The Professional Commission invites professional photographers to explore the theme of the Award through a compelling series of 5-10 images and a creative project proposal of a maximum of 500 words that considers the theme in a more in-depth way for a commission worth $25,000.


All entries are judged by a distinguished international panel, chaired by the author and curator William A. Ewing. The jury selects 3 finalists from the Professional Commission submissions based on the quality and technique of their work and the interpretation of the theme.


Three prizes are awarded in the Professional Commission category:


  • • First prize: US$15,000, plus up to US$25,000 for the commission project
  • • Second prize: US$10,000
  • • Third prize: US$5,000.