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Seeking Photography Inspired by our Planet

LensCulture Earth Awards 2015 is a worldwide call for photography focused on nature, the environment, wildlife, landscape, conservation, sustainability, and how we live on the planet. We are awarding $25,000 in cash grants as well as many video projections at international photo festivals, visibility with LensCulture Insiders, a Printed Annual and more. These awards are open to a wide range of interpretations and approaches — from fine art celebrations of the beauty and wonders of nature, to hard-hitting in-depth documentary issues-based stories. Photography is a rich visual language that can express diverse perspectives in powerful, memorable ways. What is YOUR view of life on Earth today?

We're seeking great series of photographs as well as outstanding single images.

Deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2015

  • fine art

  • documentary

  • landscape

  • conceptual

  • travel

  • still life

  • nature

  • environmental

  • wildlife

  • macro

Photography is the most vital communication element for environmental storytelling.
Melissa Ryan, Director of Photography, Nature Conservancy Magazine

earth awards 2015 jury

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    Francis Hodgson
    Photography Critic, Financial Times
    Co-Founder, Prix Pictet
    London, UK
    more about Francis
    Francis Hodgson is Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton, in England. He is also the writer on photography for the Financial Times, a contributing editor to Art Review and a critic for the Economist. Hodgson was a co-founder of the Prix Pictet (on which he served several times as chairman of the jury) and he also chaired the Sony World Photography Awards. He has published many monograph texts on photography and has often been a guest lecturer. Before these current positions, he served as head of the Photographs Department at Sotheby's and also worked as a gallerist at the Photographers' Gallery and Zwemmer Fine Photographs.
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    Molly Roberts
    Chief Photography Editor
    Smithsonian Magazine
    Washington, DC
    more about Molly
    Molly Roberts is a photography editor, curator and photographer, she currently serves as Chief Photography Editor at Smithsonian Magazine. With 25 years experience in the magazine publishing world, she is responsible for the content and appearance of many magazines, books, web sites and apps. She is an advocate for powerful visual storytelling and human rights and recently created the non-profit HumanEyesUSA to present documentary photography projects in public spaces and to use powerful imagery to help illuminate complex issues facing America.
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    Tetsuro Ishida
    Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
    Tokyo, Japan
    more about Tetsuro
    Born in Osaka, 1968. After working at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tetsuro Ishida serves as the curator of Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, involved with art museum education and exhibition projects and organization. He has curated exhibitions of Nobuyoshi Araki in 1999, Rinko Kawauchi in 2012, Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 12 in 2013 and more.
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    Kathy Moran
    Senior Editor for Natural History
    National Geographic Magazine
    Washington, DC
    more about Kathy
    Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects. A 33-year veteran of the Society, Moran has been producing projects about natural ecosystems for the magazine since 1990. Moran has edited several books for the Society, including “Women Photographers National Geographic.” She was named “Picture Editor of the Year” for her winning portfolio in the 2006 Pictures of the Year competition and the 2011 Best of Photo competition. She is a founding member of the International League of Conservation photographers and edited numerous books for ILCP photographers.
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    Melissa Ryan
    Director of Photography
    Nature Conservancy Magazine
    Washington, DC
    more about Melissa
    Melissa Ryan is Director of Photography for Nature Conservancy magazine, the award-winning magazine of The Nature Conservancy. Ryan oversees & implements the photographic vision for the print, online and mobile editions. She works in close partnership with freelance photographers to publish dynamic environmental conservation stories. Ryan has over 20 years of photo editing experience working on magazines, books, newspapers, and online projects.
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    Chris Jordan
    Photographic Artist
    Seattle, WA, USA
    more about Chris
    Chris Jordan’s work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives. Edge-walking the lines between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, his images depict viscerally the enormity and power of humanity’s collective will. Jordan’s works are exhibited and published worldwide.
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    Arianna Rinaldo
    Madrid, Spain
    more about Arianna
    Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working as a photo editor, reviewer, curator and teacher. She is the Director of OjodePez, the documentary photography quarterly published by LaFabrica, Madrid. She is also the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, an annual international photo festival, taking place in the beautiful region of Tuscany, Italy. In 2014, she was the guest artistic director of DOCfield14, a city-wide celebration of documentary photography in Barcelona, involving more than 40 institutions and organized by Photographic Social Vision.
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    Ian Shive
    Tandem Stills + Motion
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    more about Ian
    Ian Shive is CEO & founder of the Los Angeles-based Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc., one of the world’s leading collections of licensable photographs and motion clips of the outdoors; a noted photographer; recipient of the prestigious Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography; author of 5 books on photography and the environment; an instructor in the photojournalism program at the University of Southern California (UCLA); and Executive Producer of a program on sharks for the Discovery Channel, among other noted achievements.
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    Jim Casper
    Editor & Publisher
    Paris, France
    more about Jim
    Jim Casper is the founding editor and publisher of LensCulture, one of the leading destinations for contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography portfolio review events, curates arts exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and nominator for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations. He serves on the board of directors at SPE, the Society for Photographic Education, the world’s largest association of photography educators.
I think art has a crucial role to play in the healing and transformation of our world, from the most local level all the way to the global.
Chris Jordan, Photographic Artist

