Jerwood/Photoworks Awards:
Application Guidance


You can apply using the online form here. 

Before applying, please read the application guidance below and FAQ. This covers the most common questions and is updated regularly.

An audio recording of this application guidance and the FAQ is available here. 

An easy read of this application guidance is available here. 

A large print of this application guidance and the FAQ is available here. 

A Welsh language version of this application guidance and the FAQ is available here. 

There is no save and continue function in the application form. We strongly recommend you draft your responses offline using this word version of the application form and then paste them into the online form when you are ready. It is not possible to amend your application once it has been submitted. 

Please keep a copy of your responses for future reference as it is not possible for us to provide you with a copy once you have submitted your application. 


What are the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards? 


The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice. They particularly seek to encourage artists exploring new approaches to photography. 

Now in their fourth edition, the Awards are for UK-based artists who are between one and ten years into their practice to realise ambitious new works for a national touring exhibition.   

Two artists will receive a £15,000 award each (comprising £10,000 fee and £5,000 production budget) with a full package of support from Photoworks and Jerwood Arts to create new work over a 12-month period. This includes:

  • £10,000 artist fee 
  • £5,000 production budget 
  • Access to a £5,000 printing budget from print partner Spectrum Photographic 
  • Mentoring support from a high-profile international pool of experts for at least 12-months 
  • Curatorial support from Photoworks and Jerwood Arts 
  • A two-person exhibition in London as part of the Jerwood Arts programme at Jerwood Space (from October 2022)  
  • A UK touring exhibition  

The full value of each award package is £32,000. 

The selection panel for this edition of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards is Christine Eyene (Art historian, critic and curator), Joy Gregory (Artist), Sunil Gupta (Photographer), Julia Bunnemann (Curator, Photoworks) and Harriet Cooper (Head of Visual Arts, Jerwood Arts). 

The Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Arts and Photoworks, supported by Spectrum Photographic. Previous recipients have included Silvia Rosi, Theo Simpson, Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin, Lua Ribeira, Matthew Finn, Joanna Piotrowska and Tereza Zelenkova. 

Find out more about past editions of the awards here. 

Application is free. The application portal is open until 10am on Wednesday 12 May.  


Who are the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards for? 


There is no educational requirement or age limit to apply. 

We welcome applications from individual artists and those working in collaborative practices who: 

  • Are working with photography, and believe photography to be central to their practice now and in the future. 
  • Are between one and ten years into their professional artistic practice working with photography at the time of applying. This means they consider the beginning of their professional artistic practice to have started after March2011, and no later than March 2020, unless you have had a career break or your career trajectory has been significantly affected for health or care reasons. 
  • Have applied in previous editions, as well as those who have not.   
  • Have the legal right to work in the UK, are resident in the UK, and with the intention to continue residence within the UK until June 2023 (you do not need to be a British National).  

 We are sorry to confirm that the following are not eligible for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards: 

  • Anyone who is undertaking full or part-time formal education at any point between September 2021 and October 2022 (including dissertation writing).* 
  • Artists who are not based in the UK.  
  • Artists whose primary practice is another artform, including moving image work which is not eligible for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.  
  • Proposals for new work(s) which will need additional funding other than that outlined above to realise.  

* This includes all members of a group if you are applying as a collaborative practice. 

Please note you can only submit one application to the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards as an individual artist. You may submit an additional application for your work as part of a collaborative practice as long as it is distinctly different to your individual practice. 


Take the quiz 


We have created a ‘Are the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards right for me?’ quiz to help you decide if the awards are right for you at this point in your practice. You should be able to answer all questions in the quiz ‘yes’ with confidence if this award is right for you.  

There is more detail about who the awards are for in the FAQ. If you have further questions about your suitability or eligibility for the awards, feel free to email Julia Bunnemann, Curator at and we will get back to you within three working days. Please see below for more details of how we can support you to make an application. 


What are the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards looking to support? 


We are looking for bold and original proposals to make new work(s) in photography that will represent a step-change in your practice. We want to support ambitious ideas that will benefit significantly from the research and development period enabled by the awards, for example by enabling experimentation with new and ambitious ways of working with photography.

The awards seek to support the potential of new approaches to photography. The Photoworks and Jerwood Arts teams provide 1:1 guidance and developmental support to the two awardees, working alongside them on the curatorial and logistical development of their proposal. In addition, a high-profile pool of artists and curators is available to the awardees as mentors and critical friends to help them realise their proposal and develop their practice throughout the 12 months from selection to exhibition and beyond.

Proposals must be achievable within the £15,000 award and the 12 month development period. Proposals should also demonstrate clear thinking about how the project may need to be adapted due to circumstances and restrictions to activities in relation to COVID-19.


