Why Enter?

Show the world what humanity means to you.

We are inviting photographers to submit work to Portrait of Humanity, an international photography award celebrating the unity of human beings around the world.

We want to get an insight into the lives of people from across the globe; to capture laughter, courage, moments of reflection, journeys to work, first hellos, last goodbyes, and everything in between.

There is more that unites us, than sets us apart.

Your images, shown globally

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Be Exhibited Worldwide

50 winning images will be exhibited around the world.

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Share $10,000 in Grants

1st, 2nd and 3rd place will share $10,000 in grant awards to create projects that explore their interpretations of humanity.

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International Press Coverage

The winning images will receive press coverage on BJP-online and around the world.

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Your work featured in a book

200 shortlisted images will be published in the Portrait of Humanity book, distributed worldwide

Judged by key industry leaders

Entries will be judged by a panel who reflect the diversity of our global society.

This is a unique opportunity to get your images in front of a jury of curators, editors, and festival directors, who may be looking for new artists and work to show, represent or propose projects to. Open your work up to a fresh pair of eyes.

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Alessandra Sanguinetti Magnum Photographer

Magnum photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti is a recipient of both a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Hasselblad Foundation grant. She has photographed projects for for The New York Times Magazine, LIFE, Newsweek, and New York Magazine, among others. Now based in San Francisco, her photographs are included in public and private collections across the US, including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her book, ‘On the Sixth Day’, was published by Nazraeli Press in January 2006.

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Newsha Tavakolian Magnum Photographer

Self-taught photographer Newsha Tavakolian began working professionally in the Iranian press at the age of 16, and at 18 she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising. A year later, she joined New York based agency Polaris Images. She has since covered regional conflicts, natural disasters and has made social documentary stories. Her work is published in international magazines, newspapers, art exhibitions and museums, including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, LACMA, the British Museum, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Now a Magnum photographer, Newsha is the fifth laureate of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award, and is the principle laureate of the Prince Claus Award.

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Jacob Aue Sobol Magnum Photographer

Copenhagen-born Jacob Aue Sobol studied at the European Film College, and then Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography. There he developed a unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography, which he has since refined and further developed. After graduating, he lived in Greenland for three years, and created a book, ‘Sabine’, which was nominated for the 2005 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. He then travelled to Guatemala, where he made two projects, one of which won the First Prize Award for Daily Life Stories at World Press Photo 2006. His most recent book, ‘I, Tokyo’, was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award in 2008.

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Rocky Liang Creative Director and Columnist

Rocky Liang (born in 1978) is originated from Guangzhou Province, China, and now resides in Shanghai. He started his career as Chief Writer at Neweekly and later was promoted to Creative Director of this influential news magazine in China. After joining Modern Media Group, Liang played an important role in the launch of China Life Magazine as its Creative Director. He was also appointed to two important positions in the group's other 2 publications: Chief Writer of The Outlook Magazine and Editor in Chief of Metro Section, Modern Weekly. During his time with Life Magazine, Liang led many outstanding reports that won several awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA). He is also a columnist who is devoted to summarising new romanticism enlightened by modern rational spirit. In 2015, Liang founded Culturalpower Institution focusing on the study of contemporary culture. He's also managing The Mix-Place, a selective boutique mixing fashion and culture products. Rocky Liang is now enjoying his adventure in recreating space between culture and business.

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Xixi Zheng Creative Director and Curator

Xixi Zheng is a London-based Chinese creative. Endorsed as an Exceptional Talent by the Arts Council England in 2017, Xixi has worked on a number of international culture, creative and visual art projects. She has held both editorial and visual roles at a number of publications, including NOWNESS, BBC and British Airways' in-flight magazine. As a curator, she exhibited photographer Nick Waplington’s project “Alexander McQueen: Working Process” in China (following its exhibition at Tate Britain) in 2015 as well as “Meeting Monroe”, a photography exhibition at Shanghai Tower in 2016. Having worked on collaborations with names such as the British Museum, Magnum Photos, Letters Live and the China Focus project (Edinburgh Fringe), Xixi Zheng is the director of VisionNow Media, exclusive Chinese partner of Portrait of Humanity.

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Simon Bainbridge Editorial Director, 1854 Media

Simon Bainbridge has spent much of his 25 years in arts journalism as editor of British Journal of Photography, taking over in 2003 and transforming the weekly trade journal into an award-winning monthly magazine. He has curated five exhibitions: Paper, Rock, Scissors: The Constructed Image in New British Photography at Flash Forward Festival 2010 in Boston (with colleague Diane Smyth); Time & Motion studies: New documentary photography beyond the decisive moment at Hereford Photography Festival 2011; Portrait of Britain (nationwide, 2016-18); and Ones To Watch at Peckham 24. He has served as a judge or nominator on more than 100 photography contests, including the Deutsche Börse, Prix Pictet, Amnesty International Media Awards, ING Unseen Talent, CAP Prize and Organ Vida, and has been an expert at dozens of portfolio reviews across Europe.

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