Awards & Benefits

  • $25,000 in cash awards plus opportunities for entrants to earn global recognition amongst today’s top photographers working on the subject of Earth.
  • Video projections for Winners and Finalists at international photo festivals around the world.
  • Direct visibility to our distinguished group of over 500 LensCulture Insiders from the photo industry: curators, gallerists, editors, creative directors and publishers.
  • Opportunities for inclusion in the Earth Awards Competition Gallery, curated daily by our editors.
Winners Finalists Editors' Picks*
$25,000 in Cash Awards
Projections in International Photo Festivals
‘Earth Award 2015’ Printed Annual
LensCulture Online Review Session
Exposure with LensCulture Insiders
Immediate Exposure in Competition Gallery
Massive Online Exposure
LensCulture Portfolio Account

*Editors' Picks: LensCulture editors will select hundreds of photographers during the competition for immediate exposure to our global audience of over 1.2 million via social media and the Awards' Competition Gallery.

After the competition, highly-rated entries (not only winners and finalists) will gain visibility with LensCulture Insiders and will win invitation-only LensCulture Portfolio accounts, both of which are really valuable to any serious photographer seeking recognition in the photography community.

learn more about the awards:

Cash Awards

fine art

Series Award:
Grand Prize $5000
2nd Prize: $2500
3rd Prize: $1500


Series Award:
Grand Prize $5000
2nd Prize: $2500
3rd Prize: $1500


Single Image Award:
Grand Prize $4000
2nd Prize: $2000
3rd Prize: $1000

Fine Art Series — Conceptual and aesthetic series inspired by nature and how we live on the planet can include beautiful, realistic or abstract perspectives on nature, personal explorations of one’s experience in the landscape, alternative processes incorporating elements of nature, or creative ways of exploring where we are, how we got here, and where we’re going.

Documentary Series — We’re interested in everything from serious traditional documentary work to non-traditional conceptual examinations of our diverse relationships to Earth. We welcome explorations of conservation, journalistic exposés of environmental problems and concerns, as well as stories of innovative good work being done to make the world a better place.

Single Image – Sometimes a single image is more powerful alone — and many nature images such as wildlife and landscape are not made as part of a series. The open category is for single images looking at Earth and how we live on the planet.

International Photo Festivals

Top selected work from Winners and Finalists will be digitally projected at photo festivals and events throughout the year. LensCulture is active in a growing global network of nearly all of the most important photography events each year, and we work endlessly to promote our winning selections at all of these events throughout the year.

Award festivals

LensCulture Earth Awards 2015 Printed Annual

A museum-quality competition catalog will be distributed to hundreds of LensCulture Insiders and industry experts including editors, curators, festival directors, publishers, gallery directors and more. The annual will consist of a selection of the images from all the Winners and Finalists, presenting the work as some of the best Earth-related photography in the world.

Earth printed annualv2 Winners & Finalists will be given full-page spreads. Photos © Luca Zanetti

Exposure with LensCulture Insiders

Work from Winners and Finalists plus hundreds of the other top-rated photographers from this competition will be shared with LensCulture Insiders, our network of influential names in the photography industry. We believe this kind of exposure is critical for both emerging and established photographers to gain valuable jobs, opportunities, and inclusion in published pieces.

