The award is for documentary photography and is £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. We do not welcome work that has been digitally manipulated or modified.

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 brief (max 500 words) and captions, as well as a description of how the candidate intends to spend the prize money.
  • Candidates also need to upload a PDF with concise biography of the candidate’s professional background, exhibitions, publications, grants and prizes received, especially in reference to the submitted project.
  • 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.

Other considerations:

  • The Award winner must use the prize in order to further their project
  • The Award winner will donate a fibre 16×20 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



Meet the Jury

  • Stuart Franklin

    Stuart Franklin is a photographer, a member of Magnum Photos, and a former President of Magnum Photos (2006–2009)

  • Donna Ferrato

    Donna Ferrato, long term partner of PJG, is an award winning documentary photographer. She has four books including 'Living with the Enemy' and has participated in over 500 one-woman shows and now leads experimental workshops called “The Erotic Eye.”

  • Brigitte Lardinois

    Brigitte Lardinois is a Senior Research Fellow at the London College of Communication. Previously she worked at Magnum Photos and the Barbican Art Gallery. She is currently investigating the archive of the Edward Reeves Studio, established in Lewes in 1855.

  • John Pilger

    John Pilger has been a war correspondent, author and film-maker. His films have won television Academy Awards in the UK and the US. Among his most rewarding assignments was working with Philip Jones Griffiths , his ally and friend.

  • 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 2017

    Competition Opens

  • Oct 10th 2017

    Deadline for Applications

  • Nov 10th 2017

    Winner Announced

  • Dec 7th 2017

    Exhibition Opens


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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

An exhibition at Gallery 46 with all prints made by theprintspace

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 finalists. This will give us the opportunity to feature your work, even if you are not a winner of the Award.

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 ‘finalists’ section on our previous winners page.

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