PHmuseum 2018 Grant


  • Genevieve Fussell

    Genevieve Fussell

  • Roger Ballen

    Roger Ballen

  • Emilia Van Lynden

    Emilia Van Lynden

  • Monica Allende

    Monica Allende

£15,000 in cash prizes
Extended Deadline 28 February, 2018

How to participate

The PHmuseum Grant is an annual initiative that recognises the importance of photography and visual storytelling. 

Over the year it has grown into a leading photography prize, with previous editions having awarded work by photographers like Salvatore Vitale, Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, Max Pinckers, Clémentine Schneidermann, and Tomas van Houtryve, among many others. 

Now in its sixth edition, the initiative is designed to support the production and promotion of visual stories through cash prizes and relevant opportunities across international festivals and online media. 

To participate, you are invited to submit one or more projects centred around a specific theme, narrative or concept, following these guided steps:

01. Sign up

Create an account, confirm your email address and go to We have simplified the submission process, you can now apply without having to create a Photographer profile first.

02. Upload your story

Present projects of maximum 20 photos. At least 4 of them must be shot after January 1st, 2015. The recommended photo size is 1000px on the shortest side, weighing around 2MB each. You can present more than a project, yet one at a time.

03. Review and submit

Review and submit your project, being aware that you will not be able to modify it after submission. To present a second project, go back to and start a new application. Our judges will review the submissions in March, with winners to be announced in April 2018.

Extended Deadline 28 February, 2018

Applications closed

One year ago I was starting to show my work, being careful to find good and relevant spots. I thought it was the right time to start to get some feedback and investigate what kind of reactions it could cause. Receiving the PHM 2017 Grant 1st Prize was a good testing ground as it suddenly put my work under the spotlight. It also helped me to build some new and strong relationships and collaborations. I’m pretty sure the nature of the PHM Grant itself fosters this kind of results as you get a long-term network-based collaboration.

Salvatore Vitale, winner of the PHM 2017 Grant 1st Prize


Our international jury will award £15,000 in cash prizes, a solo exhibition at Cortona On The Move, features on World Press Photo's Witness and other relevant opportunities. 

1st Prize / £ 8,000 plus a publication on World Press Photo's Witness, a projection at Cortona On The Move and Just Another Photo Festival, and promotion via PHmuseum.

2nd Prize / £ 3,000 plus a publication on World Press Photo's Witness, a projection at Cortona On The Move and Just Another Photo Festival, and promotion via PHmuseum.

3rd Prize / £ 2,000 plus a publication on World Press Photo's Witness, a projection at Cortona On The Move and Just Another Photo Festival, and promotion via PHmuseum.

New Generation Prize / £ 2,000 plus a mentorship program with Maggie Steber, a publication on World Press Photo's Witness, a projection at Cortona On The Move and Just Another Photo Festival, and promotion via PHmuseum. Only for photographers who will be 30 years of age or younger on the deadline's date.

Solo exhibition at Cortona On The Move / Cortona On The Move is one of the leading photo festivals in Europe. Arianna Rinaldo, the Artistic Director, will select a project among all the submissions, which will be granted a solo show at the festival's 2018 edition in July. The prize will include the show production, travel expenses up to €500, accommodation and promotion through Cortona OTM channels.

Honorable Mentions / Up to 6 mentions in the Main Prize category and 3 mentions in the New Generation Prize category


The submissions will be reviewed by this independent panel of judges, which will assign the prizes before the end of April. Learn more about them: 

  • Genevieve Fussell

    Genevieve Fussell

    Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker

    Genevieve Fussell is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker, where she commissions and produces a range of photography for the magazine as well as contributing to the curation of Photo Booth, The New Yorker's photography blog. Before joining The New Yorker, Genevieve worked as the archivist for VII Photo, the international collective of photojournalists based in New York and Paris.

  • Roger Ballen

    Roger Ballen

    Photographer and Artist

    Roger Ballen is one of the most important photographers of his generation. He was born in New York in 1950 but has been living and working in South Africa for over 30 years.

