PHmuseum 2020
Photography Grant
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© Hiro Tanaka


in cash prizes

plus 3 solo exhibitions, projections at international festivals and much more.

  • Deadline

    February 20

  • Entry fee



    Until February 20

Supported by


  • 1st Prize / $8,000
  • 2nd Prize / $4,000
  • 3rd Prize / $1,300

plus a projection at Lagos Photo Festival 2020, Verzasca Photo 2020, and Jakarta International Photo Festival 2020, and Cortona On The Move 2020, and promotion on the PHmuseum channels.

New Generation Prize / $2,700

plus a consultancy from the PHmuseum Education program, a projection at Lagos Photo Festival 2020, Verzasca Photo 2020, and Jakarta International Photo Festival 2020, and Cortona On The Move 2020, and promotion on the PHmuseum channels.

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 fifth edition of the festival to be held in Monopoli, Italy in September 2020.

An Exhibition
at Getxophoto /

Awarded by Jon Uriarte

Jon Uriarte, artistic director of Getxophoto and digital curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, will select a project from all the submissions to be awarded an exhibition during the new edition of the festival which will be held in Getxo, Basque Country, Spain in September 2020. In addition to the show production, the winner will receive an artist fee of €400, granted by Getxophoto Festival.

3 Publications on
World Press Photo’s Witness /

Awarded by PHmuseum's Team

PHmuseum's Director Giuseppe Oliverio and Curator Rocco Venezia will select 3 works from all the submissions to be published online on World Press Photo’s Witness, and promoted on their 1.3m follower Instagram account.

3 Free Online Portfolio Reviews from PHmuseum Education /

Assigned by the PHmuseum Team

Our team will select 3 photographers from all the applicants, who will be granted a 60-minute online portfolio review with a mentor of their choice from the PHmuseum Education Program.

Up to 9 Honorable Mentions
and 35 Shortlisted Projects /

All the shortlisted works will be projected at Lagos Photo Festival 2020, Verzasca Photo 2020, and Jakarta International Photo Festival 2020, and promoted on the PHmuseum channels. The honourable mentions will be also projected at Cortona On The Move 2020.

A Solo Exhibition
at PHmuseum LAB /

Awarded by PHmuseum’s Team

Yes, we’re opening a physical space! The first exhibition with which we will officially inaugurate our new headquarter will feature a project selected by PHmuseum's Giuseppe Oliverio and Rocco Venezia among all of the submissions and presented in May 2020. More info coming soon!

© Yangkun ShiYangkun Shi

Since I got the prize, I received many interview requests, exposure, and opportunities to exhibit. I am getting more confident to pursue a professional career. Thanks to PHmuseum support I started to envision my career, and became aware that it is possible to work continuously as an independent photographer. Yangkun Shi, 2nd Prize Winner, 2019 Grant

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 Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, Max Pinckers, Poulomi Basu, and Tomas van Houtryve, among many others. Now in its eighth 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. As usual, you retain full copyright at all times. Applying is very easy, just follow these guided steps:

How to participate

  • 1

    Click on
    Apply Now

    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 5MB each. The ideal resolution is 72dpi 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 2020. To submit another project simply click again on Apply Now.

© Nanna HeitmannNanna Heitmann

When reviewing a submission my first instinct is simplicity. Then layers and work that is able to bring both together. Azu Nwagbogu, Judge


© Fernando Montiel KlintFernando Montiel Klint

It is very satisfying, professionally to receive this grant. It gives you the possibility of having incredible visibility to places never before imagined - such as Wired. It gives you the opportunity to reach new audiences, show my work and discover photographers around the world. It makes your project grow in new ways. Fernando Montiel Klint, 3rd Prize Winner, 2019 Grant

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Why apply

1st, 2nd, 3rd PrizeNew Generation PrizeUp to 9 Honorable mentions25-35 ShortlistedEvery entrant
$16,000 in cash prizes
International Press Exposure
Projections at International Photography Festivals
Consideration for 3 solo exhibitions at PhEST, Getxophoto, and PHmuseum Lab
Consideration for 3 features on World Press Photo's Witness
Consideration for 3 free Portfolio Reviews with a mentor of our choice from the PHmuseum Education Program
Submission judged by our international jury
Consideration for PHmuseum Online Exhibitions and News Features
Consideration for PHmuseum Instagram Takeovers
Exposure to PHmuseum Audience, Including Instagram Features
20% Discount on PHmuseum Education Classes
Free Account on PHmuseum
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On photography sessions
to all of the applicants of the PHmuseum 2020 Photography Grant, on bookings before 7 March


February 20

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