PHmuseum 2020 Photography Grant

$16,000 in cash prizes, 3 solo exhibitions, and much more!


This 8th edition offers $16,000 in cash, 3 solo exhibitions, educational opportunities, and much more.

The PHmuseum Photography Grant is an annual initiative that recognises the importance of photography and visual storytelling. Over the years it has grown into a leading photography prize, with previous editions having awarded work by photographers like Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, Max Pinckers, Poulomi Basu, and Tomas van Houtryve, among many others. Now in its eight edition, the initiative is designed to support the production and promotion of visual projects through cash prizes, educational activities and exposure across international festivals, and online media.

To participate, you are invited to submit one or more projects centered around a specific theme, narrative or concept. All approaches are welcomed, from classic narratives to innovative and experimental projects. Our independent jury will then review all the submissions and gather together to decide what is most relevant according to their personal criteria. As usual, you retain full copyright at all times.


1st Prize / $8,000
2nd Prize / $4,000
3rd Prize / $1,300

New Generation Prize / $2,700 plus a consultancy from the PHmuseum Education program

A Solo Exhibition at PhEST / Awarded by PhEST’s Team PhEST’s team will select a work from all the submissions to be granted a solo show during the fifth edition of the festival to be held in Monopoli, Italy in September 2020.

An Exhibition at Getxophoto / Awarded by Jon Uriarte Jon Uriarte, artistic director of Getxophoto and digital curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, will select a project from all the submissions to be awarded an exhibition during the new edition of the festival which will be held in Getxo, Basque Country, Spain in September 2020. In addition to the show production, the winner will receive an artist fee of €400, granted by Getxophoto Festival.

3 Publications on World Press Photo’s Witness / Awarded by PHmuseum's Team PHmuseum's Director Giuseppe Oliverio and Curator Rocco Venezia will select 3 works from all the submissions to be published online on World Press Photo’s Witness, and promoted on their 1.3m follower Instagram account.

3 Free Online Portfolio Reviews from PHmuseum Education / Assigned by the PHmuseum Team Our team will select 3 photographers from all the applicants, who will be granted a 60-minute online portfolio review with a mentor of their choice from the PHmuseum Education Program.

Up to 9 Honorable Mentions and 35 Shortlisted Projects / All the shortlisted works will be projected at Lagos Photo Festival 2020, Verzasca Photo 2020, and Jakarta International Photo Festival 2020, and promoted on the PHmuseum channels. The honourable mentions will be also projected at Cortona On The Move 2020.


All photographers over 18 years of age

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

PHmuseum commits to always mention the author copyrights. When You submit photographs to the PHmuseum website, You remain the copyright owner of the photographs You submit to the PHmuseum website and PHmuseum does not claim ownership over the photographs.

By accepting these Terms and entering the PHmuseum 2020 Photography Grant You warrant that all the information submitted is true, current, and complete. You also warrant that You have all the necessary consents in relation to your entry and that You are the copyright owner of any copyright works submitted, e.g. photographs, texts, drawings, and PHmuseum's use of such works will be at no charge, will not infringe the rights of any third party, and You will fully indemnify PHmuseum in the event of any infringement.


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