Portrait of Britain 2021: The particular winners

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The UK’s biggest annual pictures exhibition is back, capturing the many faces of our nation inside collaboration with JCDecaux UK

Looking back at the events of the last two years, it is easy to see nothing but struggle the best Britain. But look nearer: because in the cracks, there is certainly beauty. There is the strength of our own communities; the resilience of our own health service, and the solidarity of our citizens.

Against the background of a nation still obtaining the pieces, Portrait of Britain – the UK’s biggest annual photography exhibit – returns in collaboration with JCDecaux. 200 shortlisted images and 100 successful images have been selected with a panel of industry-leading judges including Tracy Marshall, movie director of Bristol Photo Happening; Mariama Attah, curator with Open Eye Gallery and Nicola Shipley, director of GRAIN Projects.

In its whole, the curation offers a rich and complex variety of function that holds a mirror up to modern society: from quiet, everyday moments to landmark activities; dynamic urban faces to eccentric countryside characters, plus traditional portraiture to a lot more innovative techniques.

© Rhiannon Adam.

© Max D’Orsogna.

100 winning images will be exhibited on JCDecaux UK’s nationwide network of digital Out-of-Home screens from one January 2022, running for one month throughout rail stations, shopping centres, high roads and bus stops. Programmatic Digital Out-of-Home will allow the winning portraits to be broadcast across the country — on moments that matter, towards the communities they matter to.

200 shortlisted images will be published in the Portrait of Britain book, vol. 4, published by Hoxton Mini Press plus distributed worldwide (hitting racks in February 2022).

Stay tuned for further announcements!

© Ross Cooke.

© Hannah Norton.

© Terry Graham.

© Natasha Durlacher.

© Craig Fleming.

© Fran Gomez de Villaboa.

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