production and online retail solution, it helps western brands to enter, develop and maximise their Chinese market. The company has been working on a number of international projects, within but not limited to the areas of culture, photography, theatre, design and visual art. Clients and partners include names like British Museum, British Airways, Letters Live and Magnum Photos.
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