Why Enter?

Thank you for visiting Portrait of Britain 2018. Entries to the award are now closed!

Judging will take place at our BJP offices on Tuesday 8 May. This year, the competition is being 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, Editor at British Journal of Photography. All participants will be contacted the same week of judging.

Our shortlist will be announced to the press on 24 July and the 100 winning photographers will be announced on 30 August. The Portrait of Britain exhibition will open on 1 September 2018 on JCDecaux screens nationwide.

On 6 September, we will hold a Press Book launch party in London for the shortlisted and winning photographers featured in our Portrait of Britain book, published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide.

Have your work 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.

Your photograph 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.

Entries to the award are now closed!

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Be published in a book

The 200 winning and shortlisted photographers will have their work featured in a globally-distributed book. Published by Hoxton Mini Press, an award-winning independent publisher making collectable photobooks out of East London.

Receive 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 PoB 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


Have your work judged by key industry leaders

Allow us to introduce our 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.