Website 1854 and British Journal of Photography
Now in its fifth edition, the Portrait of Humanity award by 1854 and British Journal of Photography returns once more to celebrate that which unites us in a time of division
In an age of uncertainty, hardship and strife, it’s the little things that remind us of what it means to be human that matter more and more. Behind every struggle to protect the world that we call home, or the right to be who we are is a face of strength and courage.
Get published in a photobook
200 shortlisted images will be featured in the Portrait of Humanity book
Get exhibited worldwide
Portrait of Humanity sits amongst the most viewed photographic exhibitions in global history. 30 winning images and three winning bodies of work will be part of a major internationally-touring exhibition.
Get judged by industry leaders
Judges from past years include Alessandra Sanguinetti and Newsha Tavakolian, Magnum photographers; Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at the Guardian, and Mallory Benedict, Photo Editor at National Geographic
Get featured in international press
Alongside coveted print and digital coverage from BJP, Portrait of Humanity award winners have been featured by BBC, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, CNN, Metro and many more
Each year the Portrait of Humanity jury brings together prominent photography figures from around the world.
Claim your free entry
With the importance of our shared sense of humanity seemingly never more crucial than now, Portrait of Humanity Vol. 5 invites any photographer from any background, anywhere, to enter a portrait completely free of charge.
Show the world your Portrait of Humanity.
Register free via our submissions platform to claim your free entry.
Free applications for photographers in non-high-income locations
Photographers located in non-high-income countries can enter Portrait of Humanity Vol.5 for free. Are you eligible? See the list of qualifying countries, and complete the form via the link below.
- Three winning bodies of work will be exhibited worldwide in collaboration with selected photography festivals
- Three winning bodies of work will be published in British Journal of Photography
- All winning photographers will receive international press coverage
- 30 winning images will be exhibited worldwide in collaboration with selected photography festivals
- 200 shortlisted images will be featured in the Portrait of Humanity book