The fourth annual IdeasTap Photographic Award is aimed at identifying, showcasing and celebrating documentary photographers. Winning submissions consist of creative and striking photographic projects that are well conceived in their narrative, tell a story and demonstrate a higher level of photographic skill and understanding.
Run in partnership with Magnum Photos, it’s a great competition for emerging photographers – with prizes including £5,000 cash, £1,500 project funding, mentoring from Magnum photographers and the chance to work at Magnum’s offices in London or New York.
The Photographic Award has three overall winners (one from each category), but also offers opportunities to 18 shortlisted image-makers (six from each category). All 18 shortlisted applicants receive a mentoring session with a Magnum photographer, £60 of Blurb book vouchers and £150 to have their pictures printed. Over six weeks, they are encouraged to enhance and develop their projects. Their photographs are framed and included in an exhibition.
At the exhibition, nine finalists are selected by a panel of leading photographic experts; three from each category. The six finalists each receive £1,500 to shoot their dream project and receive a second mentoring session. Finally, a winner is picked from each category. The overall winners of the Award each receive £5,000 and the UK-based photographers are given paid placements with Magnum in London or New York.