What are the key dates? 


18 March 2021, 2pm GMT Application portal opens
12 May 2021, 10am GMT Application portal closes
18 June 2021 Longlisted candidates notified
15 July 2021 Shortlisted candidates notified
21 July 2021 Interviews held at either Jerwood Space, London or online
September 2021 Awardees announced
September 2021 – September 2022 Development of work
October 2022 Exhibition at Jerwood Space, London followed by a national touring exhibition in 2023



Equality, Diversity, Inclusion 


Jerwood Arts and Photoworks are committed to addressing equality, diversity and inclusion across all our work, and you can find details of our latest actions here and here. 

The sector is experiencing one of the highest levels of loss of work in the face of Covid-19: the personal impact of this is often devastating; the loss of skilled and talented people permanently a very real worry for the future. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted the health and livelihoods of people from African, Caribbean, LatinX or South and East Asian heritage, those with disabilities or long-term health conditions, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those facing intersecting barriers. These groups were already under-represented in the visual arts and photography sector and most likely to experience racism and marginalisation. 

For the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, we therefore particularly welcome applications from anyone from the groups above. We will be focusing our marketing efforts to engage with networks and organisations representing these communities and will encourage applications from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the North East and North West which have also been under-represented in the history of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. 

Actions we have taken to make our support to applicants more inclusive and accessible include providing comprehensive application guidance and FAQ, both of which are available in Easy Read, Large Print, Welsh language and as an audio recording. We have created a more equitable application form, with no requirement for CVs and the choice to submit video/audio applications. We also offer 1:1 advice and provide individual access support. 

The assessment and selection process will be undertaken by paid artist advisors, a paid selection panel, Photoworks and Jerwood Arts staff members, who have received bias awareness guidance and will endeavour to ensure that all applicants are treated equitably. The final selection will be made by a selection panel of five; three external curators or artists chosen for their experience, background and specialism, one representative of Photoworks and one representative of Jerwood Arts. 


How to apply 


You can apply using the online form here. 

Before applying, please read the application guidance and FAQ. This covers the most common questions and is updated regularly.

An audio recording of this application guidance and FAQ is available here. 

An easy read of this application guidance is available here. 

A large print of this application guidance and FAQ is available here. 

A Welsh language version of this application guidance and FAQ is available here. 

There is no save and continue function in the application form. We strongly recommend you draft your responses offline using this word version of the application form and then paste them into the online form when you are ready. It is not possible to amend your application once it has been submitted. 

Please keep a copy of your responses for future reference as it is not possible for us to provide you with a copy once you have submitted your application. 


Application making advice and support 


We are committed to making our opportunities accessible and the application experience as user-friendly as we can. This is part of our ongoing work to welcome and encourage applicants facing barriers to apply. We are also particularly keen to support first-time applicants to the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. 

  • Emails: We are happy to receive emails to Julia Bunnemann, Curator at with questions. We will aim to respond to your email within three working days. 
  • Advice Sessions: We also offer the opportunity to speak with a member of the Jerwood Arts or Photoworks team for a ten-minute advice session in advance of applying. In these sessions, we are unable to read draft applications or texts, but we can discuss your specific ideas for applications and guide you as to how you might strengthen these in the application. Please email Julia Bunnemann, Curator at with the questions you would like to discuss and your phone number to book an advice session. 
  • Event: On the 20 April, 1-2pm, we will be hosting an online event with panellists and alumni of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards to share their experience of the awards and discuss frequently asked questions. Find out more and register here.
  • Social Media: For a more informal opportunity to ask questions we will run several ‘Ask Us Anything’ questions on @photoworks_uk Instagram stories throughout the callout period. Follow @photoworks_uk to ask us questions via this format. 

Please note that the advice we give on making an application is on the eligibility and suitability of your proposal and will have no bearing on its assessment. You do not need to have spoken to a Photoworks and Jerwood Arts member of staff before making an application.  


Meeting your access requirements


Access Support Worker 

We can contribute up to £200 towards a fee for an Access Support Worker for applicants who need one. Please email Julia Bunnemann, Curator at or call us on 07944 903 991 at least one working week before the deadline to discuss how we can help. 

Audio and video applications 

If you would prefer to submit your application as an audio or video recording, the online application portal provides the opportunity for you to do this. You can upload one audio or video file that is no more than six minutes long containing your key career moments, recent work and your proposal. We will ask you to complete contact details, a 50 word summary of your proposal and an equal opportunities monitoring form in written form to assist the processing of your application. No assessment of the production quality of audio or video recordings will be made. 

