Jon Tonks is a British photographer based in Bath, England. His work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian and FT Weekend Magazines, Monocle, TIME LightBox, the British Journal of Photography and more. He has twice been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize and the Terry O’Neill award, and in 2012 was a winner at the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Awards as well as was Judges Choice at the AOP Awards.

In 2014, Tonks was presented with the Vic Odden Award by the Royal Photographic Society for his first book Empire, a journey across the South Atlantic exploring life on four remote islands – relics of the once formidable British Empire. The book was hailed by Martin Parr as one of his best books the year. His work is now in a number of private collections, both in the UK and abroad, including The Hyman Collection of British photography, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Texas.

Tonks was born in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands (UK) in 1981, and took his first job as staff photographer on a local Midlands newspaper in 2005. Two years later he undertook an MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, and now continues to work on his own documentary projects and for a variety of editorial and commercial clients.

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  • 2015 Empire, September 2015, Impressions Gallery, Bradford
  • 2015 Empire, June, Ffotogallery, Cardiff
  • 2015 Photo London - James Hyman Gallery
  • 2015 Work, Rest and Play - British Photography from the 1960s to Today, Oct-Loft, Shenzhen, China
  • 2015 AIPAD New York - James Hyman Gallery
  • 2015 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2014, May, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
  • 2014 Paris Photo - James Hyman Gallery - Grand Palais, Paris
  • 2014 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2014 November, National Portrait Gallery
  • 2014 Empire, October, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham
  • 2014 Benjamin Rasmussen & Jon Tonks, September, Pictura Gallery, Indiana
  • 2014 AIPAD New York - James Hyman Gallery
  • 2014 Ken Grant & Jon Tonks, March, James Hyman Gallery, London
  • 2014 Book Launch of Empire, January, The Photographers Gallery
  • 2013 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2012, August, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
  • 2013 Terry O'Neill Award, January, The Strand Gallery, London
  • 2012 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2012, November, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2012 AOP Open, October, Dray Walk Gallery, London
  • 2012 Foto8 Summershow, July, Foto8 Gallery, London
  • 2011 Terry O'Neill Award, December, Hotshoe Gallery, London
  • 2009 LPA Futures, May, The Printspace, London
  • 2008 Community, The Elephant & Castle, November, The Cuming Museum, Southwark, London
  • 2007 MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography Graduate Show, December, London College of Communication, London


  • 2015 Royal Photographic Society, Dunfermline
  • 2015 TEDx St Andrews University
  • 2015 Plymouth University
  • 2015 Association of Photography in Higher Education / Birmingham City University
  • 2014 mac birmingham
  • 2014 Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana
  • 2014 University of the West of England
  • 2014 Birmingham City University
  • 2014 Photoforum
  • 2014 London College of Communication
  • 2014 Miniclick Brighton
  • 2014 Photobook Bristol 2014
  • 2014 IC Visual Lab, Bristol
  • 2013 MShed, Bristol


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