The award is for documentary photography and will be £10,000. The prize must be used to complete a body of work, regardless of what stage the project is in. The subject matter must be related to issues of social and political importance.

In order to apply you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Candidates must have already completed a significant body of work with an approach close to that of documentary.
  • Candidates need to upload a sample of work with a maximum of 10 clearly labelled images.
  • Must upload a PDF with their proposed project title and project brief with a maximum word count of 500 words.
  • Candidates also need to upload a PDF with concise biography of the candidate’s professional background, exhibitions, publications, grants and prizes received.
  • Candidates agree that a selection of up to 10 images can be used rights free by the PJG Foundation and our partners to promote the award and announce the winners.
  • The Award winner will donate a print to the PJG Foundation
  • If the number of applicants exceeds 300, we reserve the right to close the application process early.
  • There is no age limit
  • The winner will be decided by a jury of at least 3 prominent figures in Photography. The jury’s decision is final.

How to enter


How to enter



Meet the Jury

  • Chien-Chi Chang

    Chien-Chi is a Photojournalist who joined Magnum in 1995 and became a full member in 2001.

  • Elizabeth Krist

    Elizabeth Cheng Krist was a long-time photo editor with National Geographic. She has curated numerous exhibitions, books and auctions. She has also judged competitions and awards and teaches workshops.

  • Karen Mullarkey

    Karen is one of the most respected and influential Photo Editors of all time. She was Director of Photography at Rolling Stone magazine and Newsweek.

  • Hannah Watson

    Hannah Watson is the Director of Trolley Books and TJ Boulting gallery. Trolley published three books with Philip Jones Griffiths, Agent Orange – Collateral Damage in Viet Nam (2003), Viet Nam at Peace (2005) and Recollections (2008).

  • Katherine Holden

    Katherine is Philip's daughter and a Trustee of the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Magnum Photos as Estates Representative.

Dates & deadlines

Key dates to put in your diary

  • Aug 10th 2016

    Competition opens

  • Oct 10th 2016

    Deadline for applications

  • Nov 15th 2016

    Winner Announced


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Who can enter?

The award is open to:

  • There is no age limit.
  • Candidates must have already completed a significant body of documentary work.
  • The award is global and open to applicants from any country.

What are the benefits?

A £10,000 prize

If a winner, your work will be featured on our and our partner’s website (details to be confirmed).

If the judges deem appropriate, there will also be a category of ‘highly recommended’. This will give us the opportunity to feature your work, even if you are not a winner of the grant.

Is there a limit on how much work I can upload?


You can upload up to 10 images.

Jpegs no more than 1mb in size are recommended.

How will I know if my work is successful?

If you are a finalist of the PJG Award then, we may contact you for further samples of work or questions. If you are successful and are named as the Winner of the Philip Jones Griffiths Award, we will contact you directly. We will also feature up to 5 other applicant’s work on our website in our ‘highly recommended’ section on our previous winners page.

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