The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is proud to announce the launch of the 2016 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award – an award which seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists from around the world.

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is committed to supporting quality photojournalism, imperative storytelling and the international exchange of information and 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.


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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 support of up-and-coming talent, there are no entry fees.

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

The submission deadline is June 1, 2016, but it is possible to register and upload your work now – changes can be made to submissions right up until the final deadline.

Image by Romain Champalaune | 2015 Third Place 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.