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

  • Darcy Padilla

    Darcy Padilla is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in San Francisco. She is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And a member photographer of Agence VU' in Paris. She focuses on long-term projects about struggle and the trans-generational effects. Padilla’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship, Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, Getty Images Grant, International Photo-reporter Grant, Canon Female Photojournalist Award, World Report Master Award, World Press Photo Awards (the first recipient for Long-Term Projects), and a W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.

  • Eli Reed

    Eli Reed, joined the Magnum Photos as a nominee 1983. Full member in 1988. Joined University of Texas at Austin as Clinical Professor in 2005. 1982/83 Harvard University Nieman Fellow majoring in History of War, Central America, Japan, economics, politics, fiction writing workshop, and script writing.

    Reed has judged the contests of National Press Photographers Association POY & CPOY, Department of Defense Military Photographer of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and Getty Documentary Photography Grant competitions. Inaugural member of Pictures of the Year International board of advisors sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism. Member of Afro American photographic legendary cooperative, Kamoinge. Elected to Magnum International Foundation February 2018 and Magnum Board of Directors December 2020.

  • Fiona Rogers

    Fiona Rogers is the Director of Photography and Operations for Webber Represents and Webber Gallery. Prior to that she was the Chief Operating Officer of Magnum Photos, responsible for managing the operations of the agency and designing and implementing strategies with the CEO. She is the founder of Firecracker, a platform supporting female photographers, and recently authored a book published by Thames & Hudson; Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now, celebrating contemporary women practitioners. She has participated as a judge for several notable competitions, including, the Mack First Book Award and the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography. She is on the Board of the Martin Parr Foundation and The Peter Marlow Foundation and an advisor to the Royal Photographic Society.

  • Tanya Habjouqa

    Tanya Habjouqa is a photojournalist, artist, educator and member of NOOR. She is trained in anthropology and journalism (MA: Global Media, SOAS, London). Tanya’s approach to visual storytelling fuses a mordant sense of irony with unstinting, forensic interrogations of the implications of geopolitical conflict on human lives. Largely focusing on the Middle East, Tanya’s work on Israel-Palestine has been cited as a powerful investigation of the cross-currents of religion, politics, economics, and cultural production. Her project Occupied Pleasures received critical acclaim from Time Magazine and Smithsonian and the project won a World Press Photo award. A leading advocate for new methods in photojournalism and documentary practice, Tanya is the co-founder of the Middle East visual storyteller organization Ruwa, and is a mentor in the Arab Photography Documentary Program, providing marginalized narratives and narrative-creators with space and skills to tell their stories.

  • Hamish Crooks

    Graduated in Media Studies from the University of Westminster in 1993 and worked in a variety of roles at Magnum Photos until 2005, including overseeing the move from analogue to digital and the first online licensing platforms. Went to Reuters in 2005 managing the picture products, picture editing their major sports books and helping Reuters convert from being a one-shot agency to more in-depth coverage. Returned to Magnum in 2014 as Director of Global Licensing before leaving in 2019 to work on various projects. I’ve also written articles on sport and politics for a UK newspaper in the 1990s and will one day find a role that mixes current affairs, politics, motorbikes, cycle racing, Caribbean food and football.

Dates & deadlines

Key dates to put in your diary

  • Dec 29th 2020

    Competition Opens

  • Feb 5th 2021

    Deadline for Applications

  • Feb 18th 2020

    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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