The Trip

Meet California will see four photographers road trip across the Golden State on a 10-day British Journal of Photography commission, in partnership with Visit California.

“California is the land of plenty. People tend to see it through its clichés: Hollywood, the roaring success of Silicon Valley, boundless natural wonders and the ever-present palm tree,” writes winning photographer Ricardo Nagaoka. “However the Golden State is so much more than just its loudest components.”

It is the quieter, arguably more unassuming side of the state that will be the focus of Meet California. The British Journal of Photography commission, run in partnership with Visit California, will see four photographers travel across California and each create a new body of work that explores a different facet of its identity.

While the iconic landmarks of the state will no doubt feature, the photographers will also shed light on the daily occurrences and extraordinary realities that give California its distinctive character.

The winning photographers – Ricardo Nagaoka, Francesca Allen, Clément Chapillon and Brant Slomovic – will fly to San Francisco on 05 September and spend 10 days travelling across California as a group. The trip will be split into two chapters – northern and southern California – and will include stops in Oakland, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Sonoma, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Malibu.

Meet California will take place between 05 and 15 September 2018.

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The Route

Day 1

San Francisco

Day 2

San Francisco


Day 3

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Day 4

Shasta Lake

Day 5

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve


Day 6

Sonoma County

Day 7

Palm Springs

Day 8

Los Angeles

Day 9

Los Angeles

Day 10


Santa Monica

‘Meet California’ is a British Journal of Photography commission in partnership with Visit California.