Portrait of Humanity

Together, let us create a Portrait of Humanity


Portrait of Humanity is a new global initiative by 1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography, in partnership with Magnum Photos.

Portrait of Humanity serves as a timely reminder, that despite our many differences, we are able to unite as a global community through the power of photography, to create one of the greatest collaborative photography exhibitions in history.

At its core, Portrait of Humanity will be a celebration of our shared values:


We are inviting photographers of any level, to show us the world through their eyes, to capture the many faces of humanity, and to document the universal expressions of life; laughter, courage, moments of reflection, journeys to work, first hellos, last goodbyes, and everything in between. What’s normal to you might be extraordinary to someone else.

200 shortlisted will be published in the Portrait of Humanity Book, and 50 winning images will be exhibited at various locations across the world. Second and third place winners will each receive $2,500, and one first place winner will receive $5,000 to create a project exploring their interpretation of humanity.

Be part of the movement. Together, we will create a Portrait of Humanity.


200 shortlisted images will be featured in the Portrait of Humanity Book

50 winning images will be exhibited at various locations around the world from August – December 2019

20 images will be selected by Art on a Postcard, exhibited at Photo London and be featured on Paddle8 as well as included in the 2018 Photography on a Postcard box set

1st, 2nd and 3rd place will share $10,000 in grant awards to create projects that explore their interpretations of humanity

All shortlisted and winning photographers will receive extensive international press coverage

Have your work judged by key industry leaders

The chance to be interviewed and featured on BJP-Online


We invite photographers from all over the world, of any age to enter

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Each entrant will be deemed to warrant they own the entire copyright for the work or that they have permission from the licensee and/or copyright owner/s for the uses. No copyright is transferred to the BJP in respect of any works entered or accepted.

BJP reserves the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media, any entry, without payment, for the sole purpose of Portrait of Humanity – this year and in future – and its promotion and publicity.


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