Presented by 1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography, Portrait of Humanity™ is a global photography award conceived to show that across oceans and borders, there is more that unites us than sets us apart. Inspired by themes of individuality, community and unity, the 200 shortlisted images harness the power of photography to showcase the many faces of humanity, and the everyday moments that bind us together. The shortlist was curated from more than 10,00 entires from 36 countries.
Portrait of Humanity 2020 jurors:
- Simon Bainbridge, Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography, UK
- Carol Allen Storey, Photojournalist & Lecturer, UK
- Aquin Mathews, Founder and director of Indian Photo Festival, India
- István Virágvölgyi, Curatorat the Capa Center, Hungary
- Joe Sidek, Photographer and founder of Arts & Culture Festival in George Town Malaysia, Asia
- Mallory Benedict, Photo Editor, National Geographic and Managing Director, Women Photograph
- Caroline Hunter, Picture editor, The Guardian, UK
“The 200 images shortlisted for this year’s Portrait of Humanity award seek to prove there is more that unites us than sets us apart. In June, they will be published in a book by Hoxton Mini Press. And in September, the 100 winners will be displayed internationally on digital screens, including, for the first time, one 111,000ft above Earth, as part of a collaboration with the company Sent Into Space. The competition attracted entries from 36 countries.” — BBC News
“The project aims to create one of the most far-reaching collaborative photography exhibitions in history.” — Magnum Photos
“My photo selected by the jurors for the Portrait of Humanity 2020 Shortlist was taken during a second line procession in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. It is titled Man with Cigar. The Tremé neighborhood is one of oldest African American neighborhoods in the U.S. and home to Congo Square, an area where enslaved blacks were allowed to congregate on Sundays to play music and sell goods. The Tremé is also the birthplace of jazz and has long been a fecund source of cultural creativity. Famous musicians born in the Tremé include Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, Sidney Bechet, Kermit Ruffins, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews among many others.” —Jon Wollenhaupt
The striking portraits that speak to humanity now
From CNN Style
“The images in this collection whisk us off on a journey through 21st century life where we experience the entire gamut of human emotion and experience. There are displays of courage, love, tenderness, defiance, camaraderie and strength; there is eccentricity, playfulness, loss, companionship, despair, laughter, faith, hope and new life. Each image is like a portal into a world where, for the briefest of moments, we connect with the person or people depicted and share something of their experience in a very visceral, intimate way.”
—Gemma Padley, photography writer and editor.
About Portrait of Humanity
“Portrait of Humanity is a global initiative by 1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography. First launched in 2018 in collaboration with Magnum Photos, Portrait of Humanity serves as a timely reminder, that despite our many differences, we are able to unite as a global community through the power of photography, to create one of the greatest collaborative photography exhibitions in history.
At its core, Portrait of Humanity is a celebration of our shared values: Individuality, Community, and Unity.
In our first edition, we invited photographers of all levels to show us the world through their eyes, to capture the many faces of humanity, and to document the universal expressions of life; laughter, courage, moments of reflection, journeys to work, first hellos, last goodbyes, and everything in between.
As part of Portrait of Humanity 2020, 200 shortlisted photographs will be published in the Portrait of Humanity Book, Vol.2, and will be exhibited in Space by Sent Into Space and transmitted through the universe in binary code — with the potential to be picked up and decoded by another civilisation! 30 winning images and three winning bodies of work will be exhibited at various locations across the world. Up to 100 commended images will also be exhibited digitally on Clear Channel screens internationally to be seen by millions.”
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Print image details
Title: Man With Cigar
Image size: 18″ x 24″
Archival Inkjet Print
Printing Partner: Dickerman Prints, San Francisco
Edition: 4 of 20, AP 1