About Portrait of Britain

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 has closed for entries. Stay tuned for next year!

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 2020?

About 1854 Media

1854 Media is an award-winning digital media organisation with a global audience, including arts lovers and industry leaders.

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 has also created an internationally renowned photography awards programme, which includes OpenWalls, BJP International Photography Award, and Portrait of Humanity, all of which aim to discover and promote new talent.

Our visual content agency, Studio 1854, helps brands use the power of photography and video to cultivate and engage larger audiences, by leveraging our relationships with the world’s top photographic influencers and our understanding of the visual content that engages them.

About JCDecaux

JCDecaux UK is the digital media company that is driving forward a new digital future for UK Out-of-Home advertising (OOH) and as the market leader, JCDecaux delivers 46% of the 1.8 billion weekly impressions delivered by digital Out-of-Home across Roadside, Retail, Rail and Airport environments.

JCDecaux continues to work to grow the Outdoor industry’s share and to ensure that the company’s delivery, digital products and data platforms provide a powerful and brand-safe environment for clients, in line with the launch of BranDo, a brand-safe charter for digital OOH.

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.

1854 Access Members can enter all our awards for free!