June Photography Awards

The PHM 2016 Grant, Ian Parry Scholarship and Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize are among the most exciting opportunities open for entries this month. Don't miss them.

PHM 2016 Grant

Tomas-van-Houtryve-PHM-Grant-4.jpg#asset© Tomas van Houtryve, from the series Blue Sky Days. (PHmuseum 2015 Grant winner)

The PHmuseum 2016 Grant is a photography contest organized to help the photographers in our network develop their careers and personal projects. This year, a jury comprised of Kathy Ryan, Donald Weber, François Hébel and Francisco Mata Rosas will award a 1st (US$2,000), 2nd (US$1,000), and 3rd Prize (US$500). A New Generation Prize – which comes with a US$500 cash award and an exhibition at Gazebook Sicily Photobook Festival – will also be granted to the best story submitted by a photographer under the age of 25. The contest has no entry fee, but you need to be an approved photographer within the PHmuseum curated community in order to submit your work. Apply before June 14th at phmuseum.com/grant.


Ian Parry Scholarship

Yuyang-Liu-2-Ian-Parry.jpg#asset:619:url© Yuyang Liu, from the series At Home With Mental Illness. (Winner of the 2015 Ian Parry Scholarship)

The Ian Parry Scholarship is an annual international photography contest aimed at young, emerging photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course, or are under 24 years of age. In this 2016 edition, there are two awards – The Award for Achievement and the Award for Potential, the latter coming with a newly introduced year-long Mentorship Program. An esteemed jury composed of such renowned industry figures as Aidan Sullivan, Rebecca McClelland, Harriet Logan, Don McCullin, and Tom Stoddart will award the photographers who they feel are striving to create and produce relevant and meaningful photojournalism. Each winner will be given $3,500 to help support their chosen project and the World Press Photo automatically accepts the Award for Achievement recipient into its list of Joop Swart Masterclass nominees. Entry is free. Deadline: July 7th.

Tokyo International Photography Festival 2016 Competition

Christian-Vium-Tokyo-2.jpg#asset:622:url© Christian Vium, from the series The Wake. (2015 Winner)

The Tokyo International Photography Competition (TIPC), launched back in 2013, is designed to help discover new photographic talent and support the formation of diverse cultural networks. A distinguished jury featuring Christine Barthe (Curator, Musée du Quai Branly); Erik Kessels (Artist and Photography Curator); Sandra Phillips (Senior Curator, SFMOMA), Marc Prust (Independent Photography Consultant); and Azu Nwagbogu (Founder and Director, African Artists’ Foundation) will review all entries and select 8 photographers whose work will form part of a traveling exhibition that will appear in Tokyo, New York, and a number of other host cities. The theme of this fourth edition of TIPC is “origin.” Deadline: June 28th.

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

Five-Girls-2014-by-David-Stewart-2.jpg#a© David Stewart, Five Girls 2014. (Winner of the 2015 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize)

The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize is the leading accolade in portrait photography. “In the Prize’s search for excellence, photographers are encouraged to interpret ‘portrait’ in its widest sense of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals’” say the organizers (National Portrait Gallery, London). The overall winner will receive £15,000, while a number of other shortlisted artists will be awarded cash prizes at the jury’s discretion. Applicants under the age of 35 are also eligible for the John Kobal New Work Award which carries a prize fund of £4,000 and a commission from the National Portrait Gallery to photograph a sitter connected with the UK film industry. All submissions are judged anonymously from original prints. Deadline: July 5th.

Unseen Dummy Award

Yoshinori-Masuda.jpg#asset:624:url© Yoshinori Masuda, from the book Tiger 2. (Winner of the 2015 Unseen Dummy Award)

Unseen (international photography platform) and Lecturis (publishing company) have once again joined forces to offer photographers and designers from around the world the opportunity to realize, and publish, their dummy photobook. 50 shortlisted dummies will be exhibited at the 2016 Unseen Photo Fair (23 – 25 September), during which a distinguished jury including Irma Boom, Sean O’Hagan, and Paul van Mameren will come together to select five finalists and one winner. To enter, applicants must send a physical copy of their dummy. Submissions are accepted by post up until July 1st.

Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award

Alfonso-Moral.jpg#asset:626:url© Alfonso Moral. (Winner of the 2015 Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award)

The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award aims to support young photographers who wish to cover the social, economic, political, and cultural issues of our time in a journalistic manner. An endowment of €8000 is granted to the winner to help with the production and realization of a story that has not been told that would otherwise be difficult to accomplish. This work will then be exhibited at the Visa pour l’Image photojournalism festival (Perpignan) and in the Cosmos Galerie (Paris) in 2017. Previous recipients include Jean Chung, Masie Crow, Lizzie Saadin, Maciek Nabrdalik, Arnau Bach, Kosuke Okahara, and Alfonso Moral. The application dossier must be sent by June 17th.


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