Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award

Nikon Gallery at Photo London 2023, showcasing work by artists shortlisted for the 2022 Award

The Emerging Photographer Award was set up to nurture and enable the career development of emerging photographic artists, placing their work within the public programme of one of the world’s most celebrated fairs championing the photographic medium.

Launched in 2015 at the inaugural edition of Photo London, the Emerging Photographer Award is presented in partnership with Nikon. The Award champions new lens-based artists by offering transformative opportunities through Photo London’s global reach and the generous support of Nikon.

Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award Ceremony, 2022

The winning photographer receives a range of Nikon camera kit and, alongside the gallery, will benefit from acknowledgment at a special ceremony at the Nikon Gallery (Somerset House) during Photo London, plus promotion across the Fair’s online and social media channels. The recipient will enjoy ongoing support from Photo London by having their work shown in the Nikon Gallery the following year.

Speaking about the Award, Julian Harvie, Nikon’s Marketing Director for Northern Europe, says:

Nikon has a proud legacy spanning more than 100 years of empowering photographers to tell stories in powerful ways. The immensity of talent among Emerging Photographers is breathtaking. To play a small part in their future by supporting this prestigious award is not only a great privilege as part of our partnership with Photo London, but also intrinsic to our brand’s century-old DNA.

Galleries exhibiting at each Fair edition, who represent emerging photographic artists, are invited by Photo London to participate. Judged by members of the Curatorial Committee, the jury look for artists creating outstanding, boundary-pushing work.

Discover our winners

2023: Léa Habourdin
Presented by Fisheye Gallery (Paris)
2022: Max Miechowski
Presented by Open Doors Gallery (London)
2021: Heather Agyepong
Presented by James Hyman Gallery (London)
2020: Marguerite Bornhauser
Presented by Galeria Carlos Carvalho (Lisbon)
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2023 | Léa Habourdin (Fisheye Gallery)

2022 | Max Miechowski (Open Doors Gallery)

2021 | Heather Agyepong (James Hyman Gallery)

2020 | Marguerite Bornhauser (Carlos Carvalho)

2018 | Tania Franco-Klein (ROSEGALLERY)

2017 | Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (Tiwani Contemporary)

2016 | Thibault Brunet (Galerie Heinzer Reszler)

2015 | Daisuke Yokota (Kominek Gallery)


For the past three years, Photo London has run a People’s Choice vote on Instagram, with Maryam Palizgir (Roya Khadjavi Projects) winning in 2023, Nana Yaw Oduro (Afrikaris Gallery) in 2022, and Thandiwe Muriu (193 Gallery) in 2021.

Terms & conditions

  • The winner of The Emerging Photographer of the Year Award will receive either a Nikon camera and two lenses of the partner’s choice. The winner should contact the prize provider who will be able to provide a list of qualifying lenses within this allowance.
  • No cash alternative to the prize will be offered and the prize is non-transferable.
  • Nikon UK reserves the right to substitute the prize for an equal or greater value should circumstances make this necessary.
  • Please allow 28 days for delivery of the prize subject to availability and product release dates.
  • Prize provider: Nikon UK, 1 The Crescent, Surbiton KT6 4BN, United Kingdom


With a whole host of free workshops and talks taking place onsite throughout the Fair, we are grateful to Nikon for sharing our ongoing commitment to educate and futher the skills of photographers of all levels, ages and abilities.