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Announcing the Winners & Finalists!

Today, photography is used as a vibrant visual language, exploring diverse topics and concepts through an amazing range of creative expressions. By design, the LensCulture Exposure Awards aim to celebrate this variety, seeking out the strongest examples across many genres and approaches to the medium. We hope this year's mix of 31 winners and finalists delights, surprises and inspires you, allowing you to appreciate photography in its endlessly inventive forms.

These works were selected from projects and single images submitted by photographers in over 120 countries on five continents. Our international jury of experts reviewed and discussed the submissions at length, and the final decisions were difficult to make because of the wealth of great material that was submitted by the many, many worthy photographers who are producing strong work all over the world. Read more »

Our selection this year covers a wide and fascinating spectrum: from the methodical use of a large-format camera to record the arc and wheel of celestial time to cutting-edge visions of contemporary pop cultures and sobering stories of forced migration that continue to captivate our attention. Through the vision of these 31 individuals, we can discover cinematic scenes of horror and violence; diptych portraits of struggling yet hopeful people living in immense public housing projects; staged, metaphoric images that transcend the reality that most of us know, and much more...

Please take your time to look at each and every one of these winners and finalists. Come back again to re-visit your favorites, and then be sure to dig deeper into the profiles and other projects of each of these talented photographers.

Exposure Awards 2015 Series Winners

1st Place Series

David Shannon-Lier
United States
Of Heaven and Earth

2nd Place Series

Sebastian Palmer
United Kingdom

3rd Place Series

Maxim Dondyuk
Culture of the Confrontation

Exposure Awards 2015 Single Image Winners

1st Place Single Image

Vanja Bucan
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2nd Place Single Image

Matej Povse
Refugees on the Balkan Route
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3rd Place Single Image

Alejandra López-Zaballa
Real Toys
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Exposure Awards 2015 Series Finalists

Exposure Awards 2015 Single Image Finalists

Exposure Awards 2015 International Jury

  • Juror wolff
    Denise Wolff
    Senior Editor
    New York, NY, USA
    more about Denise

    Denise Wolff is a senior editor at Aperture, specializing in photography books. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press in London. Some recent books she has commissioned include, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip; The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas; the Photography Workshop Series books; and This Equals That, a children’s book by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin.

  • Juror tooth
    Roger Tooth
    Head of Photography
    The Guardian
    London, UK
    more about Roger

    Roger Tooth trained as a newspaper photographer on the Hackney Gazette in East London, worked as a staff photographer for IPC magazines, and freelanced for the Guardian newspaper, other papers and magazines in the 70s and 80s. In 1988, he joined the Guardian as Assistant Picture Editor, advanced to Deputy Picture Editor, and helped launch the Guardian Unlimited website. In early 2001, he became Head of Photography at the Guardian, the Observer and theguardian.com. In 2009 he was awarded the Fenton Medal by the Royal Photographic Society for his outstanding contribution to the field.

  • Juror littlewood
    Chris Littlewood
    Photography Director
    Flowers Gallery
    London, New York, International Fairs
    more about Chris

    Chris Littlewood is the Photography Director at Flowers Gallery, and works as a curator and writer based in London. Flowers Gallery's photography program is most recognized for its engagement with important socio-cultural and environmental themes.

    Through a dedicated photography space established by Chris in 2008, he has extended the program to include exhibitions by invited artists and curators across a range of photographic practices.

    Chris is a contributing writer for Hotshoe Magazine and 1000 Words magazine, he has lectured / tutored at UK and international universities and institutions including University of the Arts London, Architectural Association, Fotografiska Museum Stockholm, National Museum Cardiff and Unseen photo fair Amsterdam.

  • Juror chickey
    David Chickey
    Publisher, Designer, Editorial Director
    Radius Books
    Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
    more about David

    David Chickey is the publisher of Radius Books, where he serves as the acquisitions editor and designer of all projects. His work has received national recognition, including multiple awards from the AIGA (50 books/ 50 covers competition), the American Association of Museums Publishing competition, and the Publishers Association of the West. His books have also been selected by The New Yorker, TIME, and PDN Photo Annual as best of the year, for “Most Outstanding Design” and “Best Photobook” from Independent Publisher, and received an Infinity award for “Best Photographic Book of the Year.”

