Then There Was Us: A celebration of emerging documentary and portrait photographers across the world

Alex Ingram. All images courtesy of Then There Was Us

Then There Was Us, a platform dedicated to contemporary photography, writing and journalism, has launched its annual competition to support some of the best emerging documentary and portrait photographers from across the globe.

It's free to submit your work and if you're one of the chosen ones, you'll have your photography published in a beautifully printed annual, out later this year. Calls for submissions are now open online or you can sign up to the Public Source newsletter to stay in touch with the non-profit.

"Each year at Then There Was Us we strive to celebrate the outstanding work of those who are consistently creating unique and powerful stories," says the platform. "We passionately believe in the reporting of creative revelation, championing some of the most exciting and engaging work from documentary makers, storytellers and journalists alike.

"Through our online content, printed publications and exhibitions we want to open up the conversation around events, people, places and culture with powerful narratives that define and shatter the status quo. Covering industry, society and people, places of interest, politics and news events, disasters and conflicts, Then There Was Us strives to destroy the arbitrary reasons many extraordinary creatives and storytellers go unheard, creating a real and accessible community of thought and curiosity about what is going on in the world."

Part of the Public Source network of platforms and publications, Then There Was Us is a non-profit project ran and produced by the co-directors of Public Source. Follow them on Instagram.

Gavin Li

Gavin Li

Robert Darch

Robert Darch

Olivia Thompson

Olivia Thompson

Ragland Print

Ragland Print

Olivia Thompson

Olivia Thompson

Mon Levchenkova

Mon Levchenkova