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 the month of June.

Each month, we will feature our picks for upcoming grants, photo 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]

(Photo credit above: Lost Lake © Denis Roussel from The Denis Roussel Award)

Photo Competitions & Grants

The Denis Roussel Award

The Denis Roussel Award is for photographers whose work is based in historical/alternative photographic processes, including silver gelatin. The award winner will receive numerous prizes and will be featured on Rfotofolio with an interview. They will also be included in future publications and future exhibitions.

Deadline: June 5, 2018

ARRAY Grant: Where We Stand

Getty Images is partnering with the ARRAY Alliance to provide support to photographers and filmmakers who are using their art forms to create diverse and inclusive visual stories. The Getty Images ARRAY Grant, offered in partnership with award-winning director and producer Ava Duvernay’s ARRAY Alliance, will provide financial support and mentorship to artists who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities and use their medium to progress visual representation—communities such as African-American, Caribbean, South Asian, Arab, Indigenous or Latinx, for example. In addition to financial remuneration, recipients will also receive mentoring, support and guidance.

Deadline: June 8, 2018

Taylor Wessing Photography Prize

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018, the leading international photographic portrait competition, is open for entries. The Taylor Wessing Prize celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

Organized by the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Prize has established a reputation for creativity and excellence, with works submitted by a range of photographers, from leading professionals to talented amateurs and the most exciting emerging artists. The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world. Photographers are encouraged to interpret ‘portrait’ in its widest sense of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals.’

Deadline: June 12, 2018

PYLOT Magazine Open Call

The PYLOT Magazine Open Call is open to all photographers working with analogue, and gives you the chance to be part of an exciting exhibition in the heart of London at Free Range – and it’s completely free to enter! Entries will have the chance to be selected for a group exhibition printed on Fujifilm paper by theprintspace. Prizes from CineStill Fim, Stack, Parallax Photographic Coop, Industry Art, and PYLOT, are also up for grabs.

The successful submissions will be judged by Marco Santucci, Cheryl Newman, and Max Barnett and Patricia Villirillo from PYLOT Magazine. PYLOT’s open call follows the theme of their most recent release, “The Autonomy Issue”. Photographers should submit bodies of work that are based on decisions that we make in life – are we guided by the signals and cues that surround us, or are we autonomous in our decision-making?

Deadline: June 12, 2018

New East Photo Prize

The New East Photo Prize celebrates contemporary photography from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia, and recognizes practitioners offering representations of the social, cultural and physical landscape of the New East and other regional perspectives.

Although hugely diverse, the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are often represented in an outdated manner, which negates the rich culture and variety of creative output developed in these nations. The prize seeks to broaden perceptions of the New East through the medium of photography. Its inaugural edition in 2016 received a total of 1,030 entries from 25 New East countries.

Deadline: June 15, 2018

Hariban Award

Presented by the Benrido Collotype Atelier, the Harbian Award, now in its fifth year, combines a 150-year-old analogue technique with the new vision of digital-age photography. Professionals and amateurs alike are invited to submit black and white photographs for a chance to win this remarkable award. The winner will receive a trip to the ancient city of Kyoto to participate in the production of collotype prints, and will be exhibited in a solo exhibition the following Spring.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Life Framer Open Call

You are free to investigate everything and capture anything for this open call, including landscapes, portraits, reportage, conceptual, personal documentary, travel, etc. From spontaneous street moments to meticulous studio set-ups, we want to see it all. Inspire us with your technique, vision and creativity.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2018

For the first-ever LensCulture Art Photography Awards, we want to discover and highlight the diverse and creative ways in which photographers are pushing the medium and reinventing our definitions of art made with photography. The possibilities are boundless—our mission is to celebrate all the techniques, methods, and stylistic approaches being used by artists from all over the world.

For these new Awards, we’re happy to partner with The Aperture Foundation, and we’re excited to announce that selected work from the winners, jurors’ picks, and finalists will be exhibited at the world-renowned Aperture Gallery in New York City next spring!

Deadline: July 3, 2018

Scholarships and Workshops

TransEurope Workshop - Exhibiting Artwork in a Museum Context
Madrid, Spain

Depending on the project and the artist’s proposal, these two different ways of distributing artwork can be developed independently or complementary to one another. As every project fits a better outcome, the teacher will express a point of view about the participant’s projects regarding these display and distribution decisions.

