Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award

2022 Emerging Photographer Award recipient Max Miechowski giving his acceptance speech on stage

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 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.

From left to right: Photo London Fair co-founder Fariba Farshad; 2022 Emerging Photographer Award recipient Max Miechowski; Marketing Director at Nikon Julian Harvie; Photo London’s curatorial committee member Sofia Vollmer de Maduro

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 that year’s fair representing emerging photographic artists are invited by Photo London to participate. Judged by members of the Curatorial Committee, the jury look for artists creating boundary-pushing work.

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.

Work by 2021 Emerging Photographer Award recipient Heather Agyepong was exhibited in the 2022 Nikon Gallery

Discover our winners

Previous award winners include Daisuke Yokata, Thibaut Brunet and Tania Franco-Klein. You can view all the winners below. For the past two years, Photo London has run a People’s Choice vote on Instagram, with Nana Yaw Oduro (Afrikaris Gallery) in 2022.

2015, Daisuke Yokota, (Kominek Gallery), Berlin, Germany

2016, Thibault Brunet, (Galerie Heinzer Reszler), Lausanne, Switzerland

2017, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, (Tiwani Contemporary), London, UK

2018, Tania Franco-Klein, (Rosegallery), Santa Monica, California

2020 – Marguerite Bornhauser (Galeria Carlos Carvalho)

2021 – Heather Agyepong (James Hyman Gallery)

2022 – Max Miechowski (Open Doors Gallery)


Terms and 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.