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A Portrait of Humanity

Presenting the winners of BJP’s Portrait of Humanity award, judged by Magnum photographers

Alessandra Sanguinetti The Necklace. Buenos Aires. Argentina. 1999. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Luca Bracali Harmony, Mongolia. The Tsaatan people herd reindeer, but theirs is a precarious way of life. In late summer, the rainy season arrives and with it lightning, which ignites forests and kills reindeer (...)
Sebastian Delgado C. Keep Moving, Colombia. In 2008, the Giraldo family fled from danger in Colombia and lived in Venezuela for seven years until they were ordered to leave. They left behind the life they had built to (...)
Isabela Pacini Russian Colonel, Russia. Boris Nikolaev is a colonel in the Russian Armed Forces. I photographed him in his home in Moscow where he lives with his wife and daughter. © Isabela Pacini
Roland Blazejewski Family, Germany. I met this couple in Berlin. They were sitting together on the side of a street when I started a conversation with them. We talked for a long time and the man repeated, ‘We are a f (...)
Samuel Zuder Face to Faith, Tibet. These two friends – pilgrims – were dressed almost identically and looked like twins to me. They had travelled thousands of kilometres to worship at the holy mountain. © Samue (...)
Jelena Jankovic Selfie Culture, Croatia. I spotted these men lit up in the crowd of a concert. Selfie culture has begun to dominate our existence. As a result, we often miss opportunities to enjoy the world around (...)
Charlie Kwai Captain America, Mexico. This Mexican boy dressed as Captain America walked unaccompanied down a street in Mexico City. This Mexican boy dressed as Captain America walked unaccompanied down a stree (...)
Dustin Thierry Untitled, Germany. To this day, homosexuality is stigmatised and condemned within the Caribbean community. With this in mind, I made portraits of members of the black LGBTQ community in Berlin, Ams (...)
Alice Zoo Tara by the Window, UK. Tara is a fat-positive activist and mental health advocate. I was struck by her strength, honesty and openness. She is completely unapologetic about her body, which I think (...)
Iorgis Matyassy Faso on the horse, Burkina Faso. Faso is a horseman and master of equestrian vaulting. I was impressed by how easily he got the horse to lie down, as though the animal was a pet dog. © Iorgis Matya (...)

Last year, 1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography and Magnum put a worldwide call out for photographers to submit work that proves that there is more that unites us, than sets us apart. Founded on the concept of individuality, community and unity, British Journal of Photography and Magnum Photos invited 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. Magnum photographers Alessandra SanguinettiJacob Aue Sobol, and Newsha Tavakolian formed part of the judging panel.

In total, we had entries from 108 different countries and in a wide variety of languages, reflecting how the award brought people together from all over the world. Approximately 28,000 images were entered, and the countries with the most entries were the UK, USA, Italy, China, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, Brazil and Spain.

The winning and shortlisted photographers were announced earlier this year, along with a publication of a book featuring the 200 shortlisted images. The slideshow above showcases a selection of the winning and shortlisted images, and is a reflection of the truly global entries. Photos by: Samuel Zuder, Roland ‘Kilimanjaro’ Blazejewski, Sebastian Delago Caicedo, Marina Sersale, Iorgis Matyassy, Sandra Zarneshan, Alice Zoo, Dustin Thierry, Charlie Kwai, Jelena Jankovic, Luca Bracali, and Isabela Pacini.

Explore the selection on , British Journal of Photography here.

Buy the book through Hoxton Mini Press here.