Alan Taylor, Editor/Web Developer, The Atlantic, Boston, MA

Alejandro Castellote, Photography teacher, critic and freelance curator, Spain

Alexa Becker, Acquisitions Editor, Kehrer Verlag Publishers

Alexandre Percy, Owner, ACTE 2 GALERIE, Paris, France

André Frère, Editor, André Frère Éditions, Marseille, France

Andy Adams, Founding Editor, Producer, Publisher, FlakPhoto Madison, WI

Ângela Ferreira, Artistic Director, PhotoFestival Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal

Anna Walker Skillman, Owner/Director, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

Arianna Rinaldo, Director, OjodePez Magazine, Barcelona, Spain

Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY

Bill Kouwenhoven, Critic, author, journalist

Bridget Coaker, Director, Troika Editions, London, UK

Catherine Edelman, Owner and Director, Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Germany

Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, The Photographer's Gallery

Corey Keller, Curator of Photography, SFMoMA

Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs at Christie's

Darren Ching, Owner, Klompching Gallery

Dewi Lewis, Publisher, Dewi Lewis Publishing

Dimitri Beck, Editor-in-Chief, Polka Magazine and Gallery

Duan Yuting, Director, Lianzhou Foto, China

Eder Chiodetto, Curator of Photography of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo

Elie Domit, Director, East Wing , United Arab Emirates

Elina Heikka, Curator of Photography, Finnish Museum, Finland

Ellen-K Willas, Co-founder, PUG Gallery, Oslo

Emma Bowkett, Photo Editor, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, UK

Fumiaka Bamba, Photo/Art Concierge at Tsutaya Books, Tokyo

Genevieve Fussell, Photo Editor, The New Yorker

Guillaume Piens, Director, Art Paris, France

Hamidah Glasgow, Executive Director/Curator, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Harris Fogel, Director/Curator, Sol Mednick Gallery & Gallery 141, Philadelphia, PA

Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography, Newsweek, Japan

Irène Attinger, Library Director, Maison Europeene de la Photographie

Irina Chmyreva, Curator, Photovisa International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar, Russia

James Estrin, Co-Editor, New York Times Lens Blog

Johan Sjöström, Curator of Exhibitions, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden

John Duncan, Editor, Source Photographic Review, UK

Juan Travnik, Director, FotoGaleria del Teatro, Buenos Aires, Argentina,

Karen Downey, Senior Curator, Belfast Exposed, UK

Karin Bareman, Assistant Curator, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam

Klaus Kehrer, Owner, Kehrer Art and Photo Publishers

Laura Pressley, Executive Director, Center, Santa Fe, NM

Lisa J. Sutcliffe, Curator of Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum

Manfred Zollner, Photo Editor, fotoMAGAZIN, Hamburg, Germany

Marc Feustel, Curator; publisher; Japanese photography expert; Studio Equis; Eyecurious blog

Marc Prüst, Photography Consultant and Curator, France

Marcel Feil, Deputy Director, Artistic Affairs - FOAM

Maria Patomella, Museum Curator, Sweden

Marie Sumalla, Photo Editor, Le Monde

Markus Schaden, Publisher, Director of Museum of the Photobook, Cologne, Germany

Marloes Krijnen, Director, FOAM, Netherlands

MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder, The Magenta Foundation; Director, Flash Forward Festival

Michael Famighetti, Editor, Aperture Magazine

Michelle Faour, Production Manager en ROLF ART

Monica Allende, Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine, UK

Mutsuko Ota, Editorial Director and Curator, IMA Magazine, Galleries and Concept Stores, Tokyo

Nailya Alexander, Owner, Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC

Nayomi Miyake, Editor, Kyuryudo Art-Publsihing Co., Ltd., Tokyo

Olivier Laurent, Editor, TIME Lightbox

Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA

Pete Brook, Writer, Prison Photography and

Rebecca Mcclelland, Photography Director, New Statesmen, UK

Reem Al-Faisal, The Empty Quarter Gallery Paris, France & Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Regina Maria Anzenberger, Founder and Director, Anzenberger Agency, Austria

Richard A. Brooks, Deputy Photo Director for Asia Pacific, Agence France-Presse, China

