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Portrait of Humanity™ is an international photography award aiming to show that across oceans and borders, there is more that unites us than sets us apart. Now one of the most viewed photographic exhibitions in global history, the award celebrates the many faces of humanity, and the everyday moments that bind us together.
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© Jim Naughten, Portrait of Humanity 2020 Winner

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“Photography is a way of seeing. Photography movements can spark people to see things differently – perhaps from a vantage that had not occurred to them earlier. It’s from this that change is born”

—  Karan Kumar Sachdev,
Portrait of Humanity 2019 Winner

Get exhibited worldwide

Showing to tens of millions across the world, Portrait of Humanity offers an unmatched platform for global photographic acclaim.

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• 30 winning images will be exhibited worldwide as part of the Portrait of Humanity Global Tour 2021
© Biljana Jurukovski, Portrait of Humanity Entry 2019
Up to 100 commended images will also be exhibited digitally on Clear Channel screens internationally to be seen by millions
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• All commended, shortlisted and winning photographers will receive extensive international press coverage
• 30 winning images will be exhibited worldwide as part of the Portrait of Humanity Global Tour 2021
Up to 100 commended images will also be exhibited digitally on Clear Channel screens internationally to be seen by millions
• All commended, shortlisted and winning photographers will receive extensive international press coverage

Stories Category:

• Three winning bodies of work will be exhibited worldwide as part of the Portrait of Humanity Global Tour 2021
Three winning bodies of work will be published in British Journal of Photography
• All winning photographers will receive extensive international press coverage
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“The idea that I can sit on my sofa, open the Portrait of Humanity book and feel a connection with a person I will never meet, in some place I’ve never visited, gives me a sense that we are all linked by something intangible — despite the best efforts by certain politicians to create divisions”

— Fabian Muir,
Portrait of Humanity 2019 Winner

Previous Judges

Each year Portrait of Humanity is judged by a panel of international industry leaders. Previous years included:
Alessandra Sanguinetti – Magnum Photographer (2019)
Newsha Tavakolian – Magnum Photographer (2019)
Fiona Shields – Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media (2019)
Elizabeth Krist – Consulting Photo Editor, NatGeo, USA (2020)
Alessandra Sanguinetti – Magnum Photographer (2019)
Newsha Tavakolian – Magnum Photographer (2019)
Fiona Shields – Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media (2019)
Elizabeth Krist – Consulting Photo Editor, NatGeo, USA (2020)
Caroline Hunter – Picture editor, The Guardian, UK (2020)
Mallory Benedict – Photo Editor, National Geographic and Managing Director, Women Photograph (2020)
István Virágvölgyi – Curator at the Capa Center, Hungary (2020)
Aquin Mathews – Founder and director of Indian Photo Festival, India (2020)
• Caroline Hunter – Picture editor, The Guardian, UK (2020)
Mallory Benedict – Photo Editor, National Geographic and Managing Director, Women Photograph (2020)
István Virágvölgyi – Curator at the Capa Center, Hungary (2020)
Aquin Mathews – Founder and director of Indian Photo Festival, India (2020)
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“I feel so proud to have been selected as a winner by a panel including judges from the iconic Magnum Photographers. My photo has been published in National Geographic Traveller as well as many newspapers, both in the UK and other countries”

— Federico Redin,
Portrait of Humanity 2019 Winner

International Press

Portrait of Humanity sits amongst the most viewed photographic exhibitions in global history. Winners have been covered by the BBC, the Guardian, the Times and more. 

2020 Series Winners

Alain Schroeder
Jim Naughten
Jim Naughten
Snezhana von Buedingen


2020 Shortlist

© Nicole Osula
© Maria Sturm
© Aiyush Pachnanda
© Jose Farinha
© Brock Elbank
© Arne Piepke
© Whitney Hayes
© Denisse Ariana Pérez
© Jeremy Snell
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“In this time of heightened division, it’s no small thing to generate even a spark of hope. To remind viewers that people we think of as ‘other’ actually share so many of the same human concerns”

— Elizabeth Krist,
Photo Editor at National Geographic and Portrait of Humanity 2019 Judge

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In a year of unprecedented global struggle, Portrait of Humanity 2021 is set to be more impactful than ever before. Enter now.

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