    Over the past thirty years his distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. In his earlier works his connection to the tradition of documentary photography is clear but through the 1990s he developed a style he describes as ‘ballenesque’.

     In his recent series he has employed drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques to create elaborate sets. Ballen has invented a new hybrid aesthetic in these works but one still rooted firmly in photography.

    His previous release is The Theatre of Apparitions. In a departure from his existing oeuvre, intricately layered images occupy a space between painting, drawing and photography linking image-making and theatrical performance.

    In September 2017 Thames & Hudson released Ballenesque, Roger Ballen: A Retrospective, a major retrospective of his collected works.


  • Emilia Van Lynden

    Emilia Van Lynden

    Artistic Director, Unseen

    Emilia van Lynden is Artistic Director of Unseen, the leading platform for contemporary photography. Exclusively focusing on what’s new in the photography world, Unseen provides a channel for up-and-coming talent to showcase their work, as well as presenting the newest work by established artists.  Unseen is an all year round platform with physical events throughout the year and with the main event, Unseen Amsterdam, returning for its seventh edition in September 2018. Additionally Emilia is also Editor-in-Chief of the annual publication, Unseen Magazine founded in 2014. Van Lynden among other things is sourcing artistic talent as well as galleries, collectives and projects that have a rich programme committed to supporting young artists.

  • Monica Allende

    Monica Allende

    Independent Photo Editor and Cultural Producer

    Monica Allende is an independent photo editor and cultural producer, she collaborates with team and is the co-founder of Offspring Photo Meet in London. Previously she was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched the award-winning photography section Spectrum. She is visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication in London, has conducted photography workshops worldwide among others: Festival di Internazionale a Ferrara, Getxo Photo, and Visa pour L’Image and has served on juries worldwide including the World Press Photo, Visa Pour L’image, the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing photographic Portrait Prize, The Royal Photographic Society Awards , Getty Grant , Reinaissance Photography Prize, Sony  World Photography Awards. She is nominator for several photography awards including  Prix Pictet and Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. She produced and curated Dafur: images against impunity, and exhibition and book by Stanley Greene, Lynsey Addario and Alvaro Ybarra Zavala.

    Her work at the Sunday Times Magazine was recipient of the Amnesty International Media Photojournalism Award, the Picture Editor’s Award, the Online Press Award and Magazine Design Award for Best Use of Photography.

    She lectures, writes, nominates, and consults on photography.

I feel that the photographs should display strong metaphoric qualities that go beyond the usual themes being produced everywhere today. As a formalist, I think that the photos should be well integrated and well composed with a strong organic quality. The meaning of the photo should be clearly portrayed in the image itself without the need for an explanatory essay to accompany it.

Roger Ballen, , judge of the PHM 2018


Welcome to the PHmuseum 2018 Grant (PHM 2018 Grant or Grant). 

This document defines the Terms and Conditions (Terms) that govern your use of the PHmuseum 2018 Grant (PHM 2018 Grant or Grant) webpages. These Terms apply between You (You or Entrant), and PHmuseum Ltd (PHmuseum or We), PHmuseum Ltd (Company Number 09474210) the United Kingdom based corporation with registered office at International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2BN, London, United Kingdom, owning and operating the website, all the related websites and services and the Photographic Museum of Humanity trademarks.

By ticking the Terms and Conditions box, clicking the Pay and Submit button in the fifth step of the Grant submission process and completing the entry fee payment, You participate in the PHM 2018 Grant and You hereby acknowledge and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Please read them carefully before applying to the PHM 2018 Grant.


The PHM 2018 Grant begins on January 16, 2018 at 12:01 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and ends February 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm (GMT). Entrants can participate by clicking on the Apply Now button available at and following the submission guided process. Update: the deadline is extended to February 28 at 11:59pm (GMT).

