BarTur Photo Award 2021

BTPA celebrates photographers who challenge how we view the world


A key focus of the BarTur Photo Award has always been the immense power photography has in influencing the way that we understand and engage with the world around us. Using photography as a means to express ideas and values, the BarTur Photo Award 2021 will cross boundaries and help bring communities together.

In its seventh edition, the BarTur Photo Award aims to transform the lives and careers of those who participate, like it has done for the previous winners. Since the inception of the award, over $100,000 in grants have been awarded. The BarTur Photo Award (2011 and 2012) in collaboration with University of the Arts London, and the BarTur Photobook Award (2014, 2015 & 2017) in collaboration with the Photographers Gallery, London have all supported, developed, and promoted students and recent graduates to help them realize their potential.

The three themes for the BarTur Photo Award 2021 are: Climate Change, Human Love and Unity & Diversity. The competition opens October 21, 2020 and will run until January 21, 2021. Cash prizes and grants of $15,000 will be awarded to the winners.


PROFESSIONAL/AMATEUR - $10,000 to be split among the three winners

BASECAMP PRIZE FOR BEST STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER - $5,000 grant for their next project and a two week summer stay at Basecamp’s Copenhagen DK, Łodz PL or Leipzig DE locations. *Accommodation only

Winners will have an opportunity to have their portfolio reviewed by our distinguished judging panel of photographers, picture editors, art directors, gallerists, museum directors and other industry leaders.


Professional, Amateur and Students

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

By entering the Competition, each Entrant shall grant The Bar-Tur Photo Award and its sponsors and supporters a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the Images for any purpose directly connected with the Competition. This may include, but is not limited to: inclusion in a book or catalogue of winning and commended Images; display at exhibitions and connected exhibitions; display on a web browser for judging purposes; on the Bar-Tur website and on the websites of sponsors and supporters; for use in press releases to be distributed to national, regional & specialist press giving information about or promoting the competition; magazine coverage of the Competition and Touring Exhibition.


Documentary Environmental Culture Multi-categories People Photojournalism Digital Art Portrait Film Urban Travel Wildlife