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 May.

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: Nate Merz, from The EPSON International Pano Awards—now open for 2018 entries)

Photo Competitions & Grants

Parallel Open Call

The aim of this open call is to select 30 new artists working with photography that will be participating in the PARALLEL Platform 2nd Cycle, which occurs between June 2018 and September 2019. If selected, you’ll be taking part in one of the most innovative creative processes, with 37 other artists and curators. The jurors are looking for new artists who fit within the following definition: Be in the early stage of her/his career. Show significant artistic potential. Be defined by artistic practice engaged with contemporary discourse. Have had no more than 2 individual and/or 3 collective exhibitions in a festival/museum. Lack international recognition.

The call is open internationally to new artists working with photography. All genres are welcome with no specific theme.

Deadline: May 4, 2018


The Prix VIRGINIA is open to all living professional women photographers, regardless of age or nationality, with the exception of photojournalism and advertising. Photographs submitted for the Prix VIRGINIA must not have been exhibited in France. Requests for assistance with projects, reporting, or exhibitions will not be considered.

Deadline: May 7, 2018

World.Report Award-Documenting Humanity 2018
Festival of Ethical Photography

The World.Report Award aims at a new form of social commitment through photography. It is open to both professional and amateur photographers from all over the world. The award gives attention to works focusing on people and their social or cultural stories; public or private, minor or crucial, major human tragedies or smaller daily life stories, changes and immutability. The WRA is intended to sustain photographers who care about this kind of photography.

7 categories, 17,000 euros in prizes

Deadline: May 13, 2018

Women Photograph Grant

Getty Images and Women Photograph have partnered to promote gender diversity within professional photojournalism and elevate the work and the voices of female visual journalists. They offer a $10,000 grant to support an ongoing documentary project from a professional photojournalist who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to their story. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who evince a personal connection to—and engagement with—the communities they cover.

Deadline: May 15, 2018

Getty Images Reportage Grant

The Getty Images Reportage Grant continues the tradition of our Editorial Grants program, which, from its founding in 2004, has supported independent photojournalists around the world by providing the creative freedom necessary to pursue work that is personally important to them. The reportage grant winners will receive recognition in media coverage outlets, a $15,000 prize (three available), plus the option to have Getty Images’ editorial guidance throughout your project.

Deadline: May 15, 2018

Women Photograph + Nikon Grant

$5,000 grants will be awarded to photographers, supporting photography projects—either new or in-progress—from visual journalists working in a documentary capacity. Five grants are available, one of which will be earmarked for a non-binary or transgender photographer.

Deadline: May 15, 2018

Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, or who are professionally active or employed in the field. The entry fee for this grant is $25 USD. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Students enrolled in a college degree program are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: May 18, 2018

The W. Eugene Smith Grant

The annual W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. For 2018, the amount of the grant will be $35,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition. Awards will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City on October 17, 2018.

Deadline: May 31, 2018

The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers

This year the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund has announced a new grant to encourage and support students whose photographic work renews the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic and compassionate photography. Special consideration will be given to work that promotes social change and that embraces new technologies and image distribution, and that seeks to integrate the tradition of photography and social change with contemporary practice. The annual $4,000 grant may be used to complete a work-in-progress.

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Mentoring and Workshops

PEER FORUM at The Photographers’ Gallery
London, UK

Peer Forum, Artquest’s annual Peer Mentoring programme, aims to assist artists by providing them with the funding, space and resources necessary to establish their own peer mentoring groups. Artquest is working in partnership with a number of London’s respected art spaces to host these groups, giving participants the opportunity to build relationships with their host organization. An all-inclusive award of £1,800 to run 6 peer mentoring sessions over a 6 month period with a regular group of 10-12 other artists.

Deadline: May 7, 2018

Elina Brotherus Workshop
Vienna, Austria

The Kunst Haus Wien is delighted to announce a photographic workshop with Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus themed around “A New Approach to Autobiography” in conjunction with the first comprehensive mid-career retrospective of the photographer in Austria. The workshop will be based in the extraordinary rooftop apartment of Friedensreich Hundertwasser above the Kunst Haus Wien where lectures and discussions will take place, and participants will be shooting there and throughout the city of Vienna.

Deadline: May 20, 2018

Photography Masterclass Retreat
Sicily, Italy

Presented by Photo Meet and Mimi Mollica, the Photography Masterclass Retreat is a photography experience that combines a hands-on workshop with a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with Mimi Mollica to develop your vision, shape a work-in-progress, and bring your photography to the next level. You’ll have the unique chance to critically advance your photographic skills, shoot new photographs off the beaten track of tourist trails, examine your work in depth, master the editing process and assess viable outlets for your story. In a small group, you will create sequences, draft narrative layouts and put together the basis for a successful pitch to editors, publishers, galleries and more. A Guest Expert will join the group on selected dates offering exclusive insights into the participants’ work while sharing industry knowledge.

Deadline: May 26, 2018
Runs from September 11-16, 2018


Les Boutographies
Montpellier, France

The Boutographies - Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier is oriented towards establishing young, emerging European talent. Twenty-eight European talents have been selected by this year’s jury. Representing a great deal of diversity, the photographers are linked together by their determination to expose what matters to them, using methods that transcend words. Other exhibitions will also be spread across the town in the numerous venues with their partners Hors-les-Murs.

Running from May 5-27, 2018

Palm Springs Photo Festival
Palm Springs, California

The Palm Springs Photo Festival Connect 2018 offers the opportunity for professionals, emerging professionals and serious amateur photographers to study with legendary photographers, show their portfolios in a celebrated portfolio review program, check out the latest gear, attend cutting-edge seminars, symposiums and networking events, and enjoy evening presentations by world famous image-makers. The relationships made or renewed at PSPF will inevitably be transformative.

Running from May 6-11, 2018

Photo London
London, United Kingdom

Photo London is an established photography fair that takes place at Somerset House on an annual basis. Along with a selection of the world’s leading galleries showing at the Fair, Photo London presents the Discovery section for the most exciting emerging galleries and artists. There is also an original Public Programme, bringing together special exhibitions, as well as installations, a Talks Programme curated by curator and writer, William A. Ewing, who is also the former Director of the Musée de l’Elysée. Each edition of the Fair also sees a number of Awards announced, headlined by the Photo London Master of Photography, Photo London Artproof Award and the Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award.

Beyond the Fair, Photo London regularly hosts Pre-Fair Talks and related events engaging with the craft, market and knowledge of photography. Alongside Photo London, a number of events also take place, including Offprint and Peckham 24. LensCulture will be presenting a dynamic digital exhibition at Photo London featuring the winners from our Exposure Awards and Portrait Awards 2018—we hope to meet many of you there!

Running from May 16-20, 2018

Krakow Photomonth Festival
Kraków, Poland

Krakow Photomonth Festival exhibits a diverse range of exhibitions and programmes to give people a wide perspective of contemporary photography and the festival’s leitmotif. This year’s thematic approach is “Space of Flows: Framing an Unseen Reality,” which touches on multiple perspectives, from looking at the networked society to endangered natural landscapes. Guests invited to collaborate include Polish and foreign artists, both well-known and those who have only just made their way in the world of art, as well as individual authors and collectives.

Each exhibition offers a different point of view—a subjective message from the author that corresponds with others and invites the viewer to join in on the discussion. Photomonth was not only founded to present high-quality photographs, but also to inspire, provoke some thought, stimulate, and integrate the Krakow community. Alongside their programme, they will host their portfolio reviews with experts from the field of photography. The deadline for applications is May 13, 2018.

Running from May 25-June 26, 2018