Announcing the Winners and Finalists!

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Lcpa logo We’re delighted to present the results of the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2014!

Photographers from over 80 countries participated in our search for The New Photographic Portrait, and our international jury found an amazingly accomplished and diverse selection. The winning entries represent very different takes on the genre of portraiture — staged and lighted studio work, environmental portraits, conceptual, self-portraits, documentary, candid, digitally manipulated and classical analog in-camera processes.

In all, we’ve identified 31 rich and varied approaches to photographic portraiture that represent just as many different ways of looking at the world and looking at each other.

The photographers presented here hail from 17 countries, and were chosen after reviewing literally thousands of photographs sent in from around the world — each has a wonderful story to tell. Dive in and enjoy!

Portfolio Category

1st Prize Portfolio Category Marius Schultz Oslo, Norway From the series "First There Was Nothing"
2nd Prize Portfolio Category Hossein Fatemi Tehran, Iran From the series "Veiled Truths"
3rd Prize Portfolio Category Tsutomu Yamagata Tokyo, Japan From the series "Thirteen Orphans"

Single Image Category

1st Prize Single Image Category Clare Benson United States From the series "The Shepherd's Daughter"
2nd Prize Single Image Category Marc Thirouin France From the series "Las Mujeres"
3rd Prize Single Image Category Ulrik Tofte Denmark From the series "The key is not to blink"

International Jury

Natasha Egan
Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College
Chicago, IL, USA
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Natasha Egan is the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago where she has also organized numerous exhibitions such as Alienation and Assimilation: Contemporary Images and Installations from the Republic of Korea; Manufactured Selfabout how we identify ourselves through what we consume; Loaded Landscapes looking historical and contemporary sites of trauma and conflict; The Edge of Intent examining the utopian aspirations of urban planners and how their visions adapt to changing environments; Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture; and The Road to Nowhere? for the FotoFest 2010 Biennale. Egan has contributed essays to such publications as Shimon Attie: The History of Another; Photography Plugged and Unplugged in Contemporary Magazine; Brain Ulrich: Copia; Beate Gütschow LS / S; Michael Wolf: The Transparent City; Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment; and Black Maps: American Landscapes and the Apocalyptic Sublime Photographs by David Maisel. In addition, she has taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago and juries local and national exhibitions. She holds an MA in museum studies, an MFA in fine art photography, and a BA in Asian studies.
Jason Landry
Owner and Director, Panopticon Gallery
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Jason Landry received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Landry is the owner and director of Panopticon Gallery, which represents established and emerging photographers from all over the world with a primary focus on developing and expanding their careers. He brings over 20 years of business management and fine art photography experience to the gallery. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Louise Clements
Artistic Director, QUAD & FORMAT International Photography Festival
Derby, United Kingdom
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Louise Clements is Artistic Director of QUAD a centre for contemporary art and film, as well as being the Co-Founder and Artistic Director/Curator of FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby since 2004, one of the UK's leading contemporary photography and media festivals:

As a curator, since 1998 she has initiated and curated many commissions, publications, mass participation art, film and photography programmes and exhibitions.

Louise has recently been awarded the Milapfest fellowship 2013 and the Blow-up Fellowship India 2012. She was Guest Curator at Kaunas Photofestival, Lithuania Duel/Duet 2010; Habitat Centre and Haus Khas BlowUp, in Deli, India; Dong Gang international Photography Festival South Korea, UK Photography Now : the Constructed View, 2013; Dali International Photography Festival, China, Life Is Elsewhere 2013; Noorderlicht 20/20 2013.

Louise regularly writes about photography for catalogues and magazines in both print and online media including: Next Level, South Korean Photography, co-editor of Hijacked III UK/AUS, PHOTOCINEMA, and is Editor at Large for She is an international photography Juror and nominator, and portfolio reviewer at festivals and galleries extensively throughout Europe, America and across Asia.

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Jim Casper
Founder and Editor, LensCulture
Co-Founder and Director, LensCulture FotoFest Paris
Paris, France
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Jim Casper is the founding editor and publisher of LensCulture, and one of the directors of the ever-growing LensCulture online platform for global contemporary photography. He is co-founder and director of the yearly LensCulture international portfolio reviews in Paris, now in their fifth year. He serves on juries of photo competitions, reviews portfolios around with world, curates exhibitions, conducts masterclass workshops, lectures, and writes about photography. Casper serves on the Board of Directors for SPE, the Society for Photographic Education.