From 1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography, Portrait of Humanity is a global photography award born from a mission to prove there is more that unites us than sets us apart. It is one of the most viewed photographic exhibitions in history.

First launched in 2018 in collaboration with Magnum Photos, Portrait of Humanity is an open call to photographers to shine a light on what it means to be human in a tumultuous time in our history.

2020 has been a year of unprecedented global struggle. Perhaps now more than ever, we can find solace in what makes us human: the universal expressions of life that prove, after everything, we are made of the same things. First hellos. Last goodbyes. Moments of reflection. Periods of resilience. Stories of hope. Strives for change. And everything in between.

As part of Portrait of Humanity 2021:
  • 100 commended images will be exhibited on Clear Channel digital screens internationally, seen by tens of millions
  • 30 winning images and three winning series will be exhibited around the world as part of the Portrait of Humanity 2021 Global Tour
  • Have your work published in the Portrait of Humanity Vol 3 Book by the award-winning Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide
  • Three winning series will be published in print in British Journal of Photography
  • All shortlisted and winning photographers can expect international press coverage
See the Portrait of Humanity 2021 judging panel here.
1854 Media is an award-winning digital media organisation with a global audience, including millions of photographers, arts lovers and industry experts.
At 1854’s core is British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography title, which has been showcasing pioneers of the art form since 1854. It manifests in a monthly publication that takes an international perspective on contemporary photography, focusing on fine art and documentary, and the cutting edge of editorial and commercial practices. It has also created internationally renowned photography awards – including OpenWalls Arles, Portrait of Britain™, Female in Focus, BJP International Photography Award, and Portrait of Humanity™ all of which aim to discover and promote new talent.
Studio 1854 is the visual content agency of British Journal of Photography, the longest running photography title in the world. Drawing on our global community of creatives, we create stories for brands through photography, film and journalism. In tandem, Studio 1854 also offers paid opportunities for photographers to produce new and creatively challenging work.