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 July.

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 editor@lensculture.com.

(Note: cover photo by Justyna Mielnikiewicz. The picture is from the award-winning series The Meaning of a Nation.)


Grants & Awards

The Epson International Pano Award

Professional and amateur photographers around the world are invited to enter The 8th EPSON International Pano Awards to compete for a $50,000 prize pool, including US$22,000 in cash! These awards are dedicated to the craft and art of panoramic photography. Advances in digital photography and editing software have resulted in an ever-increasing rise in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. This is the world’s largest competition dedicated to panoramic photography.

Deadline: July 9, 2017 (Early Bird)

LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2017

The 3rd annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards invite you to share your vision of the world’s streets! We want to discover today’s finest photographers capturing exceptional moments of life in all of its vibrant forms. In addition to international exposure, prizes and benefits include: an exhibition in San Francisco, projections at international photo festivals, $22,000 in cash awards and much more.

For the first time ever, we are waiving fees for anyone who enters a single image. We truly want to discover the most talented image-makers and believe that EVERY photographer deserves the opportunity for exposure and recognition without restriction. So, show us your streets today!

Deadline: August 1, 2017


Monochrome Awards

This is an annual award for all photographers using black and white photography. We’re accepting single images from a wide range of categories. Entrants will be judged in either the Professional and Amateur category. The competition is open to all points of view, all levels of expertise, and all ideas of black and white photography.

Early Deadline: July 9, 2017

Group Exhibition: Topographies

“Topographies” explores the notion of place and one’s connection to a particular environment. The photographic works presented in this exhibition can range from a detailed exploration of a particular location to a visual documentation of one’s personal interaction with their surroundings. The act of observing exterior or interior space through capturing the visual qualities of a location portrays a sense of visual mapping. All photographic media is welcome. Open to all photographers nationwide in the USA.

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Chromatic Photography Awards

The Chromatic Awards is an international competition of color photography open to both professionals and amateurs. Photographers from every corner of the world are invited to participate in the very first edition of this international photographic competition dedicated to color photography. 20 categories will be adjudicated by a jury composed of magazine editors, gallery curators, professional agents and other industry professionals.

Deadline: July 30, 2017


Portfolio Reviews, Workshops & Scholarships

Cortona on the Move Portfolio Review
Cortona, Italy

These portfolio reviews offer the possibility to show your work to national and international photo editors and experts in the field. Representatives from such organizations as The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, FOAM, The Huffington Post, Fabrica, Visura and LensCulture’s editor-in-chief, Jim Casper, will be in attendance.

Deadline: Spots are filling up now, so don’t delay!

Visual Storytelling Masterclass with Yuri Kozrev
Shenako, Georgia

Partake in this unique masterclass in the remote Georgian village of Shenako, nestled 2,000 meters above sea level in the Greater Caucasus mountains. The workshop aims both to help photographers develop a personal photographic language and to discover Georgia by exploring one of its most enchanting regions. During these six days, Yuri will collaborate closely with each photographer on developing and refining their individual photographic stories. He will also share with participants his professional expertise and discuss the ethics of “getting close.” The workshop will include theoretical discussions, portfolio reviews and practical shooting assignments, making this workshop a fascinating learning experience.

Deadline: Final spots are being claimed right now!

Editing and Presenting Your Visual Project with Sebastián Liste
Berlin, Germany

Sebastián Liste will work together with participants to develop their visual stories and projects. During the four-day program, participants will share experiences, work on portfolios, improve editing skills and learn how to develop visual stories. Participants can look forward to intensive communication with Sebastián and their peers on subjects ranging from how to develop and edit a photographic project, to the nuances of the international photo market. The workshop is a unique opportunity to learn impactful visual storytelling, further develop personal vision, strengthen ongoing projects and gain new knowledge and contacts in an intimate and interactive environment.

Deadline: July 6, 2017

Individual Photography Workshop with Nic Dunlop
Bangkok, Thailand

Improve your technique, clarify your vision and learn how to tell powerful stories that can influence the world around you under the individual guidance of an experienced photojournalist. This one-to-one workshop is designed for photographers who want to improve or start their experience in documentary photography, photojournalism and visual storytelling. During the six days in Bangkok you will cover your chosen subject, combining intensive individual shooting in the city with daily editing and critique sessions with Nic Dunlop in his home studio.

Deadline: Special offer until July 10, 2017

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

Founded in memory of James Alan Cox, a television photojournalist, The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists aims to provide financial support to student photographers of high school and college age. Through a variety of funding, including equipment purchases and scholarships for college and technical school classes, the foundation’s mission is to expand educational and developmental opportunities for student photographers demonstrating interest, talent and financial need.

Applications available on website starting July 15, 2017