The Magnum Expression Photography Award

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The Magnum Expression Photography Award mission is to discover and illuminate compelling documentary photography employed in innovative ways to affect social awareness and propel humanitarian compassion.

The inaugural theme for the award is Communities.

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Excellence & inventiveness in building a photographic narrative.
  • Singularity of vision and compassion for the subjects.
  • Ability to produce a thought-provoking visual presentation.

The winner of the Magnum Expression Award will receive an HP Designjet Z3200. Photo Printer and a package of media supplies provided by HP. The winner will also receive a $10,000 cash prize to support continued work on the winning project; the opportunity to produce a multimedia essay of the winning entry in collaboration with Magnum’s Magnum in Motion team; sponsorship for the production of exhibition prints on an HP Designjet Z3200 for a solo exhibition of the winning entry; a $3000 credit for production of the winning essay in book form on HP Indigo printers in collaboration with; a customizable PhotoShelter pro account and website for one year; and advice and mentorship from a Magnum photographer regarding the continuation of the winning project.


  • Each entrant may submit from 8 to 15 images to illustrate a single photographic essay.
  • Entry images must be electronic and must be uploaded to the Host Site, which will require creation of a PhotoShelter account.  (The Host Site will provide instructions.) 
  • Entry images must be submitted at, or be available at, sufficiently high resolution so that they can be printed at a standard acceptable for display in printed media.
  • Entry images must be numbered in the order that you wish them to be presented, with the number coming first in the file name (to ensure the correct sequence please use two digits, example: 01, 02, 03) followed by the entrant’s last name (e.g. 01Smith, 02Smith, 03Smith etc.).  Please do not use any spacing in the file names. 

 Entries must be made online using the instructions provided at

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