BJP Breakthrough 2017

Opening Night
Thursday 22 June 2017

Shop 13, Old Truman Brewery
15 Hanbury Street
London, E1 6QR

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Exhibition continues 23 June – 3 July 2017 (open every day from 10am – 4pm)


Graduate Series
Ryan James Caruthers – Tryouts

Ryan James Caruthers won the Graduate Series award for his emotive series Tryouts,  in which he explores the intersections between homosexuality, masculinity, identity, and athleticism.


Graduate Single Image
Jocelyn Allen – 21st April 2017 (Today’s Look) from Don’t Take Me Out Of My Melons

Jocelyn Allen won the Graduate Single Image award for her image 21st April 2017 (Today’s Look), taken from her ongoing series Don’t Take Me Out Of My Melons, which explores themes such as representation, anxiety, self-esteem, self-confidence, and hiding.


Undergraduate Series
Todd R Darling – Silk City

Todd R Darling was awarded the Undergraduate Series award for his project Silk City, in which he turned his lens on Paterson, New Jersey, a place he says is “close to my heart and home.” The project – “born out of a desire to explore my home and my youth” – is a survey of the area, which Darling describes as incredible, but forgotten.


Undergraduate Single Image
Cathal Abberton – Leo

Cathal Abberton received the Undergraduate Single Image award for his portrait of Leo during a trip to the remote Italian town of Riace, Southern Italy, earlier this year. It is from a wider series called Solo in Calabria about the people and landscapes of this picturesque part of Italy. Where many of the refugees and migrants who live there are just waiting, he says – for a job so they can earn money, or to move to another place – and so the project touches on this notion of ‘waiting’.


Read more about this year’s winning work.


Runners up 

Graduate Series

Zhao Qian

Phyllis B Dooney – Gravity Is Stronger Here

Alexey Shlyk – The Appleseed Necklace


Graduate Single Image

César Dezfuli Passenger

Lv Meng – Urban Fringes

Cian Oba-Smith – from the series Concrete Horsemen


Undergraduate Series

Harit Srikhao – Whitewash

Hannes Wiedemann Grinders


Undergraduate Single Image

Jamain Gordon – Ricardo and his Daughter

Joe Pettet-Smith – Zombie Apocalypse Survival Experience, Reading 2017

Natalia Poniatowska  – Sam & James’ Wedding Renewal 7/02/2017