Grand Prize

Second & Third Place

Commended Entries


Cash Prize

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000 GBP from The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) as a contribution towards the completion of a body of photographic work.

Metro Imaging Mentorship Programme

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.

The Grand Prize Winner will also receive £1,000 GBP credit to spend on Metro Imaging professional photographic services such as scanning, printing and mounting.

Joop Swart Masterclass Nomination

The Grand Prize Winner of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award will receive an automatic nomination for a place on the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam*. The final selection process takes place each year in April. The Joop Swart Masterclass has been organized by World Press Photo every year since 1994 and has established itself as one of the most prestigious events of its kind. Its goal is to bring together some of the most experienced individuals in photojournalism with 12 young, promising photographers to share and pass on their knowledge and experience. *If they are 32 years old or younger in the year the masterclass is held.

Publication in the British Journal of Photography

The Grand Prize, Second and Third Place Winners will be published in an online issue of the British Journal of Photography (BJP). Known and respected internationally for its dedication to photography with an almost unrivalled reach and readership, the BJP shines light on the important work of both established and emerging photographers, and provides insight into the wider issues being addressed in their imagery.

MediaStorm Multimedia One-day Workshop

The Grand Prize, Second and Third Place Winners will receive tuition free access to a MediaStorm Multimedia One-day Workshop in New York. MediaStorm’s one-day workshops provide participants an overview of multimedia storytelling approaches while engaging participants in discussion about the most appropriate ways to create a multimedia story. Through real world examples, Brian Storm will share tips and techniques to improve reporting, editing and distributing your multimedia project. Note: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation during the workshop.

MediaStorm Online Training Videos

The Grand Prize, Second and Third Place Winners, and Commended Entries (if applicable), will receive free access to MediaStorm’s Online Training Videos.

MediaStorm online training videos provide essential tools and techniques proven to enhance multimedia production quality. Created from years of live training experience, the online training videos provide useful tips no matter what your role in today’s multimedia industry.

MediaStorm’s award-winning team of producers and cinematographers lead the online training videos with lessons learned from their experience producing multimedia publications and training groups and organizations around the world.

The MediaStorm online training video series now includes five modules. The Reporting and Post-production tracks teach the theory and skills needed to successfully create multimedia stories.

Think Tank Photo Backpacks & Shoulder Bags

The Grand Prize, Second and Third Place Winners, and Commended Entries (if applicable), will all receive a Think Tank Photo camera bag as part of their prize package. The Grand Prize Winner will receive an Airport Commuter™ carry-on backpack, Second and Third Place Winners will receive CityWalker™ 30 messenger bags, and Commended Entries will receive a SubUrban Disguise® 20.

Exhibitions in the UK and Japan

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award will also provide a platform for showcasing the winning photographers’ work. The photography of the winners will be exhibited at IAFOR’s international conferences in the UK and Japan, with the potential of further exhibitions in Singapore, Hawaii and Dubai. THINK, The Academic Platform, IAFOR’s online magazine, will publish the finalists’ work in a special series.

Invitation to an IAFOR Conference

The Grand Prize, Second and Third Place Winners will receive an invitation to an upcoming IAFOR conference of their choosing in Asia, Europe, the Middle East or North America. This invitation includes a waiver of registration fees, a conference dinner, and a reservation on the pre and post-conference tours (accommodation and airfare are not included).

Sponsorship Opportunities

IAFOR is currently seeking to further improve the prizes on offer through sponsorship. For information on sponsorship opportunities or supporting this event, please contact Thaddeus Pope, Creative Director, IAFOR Documentary Photography Award