IdeasTap Photographic Award (23-30)



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This brief is for photographers aged 23 to 30. If you're aged 16 to 22, visit the other Photographic Award brief.

Once again, we've teamed up with legendary photographic agency Magnum Photos to offer IdeasTap photographers the opportunity of a lifetime. The Award is open to UK-based photographers aged 16 to 30 (in two separate age groups – this brief is for 23-to-30-year-olds), and is split into three categories:


Environmental photography

Conceptual art

The Photographic Award has two overall winners (one in each age group), but also offers opportunities to 12 shortlisted snappers – two in each category from each age group. All 12 shortlisted applicants will receive a mentoring session with a Magnum Photographer, £60 of Blurb book vouchers and £150 to have their pictures printed; their photographs will be framed and included in an exhibition at IdeasTap HQ, The Woolyard.

From the 12 shortlisted photographers, six will be selected – one from each category in each age group. The six finalists will each receive £1,500 to shoot their dream project, create a multimedia Magnum in Motion project and will receive a second mentoring session.

Finally, a winner will be picked from each age group. The overall winners of the Award will each receive £5,000 and sought-after internships at Magnum – one with the Magnum in Motion team in New York (one week); the other a six-week paid internship with Magnum in London.

Applicants must create a set within their IdeasTap portfolio containing five photographs (no more, no less). We're looking for creative and striking photographs that demonstrate photographic skill and understanding. The five photos in your portfolio must demonstrate your ability to tell a story with your images.

In the first round of judging, the images will be viewed in Portfolio Presentation view on the site with a black background and no border (unless you choose to add one to your images before you upload them).

For more details about how to apply, click on the How to respond tab at the top of this brief.

Read about last year's nine shortlisted photographers and the three finalists.

Please make sure you download and read the Terms & Conditions before applying.


If you're interested in photography, have a look at our Magnum Professional Practice brief.

Image courtesy of keithpatterson on Flickr.

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