Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos and Photo London, a major new international photography event at Somerset House in May, today announced the nominated photographers for the inaugural edition of their collaborative photographic award, supported by RBB Economics, aimed at recent UK graduates.

The Graduate Photographers Award will provide a new opportunity for photographers, acknowledging the best emerging practitioners and providing them with exposure to both a public and highly professional audience. A nomination team comprised of ten highly skilled industry experts have each put forward ten outstanding photographers who have graduated from a UK degree course relating to photography or lens-based media in the last three years.


From these nominations, a selection of ten photographers will be identified by Magnum Photos and the Photo London Directors and announced in an exclusive event at the fair. Finalists will win mentoring from a Magnum photographer, a portfolio review event with the nomination panel and a slideshow of their work at Photo London 21st - 24th May 2015.

The Graduate Photographers Award builds on the collective commitment from Magnum Photos, Photo London and RBB Economics in the support, development and advancement of early career photographers. 

Of this new opportunity, Emily Graham, Cultural & Education Manager at Magnum Photos London said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Photo London to identify the UK’s rising photographic talent. Magnum are committed to supporting the next generation of image-makers, and this award provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate and support exceptional photographic work being produced by UK graduates.”

Photo London Director, Michael Benson, added “We are delighted to be working with Magnum Photos and to be able to present this new graduate award at our inaugural fair. The commitment to nurturing the next generation of photographic talent runs deep in every aspect of Photo London - from our gallery programme to our award for the most outstanding young artist to present work at the Fair. This award is an absolutely perfect fit.”

Simon Bishop, co-founder and Partner at RBB Economics, said of their support and commitment to the award "RBB Economics is delighted to support the Magnum Photos & Photo London Graduate Photographers Award. We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique opportunity to develop new artistic talent and offer a platform for young practitioners to show their work on such a prestigious and global scale.”

The nomination panel:

Bruno Bayley, Editor of VICE Magazine, UK
Emma Bowkett, Photography Director at the FT Weekend Magazine
Dr Benedict Burbridge, writer, photography critic and lecturer at University of Sussex & Courtauld Institute of Art
Lucy Davies, art & photography critic at The Telegraph
Emily Graham, Cultural & Education Manager at Magnum Photos
Chris Littlewood, Director of Photography at Flowers Gallery 
Michael Mack, Founder & Director of MACK books Shoair Mavlain, assistant curator of photography at Tate
Louise Proud, Head of Photographs at Philips London
Aaron Schuman, writer, curator and lecturer at University of Brighton

For images and further information contact Emily Graham: emily.graham@magnumphotos.com