Each participant will have the opportunity to present their work and receive constructive feedback on their project from the expert and the group. The aim of the workshop is to introduce and equip participants with skills related the collection and display of work in a museum context. This workshop would suit a range of photographers, in particular emerging or those seeking advice on projects close to completion.

2018 Lucie Foundation Scholarship

The Lucie Foundation is proud to support emerging talent with vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the medium of still photography into compelling work. The Lucie Foundation’s support of photography is broad, from Fine Art to Documentary and Photojournalism, to digital and film-based works.

The Foundation’s goal is to support emerging photographers producing work that is both gripping and original, and they are proud to offer three cash grants to support the work of emerging photographers—one $2,500 scholarship with an open theme and two $1000 scholarships for photographers working in the fields of Fine Art or Documentary/ Photojournalism.

Deadline: June 15, 2018


Photo Metria
Ioannina, Greece

The vision for Photometria International Photography Festival is to showcase contemporary photography and support local and foreign photographers through education and cultivation of partnerships with cultural organizations and festivals in Greece and abroad. Photometria International Photography Festival is a cross-cultural meeting point, bringing together ideas, traditions, world views, and expressive media from all over the world.

The expectation is for Photometria Festival is to be a cultural umbrella under which photographic expression and creativity can grow. Get ready for another Photometria Festival full of creativity, exhibitions, seminars and photographic wanderings.

Running from May 23 - June 3, 2018

Focus on the Story
Washington D.C., USA

Join us June 7 – 10 in the US capital as we celebrate the art of photography and the stories behind images. For four days, Focus on the Story will convene around some of the top names in photography. We want to bring together a community of photography-lovers for a series of outstanding keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, portfolio reviews, photowalks and community events.

Whether you are a professional, amateur, enthusiast, or just curious, here is your chance to spend four days celebrating, learning, seeing, living and breathing photography.

Running from June 7-10, 2018

Rome, Italy

Fotoleggendo is an international festival open to the entire city, collaborating with numerous photographic exhibition spaces and entities in Rome including the Museo di Roma in Trastevere.

Storie (Stories) is the name the festival decided to give to this year’s edition, because they wanted to portray different life stories and various techniques in narration that range from Polaroids to photos taken from a cell phone, from multimedia projects to traditional negatives.

The journey begins with a giant in contemporary photography, Larry Fink, with a work curated by Laura Serani. Through his unique vision, he offers us a view of the divide that has been taking place in the United States in the past five years. In addition to Larry Fink, we are hosting another icon in contemporary photography, Michael Ackerman, and his constant intimate research in a new work curated by Lina Pallotta.

Running from June 8 - July 16, 2018

Leipzig, Germany

f/stop is one of the most important photography festivals in Germany. Since 2012, f/stop has taken place biannually. Exhibitions and symposia conceived by guest curators offer a platform for artistic, curatorial and academic work that explores social issues utilizing the resources and potential of photography.

In 2018, the 8th version of the festival will once again be curated by Anne König and Jan Wenzel. In various exhibitions at the Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig and with an additional In situ project in the city, the festival will examine how photography can be utilized to shed light on societal issues and the social fabric as a whole. In what ways can photography be used as a medium of democracy and societal communication? How can mediation and communication processes be documented by means of photography?

Running from: June 23 - July 1, 2018

Lumix Festival
Hannover, Germany

The LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism attests to the power of photojournalism in our image-oriented world. Fundamentally influencing our perception of humanity in all its facets, photojournalism contributes to our education and sensitization, rouses our emotion, and enables us to share.

The highlights of each festival day are the evening lectures delivered by internationally renowned photographers. The end of the festival is marked by the closing party on Saturday evening, which hosts the granting ceremonies of the FREELENS Award, the LUMIX Multimedia Award, the Lammerhuber Photography Award, the HAZ Audience Award, and the sustainability award.

The festival aims to be a platform for discussions, a picture show and a talent forum that appeals to professional picture editors and an interested expert audience as well as those who simply love photography.

Running from: June 20 - 24, 2018

Lódź, Poland

Fotofestiwal is a space for presenting various forms and types of photography, acting as a forum for discussion about art and society. Exhibitions at this year’s edition include Mathieu Asselin, Claudius Schulze, and more. The festival also includes a series of portfolio reviews, a series of open networking events, and public presentations.

Running from: June 21 - July 1, 2018