awards and events

Awards & Exhibitions

British Journal of Photography offer a number of open submission awards and exhibition opportunities as part of our mission to showcase the best in both emerging and established photographic talent around the world.

Portrait of Britain

Portrait of Britain is a groundbreaking nationwide photography exhibition which celebrates the diversity of the British population through contemporary photographic portraiture.

Each year BJP selects 100 photographs to be shown on JCDecaux’s digital network of screens. Displayed across the UK for the month of September, the exhibition is seen by millions of people.

International Photography Award

BJP’s International Photography Award is a leading showcase of the best contemporary photographic talent. Photographers around the world are invited to submit their work to a panel of elite industry experts, with one winner selected each year to receive a solo exhibition at TJ Boulting, an innovative gallery in the heart of London, plus a £5000 production grant from the UK’s leading pro-lab, Metro Imaging. The winning photographer also has their work published by the BJP.


Breakthrough Awards

The Breakthrough Awards are BJP’s annual showcase of the best student and graduate photographers from around the world. Each year an expert judging panel, handpicked from the photography, art and publishing industries, selects four outstanding photographers to have their work presented in a group exhibition in east London, be published on BJP’s print and digital platforms, and receive expert advice on launching a successful career in photography.

There are two entry categories, one for undergraduate students and the other for postgraduate students and recent graduates. A Series Award and Single Image Award winner will be selected in each. Students and graduates of non-photographic courses are also welcome to enter.