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The BarTur Photo Award celebrates photographers who challenge how we view the world

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Photo courtesy of Hossein Fatemi

About the Award

A key focus of the BarTur Photo Award has always been the immense power photography has in influencing the way that we understand and engage with the world around us. Using photography as a means to express ideas and values, the BarTur Photo Award 2021 will cross boundaries and help bring communities together.

The BarTur Photo Award is open to those working in the fine arts, documentary, fashion, advertising, journalism and all other fields of photographic image making.  You can echo the achievements of those who came before us.  Or you can “push the envelope” with innovation.  Whether you are inspired by your personal experience or by the urgent issues of our time, you are invited to share your vision.

Applications open on the 21st October, 4pm BST. Deadline for Early Bird submission is 22nd November 2020. The award closes on the 22nd January 2021, 11:59 GMT.

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This year we are eager to support photographers whose work illuminates one of these two themes: UNITY IN DIVERSITY, CLIMATE CHANGE and HUMAN LOVE.

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Courtesy of Rpnghui Chen


Our winning entries represent some of the very best photography in the world. Check out past winners below.

Courtesy of Nadezhda Ermakova


Student Awards

The BarTur Photo Award 2021 offers a student competition in its three themes.

This competition is free to enter and is open to those currently studying.


There is up to $5000 to be won in cash prizes as well as exhibitions in Copenhagen, Berlin and Lodz. 


The competition opens soon...

Courtesy of Zula Rabikowska

Courtesy of Maximilian Mann

Diversity of Photography approaches

The BarTur Photo Award encourages diversity of photographic approaches that reflect vibrant and continuing photographic traditions. At the same time, the Award embraces and reveals how our audience is engaging with new forms and approaches to image making in a technologically changing world. It demonstrates how they respond to and represent both their own personal contexts and some of the more pressing and dominant issues of our time. The anticipated range of work will represent fine art, documentary, fashion, advertising, journalism, and other genres of image making.


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