BiF Prize ‘20: Award for unconventional photographers

Award for innovative approach to telling a story through a photograph


It is an international photo contest that BiF magazine runs the third consecutive year to support photographers who think outside the box of traditional artistic standards.

The choice of theme is unrestricted. To apply, an author should submit a photo series (from 5 to 12 images). A project may also include additional media attachments.

This year, the judges are:
- curator, director of photography at Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine Emma Bowkett (the UK)
- artist, professor of photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK) Ari Versluis (the Netherlands)
- curator, artistic director of the international photo festival Cortona On The Move Arianna Rinaldo (Spain)
- photographer, founder of the Ukrainian Photography Alternative (UPHA) Misha Pedan (from Ukraine, based in Sweden)
- curator, head of the Dissemination Department of the Museum of Photography in Krakow Agnieszka Olszewska (Poland)
- photographer, Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 winner Shadman Shahid (from Bangladesh, currently based in the Netherlands)
- writer, teacher, photographer Colin Pantall (the UK)


The main winner will receive a €2 000 prize.

Ten best projects determined by the judges will be published on Bird in Flight.

A special prize in the nomination of the Samsung Readers' Choice Award (its winner will be determined by open voting) is a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone.

Another 25 applicants will receive a portfolio review by the jury. The portfolio review will be held online.


Photographers all over the world are welcomed to participate.

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