Rina Tokura, Editor in Chief, IMA Magazine and Concept Stores, Tokyo

Roy L. Flukinger, Senior Research Curator, Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX

Shahidul Alam, Curator, Author, Educator, and Director, Chobi Mela Festival of Photography, Bangladesh

Sheyi Bankale, Editor and Founder, Next Level Magazine, UK

Sujong Song, Director and Curator, The Edition Photographic Consultancy, South Korea

Takashi Kakishima, Director, Poetic Scape Gallery, Tokyo

Tetsuro Ishida, Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Thomas Seelig, Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur

Tina Schelhorn, Director, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany

Tomoka Aya, Director, The Third EyeGallery Aya, Tokyo

Tomoki Matsumoto, Director, Publisher and International Distributor, T&M Projects, Tokyo

Urs Stahel, Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Ute Noll, Director, On Photography & Illustration, Stuttgart, Germany

Valerie Fougeirol, Director, Temple Gallery, France

Vangelis Ioakimidis, Director, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece

Vicenç Boned Lloveras, Owner, Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona

W.M. Hunt, Head Bear at Dancing Bear, NYC

William Ewing, Curator at Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Switzerland

Wim Melis, Director, Noorderlicht Festival, Netherlands

Xavier Canonne, Director, Musee de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium

Yannick Bouillis, Offprintparis France

Yumi Goto, Curator, Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo

Aaron Schuman, Editor, SeeSaw Magazine, UK

Alessandra Capodacqua, Curator, Author, Educator, Studio Marangoni, Italy

Aline Smithson, Founder/Editor, Lenscratch, USA

Alison Nordstrom, Consulting Curator for International Programs, Griffin Museum of Photography, USA

Alyssa Coppelman, Photo Editor, Slate, Feature Shoot, USA

Ángel Luis González, Director, PhotoIreland, Ireland

Anna Dickson, Photography Director, AOL/Huffington Post Media Group, USA

Anna Gripp, Editor , Photonews, Germany

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Creative Content Director, London, UK

Anne Morin, Curator/Director, diChroma photography, Spain

Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography, The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA

Bas Vroege, Director, Paradox and YDoc, Netherlands

Bevin Bering Dubrowski, Director, Houston Center for Photography, USA

Bjarke Myrthu, Founder & CEO, Blindspot, USA

Brian Clamp, Owner/Director, ClampArt Gallery, USA

Brian Storm, Founder & Executive Producer, MediaStorm, USA

Carlos Carvalho, Director, International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre, Brazil

Charlotte van Lingen, Curator, Kunsthal Rotterdam , Netherlands

Christophe de Jaeger, Curator, Center For Fine Arts Brussels, Belgium

Christophe Laloi, Artistic Director, Voies Off Arles, France

Daphné Anglès, European Photo Assignment Editor, The New York Times, France

David Birkitt, Director, DMB Represents, UK

David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery, Wales

Debra Klomp Ching, Owner/Director, Klompching Gallery, USA

Ed Carey, Director, Gallery 291, USA

Elda Harrington, Director, Escuela Argentina de Fotografia, Argentina

Elena Firsova, Managing Editor, Foto&Video Magazine, Russia

Elisabeth Biondi, Independent Curator, Biondi Foto, USA

Elizabeth Avedon, Photobook Designer/Blogger, Elizabeth Avedon, USA

Elizabeth Lapp, Curator and Image Guru, Flickr/Yahoo, USA

Emily Adams, Exhibitions Director, PhotoEspaña, Spain

Enrico Bossan, Editorial Director, Colors Magazine, Italy

Erik Vroons, Chief Editor , GUP Magazine, Netherlands

Francis Hodgson, Photography Critic, Financial Times of London, UK

Francoise Callier, Program Coordinator, Angkor Photo Festival, France

Freddy Denaes, Publisher, Editions de l'Oeil, France

Frits Gierstberg, Curator, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Netherlands

Gad Edery, CEO, Gad Collection, France

Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs, National Media Museum, UK

Hannah Watson, Director, Trolley Books, UK

Hélène Joye-Cagnard, Codirectrice, Journées photgraphiques de Bienne Biel-Bienne, Switzerland

