BarTur Photo Award

BarTur Photo Award

Deadline: February 22, 2021
Entry Fee: 1 image – Free, Student – Free, from $25 to $35
Prizes: $1,200, $5,000, $10,000, participation in the exhibition

You are invited to participate in 7th BarTur Photo Award, celebrating Photographers who challenge how we see the world.

Over the last 10 years The BarTur Photo Award has given over $150,000 in support and prizes to photographers.

​This year you can win cash, the opportunity of a Leica Camera Loan for 3 months, worldwide exposure through our exhibitions in Copenhagen, Łódź and Berlin (as part of Berlin Photo Festival) as well as access to our expert Jury.

The BarTur Photo Award is open to those working in the fine arts, documentary, fashion, advertising, journalism and all other fields of photographic image making. Echo the achievements of those who came before us or “push the envelope” with innovation. Whether you are inspired by your personal experience or by the urgent issues of our time, you are invited to share your vision.


  • Climate Change
    Venice is vanishing inch by inch. Beijing is barely visible through the smog. Ice receding, penguins and walruses search for anywhere to rest. “Ghost forests” of coastal trees are choked to death by salt-water. Islands of plastic garbage accumulate in oceans. Fires in California rage for days and destroy entire towns. Drought in Africa sparks wars – which send families fleeing to other continents – where they meet with hostility stoked by fear and political extremism. Climate Change is now, pressing on us. How can we make a change to save the planet and its inhabitants from disaster?
  • Unity in Diversity
    As we move further forward into the 21st century, and our planet becomes smaller with increased internet connectivity and global travel, we see greater cross-cultural human interaction, but also a rise in tensions as culture, religion, politics and economies collide. Compounded by climate change and strains on resources, these tensions are likely to become a significant challenge to governments and institutions over the next decade. But yet, diversity is the DNA of humanity and its development of art and culture.
    Unity in diversity is used as an expression of harmony and unity between dissimilar individuals or groups. It is a concept of “unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation”[Lalonde] that shifts focus from unity based on a mere tolerance of physical, cultural, linguistic, social, religious, political, ideological and/or psycholog cal differences towards a more complex unity based on an understanding that difference enriches human interactions.
  • Human Love
    Since the beginning of human kind we have been practicing and celebrating Human Love. Send us your images of this wonderful emotion so nicely described by many poets including William Shakespeare in Sonnet 18, Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?As we Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
    Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
    And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
    And every fair from fair sometime declines,
    By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
    But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
    Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
    Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
    So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

What you can win

  • $10,000 in cash awards
  • $5,000 in cash awards
  • $1,200 Chris Wainwright Award for Climate cash award
  • Opportunity of residency accommodation in 4 cities in Europe
  • Exhibitions in Copenhagen, Łódź and Berlin (part of Berlin Photo Week)
  • Featured in the BTPA online gallery and publication
  • 30 minutes portfolio review with one jury member
  • International press exposure
  • Share your work with a global photography community
  • Opportunites for Immediate exposure
  • Leica Camera Loan (one winner selected from the 9)
  • Solo exhibition online
  • BaseCamp Student Photographer of the Year

Entry Fee

  • 1 Image – Free
  • 5 Images – $25
  • 10 Images – $35

There is an early bird discount on fees that expires on the 22nd December 2020, 11:59 GMT.

Student Entries

If you are a student, you can enter any of the themes of the 2021 BarTur Photo Award FOR FREE.

The BarTur Photo Award classes students as those currently enrolled on an accredited Further Education (FE) or Higher Education (HE) course at any University in the world. ​Students who are part of certain workshops or other educational programmes maybe eligible to apply and should contact The Bar-Tur Photo Award for more information.


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