PHmuseum 2019
photography grant
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© Igor Pisuk


in cash prizes

plus a solo show at PhEST, 3 features on Witness, and much more

  • Deadline

    21 February

  • Entry fee


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General info

The PHmuseum Photography Grant is an annual initiative that recognises the importance of photography and visual storytelling. Over the years it has grown into a leading photography prize, with previous editions having awarded work by photographers like Poulomi Basu, Salvatore Vitale, Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, and Tomas van Houtryve, among many others. Now in its seventh edition, the initiative is designed to support the production and promotion of visual projects through cash prizes, educational activities and exposure across international festivals, and online media.

To participate, you are invited to submit one or more projects centered around a specific theme, narrative or concept. All approaches are welcomed, from classic narratives to innovative and experimental projects. Our independent jury will then review all the submissions and gather together to decide what is most relevant according to their personal criteria. Applying is very easy, just follow these guided steps:

How to participate

  • 1

    Click on
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    Simply click on Apply Now to start your submission and follow the guided process. You will be asked to create an account or login.

  • 2

    your work

    Upload between 8 and 20 photos. At least 4 of them must have been shot after 1 January, 2016. Images shall be in JPG or PNG format and not weight more than 10MB each. The ideal resolution is 72 dpi with at least 1000px on the shortest side. You can present more than a project, but they must be submitted one at a time.

  • 3

    and submit

    Check all the info and submit your project, being aware that you will not be able to modify it after submission. The judges will review all entries, with winners to be announced in April 2019. To submit another project simply click again on Apply Now.

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My advice to other photographers would be to apply with a body of work that is personal. Work that has a vision of its own beyond the photo world. Work that is free from editorial constraints and is bold and experimental.

Poulomi Basu, 1st Prize Winner, PHmuseum 2018 Grant
© Poulomi BasuFabiola Cedillo


  • 1st Prize / £8,000
  • 2nd Prize / £3,000
  • 3rd Prize / £2,000

plus projections at Cortona On The Move 2019 (Italy), Just Another Photo Festival 2019 (India), and Obscura Festival (Malaysia), and promotion via PHmuseum.

New Generation Prize / £2,000

plus a consultancy from the PHmuseum Education Program, projections at Cortona On The Move 2019 (Italy), Just Another Photo Festival 2019 (India), and Obscura Festival (Malaysia), promotion via PHmuseum.

A Solo Exhibition
at PhEST /

Awarded by PhEST’s Team

PhEST’s team will select a work from all the submissions to be granted a solo show during the upcoming edition of the festival to be held in Monopoli, Italy in September 2019.

3 Publications on
World Press Photo’s Witness /

Awarded by PHmuseum's Team

PHmuseum Director Giuseppe Oliverio and PHmuseum Curator Rocco Venezia will select 3 works from all the submissions to be published online on World Press Photo’s Witness.

Workshop at
Cortona On The Move /

Assigned by Cortona OTM Team

The Cortona On The Move Team will select a photographer, among all of the applicants, who will be granted a slot at a workshop during the festival next edition, to be held in July 2019 in Cortona, Italy.

4 Free Portfolio Reviews from
PHmuseum Education /

Assigned by PHmuseum's Team

The PHmuseum team will select 4 photographers among all of the applicants who will be granted a 60 minutes portfolio review with a mentor of their choice from the PHmuseum Education Program.

Up to 9 Honorable Mentions
and 35 Shortlisted Projects /

The judges will select up to 35 shortlisted projects that will compete for all main prizes and honorable mentions. All shortlisted works will be projected at Cortona On The Move 2019 (Italy), Just Another Photo Festival 2019 (India), and Obscura Festival (Malaysia), and promoted on the PHmuseum channels.

The prize gave me a big support and the opportunity to finish my long-term series and finally publish it as a photobook. It gave me the courage to develop my vision in the most honest way without any compromises.

Igor Pisuk, 3rd Prize Winner, PHmuseum 2018 Grant
© Igor PisukFabiola Cedillo


I’ll be looking for a coherent body of work that expresses an idea with sharp intention, both critically reflecting on the medium itself as well as creatively engaging with the subject matter.

Max Pinckers, Judge
© Vasantha YogananthanFabiola Cedillo

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Why apply

1st, 2nd, 3rd PrizeNew Generation PrizeUp to 9 Honorable mentions25-35 ShortlistedEvery entrant
£15,000 in cash prizes
International Press Exposure
Projections at several International Photography Festivals
Curator's Pick Account on PHmuseum
Submission reviewed by our international jury
20% Discount on PHmuseum Education Classes
Consideration for PHmuseum Online Exhibitions and News Features
Consideration for PHmuseum Instagram Takeovers
Exposure to PHmuseum Audience, Including Instagram Features
Free Account on PHmuseum

Applying will also grant you the opportunity to:

  • Participate to an International Photography Festival with a solo show, thanks to the prize offered by PhEST
  • Take part to a workshop at an International Photography Festival, thanks to the prize offered by Cortona On The Move
  • Win one of the free 60 minutes portfolio reviews with a mentor of your choice from the PHmuseum Education Program
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