Ihiro Hayami, Director, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan

James Wellford, Photo Editor, Curator & Educator, , USA

Jason Landry, Owner/Director, Panopticon Gallery, USA

Jeff Gates, Managing Editor, American Art's Blog, Smithsonian Institution, USA

Jeff Moorfoot, Festival Director, Ballarat International Foto Biennal, Australia

Jessie Wender, Photo Editor, The New Yorker, USA

Joanne Junga Yang, Director of International Committee, Seoul Photo Festival, Korea

Julien Jourdes, Co-Founder and COO, Blink, USA

Karol Hordziej, President & Art Director, Foundation for Visual Art & Krakow Photomonth, Poland

Krzysztof Candrowicz, Artistic Director, Hamburg Triennial of Photography, Germany

Lars Boering, Director, Managing Director at World Press Photo, Netherlands

Laura Serani, Deleguée artistique, Mois de la Photo à Paris, France

Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, USA

Louise Clements, Co-Founder/Director, QUAD and Format Festival, UK

Maarten Schilt, Publisher, Schilt Publishing, Netherlands

Magdalena Herrera, Director of Photography, GEO, France

Manila Camarini, Photo Editor, D La Repubblica, Italy

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, President/Founder, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film, USA

Marie-Pierre Subtil, Chief Editor, 6 Mois, France

Marion Hislen, Director, Circulation(s) Festival, France

Mary Virginia Swanson, Author, Educator, and Consultant, MVS & Assoc., USA

Matt Shonfeld, Executive Director, Institute for Artist Management, UK

Matthew Craig, Co-Founder and CEO, Blink, USA

Michael Weir, Founder & Artistic Director, Belfast Photo Festival, Northern Ireland

Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director/Founder, Pacific Center Northwest, USA

Miriam Romais, Executive Director, En Foco Inc, USA

Molly Roberts, Chief Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine, USA

Moritz Neumüller, Festival Curator/Program Director, Istituto Europeo di Design, Spain

Moshe Rosenzveig, Director/Photographer, Head On Photo Festival , Australia

Natasha Egan, Associate Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, USA

Nathalie Gallon, Director, Foundation Carmignac Gestion, France

Nathalie Herschdorfer, Curator, Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland

Patricia Lanza, Content Director, Annenberg Space for Photography, USA

Paul di Felice, Director, European Month of Photography, Luxembourg

Pavel Banka, Editor in Chief, Fotograf Magazine, Czech Republic

Paweł Szypulski, Curator, Krakow Month of Photography, Poland

Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director, East Wing Gallery, Dubai

Raffaela Lepanto, Photo Editor/Consultant, PhotoFusion Photography Centre , UK

Régina Monfort, Photographer/Consulting Editor, FotoEvidence, USA

Roman Härer, Creative Director, plainpicture, Germany

Rui Prata, Director, Museu da Imagem, Portugal

Sam Barzilay, Festival Director, Photoville, USA

Sara Guerrini, Picture Editor, Newsweek Europe, UK

Sarah Leen, Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine, USA

Scott Mc Kiernan, Vice President, National Press Photographers Association, USA

Sébastian Hau, Director, Le Bal Books, France

Selva Barni, Founder & Editor, Fantom Editions, Italy

Silvia Mangialardi, Editor, Fotomundo Magazine, Argentina

Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust, USA

Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review, USA

Susan Zadeh, Photography Director, Eyemazing Editions, Netherlands

Suzanne Opton, Photographer, Educator, International Center for Photography, USA

Taj Forer, Director, Daylight Magazine, USA

Xavier Soule, President/Director, Gallery VU, France

Immediate Exposure on the LensCulture Earth Awards Competition Gallery

Just by entering your work, you have an opportunity for immediate exposure in our Competition Gallery where hundreds of thousands of online visitors can view and share your work with their networks. For photographers seeking visibility, immediate exposure on the LensCulture Earth Awards website is an invaluable resource.

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Live, Online Review Session

All Winners and Finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a live, online review of their work with a photography expert on our new review platform, LensCulture Sessions. You will get valuable feedback, expert advice and will learn how to get more exposure for your work.

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Massive Online Promotion for Winners and Finalists

Work from Winners and Finalists will be shared across our global network of nearly 1,000,000 on, our email list, and multiple social media channels. We have found this to be a very effective strategy for getting photographers exposure that leads to career-boosting opportunities — see our Success Stories.

