With 35 years in the photographic industry and the most comprehensive range of photographic services in the UK, Metro Imaging has a well-established reputation for delivering a level of expertise and professionalism that is second to none. Metro Imaging remains at the forefront of the photography industry because its enthusiastic and skilled team has kept inspiration at its heart, with great value placed on creativity, new ideas and quality. It is because of these shared core values that the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is pleased to announce a new partnership with Metro Imaging. We look forward to working with them to develop and support the career of this year’s talented winner.

Since its inception a decade ago, Metro Imaging’s Mentorship Programme has had great success in providing talented emerging photographers with invaluable industry experience, exposure and inspiration, while helping them to refine and challenge their working practice. Over a 12-month period, Metro Imaging will work with our Grand Prize Winner to develop and support their practice by constructing a Mentorship Programme that best suits their needs, and introduce them to relevant industry experts to gain advice and build their network.

With a wealth of industry experience and close connections to many prestigious documentary organisations, some of which crossover with our own existing partnerships, including World Press Photo and University of the Arts London, Metro Imaging is a particularly well-suited partner organisation for our Award, and one which can make a sizeable contribution to the professional development of our overall winner.

How to enter the 2016 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

The final submission deadline is midnight on June 1, 2016 (Greenwich Mean Time – GMT).

Applicants must be younger than 31 years old on June 1, 2016 OR enrolled in part-time or full time education on June 1, 2016 (proof may be required). In support of up-and-coming talent, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is free to enter.

The theme of this year’s award is “Justice”. 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. We hope that the broad nature of this theme will encourage photographers to submit work that explores justice from a variety of perspectives.

Photographs must be submitted via the online submission system on the submission page. Registration is required to enter the award.


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Special thanks to all of our supporters British Journal of Photography, World Press Photo, University of the Arts London, Metro Imaging, Think Tank Photo, Centre for Documentary Practice, RMIT University, Medill School of Journalism and MediaStorm.

Image by Liton Masud Alam | 2015 Commended Entry

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.