Past winners

Our previous winners have gone on to achieve international success and recognition, becoming some of the most respected names in the industry

See a full list of past winners below. This year, it could be you.

“Winning the BJP IPA was a huge step in my career. It is a seal of approval that has raised my profile in a really big way, bringing huge exposure to my work. I am incredibly proud of it and it has given me the confidence and impetus to push my work further.” – Daniel Castro Garcia, Winner IPA 2017

Daniel Castro Garcia | 2017

Daniel Castro Garcia won the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award 2017, with Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015-2016, a series depicting migrants caught up in the European refugee crisis. Working collaboratively with Thomas Saxby as John Radcliffe Studio, Garcia has produced two publications around the project. Since winning the University College London graduate has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including being awarded the Magnum Foundation Fund earlier this year.

Juno Calypso | 2016

“I’ve been busy since winning the IPA. I haven’t had to reach out to anyone. Everything I’m doing now has flown directly from the exposure I got from winning that exhibition.” 

Juno Calypso won the Series Award at the 2016 International Photography Awards for her project Joyce, a collection of performative self-portraits that reflect on “modern rituals of seduction and the laboured construction of femininity.” Since winning the IPA, Calypso has gone on to win the 2016 Foam Talent Award and exhibited in numerous exhibitions internationally, including shows in New York, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, Europe, and China. Her video work has been screened at Somerset House, Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, and Musée de l’Elysée.

Felicity Hammond | 2016

Felicity Hammond was awarded the Single Image Award for Restore to Factory Settings, a large scale photographic collage C-type print. Hammond’s image explores social, economic and technological evolutions in London; a cityscape once defined by factories and industrial structures, now given over to the incredible demand for residential and office spaces. The Royal College of Art graduate has worked with major institutions including Tate Modern, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographer’s Gallery and The Saatchi Gallery, and her work is held in international collections. Since winning, she has exhibited internationally and been nominated for a number of awards, including Foam Talent and the Unseen Talent Award.

Dominic Hawgood | 2015

Dominic Hawgood won the series category with Under the Influence which explores the blurring of boundaries between fact and fiction, the real and the fake, transforming or subverting what we understand through images and iconography, questioning what we see at face value. Following his success at the IPA 2015, Hawgood has exhibited internationally and been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards, including the UNSEEN ING Talent Award, Magnum and Photo London’s Graduate Photographers Award and the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.

Jane Hahn | 2015

Jane Hahn won the single image category with a shot from her on-going work in Lagos, Nigeria. Her winning single image showed her talent for both – depicting a woman returning home after bathing in the Badia East informal settlement. Jane’s clients include The New York Times, Time, The International Herald Tribune and Washington Post Magazine.

Alvaro Deprit | 2012

Alvaro Deprit won the series category with a story called Suspension, which looks at unaccompanied minors who have fled war, poverty and political uncertainty for new lives in Italy. Previously the recipient of the PhotoEspaña OjodePez Human Values Award, since winning, Deprit has been shortlisted for numerous prizes, recently winning FotoCanal Libro de Fotografia 2017. A Spanish photographer based in Italy, Deprit has exhibited internationally and works with titles such as New York Times, IL Magazine, D di Repubblica, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Burn Magazine, Lens (NYT) and Time’s Lightbox.

Nikolai Ishchuk | 2012

Nikolai Ishchuk won the single image category with a mischievous take on snapshot portraiture – taking a found image of a couple kissing, he spilt them up and put them to the edges of the shot using Photoshop’s ‘offset’ command. The image is taken from a wider project called Offset, which was exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery in the London Open in 2012. Ishchuk graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and Design with a Distinction in 2013, and is represented by Denny Gallery, New York. His work has been exhibited internationally and since winning, he has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Celeste Prize 2017.

Chloe Dewe Mathews | 2011

Chloe Dewe Mathews impressed the judges with a project called Caspian, a look at crude oil-dominated life around the Caspian Sea. Dewe Mathews is represented by Panos Pictures and has thirteen solo exhibitions to her name, as well as having been featured in numerous group shows. Since her success at the IPA 2011, Matthews has been nominated for, and received, countless awards and fellowships, most recently the Royal Photographic Society Vic Odden Award.