    Chickey is also owner of Skolkin+Chickey, a graphic design firm that provides a full range of design services to artists, museums, and publishers. Clients have included Aperture, Abrams, Harvard University, Magnum Photography, The Lannan Foundation, The Peabody Museum, Steidl, David Zwirner, University of Texas Press and University of California Press, among others.

    He is a graduate of Sussex University, England, and UNC, Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

  • Juror rauschberg
    Christopher Rauschenberg
    Board Chair, Exhibition Committee
    Blue Sky Gallery
    Portland, Oregon, USA
    more about Christopher

    Christopher Rauschenberg is co-curator and board chairman of Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Blue Sky was established in 1975 by Mr. Rauschenberg and 4 other photographers. Since then, Mr. Rauschenberg has co-curated 799 solo exhibitions by 679 different artists. Mr. Rauschenberg has been a photographer since 1973 and has had 113 solo shows of his own work in eight countries.

    Blue Sky Gallery is a non-profit artists' space which produces 25 solo exhibitions per year as well as an occasional group show every couple of years. It produces an annual yearbook that features 6 images from each show. The Gallery's focus and passion is on promoting emerging artists. Since 2004, the gallery has included solo shows by 98 photographers from FotoFest, plus 56 more from Photolucida, Arles, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Bratislava, Brasilia, Santa Fe, Mannheim, Montreal, Photo Alliance and Photo Nola. Blue Sky has done solo shows by artists from 42 countries.

  • Juror cristina
    Cristina de Middel
    Photographer & Curator
    Uruapan, Mexico
    more about Cristina

    Cristina de Middel is a photographer whose work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction. After a successful career as a photojournalist, de Middel stepped outside of the photojournalistic gaze.

    She then produced the critically acclaimed series The Afronauts in 2012, which explored the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the 1960s through staged reenactments of obscure narratives. De Middel continuously produces new bodies of work, including the latest series and book titled, This is what hatred did.

    De Middel’s work shows that fiction can serve as the subject of photography just as well as facts can, highlighting that our expectation that photography must always make reference to reality is flawed.

    Cristina De Middel has exhibited extensively internationally and has received numerous awards and nominations, including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, the Deutsche Börse Prize, POPCAP’ 13, and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York. Cristina de Middel lives and works in Mexico.

  • Juror hislen
    Marion Hislen
    Curator and Director
    Circulation(s) Festival
    Paris, France
    more about Marion

    Marion Hislen is curator and director of the Circulation(s) Festival, the largest annual Parisian photography event for young photographers. Now in its 6th year, the festival takes place at the newly renovated CentQuatre (104) center for the arts in Paris.

    Marion is also the founder and president of the non-profit organization Fetart. Fetart organizes the Circulation(s) Festival, which is dedicated to promotingemerging photographers by giving them early opportunities to exhibit their work to a large public audience.

    Previously, Marion was Director of Photos and Books at the retail giant Fnac within the department of Cultural Action, where she managed Photo Galleries Fnac — 20 spaces of exhibition throughout France.

    She has curated numerous other exhibitions, as well, such as “Paris-Beijing,”the first retrospective in France of Chinese contemporary art at the Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris.

  • Juror casper
    Jim Casper
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    more about Jim
    Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief and publisher of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography events, travels around the world to meet with photographers and review their portfolios, curates art exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and nominator for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations. He serves on the board of directors at SPE, the Society for Photographic Education, the world’s largest association of photography educators.

Exhibition at Photo London

The Winners & Finalists of the 2015 Exposure Awards will be exhibited at
Somerset House during Photo London — London’s New Premier Photography Fair!

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Somerset House, London
May 19-22, 2016
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Exhibition space at Somerset House generously provided by Candlestar.
Exhibition prints generously provided by Genesis Imaging.