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 Max Pinckers, Poulomi Basu, Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, and Tomas van Houtryve, among many others. Now in its 10th 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.
The theme is open. All approaches are welcome from traditional documentary photography to experimental ways of telling a story or sharing a concept. If you have any doubts, check our FAQs or get in touch with us.
Winning the PhMuseum 2021 Grant was a huge surprise and an injection of confidence, especially during the difficult pandemic period many artists were experiencing in Brazil. We had set that series aside for a while because of the pressure the current government is putting on minorities. Having received the award filled us with hope. We were also extremely happy to see how all the other awardees told relevant stories. Stories that should last and cannot be just an intermittent fad. Rodrigo Pinheiro & Gal Marinelli, 1st Prize Recipients, 2021 Edition
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 June 2022. In addition to the show production, the winner will receive an artist fee of €400 and accommodation for 2 nights during the Opening Week.
Awarded by PhEST’s Team
PhEST’s team will select a work from all the submissions to be granted a solo show during the 7th edition of the festival to be held in Monopoli, Italy in August 2022.
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 2022 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 successful candidate will commit to producing a unique body of work within the residency period, we encourage all interested applicants to add a paragraph to their submission where they propose a project that relates to Landskrona.
Awarded by Paolo Woods
Cortona On The Move's Director Paolo Woods will select a photographer from all the submissions to be awarded a public presentation of his work at the opening days of the festival in July 2022 in Cortona, Italy. The presentation will take place in the Teatro Signorelli as part of the program of presentations by high-profile speakers to an audience of professionals. The selected artist will receive €500 in travel expenses to Cortona and work with the festival's team in the preparation of a presentation that can contain images, video and music.
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.
Shoair Mavlian is Director of Photoworks and was named Apollo Magazine’s 40 under 40 Europe – Thinkers (2018). As Director of Photoworks she leads the strategic vision and artistic direction of the organisation including curatorial, learning and engagement, publishing and digital content. Recent curatorial projects include 'Photoworks Festival: Propositions for Alternative Narratives' (2020), 'Jerwood/Photoworks Awards: Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson' (2020), 'Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Zone Grise / The Land In between' for the MEP Paris (2019) and 'Brighton Photo Biennial: A New Europe' (2018).
From 2011-2018 she was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated the major exhibitions ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018), 'The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection' (2016), 'Conflict, Time, Photography' (2014), 'Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions' (2014) and 'Harry Callahan' (2013). While at Tate Modern she also researched acquisitions and curated displays from the permanent collection including ‘Dayanita Singh’ (2017), 'Lynn Cohen and Taryn Simon' (2017), 'Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen' (2016), 'Close Up: Identity and the Photographic Portrait' (2015), 'Charlotte Posenenske and Ursula Schulz-Dornburg' (2014), 'Lewis Baltz and Minimalism' (2012), and 'New Documentary Forms' (2011).
Selected independent curatorial projects include the exhibition 'Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge' (Les Rencontres d'Arles, 2016) and 'In flux' (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015 and Getxo Photo 2017).
Shoair has a background in fine art photography practice and the history of photography focusing on the twentieth century. Her interests include photography relating to conflict and memory, Central and Latin American photography and emerging contemporary practice. Selected publications include ‘Ursula Schulz-Dornburg: The Land in Between’ (Mack 2018) and ‘Catherine Wagner: Place, History and the Archive’ (Damiani 2018).
Alejandro Cartagena, (b. 1977, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban, and environmental issues. Cartagena’s work has been exhibited internationally in more than 50 group and individual exhibitions in spaces including the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris and the CCCB in Barcelona, and his work is in the collections of several museums including the San Francisco MOMA, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.
Alejandro is a self publisher and co-editor and has created several award wining titles including Insurrection Nation, Studio Cartagena 2021, Santa Barbara Save US, Skinnerboox, 2020, A Small Guide to Homeownership, The Velvet Cell 2020, We Love Our Employees, Gato Negro 2019, Santa Barbara Shame on US, Skinnerboox, 2017, A Guide to Infrastructure and Corruption, The velvet Cell, 2017, Rivers of Power, Newwer, 2016, Santa Barbara return Jobs to US, Skinnerboox, 2016. Some of his books are in the Yale University Library, the Tate Britain, and the 10×10 Photobooks/MFH Houston book collections among others.
Cartagena has received several awards including the international Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award, the Lente Latino Award in Chile, the Premio IILA-FotoGrafia Award in Rome and the Salon de la Fotografia of Fototeca de Nuevo Leon in Mexico among others. He has been named an International Discoveries of the FotoFest festival, a FOAM magazine TALENT and an Emerging photographer of PDN magazine. He has also been a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio Award and has been nominated for the Santa Fe Photography Prize, the Prix Pictet Prize, the Photoespaña Descubrimientos Award and the FOAM Paul Huff Award.
Photography Director, The New Yorker
Joanna Milter is the director of photography for The New Yorker, overseeing all photography for the print and digital versions of the magazine, in addition to Photo Booth, the magazine’s photo blog. Since she joined The New Yorker, in 2015, the magazine’s photography has been recognized by World Press Photo, the Society of Publication Designers, and American Photography, and has received a National Magazine Award for Feature Photography. Previously, Joanna spent eleven years as a photo editor at The New York Times Magazine; for the last four of those years, she was the deputy photo editor.
Collector and Artist
Since 2009, the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin has salvaged discarded negatives from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing, negatives that were destined for destruction. His Beijing Silvermine archive, one of the largest archival projects in China, now encompasses over 850000 anonymous photographs spanning the period from 1985 to 2005, thus allowing the reconstruction of a large part of the history of popular analog photography in the country. This unceasingly evolving archive provides a visual platform for cross-cultural interactions while impacting our collective memory of the recent past.
Thomas Sauvin won the prize for the Exhibition of the year at Lianzhou Photo Festival in 2013. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Chicago, the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Art, and the Guangdong Museum of Art. Over the last seven years, Thomas has published 10 photo books with the Archive of Modern Conflict (UK), Jiazazhi (CH), Skinnerboox (IT), The M Editions (FR), VOID (GREECE) as well as self-published artist books. His publications have entered the collections of TATE, the V&A, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and the Pompidou Museum.
Winning the Prize helped me continue pursuing my long-term project MADRE. The grant allowed me to financially support its realisation while on the other hand, the recognition motivated me to trust my instincts and keep nurturing my practice. It’s through this boost of confidence that I was able to widen my horizons and reach new audiences. Marisol Mendez, New Gen Prize Recipient, 2021 Edition
Simply click on Apply Now to start your submission and follow the guided process. You will be asked to create an account or login.
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.
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 2022. To submit another project simply click again on Apply Now.
The prize helped me overcome a period of great self-doubt about my artistic practice and gave me the confidence I needed to continue with my practice. Receiving this recognition felt very special for me, particularly considering it’s my first project. Since then, I’ve decided to be more ambitious about my work and allow myself to dream bigger. After many months of uncertainty caused by the pandemic, I’m happy that I will soon be travelling to Bolivia to resume my project. Daniel Mebarek, 3rd Prize Recipient, 2021 Edition
|1st, 2nd, 3rd Prize||New Generation Prize||Up to 9 Honorable mentions||25-35 Shortlisted||Every entrant|
€10,000 in cash prizes
International Press Exposure
Projections at International Photography Festivals and PhMuseum Lab
Consideration for a residency bursary at Landskrona Foto
Consideration for a public presentatio at Cortona On The Move
Consideration for 6 free Portfolio Reviews from the PhMuseum Education Program
Submission reviewed by our international jury, exposure to PhMuseum Audienc (including Instagram Features)
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