Jon Tonks

Jon Tonks is a British photographer based in Bath, UK.

Born in the West Midlands in 1981, Jon Tonks studied product design before becoming a staff photographer for a local newspaper. He moved to London and undertook a Master's degre in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, and it was during his studies that he undertook a trip to Ascension Island, which would be the starting point for the Empire project.

Since 2007, Jon has been undertaking commissions and working on a long-term project voyaging to remote British Overseas Territories in the South Atlantic Ocean, the result of which is his first book, Empire, published by Dewi Lewis (2013).

Jon was awarded the Magenta Flash Forward award in 2012, and has been shortlisted for the Terry O'Neill Award, Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize and Foto8 Summershow.

Born in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands (UK) in 1981


Studied Product Design
MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at London College of Communication

Selected Exhibitions:

Empire, Jon Tonks, Impressions Gallery, Bradford
Empire, Jon Tonks, Ffotogallery, Cardiff

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2014, National Portrait Gallery
Empire, Jon Tonks, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham
Benjamin Rasmussen & Jon Tonks, Pictura Gallery, Indiana
Ken Grant & Jon Tonks, James Hyman Gallery, London
Book Launch of Empire, The Photographers Gallery

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2012, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Terry O'Neill Award January 2013, The Strand Gallery, London
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2012, National Portrait Gallery, London
AOP Open, Dray Walk Gallery, London
Foto8 Summershow, Foto8 Gallery, London

Terry O'Neill Award, Hotshoe Gallery, London
LPA Futures, The Printspace, London
Community, The Elephant & Castle, The Cuming Museum, Southwark, London
MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography Graduate Show, London College of Communication, London


Empire, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2014

Vic Odden Award 2014 Presented by the Royal Photographic Society
Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize 2014 Shortlisted
BJP 'One's to Watch' 2014 Nominated as one of 30 photographers in their January issue
Terry O'Neill Award 2013 Shortlisted
Magenta Flash Forward 2012 Winner
Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize 2012 Shortlisted
Terry O'Neill Award 2012 Shortlisted
AOP Open Awards 2012 Judges Choice
Foto8 Summershow 2012 Shortlisted
Magenta Flash Forward 2011 Highly Commended
LPA Futures 2009 Winner
Reportage by Getty Images 2008 Selected for Emerging Talent

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