Submissions open for the JUSTPHOTO CONTEST at the Market Photo Workshop

Submissions for the Market Photo Workshop’s JUSTPHOTO Contest is now open to African photographers practicing in Africa until 11 September 2020.

The JUSTPHOTO Contest intends to draw attention to the role photography plays in setting social justice agendas. During these unprecedented times of the global health challenge of COVID-19, JUSTPHOTO calls on photographers to ethically investigate practices of social distancing that will be part of our collective futures. Communities all over the world are being required to adhere to distancing protocols and the JUSTPHOTO Competition asks, what is social distancing? What are its personal and collective effects where we live? How can social distancing be reimagined within contexts where contact cannot be avoided such as in the arts, schools, churches, hospitals, sports or in multi-generational households and public transportation, or between lovers, caregivers, and the vulnerable? What are we not seeing when it comes to keeping social distance? What can photography show us?

The JUSTPHOTO Contest seeks to promote new photography works of social responsibility, activism and ethical investigation by African photographers practising in Africa.

Photographers of winning submissions will be announced on the 23 September 2020. The winning submission will be exhibited online on, a digital space for African visual cultures established by the Market Photo Workshop.

Overall winner

Will receive R12,000 Cash Prize.
– Participate in JUSTPHOTO Contest online exhibition at
– Feature in the Market Theatre Foundation’s Monthly Newsletter, BUZZ
– Receive Market Photo Workshop membership for a year.

Winner of 2nd place

Will receive R8,000 Cash Prize.
– Participate in JUSTPHOTO Contest online exhibition at
– Receive Market Photo Workshop membership for a year.

Winner of 3rd place

Will receive R5,000 Cash Prize.
– Participate in JUSTPHOTO Contest online exhibition at

Submission Procedure

  • Submit a new photography body of work with at least 12 – 20 digital low-resolution JPG images. Maximum of 20 low-resolution files in total (max. 5MB). All images must be new work developed during June 2020 – September 2020. Please note: a selection of random photos will not be considered.
  • Submit a brief description between 500 – 850 words about the visual story in a Word document.
  • Include a 150-word personal biography in a Word document.
  • Photographer must have full rights to all the images submitted and have obtain relevant agreements/permissions with the likeness in the images. 

Candidate Selection 

  • A panel of judges appointed by the Market Photo Workshop will participate in the selection process.
  • Shortlisted candidates must be available for a critique session of their submissions with the judges soon thereafter. 

Deadline and submissions

Submissions close on Friday 11 September 2020 midnight.

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