When Philip found out that he had cancer in 2000, one of his first actions was to set up The Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation. The purpose of his Foundation was to preserve his work to inspire future generations, but his goals for the Foundation went far beyond just inspiration. Philip wanted his Foundation to actually help photojournalists cover the stories that need to be told.
When Philip talked about Vietnam he talked about the two approaches to a story, As Philip put it; “the choice that every photographer can make is ultimately, do you cover a huge area in a very shallow way, or do you try and concentrate and go deeper”. This award exists to reward exactly the latter. To help photojournalists dig behind the facades of what is happening and reveal the true forces at play.
With the political, economic, social and environmental concerns raging in today’s world, we believe this mission has never been so vital. Through this award we seek to uphold the true spirit of photojournalism.
We do not welcome work that has been digitally manipulated.
The Philip Jones Griffiths Award is annual and will be judged by a mixture of highly respected professionals and renowned photographers. The winner and finalists’ work will be published on our website. As well as this, in partnership with theprintspace and Gallery 46, a selection of the winner and finalists work will be exhibited.