Announcing The Winners & Finalists!
The LensCulture Exposure Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in the visual language of photography. This year’s Winners, Jurors’ Picks, Finalists and Student Spotlights present us with an astonishing range of creative approaches and subject matter. Selected by a diverse international jury, the award-winning photographers hail from 22 countries on five continents, representing an intriguing and inspiring cross-section of contemporary photography today.
Our hope is that the 44 photographers showcased here allow you to see the world anew through their eyes, offering fresh and interesting perspectives on our ever-changing surroundings — and an appreciation for the power of photography to communicate many kinds of complex ideas, stories and emotions.
The Exposure Awards judging process was a delight from start to finish. I’m really impressed by the LensCulture community, clearly made up of dedicated and intensely focussed photographic practitioners. The collective diversity of the submissions offers a resounding celebration of photography’s capacity to express our world,
and what makes us human.
Karen McQuaid is Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. In this role she has been responsible for exhibitions such as Jim Goldberg, Open See (2010) and the gallery’s graduate exhibition freshfacedandwildeyed, established in 2008 and continuing annually. She has commissioned and organised off-site projects with artists such as Virginia Nimarkoh and Lucy Steggals. Karen received her MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster. Before joining The Photographers’ Gallery in 2005 she worked for several years in publishing, at titles such as Tank (London) and Surface (San Francisco). Karen has undertaken portfolio reviews at Photo Biennale, Thessaloniki (2010) FotoFest Houston (2012) and Stockholm Photography Week (2012).
Charlotte Cotton is an independent curator and writer. She is currently curator in residence at the International Center of Photography, NY and the Metabolic Studio, LA. She has held positions including: curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery, London, and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the author of “The Photograph as Contemporary Art.” Her most recent exhibition was “Public, Private, Secret,” which opened the ICP’s new 250 Bowery exhibition and event space in June 2016. Her most recent book, “Photography is Magic” (2015) surveys the practices of eighty-five contemporary artists that are reshaping the idea of photography.
For the past 13 years, Bainbridge has acted as chief editor of British Journal of Photography, transforming it from a weekly trade journal into a lushly produced, award-winning monthly. As editorial director of Apptitude Media, he is responsible for all non-commercial content, overseeing BJP’s website and digital editions, and initiating new projects such as Portrait of Britain, a nationwide public art exhibition that reached more than 10 million people across the UK.
He has curated two exhibitions; Paper, Rock, Scissors: The Constructed Image in New British Photography at Toronto’s Flash Forward festival (in 2010, working with his colleague Diane Smyth), and Time & Motion Studies: New Documentary Photography Beyond the Decisive Moment at Hereford Museum & Art Gallery (2011). He has been a judge or nominator for numerous awards, including the Deutsche Börse Prize, Prix Pictet and Hasselblad Award, and he has worked with education institutions including The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne.
MaryAnne Golon is director of photography at the Washington Post. As a member of the senior management team, she supervises all aspects of photography for the daily newspaper and its digital forms: on the web, mobile and tablet. Golon received an IFA Lucie award as Picture Editor of the Year in 2013. Golon was previously Time magazine's director of photography and co-managed the international newsweekly’s photography department for more than 15 years. Golon led the photo team that produced the Hurricane Katrina and the September 11, 2001 special Time editions that each won coveted ASME National Magazine Awards. MaryAnne Golon received a B.S. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida and is a distinguished alumna. She completed a fellowship in Public Policy and Media Studies at Duke University.
Patrick Witty is the Deputy Director of Photography for Digital, leading the digital photography team as well as contributing to National Geographic magazine. Patrick was most recently the director of photography at WIRED, where he led photography across all platforms and produced award-winning covers on a variety of subjects from Dr. Dre to Edward Snowden.
Prior to joining WIRED, Patrick was the international picture editor at TIME where he edited global visual coverage that won numerous awards and recognition from organizations including the World Press Photo of the Year, Pictures of the Year International, the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Professional Design. Patrick has served on multiple juries and has led workshops in Iraq, Bangladesh and Slovenia for local photographers and editors.
Previously, Patrick was the international picture editor at The New York Times and was a member of the foreign staff awarded the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 2009. Patrick began his career as a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C., and New York. His editorial work has appeared in publications including TIME, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Stern and GEO. Patrick’s photographs from 9/11 were widely published and are part of the permanent collection at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Born in Kentucky, Patrick has a degree in Photojournalism from Western Kentucky University.
Alexa Becker is the acquisitions editor for photography and art books for Kehrer Verlag, a publisher located in Heidelberg, Germany. Having obtained her Master’s in Art History from the University of Heidelberg, she started her career at Kehrer in 2003, where she is now responsible for selecting and acquiring new photography and related projects. These include Jessica Backhaus’s first photo book “Jesus and the Cherries” and the recently published title “Snowbound” by photographer Lisa M. Robinson.
Yuting Duan has been dedicating herself to promoting Chinese contemporary photography for many years. Currently she is the director of Lianzhou International Photo Festival, one of the biggest and most influential photo festivals in China. She cofounded the festival in 2005 and has been closely involved with its development since. Ms. Duan has also been involved with the following festivals around the world: FotoFest, FOTOBILD, Paris Photo Biennale, Rhubarb-Rhubarb festival, Thessaloniki Photo Biennale, Festival de la Luz and Moscow Photo Biennale. She has also been a nominator for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize and the Hasselblad Award. She is the author of “Ten Years of Contemporary Photography in China 2005-2014”.
Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief 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.