15 January 2019

The PHmuseum 2019 Photography Grant is Open for Submissions

15 January 2019 - Written by Simon Hall

Apply for £15,000 in cash prizes, a solo show at PhEST, features on World Press Photo’s Witness, a workshop at Cortona On The Move, and other great opportunities to showcase and improve your work.

© Poulomi Basu, from the series, Centralia (2018 winner)

The 7th edition of the PHmuseum Photography Grant is now open for submissions, with a great range of prizes on offer and a wonderful group of organisations supporting the initiative. The Grant has established itself as a leading prize in the industry over the past six years, renowned for celebrating the importance of compelling visual storytelling and launching the careers of the younger generation through monetary prizes and various opportunities across international festivals and online media. Previous winners include Salvatore Vitale, Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, and Clémentine Schneidermann, with Poulomi Basu claiming the Main Prize in 2018 with her project, Centralia.

© Paolo Ciregia, from the series, Perestrojka (2018 2nd Prize winner)

All submissions this year will be reviewed by an international jury comprised of Louise Fedotov-Clements (Artistic Director QUAD & Director FORMAT International Photography Festival), MaryAnne Golon (Director of Photography, Washington Post), Max Pinckers (Photographer), and Thyago Nogueira (Head of the Contemporary Photography Department at Instituto Moreira Salles, editor of ZUM magazine). Four winners will share cash prizes totalling £15,000, while all of the shortlisted works (up to 35) will be showcased in projections at Cortona On The Move (Cortona, Italy), Just Another Photo Festival (India), and OBSCURA Festival of Photography (Penang, Malaysia).

© Igor Pisuk, from the series, Deceitful Reverence (2018 3rd Prize winner)

Additional prizes include three features on World Press Photo’s online publication, Witness; a space on a workshop at the next edition of Cortona On The Move in July 2019; and a solo show at PhEST (Monopoli, Italy), the winner of which will be selected independently by the festival’s curatorial team. Other photographers will also be afforded the opportunity to enjoy offerings from our educational program, with the New Generation Prize - awarded to a photographer under 30 years of age - coming with a four-hour online consultancy, and the PHmuseum curators will handpick a further four photographers to be granted a one-hour online portfolio review. All the winners, honorable mention awardees, and several selected submissions will be promoted on the PHmuseum channels throughout the year.

© Panos Kefalos, from the series, Saints (2018 New Generation Prize winner)

Photographers are invited to enter one, or multiple, series centred around a specific theme, narrative, or concept, and at least 4 images must have been shot after 1 January 2016. All artistic approaches are welcomed, from classic narratives to innovative and experimental projects. The entry fee is £30 per submission, yet applicants can take advantage of the £20 Early Bird fee if they apply before 31 January. The final deadline is set for 21 February.


Learn more and apply at


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Simon Hall

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