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Portrait of Britain 2019
Portrait of Britain is an award-winning nationwide photography exhibition, run by British Journal of Photography in partnership with JCDecaux. The exhibition celebrates the rich tapestry of people that make up Great Britain, by turning their stories into public art.
Portrait of Britain is groundbreaking in its scale and its mission. Envisioned as an exhibition for the people, by the people, it is the nation’s biggest photography exhibition and is seen by millions of people across the country. Since its inception in 2016, Portrait of Britain’s following has grown exponentially, and last year’s edition welcomed thousands of entries. With the nation currently at such a crucial point in its history, Portrait of Britain is more relevant than ever – and this year is set to be the biggest edition yet.
The award invites photographers of any level to submit portraits that show the many faces of modern Britain. Now in its fourth instalment, Portrait of Britain 2019 is open for entries.
The 100 winning entries will be showcased across JCDecaux’s network of digital Out-of-Home screens throughout the country, from rail stations and airports, to shopping malls and high streets, for one month in September 2019. 200 shortlisted entries will also be featured in the Portrait of Britain book, published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide.
Last year’s shortlisted entries featured newborns and ninety-somethings, nuns and bikers, artists and Olympic athletes. We even saw a progressive Morris dancer.
Look at previous selected works here and start thinking about your submission! Who will we meet in Portrait of Britain 2019?
Entries close on 18 April 2019 – 23:59 (UK time)
Contest Prize & TERMS
Portrait of Britain 2019 winners will have their work exhibited on JCDecaux screens nationwide, on bus stops, high streets and in train stations, as part of the biggest exhibition of contemporary portraiture ever held in Britain, for one month in September 2019. Your photograph could be seen by millions of people as they embark on their everyday journeys, brightening up their commutes and embedding your work in their consciousness. The career-changing scale of this exhibition is unique to Portrait of Britain, which reaches across the length and breadth of the UK.
Have your work judged by key industry leaders
Have your work published in a book
The 200 shortlisted images will be featured in the second ever Portrait of Britain book, published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide.
Receive extensive press coverage
Your work could be featured across the globe, reaching millions of people and leading to worldwide recognition. Previous Portrait of Britain shortlisted and winning photographers have appeared in international media outlets including The Guardian, The Independent, The BBC and Sky News.
Have your work published in British Journal of Photography’s annual Portrait Issue
Selected images will be featured in British Journal of Photography’s prestigious annual Portrait issue, alongside work by some of the biggest names in photography today. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: 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 and that they agree to the use of the work as outlined in the terms & conditions and as outlined during the calls to entry. USAGE RIGHTS: BJP and JCDecaux reserve the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media, any entry, without payment, for the sole purpose of Portrait of Britain – this year and in future – and its promotion and publicity.
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