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Current Competition

The Portrait of Humanity Award

1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography, and Magnum Photos invite photographers from around the world to enter the first Portrait of Humanity Award

Newsha Tavakolian Imaginary CD cover for Sahar. Caspian Sea, Mahmoudabad, Iran. 2011. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos

Portrait of Humanity is a new award, seeking to prove that there is more that unites us, than sets us apart. It is a project by 1854 media, publisher of the British Journal of Photography, and Magnum Photos, with Magnum photographers Alessandra Sanguinetti, Jacob Aue Sobol, and Newsha Tavakolian as judges.

Alessandra Sanguinetti USA. New York City. 1992. Christen. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti The Necklace. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1999. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos

Founded on the concept of individuality, community and 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.

Jacob Aue Sobol Maria is 7-years-old. She doesn't go to school much because she has to help with the work. Sometimes, when there is a small break, she collects berries just for herself to eat. She says that eating (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine An old hunter is dead and most of the settlement is attending the funeral. The body is kept in the coffin until summer, when the ground gets soft and it is possible to bury the corpse. Tiniteqilaaq (...)

The project aims to create one of the most far-reaching collaborative photography exhibitions in history. 200 shortlisted images will be featured in Portrait of Humanity Book, 50 winning images will be exhibited to a global audience, at some of the world’s most established photography festivals and leading galleries throughout 2019. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will share $10,000 in grant awards to create projects that explore their interpretations of humanity.

Entries  open on September 6, and closes on December 11 2018. Enter here.