We’d like to thank everyone who has already submitted work to the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2015. For those yet to submit images, please ensure that you upload your work before the final submission deadline of midnight on June 1st (Greenwich Mean Time).

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In support of emerging talent, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is free to enter and the Grand Prize Winner will receive £1000 (approx. $1500) and mentoring sessions from an experienced industry professional.

Winners will be announced this summer at The European Conference on Arts & Humanities (ECAH) in Brighton, England. The award follows the theme of the conference, with 2015’s theme being “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?

We hope that the broad nature of the theme will encourage photographers to submit work that explores “Power” from a variety of perspectives.

The award will be judged by a panel of leading professionals in the field of documentary photography and photojournalism, including Paul Lowe, Simon Norfolk and Emma Bowkett. 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.

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Image by Hosam Katan | 2015 Grand Prize Winner

Thaddeus Pope

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Thaddeus Pope is the Director of Design, Media & Marketing for The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) and the Creative Director of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award.