Bird in Flight Prize ¦
¬ international ¤ award for innovative approach to telling a story through a phÞtograph

The Call for entries is closed.

The concept of the Bird in Flight Prize is to support photographers who think outside the box of traditional artistic standards. Our contest is not about photoprojects that cater to the existing general demand. It’s about discovering new ways to tell a story using the means and tools of photography. We encourage artistic freedom and diversity therefore we don’t impose time constraints upon our participants. We do not limit them in their choices of subjects and creativity methods. We also allow image editing as well as the usage of other images [as long as the copyrights are being observed].

The jury of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘20 includes curators, photographers, artists, and photo editors from the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, and Sweden.


From 31 October to 12 November, Online lectures featuring jury members Emma Bowkett, Colin Pantall, Ari Versluis, Arianna Rinaldo, Misha Pedan, Shadman Shahid, and Agnieszka Olszewska are on the roster.

The winner will be announced online on November 13.


user_avatar Ari Versluis

user_avatar Arianna Rinaldo

user_avatar Emma Bowkett

user_avatar Agnieszka Olszewska

user_avatar Misha Pedan

user_avatar Colin Pantall

user_avatar Shadman Shahid

Photos: Emma Bowkett by Alicia Hart, Colin Pantall by Heng Samnang, Ari Versluis by Frederik Klanberg, Arianna Rinaldo by Piero Martinello, Shadman Shahid by Zhao Yanxian, Agnieszka Olszewska by Agata Maziarz

pre-selection board

Lyolya Goldstein
Bird in Flight photo editor, curator

Anton Shebetko
artist, Bird in Flight editor

Valentine Bo

Nadiia Bernard-Kovalchuk
curator at Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography

First prize is €2000

The jury selects one winner out of the ten participating photographers from the shortlist.

Nomination Samsung Readers’ Choice Award

This nomination will consist of 30 photoseries selected by the editorial board of Bird in Flight. A winner will be chosen by open voting through the contest website.

The prize is a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone.

Portfolio review

Twenty five participants will receive reviews of their works by the jury board members [online].


30 October 2020

shortlist announcement and its publication on Bird in Flight

13 November 2020

winner announcement


Primary partner of the prize is Samsung.

Partner of the Lectures Course is “Creative Europe” in Ukraine.


  • The rules state that the choice of theme is unrestricted. Does this imply an absolute thematic freedom?

    Yes. The goal of the award is not just to highlight a certain topic of your choice. First and foremost, the jury will be focusing on the form which a photographer utilizes to emphasize the content.
  • According to what principles will the judges evaluate the pieces?

    According to the principles of their personal choosing.
  • Is it okay for a participant to apply more than once, with various photoseries?

    Absolutely. There will be a fee of 15 euros for each application.
  • The contest rules say that participants grant Bird in Flight rights to use photographs. What does it mean?

    Bird in Flight will get rights to publish projects on its website and other online platforms, use works in promo materials [e.g. banners, posters, videos], exhibitions that may take place on locations with paid entrance, and printed catalogs that may be distributed on a paid basis. All images submitted to the contest will remain the property of an author, Bird in Flight will get no right to sell them.
  • How will the authors be informed about making it to the shortlist?

    Official letter will be mailed to the email given by the applicant on the initial application. Also, an informational roster about the finalists and winners will be posted on the website and the Facebook page of Bird in Flight.
  • Who will take part in the portfolio review?

    Twenty five Applicants whose projects will be selected by the editorial board of Bird in Flight.
  • I still have questions. Who should I contact?

    Feel free to email any questions about the contest to

Bird in Flight doesn’t edit project descriptions and is not responsible for the content. 

Previous Bird in Flight Prize

Bird in Flight Prize has been held annually since 2018.

The winner of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 is Shadman Shahid with “No Quarter” project.


The winner of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘18 is Valentine Bo with “Your next step would be to do the Transmission” project.

Shortlist 2018


The Award is organized by Birg in Flight, magazine about photography and visual culture.

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