About the Award

Thank you for visiting Portrait of Britain 2018. We have announced the shortlisted photographers, view the gallery here.

The first ever Portrait of Britain book, featuring 200 shortlisted images is now available to pre-order. Get your copy now to avoid disappointment!

Judging has taken place at our BJP offices on Tuesday 8 May. This year, the competition has been judged by key industry leaders Caroline Hunter, Picture Editor of The Guardian Weekend Magazine; Olivia Arthur, Magnum Photographer; Martin Usborne, Co-Founder of Hoxton Mini Press; and Simon Bainbridge, Editorial Director at British Journal of Photography.

Save the dates:
100 winning photographers will be announced on 30 August.
Portrait of Britain exhibition will open on 1 September 2018 on JCDecaux screens nationwide.
O6 September, we will hold a Press Book launch party in London for shortlisted & winning photographers and guests.

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Winning images will be seen by millions

Portrait of Britain 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.

100 winning portraits will be seen by millions of people as they embark on their everyday journeys, brightening up their commutes and embedding your work in their consciousness. This career-changing exposure is unique to the scale of Portrait of Britain, which reaches across the length and breadth of the UK.

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First ever Portrait of Britain book

200 winning and shortlisted images have been featured in a globally-distributed book. Published by Hoxton Mini Press, an award-winning independent publisher making collectable photobooks out of East London. Pre-order your copy of the book here.

Extensive press coverage

Each year, Portrait of Britain receives considerable press coverage, both online and in print, and has been featured on SKY TV and BBC Radio, reaching a global audience of millions. The figures speak for themselves. 2.7 million circulation of the outlets Portrait of Britain was featured in, resulting in an online readership of 6.38 million. You can view previous coverage here: Portrait of Britain 2016 & Portrait of Britain 2017.

The opportunity to be featured in the October issue of British Journal of Photography Magazine


2018 Judges 

Caroline Hunter

Picture Editor for the The Guardian Weekend Magazine, the award-winning Saturday supplement of the The Guardian. She has over 20 years experience commissioning photography, also acting as judge for many photography competitions.

Olivia Arthur

London-based photographer and member of Magnum Photos. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in museum collections in the UK, USA, Germany and Switzerland.

Simon Bainbridge

In arts journalism for 25 years, Simon has been at the helm of British Journal of Photography since 2003, transforming it from a weekly trade journal into an award-winning monthly. 

Martin Usborne

Photographer, publisher and writer based in East London. He co-founded Hoxton Mini Press and has published five of his own books.