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

Bird in Flight Prize ‘20 finalists works were displayed in Kyiv streets and online.

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.

First prize is €2000

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

Bird in Flight Prize ‘20 Shortlist

BiF Prize ‘20 winner: Paola Jimenez Quispe with “Rules For Fighting” project

Readers’ Choice Award

This nomination consisted of 30 photoseries selected by the editorial board of Bird in Flight. A winner was chosen by open voting through the contest website. The prize is €1000.

“Mom, Do You Still Think That I Am Vulgar?”

Erdem Varol, Turkey
Readers’ Choice Award winner

Portfolio review

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


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

Online Lecture Course

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.


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.

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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