After long days of reviewing a record number of submissions from photographers in 62 countries, we are delighted to announce the winners and finalists of the 2013 LensCulture Exposure Awards.
The six winners and 25 finalists represent work from 20 countries. The quality and variety of submissions impressed the members of our international jury. Given the diverse background of the jury members and the wide-range of applicants, it seems fair to say that collectively, these winners represent a fascinating cross-section of the many ways the language of photography is being practiced today.
Given the amount of cross-cultural connection that these awards represent, it is fitting how this year's submissions criss-crossed the globe. Of the six prize-winning projects this year, four of them had the photographer actively engaging with a culture, perspective or world other than their own. These explorations happened literally and metaphorically: in the intimacy of a cross-cultural relationship, or across different generations' memories, or on a foreign continent altogether.
This year's winners underscored how photographers bring personal perspectives to everything from unique cultural quirks and differences, to universal issues and concerns. The projects aimed to understand other cultures, celebrate human determination, and explore the always changing dynamics of gender, race, and identity in the contemporary world.
The three prize-winning photos in the Single Image Category can be seen on one page, together with the artists' statements.
All winners and finalists will be featured at a group exhibition in London in 2014. Furthermore, their exposure on LensCulture will reach an unprecedented audience of photography lovers, located in over 150 countries around the world.
1st Prize, Portfolio Category
David Favrod, Switzerland and Japan
From the series "Hikari" and "Gaijin"
2nd Prize, Portfolio Category
Yijun Liao, China and the United States
From the series "Experimental Relationship"
3rd Prize Portfolio Winner:
Richard Tuschman, United States
From the series "Hopper Meditations"
Single Image Category
1st Prize, Single Image:
Chee Keong Lim, Malaysia
2nd Prize, Single Image:
Julia Gunther, the Netherlands and South Africa
3rd Prize, Single Image:
Zoran Marinovic, Croatia and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Javier Arcenillas, Spain
Nick Ballon, United Kingdom
Anne Berry, United States
Carlotta Cardana, United Kingdom
Supranav Dash, United States
Sian Davey, United Kingdom
Fabrice Fouillet, France
Maria Gruzdeva, United Kingdom
Nick Hannes, Belgium
Ciril Jazbec, Slovenia
Douglas Ljungkvist, United States
Diana Markosian, Myanmar
Guy Martin, United Kingdom
Fausto Podavini, Italy
Graziano Panfili, Italy
Alessandro Penso, Italy
Agnieszka Rayss, Poland
Mateusz Sarello, Poland
Meinrad Schade, Switzerland
Tina Schula, United States
Viktoria Sorochinski, Germany
Alnis Stakle, Latvia
Johan Willner, Sweden
Patrick Willocq, Democratic Republic of Congo
Piotr Zbierski, Poland