Facundo Arrizabalaga | 2011

Facundo Arrizabalaga won the single image prize with a photograph from the student riots of 2010. A freelance press photographer, Arrizabalaga works with titles such as The Guardian, The Times, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many more. He regularly contributes to The Independent on Sunday, Photoshot and the European PressPhoto Agency.

Peter diCampo | 2010

Peter diCampo won the 2010 prize with a thought-provoking set of images titled Life Without Lights. Shot in rural Ghana, these images record everyday life in a country with little access to electricity, which is in darkness 12 hours a day. DiCampo took part in the prestigious World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in 2013, and is behind the online phenomenon, Everyday Africa. Since winning, diCampo has been the recipient of five grants, including the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant, and shortlisted for a number of awards. In 2016, he published his first monograph, The Place Where I Always Begin, which is now held in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Michelle Sank | 2010

Michelle Sank’s image of a man lying face down in the grass in the Golden Mile, Durban, South Africa, proved a controversial winner. Sank published a monograph called The Submerged with Maarten Schilt in 2011, is represented by Gallery Vassie and Zoe Bingham Fine Art and is a visiting lecturer at University of Falmouth.

Edmund Clark | 2009

Edmund Clark won the 2009 prize with a work-in-progress – Guantanamo Bay, which considers the effects of the facility on former detainees in Britain and abroad via images of the hard-to-access detention camp and former prisoners’ homes. Since winning, Clark has published four monographs, including the final incarnation of his winning series, Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Magnum Foundation Grant, the ICP’s Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism and, most recently, the Arles Photo-Text Book Award. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in a number of museum collections, such as the National Portrait Gallery and Imperial War Museum.

Giulio di Sturco | 2009

Giulio di Sturco won the single image prize with an image depicting a victim of religious violence in India, part of his ongoing work in the country. Giulio is twice the first prizewinner of the World Press Photo awards, as well as the Sony Photography Awards, and the Getty Editorial Grant, among many other accolades and recognitions. He is currently represented by Institute and a regular contributor to a wealth of publications, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Sunday Times Magazine. His work has been exhibited internationally and he is due to release his first monograph this year, Ganges: Death of a River.

Walter Astrada | 2008

Argentinian photographer Walter Astrada won the first-ever single image category of the International Photography Award with a harrowing shot of a female victim of femicide in Guatemala. He has won numerous World Press Photo awards and works with publications such as Time, The New York Times, Newsweek, Le Figaro Magazine, Le Monde, the New York Times, GEO and Stern. He has recently embarked on a personal project, travelling around the world, documenting his experiences and encounters as he goes.

Beso Uznadze | 2008

Bezo Uznadze is based in London but comes from Tbilisi, Georgia, and scooped the body of work prize in 2008 with a haunting collection of portraits from his hometown. Showing the stress wrecked by years of political instability, his images suggested the horror of war in a very subtle, nuanced way. Uznadze has won numerous other awards, and his images have been selected for two of the NPG’s Portrait Prizes.

Carla Verea | 2007

Mexican photographer Carla Verea picked up the BJP International Photography Award in 2007, when the prize had just one category, with a powerful set of portraits of Guatemalan bodyguards. Since then her images have gone on show at the XII Biennial of Photography in Mexico City and curator Daniel Garza Usabiaga’s show in the Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico. Verea also attended the prestigious World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class in 2009.

Charlie Crane | 2006

British-based documentary photographer Charlie Crane won the 2006 award with a series of images on North Korea, entitled Welcome to Pyongyang. Showing the glossy surface of a state in which little goes uncensored, his work was a revealing insight into the secretive state’s self-image. The project has since been published as a book by Chris Boot, and Charlie went on to scoop won of the top honours in the Lucie Awards in 2007. He works with clients such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, John Lewis, Honda, Sony and the Royal Ballet and recently expanded his practice into filmmaking, with his first short film Talgar The Hunter accepted into over twenty festivals world-wide.

Frank Herfort | 2005

German photographer Frank Herfort scooped the prize in 2005 with a series of images of Russian citizens in repose in Moscow. Herfort is now based in Germany and Russia, where he shoots for clients such as Adidas, Nike and BMW and titles such as Wallpaper, Stern, Jalouse and The Observer. He won award in the Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris in 2009 and 2013 and was a finalist in the Hasselblad Masters 2014, and recently published a book called Imperial Pomp: Post-Soviet High-Rise.