Concursul international IAFOR Documentary Photography

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is proud to announce the launch of the first annual IAFOR Documentary Photography Award. This award seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists.

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award
IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

This inaugural competition builds off of the strength of the IAFOR Documentary Film Award, now in its fourth year. Documentary has a rich history of exposing truths, telling stories, raising awareness and creating discussion — all practices valued at IAFOR.

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award
IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

The logo for the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is inspired by the Japanese kanji “目”. The meanings of “目” range from eye, eyesight, sight, vision, look, stare, glance, to encompass experience or viewpoint. 目 is our opportunity to focus, share and engage our own visions, perspectives, and insights with each other, to keep an eye on those things that interest and inspire us as they happen and evolve.

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is committed to supporting quality photojournalism, imperative storytelling and the international exchange of information. The award is a significant feather in the cap of any documentary photographer and a platform which can help bring attention to important work in the field.

The judges want to see original work from around the world, with the emphasis being on quality content. There will be no prejudices or biases based on production value or budgets.

In supporting emerging professionals, there are no entry fees.

Theme: “Power”

Photography can have the power to manipulate memories, encourage thought and stimulate emotion, it also has the power to do these things across languages and cultures. The skilled photographer must hold power over their camera and manipulate the power dynamic between photographer and subject. Pointing a camera at someone can be seen as an act of power in itself. The study and analysis of different expressions of power can move from serious existential questions at the personal level to complex social and even political problems at a wider level. Photography can depict the powerful and those moments when they fall from power, but it can also expose the powerless to the world.
The dynamics of power resulting from wealth and status make rich documentary subject as do the struggles for power among the disadvantaged and marginalized. Power is also exerted in issues of censorship and publishing — which photographs make the front pages and which cannot be published?


£1,000 cash award
Mentorship sessions from an experienced professional
Exhibitions in the UK and Japan
Invitation to an IAFOR conference in Asia, Europe or North America*
Certificate of achievement
Exhibitions in the UK and Japan
Invitation to an IAFOR conference in Asia, Europe or North America*
Certificate of achievement

Each applicant may submit 10 to 20 images related to the award theme, either in the form of a photo-essay or as a collection of single images.

Image requirements: jpg/jpeg format (medium to high quality); 300 dpi; 3000 pixels on the longest edge; no more than 10mb per image. An embedded ICC profile is needed. Adobe RGB or sRGB is recommended for colour images. Gamma 2.2 is recommended for black and white. No CMYK. The content of an image must not be altered or retouched beyond the accepted standards allowed by the industry. No borders, personal logos, embedded watermarks or other effects (such as HDR or selective coloring)

Online submission of digital photographs via the website:; contest Terms and Conditions are here
Entry deadline: 1 June 2015

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