1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography, together with Magnum Photos have announced the international judging panel for PORTRAIT OF HUMANITY 

The judging panel of Portrait of Humanity is comprised of international industry leaders, from curators, directors, media publishers and photographers of global repute. Together, we aim to create a Portrait of Humanity, one of the greatest collaborative exhibitions in history. We seek to find images that celebrate our shared values: Individuality – Community – Unity. 

The judges will select 200 shortlisted images for the Portrait of Humanity Book, published by Hoxton Mini Press and distributed worldwide. 50 winning images will be showcased in a touring global exhibition from August to December 2019.


  • 200 shortlisted images will be featured in the Portrait of Humanity Book
  • 50 winning images will be exhibited at various locations around the world from August – December 2019
  • 20 images will be selected by Art on a Postcard, exhibited at Photo London and be featured on Paddle8 as well as included in the 2018 Photography on a postcard box set
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will share $10,000 in grant awards to create projects that explore their interpretations of humanity
  • All shortlisted and winning photographers will receive extensive international press coverage
  • The chance to be interviewed and featured on BJP-Online  

Key Dates:

  • Calls Open: 06 September 2018
  • Calls Close: 08 January 2019 – 4pm GMT
  • Shortlist and Winners Announcement: May – June 2019
  • Touring Global Exhibition: August – December 2019


Together, we will create a Portrait of Humanity 

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Marina Paulenka
Artistic Director
Organ Vida Photography festival

Karah Shaffer
Co-Founder/Executive Director Documenting Detroit
United States

Martin Usborne
Co-Founder Hoxton Mini Press
United Kingdom

Alan Chan
Designer, Brand Consultant and Artist Founder of Alan Chan Design Company
Hong Kong

Newsha Tavakolian
Magnum Photographer

Zelda Cheatle
Independent Curator & Art Advisor
United Kingdom

Gemma Peppé
Director Art on a Postcard
United Kingdom

Xixi Zheng
Creative Director VisionNow Media

Alessandra Sanguinetti
Magnum Photographer
United States

Jennifer Shaw
Founder & Creative Director PhotoNOLA
United States

Jacob Aue Sobol
Magnum  Photographer

Fariba Farshad
Founding Director Photo London
United Kingdom

Aaron Bradbrook
Associate Curator Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Rocky Liang
Creative Director/Columnist

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