PHmuseum 2021
Photography Grant
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© Vincent Desailly


in cash prizes

plus 3 solo shows, a residency, projections at festivals and much more.

  • Deadline

    February 18

  • Entry fee


  • Early bird fee

    $28 Until January 28

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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 Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, Max Pinckers, Poulomi Basu, and Tomas van Houtryve, among many others. Now in its 9th 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 and you can manage your submissions and uploads privacy from your PHmuseum's personal menu.

© Noelle Mason Noelle Mason

The recognition came at a really strange and crucial time for the world. It has brought attention to my work but even more necessary the prize allowed me to buy some supplies and set up my home studio so that I could continue to work on projects throughout the wave of shutdowns. Something that has had a greater impact on my wellbeing than anything else. Noelle Mason, 1st Prize Recipient, 2020 Photography Grant


  • 1st Prize / $7,000
  • 2nd Prize / $2,800
  • 3rd Prize / $1,400

plus a projection at Lagos Photo Festival 2021, Verzasca Photo 2021, and Jakarta International Photo Festival 2021, and promotion on the PHmuseum channels.

New Generation Prize / $2,800

plus a projection at Lagos Photo Festival 2021, Verzasca Photo 2021, and Jakarta International Photo Festival 2021, 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 6th edition of the festival to be held in Monopoli, Italy in August 2021.

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 2021. In addition to the show production, the winner will receive an artist fee of €400 and accommodation for 2 nights during the Opening Week.

A Solo Exhibition
at PHmuseum Lab /

Awarded by PHmuseum’s Team

PHmuseum's Director Giuseppe Oliverio and Curator Rocco Venezia will select a project among all of the submissions to be exhibited at PHmuseum LAB, Bologna Italy, in September 2021. The prize includes travel, accomodation and production costs.

Residency Bursary
at Landskrona Foto /

Awarded by Jenny Nordquist

Landskrona Foto's Director Jenny Nordquist, will select a photographer from all the submissions to be awarded a place for the Landskrona Foto Residency. The program takes place for 6 weeks during the autumn of 2021 in Landskrona, Sweden. The artist in residency receives a grant of 15000 SEK (approximately €1500), travel expenses to and from the home country (economy only), an apartment in Landskrona, and an office space. The selected photographer will commit to producing a unique body of work within the residency period having his/her new surrounding area as the main focus.

3 Free Online Portfolio Reviews from PHmuseum Education /

Assigned by the PHmuseum Team

Our team will select 6 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.

Up to 9 Honorable Mentions and 35 Shortlisted Projects /

All the shortlisted works will be projected at Lagos Photo Festival 2021, Verzasca Photo 2021, and Jakarta International Photo Festival 2021, and promoted on the PHmuseum channels.


Learn more

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    Noelle Mason claims the PHmuseum 2020 Photography Grant 1st Prize
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    Mistakes to Avoid When Applying to a Photography Grant
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    The PHmuseum Photography Grant is back, aiming to discover, support and promote the best in contemporary photography. Applicants will be considered for $14,000 in cash prizes, three solo exhibitions, a residency bursary, and a lot more.

    PHmuseum 2021 Photography Grant Open For Submissions
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    Her project I'll Die For You is a visual meditation on the bond between man and nature. See all the awarded project at!

    Laura El-Tantawy claims the PHmuseum 2020 Women Photographers Grant 1st Prize
© Fred Ramos Fred Ramos

Thanks to this grant I have been able to continue with my project in such an important year and show the difficult situation of Central American migrants. PHmuseum has always been a reference of the photography that I believe in, and this achievement represents another step towards the creation of the photographer that I dream of one day being. Fred Ramos, 3rd Prize Recipient, 2020 Photography Grant

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

    Upload your work

    Upload between 5 and 20 photos. 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

    Review 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 2021. To submit another project simply click again on Apply Now.

© Pierfrancesco Celada Pierfrancesco Celada

I have worked on the project for nearly seven years, with a lot of physiologic ups and downs and changes in direction. Having it recognised by a highly qualified international jury was very important for me personally. This grant provides important financial support, great exposure and additional exhibition opportunities not only for the winning projects but also for all the shortlisted works, all of great quality. Pierfrancesco Celada, 2nd Prize Recipient, 2020 Photography Grant

Why apply

1st, 2nd, 3rd Prize New Generation Prize Up to 9 Honorable mentions 25-35 Shortlisted Every entrant

$14,000 in cash prizes

International Press Exposure

Projections at International Photography Festivals

Consideration for 3 solo exhibitions at PhEST, Getxophoto, and PHmuseum LAB

Consideration for a residency bursary at Landskrona Foto

Consideration for 6 free Portfolio Reviews from the PHmuseum Education Program

Consideration for PHmuseum Online Exhibitions and News Features

Submission reviewed by our international jury

Exposure to PHmuseum Audience, Including Instagram Features

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Earlybird Deadline

January 28

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