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 November.

Each month, we will 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 next month? If so, drop us a line at [email protected]

(Note: photo from Dominika Gesicka’s award-winning series “This Is Not Real Life,” which won the Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2017 and was also a finalist in the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.)


Chromatic Photography Awards

The Chromatic Awards is an international competition of color photography open to both professionals and amateurs. Participation in the Chromatic Awards offers not only prestige, but also the opportunity to win money for the development of passion.

As such, every professional and amateur photographer from every corner of the world is invited and urged to participate in the very first edition of this international competition dedicated to color photography. 20 categories will be adjudicated by an international jury composed of magazine editors, gallery curators, professional agents and other industry professionals.

Deadline: November 5, 2017

Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award 2017

This is the 21st consecutive year in which Doctors of the World—Médicos del Mundo (MdM-Spain)—has conducted the Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award 2017. The competition is open to adult amateur and professional photographers of any nationality. The photographs must be related to any of the following themes: humanitarian action, international cooperation, social exclusion, human rights violations, armed conflicts, natural disasters, refugee and immigrant populations or socially excluded groups.

(Note: Only photos taken between January 2016 and October 2017, which have not been previously entered, will be accepted.)

Deadline: November 10, 2017

12th Arte Laguna Prize

The Arte Laguna Prize is currently accepting entries from photographers from all over the world. The 25 chosen photographs will be exhibited in March 2018 in the prestigious venue of the Venice Arsenale, a landmark for the contemporary art world.

Among the finalists, the best photo will be awarded a cash prize of €7,000. The work will remain the property of the artist.

Deadline: November 16, 2017

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is now accepting submissions. We’re looking for spectacular pictures that tell the story of animals, lands, and environments around the world. Submit your best photos to one of four categories: wildlife, landscapes, aerials, and underwater. The grand-prize winner will receive $7,500. Their winning image will be published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @natgeo Instagram account. One first-place winner will be selected from each of the four categories. Each winner will receive $2,500.

Deadline: November 17, 2017

Arnold Newman Prize

Arnold Newman had an insatiable fascination with people and the physical world around him. In honor of Arnold’s legacy as both a photographer and mentor, The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture recognizes excellence in a new generation of photographers by awarding $20,000 to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in the genre of portraiture. The prize, the second largest in the United States, is designed to assist the winner in continuing the pursuit of their work and to serve as a launching pad for the next phase of their careers.

Deadline: November 17, 2017

2017 Monochrome Awards

This is an annual award for all photographers using black and white photography. We’re accepting single images from the following categories: Architecture, Abstract, Conceptual, Beauty/ Fashion, Fine Art, Landscapes, Nude, Nature, People, Photomanipulation, Photojournalism, Portrait, Wildlife.

The winners of the Professional and Amateur categories will receive the titles: Monochrome Photographer of the Year and Monochrome Discovery of the Year along with cash prizes. The competition is open to all points of view, all levels of expertise, and all ideas of black and white photography.

Deadline: November 19, 2017

15th Annual Photo Contest

What does an award-winning photograph look like? It can range from a captivating portrait of a family member to a moon-drenched landscape to movement captured at just the right time. Our 15th Annual Photo Contest is now open for submissions, and we’re looking for the best of the best.

Deadline: November 30, 2017


Individual workshop with Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Learn how to tell powerful stories that can influence the world around you under the individual guidance of this experienced, passionate and award-winning 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 five days in Tbilisi you will cover your chosen subject, combining intensive individual shooting in the city with daily editing and critique sessions with Justyna Mielnikiewicz in her home studio.

Details: Lasts for 5 days in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Dates are flexible.
Tuition is €1750

Deadline: Rolling

Working with Galleries

An intensive two-day workshop for fine art photographers, on the nuts & bolts of working with art galleries. A “how-to” on seeking representation and then how to make the artist/gallerist relationship a successful one.

The two-day workshop consists of formal presentations, hands-on exercises and group critiques/discussion, dealing with the key fundamentals to successfully gain representation, and then how to successfully fulfill the obligations of the artist/gallery collaboration. Throughout the workshop, participants are encouraged to ask questions—no question is too big or too small. The workshop is devised and delivered by Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching, co-owners of Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

This workshop is ideally suited to photographers wishing to enter into the fine art market, photographers seeking representation with a gallery, and photographers already working with galleries informally. Photographers should already have one or more portfolios of artwork that are exhibition and/or sale-ready.

Venue: Klompching Gallery, 89 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY
Dates: Saturday, December 2nd, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, December 3rd, 10am – 5pm

Deadline: Rolling

Festival Juried Exhibitions

Les Boutographies 2017

Les Boutographies is a festival of contemporary creative photography. Its 18th edition will run from May 5-27, 2018. The festival is open to all photographers living in Europe. Your work could be awarded inclusion in one of two parts of the festival: the Official Selection (hung photos) and the Jury Projection (projected photos). You do not have to choose; if your work is selected by the Jury it will be allocated to one or the other of these sections. There is no theme.

Deadline: November 12, 2017

Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2017

Grand Prix gives photographers an opportunity to present their works during Fotofestiwal, a festival in Łódź, Poland. We award artists with exceptional personalities and projects that present daring ideas. The submission is open and does not impose any restrictions related to topic, age or place.

Fotofestiwal was established in 2001 as one of the first photography events in Poland. Fotofestiwal remains a space for presenting various forms and types of photography, a forum for discussion about art and society, a motivation to search for alternative methods of discussing and exhibiting photography. But first of all, invariably, it is a place where people meet. Winners will receive approximately €2,500, and 10 photographers will have their work exhibited during the festival. The runners-up will have their work shown digitally at the festival.

Deadline: November 26, 2017