Entrants must be at least 18 years old as of the date of entry. Each Entrant can submit one or more “Project”, defined as a set of photos built around a concept or a topic. Each Project must feature a minimum of 8 photos and a maximum of 20 photos that will be taken under consideration by the PHM 2018 Judges. The photos must have been shot from January 2006 onwards and at least 4 photos must have been taken after January 1st 2015. Photos shall be uploaded in Jpg or Jpeg format and cannot weigh more than 8 Megabytes, even if the reccomended size is 2 Megabytes per image. To complete the submission of a Project, the Entrant shall pay an entry fee of GBP 20 for each Project submitted before January 30, 2018 and an entry fee of GBP 30 for each Project submitted from January 31, 2018 onwards.  

Winners will be announced on within 90 days of the deadline or extended deadline day. By accepting these Terms You agree and accept that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the PHM 2018 Grant. PHM 2018 Grant is void where prohibited.


The PHM 2018 Grant will offer the following prizes:

a) PHM 2018 Grant 1st prize: GBP 8,000 in cash, a projection at Just Another Photo Festival and Cortona On The Move, promotion via PHmuseum channels and a publication on Witness – the online publication of World Press Photo Foundation;

b) PHM 2018 Grant 2nd prize: GBP 3,000 in cash, a projection at Just Another Photo Festival and Cortona On The Move, promotion via PHmuseum channels and a publication on Witness – the online publication of World Press Photo Foundation;

c) PHM 2018 Grant 3rd prize: GBP 2,000 in cash, a projection at Just Another Photo Festival and Cortona On The Move, promotion via PHmuseum channels and a publication on Witness – the online publication of World Press Photo Foundation;

d) PHM 2018 Grant New Generation Prize: GBP 2,000 in cash, a mentorship program with educator Maggie Steber consisting of four Skype meetings of two hours each to be completed before 31 December 2018, a projection at Just Another Photo Festival and Cortona On The Move, promotion via PHmuseum channels and a publication on Witness – the online publication of World Press Photo Foundation;

e) A solo exhibition at the 2018 edition of photography festival Cortona On The Move, including the show’s production, promotion through Cortona On The Move channels, travel expenses up to €500 and accommodation expenses; 

f) PHM 2018 Grant Main Prize Honorable Mentions

g) PHM 2018 Grant New Generation Prize Honorable Mentions

Prizes at points (a), (b), (c), (d), (f) and (g) will be assigned by these Judges: Roger Ballen, Emilia Van Lynden, Genevieve Fussell and Monica Allende.

Prize at point (e) will be assigned by Judge Arianna Rinaldo and offered by the Associazione culturale ONTHEMOVE with offices in Via Roma 31, Cortona, Italy – with the only exception of the travel expenses, that will be shared between PHmuseum Ltd and and Associazione culturale ONTHEMOVE.

Photographers who are 30 (thirty) years of age, or less, on the day of the PHM 2018 Grant final deadline are the only applicants eligible for prizes at points (d) and (g). 


By ticking the Terms and Conditions box, clicking the Pay and Submit button in the fifth step of the Grant submission process and completing the entry fee payment, You participate in the PHM 2018 Grant and You hereby acknowledge and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

By doing so, You also acknowledge and agree that You will not be able to:

a) delete or edit any photos of the submitted Project from the PHmuseum website nor alter their order;

b) delete or edit any information to the submitted Series from the PHmuseum website from the day You submit the Series to 90 days after the PHM 2018 Grant deadline or extended deadline.

By accepting these Terms and entering the PHM 2018 Grant You warrant that all the information submitted is true, current, and complete. You also warrant that You have all the necessary consents in relation to your entry and that You are the copyright owner of any copyright works submitted, e.g. photographs, texts, drawings, and PHmuseum's use of such works will be at no charge, will not infringe the rights of any third party, and You will fully indemnify PHmuseum in the event of any infringement. 

You also acknowledge that the full name of the winners may be published by PHmuseum, and You grant to PHmuseum a non­exclusive perpetual, worldwide royalty free license to use and publish your entries in whole or in part in any media form whatsoever, for the purposes of the Grant’s and PHmuseum’s promotion. You also agree that PHmuseum will have the right to use and publish the images for promotional and marketing purposes for the current and future seasons of the Grant on any media worldwide without notice or without any fee being paid. 

