Part of our mission at LensCulture is to provide photographers everywhere with opportunities for both creative and professional advancement. With that goal in mind, we’ve compiled this short list of upcoming deadlines that caught our eye for April.

Each month, we will feature our picks for upcoming grants, competitions, jobs, and fellowships that seem particularly worthwhile for photographers around the world to consider. The texts below are taken from the organizations’ respective websites. Click on the links for further information.

Do you have an opportunity that you think we should feature next month? If so, drop us a line at [email protected]

(Note: photo taken from Wiktoria Wojciechowska’s Leica Oskar Barnack award-winng series “Short Flashes”)

Festival Open Calls

Athens Photo Festival 2017

At the core of the Athens Photo Festival is an open submission process which invites artists and photographers from all over the world to submit their work to be considered for the 2017 exhibition program. The Festival is looking for a wide variety of works, ranging from fine art to documentary and photojournalism, photo-based installations and multimedia works. The Festival is also accepting submissions for its photobook section as well as for the Young Greek Photographers exhibition. The festival will run from June 7 to July 30, 2017.

Extended deadline: April 18, 2017

StreetFoto SF

StreetFoto San Francisco invites you to submit your finest street photographs to any of our four international contests. Submissions will be carefully judged by a team of well-known, accomplished street photographers, and finalists will be announced in May 2017. All finalists will be exhibited at the Harvey Milk Photo Center gallery during StreetFoto San Francisco. The festival runs from June 5 to 11, 2017.

Deadline: April 26, 2017

Festival of Ethical Photography

The Festival of Ethical Photography wants to bring the general public close to ethically significant content using photography as a means of communication, offering different nuances to the relationship between ethics and photography. The awards will give attention to works focusing on people and their social and cultural stories; public or private, minor or crucial, big human tragedies or petty daily stories, changes and immutability. The festival will run in October, 2017

Deadline: May 9, 2017

Grants & Awards

Magnum Photography Awards

LensCulture and Magnum Photos are partnering again to produce the second annual Magnum Photography Awards. Photographers working at all levels, of all ages and all cultures are encouraged to take part in this worldwide celebration of talented image-makers! These Awards aim to offer an unprecedented level of international exposure from two of the largest organizations in the photographic community.

Deadline: May 16, 2016

Henri Cartier-Bresson Award

Presented by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, the HCB Award supports the creation of a photography project which could not be achieved without this help. It is intended for a photographer who has already completed a significant body of work close to the documentary approach.

Deadline: April 29, 2017

Inge Morath Award

The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation are pleased to announce the 16th annual Inge Morath Award, a $5,000 grant given to a female photographer under the age of 30 to support the completion of a long-term documentary project. One Awardee and up to two finalists are selected each year.

Deadline: April 30, 2017


The International Photography Awards conducts an annual photography competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global level, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. The IPA recognizes photography’s leading talents who are creating, shaping and defining the contemporary world of photography.

Deadline: April 30, 2017 (early bird pricing)

Nikon’s Small World

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography.

Deadline: April 30, 2017

Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards Portrait Prize

The Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2017 Portrait Prize is an annual global contest open to all photographers, seeking the very best in contemporary portraiture. This year’s themed category is “Defining Family.” There is also an open category. The prize money totals $13,500 and there are also workshop prizes, Nikon cameras and an exhibition of winners in Kuala Lumpur in September 2017.

Deadline: April 30, 2017

11th Annual PX3

Submit your best work for a chance to win up to $8,000 in cash prizes, be selected by curators for the Px3 exhibition in Paris and be included in the Annual Px3 book.

The “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. A selection of work from this competition is displayed in Paris and the winners are published in the Px3 Annual Book. Juried by leading editors, publishers, curators, gallery owners, consultants, creative directors, and art directors, Px3 brings the best of photography from across the globe to Paris.

Deadline: April 30, 2017

Prix Levallois

Open to all forms of photographic expressions, this international prize welcomes submissions from young photographers aged under 35. The winner of the Prize receives a grant of 10,000 Euros and a two-month long exhibition at the Galerie de L’Escale in Levallois, which will be held in October and November of 2017.

Deadline: May 2, 2017

The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund

The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent nonfiction storytelling.

Deadline: Rolling but apply early to increase your chances!

Internships, Scholarships & Educational Opportunities

Photo Editing Internship: National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Partners offers a professional training experience relevant to a variety of academic disciplines, including photojournalism. This internship is an opportunity to learn the skills of a professional photo editor for both print and online publications. This is an opportunity to work alongside some of the best photo editors in the business, learning how to organize image assets from long-term photographic projects as well as quick turnaround digital assignments.

Deadline: Rolling

Anna Chennault Scholarship

The Anna Chennault Scholarship’s aim is to encourage students to pursue journalism as a career and induce competitors to research, learn and give an opinion on a topical news item and to take a stand on this particular issue. Candidates will be judged on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, commitment to the field of journalism and/or sensitivity to Asian American and Pacific Islander Issues.

Deadline: April 16, 2017

Eddie Adams Workshop

The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios.

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Portfolio Reviews

The PSPF Portfolio Review

The Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Review is the largest and most comprehensive portfolio review program for professional and emerging professional photographers in the United States, featuring influential professionals from both the commercial and fine art realms of contemporary photography.

Unlike other review events, that have a first-come, first-served policy, the PSPF Portfolio Review program allows all approved registrants to CHOOSE the reviewers of their choice until our deadline of April 14th or when the program is sold out, whichever is sooner.

Deadline: Choose reviewers until April 14, 2017

4th ViennaPhotoBookReview

Publishers, gallery owners, curators, critics and collectors representing small, mid-sized, and major venues from all over Europe will gather in Vienna to review unpublished photo books. 30 photographers will be selected to show their photobook dummies to 15 national and international reviewers.

Our goal is to offer talented photographers from around the world a forum to discuss their books with a wide range of photography experts, thereby producing a lively dialogue between the aspiring artists and the experts from various prestigious institutions. The review will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017, and the festival runs from June 10-11.

Deadline: April 17, 2017