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 both its scale and mission. Envisioned as an exhibition for the people, by the people, it is the nation’s biggest photography exhibition and is seen by millions 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. In the wake of Brexit, Portrait of Britain has become 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 2020 will open for submissions on 3 March 2020.

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 2020. 200 shortlisted entries will also be featured in the Portrait of Britain book, Vol. 3, published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide.  

Last year’s shortlisted entries featured reverends and repairmen, skateboarders and schoolgirls, welders and wrestlers — even a few famous faces. Whose story will you tell?

Who will we meet in Portrait of Britain 2020? 

Look at previous selected works here and start thinking about your submission! 

1854 Media & British Journal of Photography

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.