About Portrait of Humanity

© Ying Wang, Portrait of Humanity Entry 2019
© Kate Stanworth

Portrait of Humanity is a new global initiative by 1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography

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 is a celebration of our shared values: Individuality, Community, and Unity.

In its inaugural year, we invited photographers of all levels 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.

200 shortlisted photographs were published in the Portrait of Humanity Book, and 50 winning images will be exhibited at various locations across the world. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will share $10,000 in grant awards to create projects that explore their interpretations of humanity. Up to 100 commended images will also be exhibited digitally on Clear Channel screens internationally to be seen by millions. The announcement will take place Autumn 2019.

Be part of the movement. Enjoy the Portrait of Humanity book, visit an exhibition, or apply to be part of the next edition.

Portrait of Humanity 2020 will launch soon. Stay tuned.

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.

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