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Portrait of Humanity 2020 Shortlist

1854 Media and British Journal of Photography are thrilled to announce the Portrait of Humanity 2020 Shortlist: 200 outstanding images celebrating the many faces of humanity, and the everyday moments that bind us together.

30 winning images and three winning series are set to be announced in September 2020, with full exhibition details to follow
The 200 shortlisted images make up the Portrait of Humanity book, Vol 2, published by Hoxton Mini Press and now available to buy — at a time when global separation has rendered community and unity more important than ever.
© Kurt Stallaert
© Mirja Maria Thiel

Prize list and exhibition details

Open Category
30 winning images to be exhibited worldwide as part of the Portrait of Humanity Global Tour 2020
200 shortlisted images to be exhibited in Space by Sent Into Space and transmitted through the universe in binary code
200 shortlisted images featured in the Portrait of Humanity book, Vol.2, published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide
Up to 100 commended images to be exhibited digitally on Clear Channel screens internationally to be seen by millions
Stories Category
Three winning bodies of work to be exhibited worldwide as part of the Portrait of Humanity Global Tour 2020

Three winning bodies of work
to be published in British Journal of Photography
© Miles Kiernan
© Krisztian Eder


  • Mallory Benedict – Photo Editor, National Geographic and Managing Director, Women Photograph, US

  • István Virágvölgyi – Curator at the Capa Center, Hungary

  • Caroline Hunter – Picture editor, The Guardian, UK

  • Joe Sidek – Photographer and founder of Arts & Culture Festival in George Town Malaysia, Asia

  • Elizabeth Krist – Consulting Photo Editor, National Geographic, USA

  • Carol Allen-Storey – Photojournalist & Lecturer, UK
© Jooney Woodward
© Joseph Smith

Deadline: 22 October 2020 - 23:59 (UK Time). 1854 Access Members can enter all our awards for free!

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