01 June 2017

June Awards Guide

01 June 2017 - Written by Simon Hall

We have rounded up a selection of leading competitions currently open for submissions. The Cortona On The Move Photobook Review and Prize, IWMF Team Reporting Fellowship to El Salvador and Guatemala, and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize are among those featured. Read on to learn more.

Cortona On The Move Photobook Review and Prize

© Miyuki Okuyama, from the book, Dear Japanese (2016 winner)

The Cortona On The Move Photobook Review and Prize offers both amateur and professional photographers from around the world an opportunity to publish their dummy photobooks. Sole juror Hannah Watson, the Director of Trolley Books and contemporary art gallery TJ Boulting, will select the winner based on the dummy’s artistic and technical qualities, which includes looking at the underlying project’s artistic merit and the translation of the project into the form of a book, considering both the concept (edit/sequence) and its realisation (design, production).

One dummy will be published through Cortona OTM and exhibited at the festival in 2018, and a further five dummies will be reviewed in a public presentation held by Hannah Watson during the opening days of the festival this year. Submissions must be as close as possible to the final version, both in their form and the materials used (type of paper, font, etc.), and production must be technically feasible using traditional book mass production methods. Deadline: 15 June. Entry is free. Visit for further information.

IWMF - Team Reporting Fellowship to El Salvador and Guatemala

© Stephanie Sinclair (IWMF Grantee)

The International Women's Media Foundation has announced its inaugural team reporting trip to El Salvador and Guatemala in September and October this year, as part of the Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative.

Five pairs of women journalists will be selected to make the trip, which will take place between 20 September and 7 October. All Fellows will complete a comprehensive security training program and an orientation focused on Latin America from 21 - 24 September in Mexico City, before then departing for six days of in-country independent reporting from San Salvador, El Salvador (25 - 30 September), followed by six days of in-country independent reporting from Guatemala City, Guatemala (1 - 6 October). "Fellows will have the opportunity to network with in-country journalists, collaborate with international peers, and access a wide range of sources and sites relevant to their reporting" say the IWMF.

Only affiliated of freelance women journalists currently working full time in the news media, with three or more years of professional experience are eligible to apply. Applicants must also be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

Submissions will be accepted until 4 July, via the IWMF's submittable page. Visit for more details.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

© Claudio Rasano, from the series, Similar Uniforms We Refuse to Compare (2016 winner)

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading international photographic portrait competition, celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait photography. The winner, to be selected by a jury featuring Nicholas Cullinan (Chair and Director, National Portrait Gallery); David Campany (Writer, Curator and Artist); Sabina Jaskot-Gill (Associate Curator, Photographs, National Portrait Gallery); Fiona Shields (Head of Photography, Guardian); and Gillian Wearing (Artist) will receive a £15,000 endowment. The judges will also present, at their discretion, cash prizes to one or more shortlisted photographers.

All selected photographers under the age of 35 will also be eligible for the John Kobal New Work Award, the recipient of which will win £5,000 and a commission from the National Portrait Gallery to photograph a sitter connected with the UK film industry. The application deadline is 29 June. Entry fees apply. For further information go to

The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant

© Ferhat Bouda, from the series, Berber in Libya (2016 winner)

The Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Grant is presented annually to a professional photographer covering social, economic, political, or cultural issues with a journalistic approach. “The Award is given in order to allow the winner to produce a story that has never been told but that the photographer cannot find support for within the media” say the organisers.

A jury composed of prominent figures in the photography industry will meet in Paris at the end of June to review all of the submissions. The Grant winner – to receive an endowment of €8,000 – will be officially announced during Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan in September. The application dossier, found on the VII Agency website, must be sent no later than 15 June. Free entry. Find out more at

Tokyo International Photography Festival 2017 Competition

© Bénédicte Vanderreydt, from the series, I Never Told Anyone (2016 winner)

The Tokyo International Photography Competition aims to discover new photographic talent from around the world and offer an opportunity to both Japanese photographers trying to enter international markets, and those wanting to present and exhibit their work in Japan. The theme of the competition this year is borders. “To put it simply, borders primarily enforce boundaries, minimising – if not eliminating – grey areas” say TIPC. “They can indicate physical lines separating political and/or geographic regions. We encourage you to consider the concept of borders as both physical barriers and intangible perimeters” they add.

A panel of 10 jurors will review all applications and select eight photographers whose work will be exhibited as part of a travelling exhibition that will appear in Tokyo, New York, and a number of other host cities set to be announced. Submission Deadline: 31 July. Entry Fee: US$40 per series of up to 5 images. Go to for more information.

The Unseen Dummy Award

© Dieter De Lathauwer, from the book, I Loved My Wife (Killing Children is Good for the Economy)

International photography platform, Unseen and publishing company, Lecturis have come together once more to award and showcase the dummies of innovative photographers and designers.

50 shortlisted photobooks will be pre-selected for exhibition at Unseen 2017 (22 – 24 September). A jury comprised of leading industry figures will then convene on the opening day of the festival to select five finalists and the winning dummy, which shall be published next year and presented at Unseen Photo Fair 2018.

Submissions must be a physical photobook dummy, and may not be (self-)published and offered for (pre)sale prior to the award. There is a limit of one book entry per candidate, to be completed via the online application form. Deadline 1 August. Administration fees apply. Visit to learn more.

British Journal of Photography's Portrait of Britain

© Chris O'Donovan (2016 exhibitor)

The British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain exhibition is an annual outdoor showcase of the many faces of modern Britain. “We want to see the people of our country through your eyes” say the curators. “Whether you’re shooting family, friends, yourself or simply those you find interesting, we welcome pictures from every corner of Britain… We want to see portraits that reflect the unique heritage and diversity of our country.”

The editorial team at BJP will select 100 winning portraits for a public exhibition visible on high streets, roadsides and in transport hubs across the UK throughout the month of September this year. With national exposure, Portrait of Britain offers the chance for professional and non-professional photographers to present their work to the broadest possible audience. Portraits must have been taken after 1 January 2011, and depict subjects living in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) at the time of the photograph. Deadline: 26 June. Entry options: one image, £10.00; up to three images, £25.00; up to ten images, £35.00; and up to twenty images, £50.00. Learn more at


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Simon Hall

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