Portrait of Humanity

Image: Paolo Barretta, Portrait of Humanity 2021 Winner

Image: Paolo Barretta, Portrait of Humanity 2021 Winner


18 February 2021 - 07 March 2021

In partnership with 1854—publishers of the British Journal of Photography—Portrait of Humanity is showing in Australia for the first time, at PHOTO 2021.

Celebrating both individuality and unity, Portrait of Humanity 2021 invites photographers of all levels of experience to show how people can use photography to overcome our differences and unite as a global community. In the wake of 2020, Portrait of Humanity has asked entrants to shine a light on the spirit, strength and togetherness that has sustained our species throughout a dark time in history.

PHOTO 2021’s presentation of the 30 winning images and three winning bodies of work will be displayed as a free outdoor exhibition.


Langridge Street, corner of Smith Street
295 Smith Street
11 – 13 Johnston Street
83 Johnston Street
Wellington Street, corner of Perry Street

16 Johnston Street
Victoria Street, corner of Brunswick Street

Argyle Place South

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March