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.

The Award is now closed for entries.

How to enter

To enter please upload your entry via tablet or desktop computer


Meet the Jury

  • Hannah Watson

    Hannah Watson is the Director of Trolley Books and TJ Boulting gallery. Established in 2001 by Gigi Giannuzzi, Trolley Books quickly gained a reputation for publishing a diverse range of titles presenting unique stories in photography, photojournalism and contemporary art. In 2005 Trolley Books received a special commendation from the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for its outstanding contribution to photography book publishing. Trolley published three books with Philip Jones Griffiths, Agent Orange – Collateral Damage in Viet Nam (2003), Viet Nam at Peace (2005) and Recollections (2008).

  • Fred Ritchin

    Fred Ritchin is Dean Emeritus of the School at the International Center of Photography. Previously he was professor of Photography and Imaging (1991-2014) at New York University, where he co-founded the Photography and Human Rights program and taught courses on the future of imaging and on new media strategies in the Interactive Telecommunications Program. He teaches courses on Images and Ideas, Image-Based Strategies for Human Rights, and Photography and Social Justice.

  • Ian Berry

    Ian Berry made his reputation as a photojournalist reporting from South Africa, where he worked for the Daily Mail and later Drum magazine. He was the only photographer to document the massacre at Sharpeville. While based in Paris he was invited to join Magnum by Henri Cartier-Bresson. He moved to London to become the first contract photographer for the Observer Magazine. He has covered, conflict in Israel, Ireland, Vietnam, Czechoslovakia and Congo, famine in Ethiopia and apartheid in South Africa. He has also reported on the political and social transformations in China and the former USSR.

  • Paul Moakley

    Paul Moakley has been the deputy photo editor of TIME since 2010 and is now Editor at large for Special Projects. He covers national news and special projects such as Person of the Year and The Opioid Diaries with James Nachtwey. Previously he was senior photo editor at Newsweek and the photo editor of PDN (Photo District News). He lives at the Alice Austen House Museum, home of one of America's earliest photographers, as caretaker and curator of the museum.

  • Fanny Ferrato

    Fanny Ferrato is Philip Jones Griffiths’ daughter and a Trustee of the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation. Her background is in Political Science and photography. She has co-curated numerous exhibitions and served as a judge for the Beirut Photo Marathon. From 2007-2010 she worked extensively in Syria, teaching photography and working with refugees. She has had numerous pictures published and is currently working on her own book.

Dates & deadlines

Key dates to put in your diary

  • Aug 20th 2018

    Competition Opens

  • Oct 20th 2018

    Deadline for Applications

  • Nov 20th 2018

    Winner Announced


We are here to help

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 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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