05 April 2016

April Photography Awards

05 April 2016 - Written by Simon Hall

The British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Awards, Magnum Foundation Fellowships and Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund are among the most exciting opportunities open for entries this month. Don’t miss them.

British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Awards

© Felix von der Osten. (2015 Undergraduate Series Winner)

The second annual edition of BJP’s Breakthrough Awards are now open for submissions. The competition is broken down into two categories – one aimed at Undergraduates, and the other dedicated to current MA students – with each offering a Series Award and a Single Image Award. The four winners will exhibit their work in an East London gallery as part of the Free Range graduate shows, and will also see their winning entries published in BJP’s hugely popular monthly magazine. The jury is comprised of leading photography experts, namely Simon Bainbridge (Editorial Director, BJP), Gemma Padley (Projects Manager, BJP), Bruno Bayley (European Managing Editor, VICE UK), Liv Siddall, (Editor, Rough Trade), and Jamie McIntyre (Art Director, It’s Nice That). Photographs can be captured in any format, and may fit into any style or genre. Deadline: May 1st.

Magnum Foundation Fellowships

© Alex Scott. (2015 Magnum Foundation Fellow)

The prestigious Magnum Foundation Fellowship is aimed at recent graduates moving into a significant time in their careers. Recipients will have the opportunity to work closely with members of Magnum Photos to “develop new models for conscientious and independent photojournalism.” Fellows will be employed in the Magnum Foundation office for two days a week during their 10 week program, and the rest of their time will be spent working on the production of an in-depth visual essay that covers “an underreported story or issue in New York City.” Those selected will receive a stipend of $5,000. Application materials for both Summer and Autumn fellowships are due by April 15th.

Cortona On The Move - HAPPINESS ON THE MOVE Award

© Daesung Lee. (2015 HAPPINESS ON THE MOVE Award Winner)

The Cortona On The Move international photography festival is dedicated to the promotion and diffusion of work by passionate professional and emerging photographers. A key tool in this mission is their annual HAPPINESS ON THE MOVE award, which invites photographers to submit work based on the uplifting theme of ‘happiness.’ The winner will receive a prize of 4,000 Euros and an exhibition at the 2017 edition of COTM. Jury members this year include such renowned industry names as Daphne Angles (The New York Times in Paris), Elena Boille (Internazionale), Arianna Rinaldo (Cortona On The Move), Fiona Rogers (Magnum), and Jamie Wellford (Screen). Submissions open on April 18th.


© Alessia Bernardini. (2014 SELF PUBLISH RIGA Winner)

The International Summer School of Photography (ISSP), Latvia, has teamed up with Riga Photomonth to establish the SELF PUBLISH RIGA competition and exhibition. Applicants are invited to submit their “unpublished photobooks and handcrafted book dummies.” An array of prizes will be awarded – the winner will take up a free place at a workshop of their choice at the ISSP; a number of shortlisted books will form part of an exhibition at the 2016 edition of Riga Photomonth; and the best submissions will also feature in both the YET, and FK, Magazines. The jury is comprised of Erik Kessels (KesselsKramer), Gordon MacDonald (GOST Books), Hester Keisjer (Freelance Curator), Vincent Marcilhacy (Eyes Magazine), Tom Mrazauskas (Brave book designer), and Arnis Balčus (FK Magazine). Free entry. Deadline: April 30th (final delivery date).

Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund

© Danila Tkachenko. (2015 Emerging Photographer Fund Winner)

Moving into its 9th year, Burn Magazine’s Emerging Photographer Fund is designed to support the continuation of a personal project created as either a journalistic visual essay, or, from artistic imperatives. The award is aimed at photographers whom the jury considers can become an icon of the future. The 2016 EPF Judges are Monica Allende (Photo Editor and Cultural Producer), Enrico Bossan (Creative Director Editorial, Fabrica), Yumi Goto (Curator, Reminders Photography Stronghold), Jacob Aue Sobol (Photographer, Magnum Photos), and Maggie Steber (Photographer, National Geographic Magazine). The winning entry will pick up a $10,000 grant. Deadline: May 2nd.

Prix Levallois for Young Photographic Talents

© Tom Callemin. (2015 Prix Levallois for Young Photographic Talents Winner)

Having launched in 2008, the Prix Levallois for Young Photographic Talents has grown into one of the most important awards for emerging photographers, carrying a prize of 10,000 Euros and a two month exhibition at the Galerie de L’Escale in Levallois. The 2016 edition promises to broaden its national and international outreach with new actions and initiatives. Submissions in any style or genre are welcome. Deadline: April 30th.


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Simon Hall

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