06 April 2017

April Awards Guide

06 April 2017 - Written by Simon Hall

The Women Photograph Grants, British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Awards, Prix Levallois, Landskrona Foto Dummy Award, Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, and Leica Oskar Barnack Awards are all currently open for submissions. Read on to learn which are the most appropriate for your projects.

Women Photograph Grants

© Rachel Woolf, from the series A Glamour-Filled Tradition

The inaugural Women Photograph Grants aim to increase the exposure of women working in photojournalism and are open solely for female, female-identifying, and non-binary photographers.

The first Grant, organised in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center, offers a $5,000 endowment to fund a documentary project – either new or in-progress – from an established mid-career visual journalist. The grantee will work with the Pulitzer Center's existing grant infrastructure to produce the work and participate in their educational programming.

The second, coordinated with the support of ONA, will award separate prizes of $2,500 to three emerging photographers to help with the production of documentary projects. Both Grants will be juried by Mallory Benedict (National Geographic), Ariel Zambelich (NPR), Nathalie Applewhite (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting), and Daniella Zalcman (Women Photograph). "Applicants are encouraged to submit a story, rather than singles, as part of the application. The images need not be related to the project proposal. Multimedia projects are welcome" state the organisers. The deadline to apply is 20 May. To apply, go to

British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Awards 2017

© Simone Sapienza, from the series Charlie Surfs on Lotus Flowers (2016 Winner)

Aimed at photographers studying on undergraduate and graduate courses, or those within five years of graduation, the British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Awards are back to award the emerging generation of visual image-makers.

A jury comprised of Emma Lewis (Assistant Curator, Tate Modern); Diana Markosian (Photographer, Magnum Photos); Vivienne Gamble (Director, Seen Fifteen and Peckham 24); Emma Bowkett (Director of Photography, FT Weekend Magazine); Maisie Skidmore (Online Editor, AnOther); and Lisa Farrell (Head of Exhibitions, BJP) will select a Series Award and Single Image Award winner in each of the Undergraduate and Graduate categories. The four awardees will have their work exhibited at the Breakthrough Award showcase in east London, have their work published across BJP’s print, online and social platforms, receive an expert portfolio review from Metro Imaging, and be invited to attend a wide range of professional-practice workshops. The deadline for entries is 8 May. Learn more at

Prix Levallois

© Vasantha Yogananthan, from the series A Myth of Two Souls (2016 Winner)

Launched back in 2008, Prix Levallois aims to shine a light on contemporary photographers – under the age of 35 – working with all forms of photographic expression. The winner will receive €10,000 and feature in a two-month long exhibition at the Galerie de L’Escale in Levallois (to be held in October-November).

Stéphane Decreps (Deputy Mayor for Cultural Affairs, Ville de Levallois); Xavier Franceschi (Director, FRAC Ile-de-France); Emmanuelle Kouchner (Publisher, Xavier Barral); Nathalie Marchetti (Editor in Chief Photo L'Express Styles), and Irene de Mendoza (Curator, Foundation Foto Colectania, Barcelona) compose the jury this year.

The final deadline for submissions is 2 May. Visit for more information.

Landskrona Foto Dummy Award 2017

© Duccio Doretti (Landskrona Foto Dummy Award 2016 Winner)

The Landskrona Foto Dummy Award offers the opportunity for one winner to have his or her dummy photobook published by Breadfield Press in 2018.

During the Photo Book Day – 9 September – at Landskrona Foto Festival, four shortlisted photographers will present their book projects to an audience and a panel of judges featuring Nina Grundemark (Grundemark Nilsson Gallery), Anna Fox (artist), Matilda Plöjel (graphic designer), Moritz Neümuller (curator), and Jenny Lindhe (Breadfield). Each photographer will make a short presentation before engaging in an open conversation about the idea and conceptual approach. The overall winner – the photographer with the most interesting proposal – will thereafter be selected by the jury.

The prize includes all­ expenses for the book’s production – design, printing, and distribution. 700 copies of the book will be printed. The competition costs SEK300 (Swedish Krona - approximately US$30) to enter and the fee goes solely towards the travel costs of the four finalists. Send a completed application together with your dummy in PDF format before 15 April. Learn more at

HCB Award

© Patrick Faigenbaum, from the series Kolkata (2013 HCB Award Winner)

The HCB Award supports the production of a new project, the creation of which would not be possible without this endowment. "It is intended for a photographer who has already completed a significant body of work, close to the documentary approach" say the organisers at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. Applicants must be supported by an institution, namely a museum, gallery, independent curator, or publisher.

The €35,000 Grant winner will be selected by an international panel of seven figures from the art world. The award-winning work will also be published as a book in 2019, and feature in an exhibition at the HCB Foundation in Paris.

The application deadline is 29 April. Learn more at

Leica Oskar Barnack Awards

© Alejandro Cegarra (Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2014)

The Leica Oskar Barnack Awards aim to support photographers "whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form."

The winners will be selected by a jury composed of Karin Rehn-Kaufmann (Art Director, Leica Galleries International), Michelle Dunn Marsh (Executive Director, Photographic Center Northwest), Christian-Matthias Pohlert (Managing Picture Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Douglas So (Founder and Director, F11 Foto Museum), and Scarlett Coten (Independent Photographer).

The winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Awards main category will pick up a cash prize of €25,000, while the Newcomer Award – to be granted to a photographer aged 25 years or younger – comes with a €10,000 endowment. Winners of both categories will receive a Leica M camera and lens worth €10,000.

Entries will be accepted exclusively as online submissions until 10 April. To apply now, go to


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