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The Independent Photographer started with a simple idea: to celebrate photography and support emerging artists. Launched in 2016, we are today an international network of photographers and photography enthusiasts reached by more than one million visitors each year.

Through our monthly competition, we are committed to helping emerging artists kickstart their professional careers and present their work to a jury comprised of acclaimed artists and top editors such as Steve McCurry, Maggie Steber, Jacob Aue Sobol, Alessia Glaviano, and Ed Kashi. As of today, we have awarded over $85,000 in cash prizes, printed, published and exhibited more than 400 photographers, online and throughout our annual international exhibitions.

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Each month the competition winners and finalists are rewarded with $2000 cash prizes and direct online exposure. At the end of the year, all images are published in the 'Talents of the Year' book and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners are printed and exhibited during our annual group shows in Berlin and Milan.


Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!

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