In general

You must submit your project idea and 30 photographs that are indicative of your own personal means of photographic expression. The photographs can either be taken from an already existing independent project or from an earlier project, and they should preferably illustrate your ability to tell a story in pictures or to make a documentary portrayal of a certain theme/milieu. Edit carefully. The editorial board is looking for individuals who have a strong aptitude for telling visual stories. A general portfolio of random photos is not desirable.


Set up a main directory containing all your material, and then identify it as your main directory. Designate the name of the main directory using your last name and first name, e.g. Olsen_Per

The pictures

30 photographs, 2000 pixels on the longest side. To be supplied in JPEG, quality 8. Black/white pictures can be submitted as Grayscale. You must name each individual picture file, so that they are in the order in which you want the jury to view the story. For example, Olsen_Per01.jpg, Olsen_Per02.jpg, etc. Picture captions should be incorporated into the metadata, so that the jury can read them when viewing the pictures on screen. If more than 30 pictures are submitted, pictures above number 30 will be deleted and not considered. Save the pictures in the main directory.


The presentation/description of the project (length: max. 600 words), as well as the reason(s) why you would like to participate (minimum 300, max. 600 words), should be put into two separate Word files in the main directory. Remember to specify your contact coordinates: email, telephone no., address and link to any website. Label these with your name as well: Olsen_Per_presentation and Olsen_Per_ reasons.


The material, which should be located in ONE main directory, should be submitted to Fritt Ord using the file transfer program WeTransfer (

Submit it to the following email address: or send the material to the Fritt Ord Foundation’s mailing address (putting the digital material on a flash drive/memory stick).

You are also allowed to submit supplementary material, such as books and/or newspaper clippings. Specify the number of attachments and what kind of material is attached in a separate cover letter. If you send your file by post, please label the envelope “Norwegian Journal of Photography”, and send all material to:

Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2, 0258 Oslo.


The material must be received by 23.59 p.m. on Friday, 5 April 2019. Submissions made by post must be postmarked 5 April 2019 at the latest. In the event of failure to comply with these specifications, the editorial board is free to disqualify the applicant(s).

Address any questions about submission to NJP’s Editorial Board, attn. Rune Eraker, email:, or to the Fritt Ord Foundation, attn. Bente Roalsvig, email:

Participating photographers

The photographers selected to participate in NJP in the next two years, and who accept the invitation, must undertake an obligation to make themselves available on certain dates during the period. This refers to events such as editing meetings, workshops, seminars and reviews. The photographers are also required to publish their finished work first in the Norwegian Journal of Photography book and then possibly to show photographs/pictures at exhibitions, seminars and lectures. The photographers selected must also pledge to comply with the deadlines that are set for the submission of material.

In addition, the participating photographers must make their photographic works available for publication on NJP’s website, NJP’s Facebook wall and NJP’s Instagram pages. It must also be possible to use the material in connection with publicity about NJP.

Best of luck!

Ten questions and answers

1. May I submit an application even if I am not a professional photographer?

– Yes, anyone may apply. However, you must have an ongoing project or have completed a project previously.

2. I have extra material I would like to submit. May I?

– Yes, but it must be submitted to Fritt Ord’s mailing address within the deadline: Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2, 0258 Oslo.

3. I have applied several times before, but not been accepted. May I apply in this round, too?

– You can apply every time. Remember to show either new projects and/or a photographic development trend when you re-apply.

4. I do not live in Oslo. Will I get the opportunity to participate in all the NJP events?

– NJP will ensure that you can attend the workshops and sessions even if you do not live in the Oslo area.

5. When will I get an answer to my application?

– On Friday, 3 May, we will announce who has been selected for NJP. Those who are selected will be contacted before that date, but must keep the information confidential until 3 May.

6. Does it cost anything to apply?

– No, there is no charge for applying for NJP.

7. How many photographers are selected?

That varies somewhat from round to round, but usually from eight to 12 photographers.

8. What does the editorial board look for when selecting photographers?

– We look for a distinctive photographic language and expression. We also attach importance to the project that the photographer chooses to use for the NJP application. In addition, the photographers serve as a group and the projects/visual expressions have to work together in a book. For that reason, we look for variation among the photographers who apply.

9. I am not Norwegian and I do not live in Norway. May I apply for NJP?

– No, unfortunately. NJP is intended to promote Norwegian photographers and Norwegian photography. For that reason, only Norwegian photographers and/or photographers who are residents of Norway can apply.

10. I do not have a project with 30 good photos. What should I do?

– You can send in several projects with fewer photos in each project. The number of photos you send in should not exceed 30. Individual pictures are not desirable, nor are portfolios.