If the photographs contain any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant and/or that are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the Entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the publication, exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Terms without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


PHmuseum commits to credit the due amount to the winners within 90 days after the winners announcement, provided that the winner communicates via email to PHmuseum (i) valid and complete bank account details and (ii) a copy of his/her ID within 30 days after the winners announcement.

PHmuseum will notify the winner of each prize at the email address associated to the winner’s PHmuseum account within 90 days after the Grant closing date. The winner will have 30 days from the day he or she will be notified to answer PHmuseum and claim his or her prize. If PHmuseum is unable to notify the winner, or if the winner fails to respond within the fixed time period as specified, this may result in forfeiture of the prize and PHmuseum reserves the right to select an alternative winner in accordance with these Terms and the Grant information. 

PHmuseum may in its sole discretion refuse to provide a prize, or seek its recovery, in the event of non­entitlement under these Terms or an Entrant's breach of these terms and conditions, PHmuseum’s website terms of use, fraud, dishonesty, or other inappropriate or improper conduct including but not limited to the use of technology which enables an Entrant to evade charges or entry requirements. 

PHmuseum commits to always mention the author copyrights. When You submit photographs to the PHmuseum website, You remain the copyright owner of the photographs You submit to the PHmuseum website and PHmuseum does not claim ownership over the photographs. To learn more about the copyrights treatment please visit our website’s Terms and Conditions.


By ticking the Terms and Conditions box, clicking the Pay and Submit button in the fifth step of the Grant submission process and completing the entry fee payment, You candidate Your Series to the PHM 2018 Grant and You make the following representations and warranties:

a) You can lawfully enter into contracts under applicable law and You are at least 18 years old;

b) You have obtained and have copies of model releases from all subjects depicted in the photograph(s) You submit to the PHM 2018 Grant, and such persons voluntarily consented to publication and/or dissemination of their likeness for all legal purposes.

Neither PHmuseum nor their associates, affiliates or partners assume any responsibility for photos submitted in violation of these Terms. Images that demonstrate violations on copyright and/or Grant policies will be removed & disqualified by PHmuseum after due investigations.


By participating, Entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless PHmuseum and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in the PHM 2018 Grant or any PHM 2018 Grant-related activities.

PHmuseum assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorised access to Grant entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms.

PHmuseum is not responsible for any issue with or technical malfunction of any computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any damage to Entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading, or downloading of any materials related to this Grant

Neither PHmuseum nor its servants, agents, nor any other party or organisation involved in the management, promotion, or administration of the Grant or its entry routes or donation of prizes or their agents or subsidiaries involved in the Grant will accept responsibility or liability for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, destruction, alteration of, or unauthorised access to entries, or entries lost or delayed whether or not arising during operation or transmission as a result of network availability, server functions (including but not limited to security functions by software used by PHmuseum or any third party), virus, malware, trojans, bugs, or other causes outside its control.


You acknowledge and agree that these PHM 2018 Grant Terms together with the PHmuseum Privacy Policy, as well as any claim that might arise between You and PHmuseum, shall be governed and interpreted according exclusively to the law of the United Kingdom. You further acknowledge and agree that the courts of London, United Kingdom shall be the exclusive forum where You agree to resolve any claim, cause of action or dispute between You and PHmuseum arising out of or relating to these Terms.



If for any reason the Grant is not capable of running as planned for bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of PHmuseum that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Grant, PHmuseum reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Grant.    

PHmuseum cannot promise that the services relating to the Grant will be free from errors or omissions nor that they will be available uninterrupted and in a fully operating condition. These services may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair or for reasons reasonably beyond the control of PHmuseum. PHmuseum will not be liable in the event that all or any part of the service relating to the Grant is discontinued, modified or changed in any way.


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Last updated - 22 February 2018



Extended Deadline 28 February, 2018

Applications closed