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 this month.

Every month, we feature our picks for upcoming grants, competitions, residencies, 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? If so, drop us a line at [email protected]

(Cover photo: From the series ”The White Angel: Children of Chernobyl, Grown Up” © Niels Ackermann / Lundi13)

Kim Wall Memorial Fund

Since 1990, the IWMF has worked to recognize and nurture the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. We seek to ensure that women journalists worldwide are fully supported, protected, and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media. The Kim Wall Memorial Fund will distribute one $5,000 grant once a year, and the first award will be made in mid-March 2018. Winners will be paired with a mentor to assist them in their reporting.

Deadline: February 2, 2018

Zeiss Photography Award 2018

The Zeiss Photography Award, now in its third year, is calling on ambitious photographers from across the globe to present their work on the theme “Seeing Beyond—Untold Stories.” The focus of the photo series should be on stories that have not yet been told (or have not yet been told to the end). The theme “Untold Stories” can and should be understood in the broadest sense—the works can examine the familiar from a new perspective or cover topics that have not received much attention up until now. The goal is for photographers to push creative boundaries and surpass themselves photographically.

Deadline: February 6, 2018

The Contemporary African Photography Prize 2018

25 international curators, publishers, editors and artists will review work submitted to the CAP Prize. Enter work that engages with the African continent or its diaspora now and be included in a series of large-scale outdoor exhibitions around the globe. The CAP Prize consists of global exposure at major international photography exhibitions and is awarded during the Image Afrique Festival in Basel, Switzerland.

Deadline: February 7, 2018

Fine Art Photography Awards 2018

The Fine Art Photography Awards 2018 are open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike. Entries are welcome from any country in the world. Your work will be judged by an international panel of high-profile photographers.

The winners of the Professional and Amateur sections will receive the titles: Professional Fine Art Photographer of the Year, Amateur Fine Art Photographer of the Year and $5,000 in cash prizes.

20 categories divided for professional and amateur level of expertise: Abstract, Architecture, Cityscape, Conceptual, Fashion, Fine Art, Landscape, Nature, Night Photography, Nudes, Open Theme, Panoramic, People, Photojournalism, Photo Manipulation, Portrait, Seascape, Street Photography, Travel, Wildlife/Animals.

Deadline: February 11, 2018

Alghero Street Photography Awards

This International Street and Authorial Photo Festival is organized by the non-profit cultural association “Officine di idee” in the old city of Alghero, Sardinia (Italy). The festival will be preceded by an online contest, through which participants will submit their work to a prestigious jury. The judges will then choose and award the best works in the contest. Prizes will be awarded in the evening of May 26, 2018 at the gala in the civic theatre of Alghero, and all the awarded works will be exposed in a travelling exhibit within the picturesque old town.

Deadline: February 15, 2018

PHmuseum Grant

The PHmuseum Grant is an annual initiative that recognizes the importance of photography and visual storytelling.

Over the years, it has grown into a leading photography prize, with previous editions having awarded work by photographers like Salvatore Vitale, Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, Max Pinckers, Clémentine Schneidermann, and Tomas van Houtryve, among many others. Now in its sixth edition, the initiative is designed to support the production and promotion of visual stories through cash prizes and relevant opportunities across international festivals and online media.

Deadline: February 21, 2018

Head On Photo Festival

Australia’s largest photo awards are open for 2018! Enter the Head On Photo Awards for your chance to win $60,000 in cash, prizes and an exhibition at the festival. Categories include: portrait, landscape, mobile, and student.

Deadline: February 25, 2018

LensCulture Portrait Awards 2018

For the first time ever, we’re offering two exceptional exhibition opportunities: our winners, jurors’ picks, and finalists will show their work at Photo London in May and during the opening week in Arles this July. These are two of the world’s most important photo events—don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be seen alongside the biggest names in photography!

Deadline: February 27, 2018

CENTER: Four Opportunities

Photographers can enter their work to be considered for these four separate opportunities hosted by CENTER: Review Santa Fe, a juried portfolio review; a $5,000 Project Development Grant; a $5,000 Project Launch Grant; and The Choice Awards, a juried competition. The grants also offer exhibition opportunities, editing workshops, and more, so be sure to check their website for more information.

All Deadlines: February 28, 2018

Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo contest is an annual contest for young photojournalists aged between 18 and 33 years old. It is one of Russia’s only platforms for discovering new photojournalists and for allowing them to make a name for themselves on the world photojournalism stage.

In 2017, around 5,000 entries by young photojournalists from 76 countries were submitted to the contest. The winning entries were exhibited around the world.

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Alexia Student Grant

The Alexia Foundation offers a Student Alexia Grant to enable current college student photographers to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Work that helps bring about change is more valued.

Student applicants are encouraged to consider proposing projects close to where you are. Our experience is that you’re more likely to produce a successful body of work if you can easily access the setting where you’ll produce the work. Most student grant recipients had already started working on the project for which they received an Alexia grant.

Deadline: March 1, 2018


Magnum Foundation—Project Development Laboratory
New York City, USA

Applicants for this lab should propose photography-based projects that activate archives, reframe histories, respond creatively to existing images, disrupt static structures of image collections, and/or bring layers of visual narratives into our contemporary experiences and environments.

Proposed projects can be ongoing or in an initial idea-stage for future work. There is no technical experience required to apply. All are welcome to apply. We want to create a diverse group of participants for this laboratory. We especially encourage applications from individuals who are part of racial, gender, sexual, ethnic, or religious minority groups, and others whose authorship is unevenly represented within the field of documentary photography.

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Claudine Doury, Realities and Fiction
Berlin, Germany

This theory and practice course is designed to lead you in a condensed and well-structured way through the process of creating a deep and intense personal essay. With the direct guidance from Claudine Doury and additional assistance from a Workshopx editor, you will learn how to combine your own imagination, interests and obsessions with the natural surroundings in order to produce powerful images and compelling visual stories; from finding and defining your subject, through shooting, to editing and publishing your work.

Deadline: February 26, 2018 (Early Bird)