We are also committed to ensuring that the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards is accessible for the selected artists. We will provide awardees with an access document and will ensure that our communications meet individuals’ needs.


Selection Process 


The assessors will consider applications based on the following criteria: 

  • The quality and track record of the individual artist or collective’s existing practice, including examples of work, key career moments and recent work 
  • The vision and ideas of the proposal for new work(s) 
  • The potential impact of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards on the development of the individual artist or collaborative practice at this moment in time 

All applications will be assessed by two readers from an internal panel comprising of two independent paid artist advisors, Jerwood Art staff members and Photoworks staff members. A longlist of approximately 75 applications will be taken forward and assessed by the selection panel comprising of Christine Eyene (Art historian, critic and curator), Joy Gregory ( Artist), Sunil Gupta (Photographer), Julia Bunnemann (Curator, Photoworks) and Harriet Cooper (Head of Visual Arts, Jerwood Arts)From these a shortlist of up to 8 applications will be invited to an interview with the selection panel before 2 applications are selected to be awarded. 

We take seriously the role bias can play throughout the selection process and give guidance to all assessors. In reading applications, they will start with the statements of track record, practice and the proposal, before looking at examples of work and websites. This means that an individual’s name is often one of the last things that an assessor will read.  

Throughout the selection process, we will prioritise the assessors’ judgement of the quality of the applicant’s practice, vision and ideas, and the potential impact the Jerwood/Photoworks Award could have on their practice. We also introduce information such as location and monitoring information at the longlisting/shortlisting stage to note any percentage variances with the total pool of applicants. Where two or more equally strong applications are in play, we may choose to recommend the applications that will result in a more balanced, representative and inclusive longlist/shortlist for consideration at the next stage.  

  • All applicants who are not longlisted will be notified of the outcome of their application on 18 June 2021 
  • All longlisted applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 16 July 2021 
  • All shortlisted applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 27 July 2021 

Unsuccessful applicants will be able to request specific written feedback on their application. Both Jerwood Arts and Photoworks are small teams and due to capacity feedback will not begin writing feedback until the selection process has finished at the end of July. We will endeavour to send individual feedback by the end of August 2021.


Terms and Conditions 


  1. The personal data you give us here will be used to process your application for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards by Jerwood Charity (trading as Jerwood Arts), Photoworks and our paid external assessors, who will sign up to a data sharing agreement.  

We will only contact you in connection to this application. Your personal data will be kept by Jerwood Charity and Photoworks for up to 10 years and will only be used by us for the processing of your application and for evaluating this opportunity. It will not be passed on to anyone else.  

If you want to be removed from Jerwood Arts’ database you can email Jon Opie: and Dina Mouhandes: You have the right to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office should you wish to complain about how your information has been handled. 

  1. All information detailing how to submit an application to this call for entries forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of application that all rules are accepted as final and that the artist(s) agree(s) to abide by these rules. The decision of the selectors is final and no correspondence will be entered into relating to the final decision. Submission of an application will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  1. All applications must be received by the advertised closing time and date.
  1. Copyright in all images submitted for this call for entries remains with the respective artists. 
  1. Applications must not infringe the copyright of anyone else and artists will hold Jerwood Arts and Photoworks harmless from any claims in relation to their entry alleging that the entry infringes the personal or proprietary right of any other person. 
  1. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt applications will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost applications and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt.
  1. Employees or contractors of Jerwood Arts or Photoworks, or any person directly or indirectly involved in the running of the call for entries, or their direct family members are not eligible to apply for the award.
  2. Jerwood Arts and Photoworks shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage. 




The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Arts and Photoworks, supported by Spectrum Photographic.   

Jerwood Arts 

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting outstanding UK artists/creatives, curators and producers to develop and thrive. We collaborate with organisations across art forms to imagine a more sustainable sector. Our programmes provide transformative opportunities for early-career individuals through awards, fellowships and commissions, and we present exhibitions in our gallery in London and on tour nationally.Jerwood Arts is led by Lilli Geissendorfer, Director. 


Photoworks champions photography for everyone. We are an international platform, global in reach, and have provided opportunities for artists and audiences since 1995. We do not have a physical venue, but our online channels are always open. Our programme brings new experiences to audiences and opens up new ways to encounter photography. 

Photoworks is a registered charity and the only organisation with a national remit for photography in England. Our work is supported by public funding through Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. Photoworks is led by Shoair Mavlian, Director. 

Spectrum Photographic 

Spectrum is a longstanding professional imaging lab specialising in high quality fine art and photographic printing, as well as archival mounting. They are proud of the reputation that they have established for themselves and are known for their high quality, passion, and above all, excellent service to their customers.