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1854 Unveils Its Biggest Photography Award Yet: Decade Of Change

1854 unveils its biggest photography award yet, uniting world leaders in politics, activism and the arts to collaboratively address the climate crisis

Governments are repeatedly failing to act on climate change. But photography can serve as a mirror. A warning sound. A vehicle for truth.

The inaugural edition of the Decade of Change award will bring together world leaders in photography, politics, activism and science to curate a major international climate exhibition, harnessing the universal power of art and imagery to galvanise climate action.

Conceived to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Single Image Competition spans four categories: People, Urban, Nature and Futures. Photographers can also enter the Stories Competition – welcoming series submissions of up to 10 images – and filmmakers the Moving Image Competition.

Confirmed judges make up 1854’s most prominent panel to date, including Terry Tamminen, former CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; Paul Dickinson, Founder and Executive Chairman of CDP; Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) and other leading voices in climate discourse and activism.

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  • Get your work exhibited internationally
  • Get published to a global audience of 2+m on
  • Get your work reviewed by a panel of leading industry experts

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Key Dates

  • Calls Open: 10 November 2020
  • Calls Close: 7 January 2021 23:59 (UK Time)
  • Exhibition information TBC
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About Decade of Change:

Decade of Change is a global photography award and collaborative exhibition dedicated to documenting the defining matter of our time: the climate crisis. 

In late 2019, the United Nations reported that countries are continuing to drift further off course in combating climate change. As the world turns on its axis, so the fragility of our planet becomes ever more pronounced: sea levels rising, ecosystems collapsing, livelihoods in peril. 

With governments repeatedly failing to act, photography can serve as a mirror. A warning sound. A vehicle for truth. Harnessing British Journal of Photography’s global platform, Decade of Change will curate some of the world’s most powerful creative responses to the climate crisis in one of the farthest-reaching photography exhibitions the world has ever seen.

From humankind to wildlife, cityscapes to ecosystems, Decade of Change will speak both to the power and precariousness – the strength and frailty – of our planet. Selected work will teach, provoke, challenge, probe; it will celebrate all that we have to protect, and caution all that we have to lose.

About 1854 Media & British Journal of Photography: 

1854 Media is an award-winning digital media organisation with a global audience of photographers, arts lovers and industry experts. 

At 1854’s core is British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography title, which has been showcasing pioneers of the art form since 1854. It manifests in a monthly publication that takes an international perspective on contemporary photography, focusing on fine art and documentary, and the cutting edge of editorial and commercial practices. It has also created internationally renowned photography awards – including OpenWalls, Portrait of Britain™, Female in Focus, BJP International Photography Award, and Portrait of Humanity™ all of which aim to discover and promote new talent.

Our visual content agency, Studio 1854, helps brands use the power of photography and video to cultivate and engage larger audiences, by leveraging our relationships with the world’s top photographic influencers and our understanding of the visual content that engages them.

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