November Awards Guide

The Viewbook Visual Storytelling Grant, British Journal of Photography International Photography Award, Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award, and the FELIFA FoLa International Prize are the most exciting competitions currently open for submissions. Read on to learn all about them.

Viewbook Visual Storytelling Grant

© Sarker Protick (Viewbook Visual Storytelling Grant jury member)

The Viewbook Visual Storytelling Grant is a new competition designed to help photographers explore compelling paths in visual storytelling and pursue innovative ways in which they can expose their work to a broader audience. “The grant is part of a wider ‘Transformations’ program, in which Viewbook explores changes in photography in todays digitally connected world” say the organizers. “The goal is to support thoughtful photography/visual storytelling projects that make us reflect on our world, our ethics, beliefs and behavior.” PHmuseum CEO and founder, Giuseppe Oliverio will be on the judging panel, and he will be accompanied by Arianna Rinaldo (artistic director of Cortona On The Move); Donald Weber (photographer and educator); Sarker Protick (member at VII Photo); and Tanya Habjouqa (documentary photographer). The award is open to photographers, groups of photographers, and visual artist(s), and comes with a monetary prize of $5000 to cover a maximum of 50% of their proposed project costs. The jury members will be looking for work that demonstrates a unique inventiveness, involves community participation, and focuses on the theme of ‘transformations in photography.’ Deadline to apply: December 31st. To learn more, visit

British Journal of Photography International Photography Award 2017

© Jane Hahn, from her ongoing long term project in Nigeria (Winner of the 2015 BJPIPA)

The annual British Journal of Photography International Photography Award looks to shine a light on contemporary photographic talent. Now firmly established as one of the leading competitions of its kind, the BJPIPA invites photographers to submit a series that must represent a “substantial interconnected body of work.” The 2017 winner will receive a £5000 production grant from Metro Imaging, a three-week exhibition at innovative central London gallery, TJ Boulting, and exposure across BJP’s online, print, and social media platforms. This year’s jury members include Brett Rogers (Director, The Photographers’ Gallery); Michael Mack (Founding Director, MACK Books); Nadav Kander (award winning photographer); Hannah Watson (Director, TJ Boulting); and Simon Bainbridge (Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography). Applications are open until November 20th. For further information, go to

Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award

© Olmo Calvo, from the series Refugees (2015 winner)

International humanitarian organization, Doctors of the World has launched the 20th edition of the Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award; a prize that strives to denounce the reality of vulnerable communities suffering from human rights infringements in cities across the world. The award was created as a tribute to, and in recognition of, Luis Valtueña, Flors Sirera, Manuel Madrazo, and Mercedes Navarro, all of whom were Doctors of the World aid workers who died performing their duties. “Their memory serves to ensure that each year victims of injustice are brought to light. Give them a voice through your gaze” declare the coordinators. Applicants must submit a maximum of 10 photographs – either a series or distinct individual images – that must relate to the following themes: humanitarian action, international cooperation, social exclusion, human rights violations, armed conflicts, natural disasters, refugee and immigrant populations, or socially excluded groups. Only photos taken between January 2015 and October 2016 are eligible. The prize winner will receive a grant worth €6,000 that will cover the production of a project that must be comprised of at least 50 photographs, and a 30 minute video, related to the work of Doctors of the World. The submission deadline is November 11th. To apply, visit

FELIFA FoLa International Prize 2016

© Pablo Ortiz Monasterio

Photographers and editors from around the world are invited to submit their photobooks (published in 2015 or 2016) to the FELIFA FoLa International Prize. Selected books will be exhibited at the 15th edition of the FELIFA Photobook Fair in late November and the best publication – judged to be the ‘best editorial work’ – will receive a monetary award of $2,000. Books published by independent and large publishing houses, books published by institutions, and self-published editions of no less than 50 copies are all eligible for the prize. Jury members include Mexican photographer, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio; Argentine film director, Lucrecia Martel; and Chilean photographer and editor, Luis Weinstein. Deadline: November 12. Apply now - go to


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