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BJP’s Breakthrough Awards 2016 are open for entries

Enter our annual search for the best student and recent graduate photographers around the world

The second edition of British Journal of Photography’s Breakthrough Awards are now open for entries, offering students and recent graduates an opportunity to showcase their work and gain international exposure.

There are two award categories, one for Undergraduate students and another for recent graduates and current MA students. Both categories offer a Series Award and Single Image Award.

Four winners will be selected to have their work exhibited in east London as part of the Free Range graduate shows, and published in BJP’s revered monthly magazine and across our online social channels, reaching over a million creatives worldwide. The winning images will also be showcased globally on WeTransfer, the leading file transfer site with over 70 million visitors a month. Runners up in each category will be featured on the BJP website and receive free WeTransfer+ accounts.

Photographs can be captured in any format – film or digital – and in any style or genre. Students and graduates of non-photographic courses may apply.

This year’s entries will be judged by a panel of leading creatives and industry experts, including Simon Bainbridge, Editorial Director at British Journal of Photography; Gemma Padley, Projects Editor, British Journal of Photography and contributor to Time, The Telegraph, Foam and Photoworks; Bruno Bayley, European Managing Editor, VICE UK; Liv Siddall, Editor, Rough Trade and Jamie Mcintyre, Art Director, It’s Nice That.

Last year, London-based photographer Adama Jalloh won the Undergraduate Single Image Award for her portrait of a Peckham teenager. The image was part of the series You fit the description, about young London men likely to be stopped, questioned and searched by police. Since winning Breakthrough, Jalloh has been featured in publications such as New Statesman and Dazed, and has shot the cover of FT Weekend Magazine.

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You fit the description © Adama Jalloh, 2015 Undergraduate Single Image winner

Undergraduate Series winner Felix von der Osten won for his series The Buffalo that could not Dream, a ongoing documentary project about a Native American reservation. von der Osten’s work has been featured in Libération, PDN and The Daily Mail and he has also been nominated for Magnum Photo’s 30 under 30.

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From the series The Buffalo that could not Dream © Felix von der Osten, 2015 Undergraduate Series winner

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From the series The Buffalo that could not Dream © Felix von der Osten, 2015 Undergraduate Series winner

The closing date for entries is Sunday 1 May 2016.

To enter and for more information, visit bjpbreakthrough.com

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