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 September.

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 [email protected]

(Note: cover photo by Carlotta Cardana. The picture is from her award-winning series Mod Couples.)

Grants, Scholarships & Awards

The Ian Parry Scholarship

The Ian Parry Scholarship is a free international photographic award for documentary & visual photojournalism students and freelance photographers of the age of 24 years and under. The Scholarship is open to: all full-time students including recently graduating students and BA, MA and MFA students and professional photographers who are 24 years old or younger. There are two major awards: the Award for Achievement and the Award for Potential.

Prizes include an exhibition in London and a publication in the Sunday Times Magazine in addition to cash prizes, a year-long mentorship, and equipment from Canon.

Deadline: September 1, 2017

Environmental Photographer of the Year

The Environmental Photographer of the Year is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography. The competition encourages entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, challenging, original and beautiful, but most of all, pictures that will inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment. The overall winner will receive 3,000 GBP and there are a variety of other awards as well—the CIWEM Changing Climate Prize, the Built Environment Prize, Mobile Phone Prize and more. The competition is open to all professional and amateur, national and international photographers of all ages, but all photographs entered must have been shot after January 1, 2016.

Deadline: September 8, 2017

The Chelsea International Photography Competition

Photographers at both the amateur and professional level are invited to enter the Chelsea International Photography Competition. The CIPC will honor selected artists with an exhibition at Agora Gallery, providing invaluable exposure to promote career growth and boost recognition. There are two competition categories: Amateur and Professional. National and international submissions are welcome. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Deadline: September 13, 2017

Lugano Photodays 2017

Lugano Photodays is one of the top annual photography festivals held in Switzerland. The event is comprised of exhibitions, workshops and conferences. Part of the program is chosen by open call. This year there are three categories—Reportage, Emerging Photographers and Travel (with a mobile phone). These are open to all professional and non-professional photographers. Selected photographers will receive cash prizes, an exhibition during the festival and accommodation for the opening night.

Deadline: September 17, 2017

Head On Photo Festival: Exhibition Grantee

Head On Foundation is calling for photographers, curators, exhibition spaces, and galleries to submit work for inclusion in the Head On Photo Festival 2018, Australia’s leading photography festival. We are looking for work in any genre across still photography and multimedia. The work submitted through the submission process is judged without the artists’ names or pedigrees so that the proposals stand on their own merit. One selected work will be exhibited in May 2018 as part of the full program, featuring outstanding artists from both Australia and abroad. The recipient will receive an all-expenses paid show at a key festival venue.

Deadline: September 17, 2017

Prix Picto de la Mode

Picto NY and Picto Foundation are happy to announce the call for submissions for the 20th edition of the Prix Picto de la Mode. This benchmark distinction for emerging talents in the field of fashion photography offers young photographers the opportunity for a prestigious encounter with the professional, institutional and international world of fashion. The winners will be announced at Palais Galliera, the fashion museum of Paris. The jury will be chaired by renowned fashion photographer Paolo Roversi.

Deadline: September 17, 2017

Center for Photographic Art: 2017 Internationally Juried Competition

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of CPA’s historic gallery, 45 juror-selected photographs will be exhibited and compete for eight cash awards totaling $10,000. These photographs will also be featured in an online gallery on the CPA website along with an additional 45 juror-selected images. An exhibition catalog of both shows will be available for purchase. The competition is open to all living photographers, worldwide, over the age of 18, working in any still photographic media. There is no theme; any subject matter is eligible.

Deadline: September 18, 2017

YICCA 2017

YICCA is an international call for artists, open to professionals and not only from any country in the world. All kinds of contemporary artworks are allowed in this art contest: drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics, mix media, video, installations and performances. The jury’s final decision will lead to a selection of 18 artists that will participate in the final exhibition. The YICCA award could be a great launchpad for your present and future art career; do not miss this art opportunity!

Deadline: September 20, 2017

Circulations 2018

Dedicated to European photographic diversity, the Circulation(s) festival’s goal is to allow talent to emerge. As a springboard for young photographers as well as a prospective and innovative laboratory of contemporary creation, this festival—the only photographic one in Paris—has made a place for itself in the European photographic landscape. The 2018 edition will be held in the spring at the Centquatre in Paris. The call for applications is open to all European photographers or European residents who are at the beginning of their career as an author.

Deadline: September 24, 2017

ND Awards 2017

ND Awards is taking submissions for the latest edition of its annual photo contest. The competition is open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike. Entries are welcome from any country in the world. The winners of the Professional and Amateur sections will receive $7,500 in cash prizes.

Deadline: September 24, 2017

TPOTY 2017: Travel Photographer of the Year

Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) is the leading and highly prestigious international travel photography competition. The awards are open to anyone—children, students, adults, amateur or professional. The overall winner will receive a prize worth over £5,000.

Deadline: September 25, 2017

International Photography Contest, French Alliance in Spain

This competition aims to reward excellence in modern, international photography, to discover gifted photographers, and to support the development of their photography projects. Three prizes of over €12,000 will be distributed to the top winners. In addition, the French Alliance in Spain will organize a touring exhibition to show the laureate’s work. This exhibition will come with a catalog and the winner will be featured in a monographic publication.

Deadline: September 30, 2017


Working with Galleries: A Klompching Bootcamp
New York City, USA

In this intensive two-day workshop, participants will be provided with an invaluable overview of the business of the fine art photograph. The workshop will be led by Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching, owners of the Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. It is specifically designed for fine art photographers who are ready to take the next step in their career by obtaining gallery representation—and being appropriately tooled up to ensure the gallery/artist relationship is a successful one.

To be held on September 16-17, 2017

Small group workshop with Jason Eskenazi
Istanbul, Turkey

Strengthen your visual language and learn how to compose stories that express your vision in the most powerful way under the guidance of this acclaimed visual storyteller.

During this workshop we will seek out the emotional resonances of your story and put it on the right road. We’ll research what makes a photo well seen. We will look into how your subject matter determines the treatment and design of the form it is going to be shown in. We will gain insight from other art forms and won’t hesitate to include them in your narrative.

This small group workshop is designed for photographers who work on long-term documentary or personal projects and who are thinking about book publication.

Running from October 18-22—spots are limited!