Why Enter?

Why Enter

Through a global open call, BJP International Photography Award aims to discover the very best in contemporary photographic talent around the world. 

Photographers from every background are invited to submit one body of work weaving a distinct and compelling narrative on any topic.  Submissions will be judged by a panel of leading industry figures, who will choose one body of work from the Solo Show category to be exhibited in a London gallery. This year, the judges will also be seeking to award 20 single winning images as part of the Group Show category.

Now running for over 15 years, BJP International Photography Award has proved instrumental in launching the careers of some of today’s most respected photographers, including Juno Calypso, Daniel Castro Garcia and Felicity Hammond.

“I’ve been busy since winning the BJP 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, Winner BJP IPA 2016

“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 BJP IPA 2017

“Winning the IPA is an amazing opportunity for us and it makes us immensely proud. We are following in the footsteps of some extremely talented photographers and we have seen for ourselves the impact winning has had on their careers.”

Sara, Peter & Tobias, Winner BJP IPA 2018

Between a month-long solo show in the Solo Show category, a group show as part of the Group Show category, extensive industry exposure, international media coverage and features in both British Journal of Photography print magazine and BJP-Online, BJP International Photography Award offers a unique platform for global photographic acclaim.

We encourage submissions from photographers of all levels, based anywhere in the world. Solo Show entries should be from a substantial interconnected project on any topic

See the full list of prizes here.