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IPA 2018 is now closed for entries
Shortlisted photographers will be announced on February 13
The winner will be revealed on March 22
Solo Exhibition showcasing the work of the winner will open in London on April 12
IPA 2019 will open in September 2018

Have a question about entering? You’ll find everything you need to know about the International Photography Award 2018 below.

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Image Specifications

Images can be shot in any format, using any camera model, on film or digital.

Each image can be a maximum of 10MB in size. All images must be submitted as JPEG files; no other file formats will be accepted.

Your submitted series must be a substantial interconnected body of work with a maximum of 20 images in your submission.There are no restrictions on when the submitted images were taken

All relevant clearances and/or model releases must have been obtained for the use of the photographs for publication and exhibition.

Referral reward 

When you enter the competition you will be sent a unique referral link and any paid entry that specifically comes from this tracked link will earn a £10 reward for you. You will receive the total referral reward due once the calls to entry have closed, and will be notified by email every time your referral link is used. Please note that only tracked entries from your unique link as recorded by our systems can be counted – the link will be included in your confirmation of entry email, and within the first link on your sharing entry page.


BJP will share a selection of high quality entries throughout the calls to entry period, via a link to the entrants referral page which contains low resolution images and referral link. Only entries which have been opted in for sharing by the entrant will be considered, and whether the entry is shared (or not) has no bearing on the final judging panel’s decision. Entrants are free to share their referral page whether they have opted in for sharing or not.

Submission Process

The final submission deadline is 12th December 2017 and judging will take place shortly after this.

Your images must be submitted with an accompanying statement of up to 2000 characters, written in English.

You will be asked to pay for your entry by Credit Card. All payments are handled securely by our international payment partner Stripe. After payment, you will receive an email containing a personal upload URL where you may submit your images and statement.

All entry purchases are final. Having purchased an entry, it is your responsibility to upload and submit your images and statement before the deadline. No refunds will be issued.

Winners must be available to supply images promptly for exhibition printing, and be available for interview by telephone or in person. Digital files of the winning images will be created for press and publicity purposes.


BJP and our award partners reserve the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media, any entry, without payment, for the sole purpose of the BJP International Photography Award and exhibition – this year and in future – and its promotion and publicity.

No copyright is transferred to the BJP or award partners in respect of any works entered or accepted.

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.


The winner will realise their own solo exhibition, of their selected series, at TJ Boulting Gallery from 11th – 28th April 2018. There will be an evening launch of the show.

One of the UK’s leading Pro-labs, Metro Imaging, will provide a £5000 production grant for the winner to create their solo exhibition.

All five shortlisted photographers will receive an all-expenses paid trip, including travel and accommodation, to Photo London 2018. During their trip they will enjoy VIP access to and promotion at the fair.

All five shortlisted photographers will receive coverage from British Journal of Photography across our print, online and social channels, including a major gloss feature of their work in our Photo London Edition. Plus a one year print subscription to BJP.

The winner must be available to discuss their exhibition installation with TJ Boulting and the exhibition print partner. Photographers may select exhibition print and install options that fit within our print partner’s sponsorship budget, or go over budget and supplement the difference.

If the winner lives outside of London and wishes to be present during the exhibition installation and exhibition opening night, BJP will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for up to 5 nights. The winning photographer is responsible for securing relevant travel documents, including a valid passport and any necessary visas.

Photographers may keep the exhibited work after the exhibition, but must make arrangements for, and meet the costs of, collecting them.

BJP and TJ Boulting cannot be responsible for any loss or damage to submitted work.

Full competition terms and conditions