D&AD is partnering with Getty Images to create a global photography award for professionals and freelancers in the first three years of their careers.
Through the Next Photographer Award, new photographers will have the chance to win mentorship from a wide portfolio of acclaimed photographers, agents and advertising agencies, offering a considerable launchpad for a young creative looking for that big break.
Launching 15 September, the Next Photographer Award is the second in the D&AD Next series, following the launch of the Next Director Award in partnership with YouTube earlier this year. The Next series aims to bridge the gap between the D&AD Professional Awards and New Blood programme by identifying and showcasing new talent in the initial stages of their careers.
To enter, new photographers will be asked to submit three images, either from a series or pieces produced individually. There is no theme, no age limit and unlike the D&AD Professional Awards, entries do not have to be commercially released to be eligible. Entrants must be out of full time education and have no more than three years of editorial or advertising industry experience as a photographer.
The Next Photographer Award will produce two shortlists, one in November 2014 and one in March 2015, with one entry allowed per entrant, per deadline. The overall winner will be picked from the two shortlists and announced at the D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony in May 2015.
Additional benefits of winning include a coveted D&AD Pencil, a prize fund from Getty Images to pursue a project of personal significance, plus tickets and flights to the Awards Ceremony.
D&AD Next Photographer Award Entry Fee
The cost for entering the D&AD Next Photographer Award is £40 per entry.