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Promotions include a Feature article on LensCulture, Facebook & Flipboard. Photo © Marcin Ryczek

Ongoing Exposure with a LensCulture Portfolio Account

All Winners, Finalists plus hundreds of the top-rated photographers will get a free, invitation-only portfolio account on LensCulture to showcase your work. Gain access to our invitation-only network of the world's most cutting edge photographers for on-going exposure to our 1 million+ global audience of photography lovers and industry experts. Plus, LensCulture editors can discover your latest work and potentially feature it in articles, Editors’ Picks, and social media.

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The award given to me by LensCulture has given me incredible exposure — not only in my country but internationally. Thanks to your exposure, I was invited to quite a few solo and group exhibitions in different countries and it helped increase the value of my prints and photobooks.
Tony Corocher, Italy, Portrait Awards 2014, Finalist


The 2015 LensCulture Earth Awards invites all photographers whose work has a thematic focus on images inspired by our planet. The judges will select 9 Top Winners plus 25 Finalists — selected from among all entries. Winning photographers will receive significant opportunities to broaden their exposure in the global photography community.


We invite entries from all over the world! Submit your best series and single images of all genres inspired by Nature & the Earth — fine art landscapes, hard-hitting documentary, shocking environmental reports, inspiring wildlife shots, travel, still life or conceptual. Send us your best work today!

Fine Art Series — Conceptual and aesthetic series inspired by nature and how we live on the planet can include beautiful, realistic or abstract perspectives on nature, personal explorations of one’s experience in the landscape, alternative processes incorporating elements of nature, or creative ways of exploring where we are, how we got here, and where we’re going.

Documentary Series — We’re interested in everything from serious traditional documentary work to non-traditional conceptual examinations of our diverse relationships to Earth. We welcome explorations of conservation, journalistic exposés of environmental problems and concerns, as well as stories of innovative good work being done to make the world a better place.

Single Image – Sometimes a single image is more powerful alone — and many nature images such as wildlife and landscape are not made as part of a series. The open category is for single images looking at Earth and how we live on the planet.

Entry to these awards is ideal for all photographers from emerging to established, with no limitations on age or location. For further information please see our FAQ.

Deadline: April 30, 2015, 11:59pm PST

We respect artist’s rights

All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period.
Winners and Finalists grant LensCulture limited, restricted use of winning photos only to promote the photographers themselves and in connection with marketing the Awards competition itself.
Details can be found in the Competition rules


LensCulture's Earth Awards are about more than beautiful photography. We also recognize the importance of action and change. The conversation starts with wonder and inspiration through nature photography, then continues with artistic and documentary explorations of the places that sustain us: where we are, how we got here, and what we must do to protect them. We've partnered with the following organizations as a starting point for you to learn more about what you can do if you choose to get more involved.

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    Founded in 1951 and now active in all 50 US states and 35 countries, The Nature Conservancy is one of the largest conservation organizations in the world. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

  • Rare logo

    Rare inspires change so people and nature thrive. Conservation is about people. For more than 25 years, Rare has empowered local communities in over 50 countries to shift from being resource users to environmental stewards.

  • 350org logo is building a global climate movement. Their campaigns and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries. The grassroots movement they believe in is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all.


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We believe that competitions are one of the best ways to boost your career in photography. Hear how the lives of these 10 photographers were impacted by winning a LensCulture competition.

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    Ellie Davies
    London, UK

    Ellie Davies transforms the woodland spaces around her home into a wondrous studio, through which we can become re-acquainted with nature, trees, even the stars. Learn more about her unique work and how her career took off.

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    Kirsty Mitchell
    London, United Kingdom

    Visual Storytelling 2014 winner Kirsty Mitchell shares "Wonderland," the stunning fictional narrative she just completed. See what happened after her LensCulture win was announced: it's a beautiful story on every level.

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    Kerry Mansfield
    San Francisco, CA

    Two-time LensCulture Finalist Kerry Mansfield talks about her amazing experience of fighting breast cancer as well as the origins of her latest series, Expired. Kerry's photographs are as powerful & inspiring as her story.

More Success Stories

  • Jorge de la Torriente
    United States
  • Ali Mobasser
    United Kingdom
  • Lucy Hilmer
    United States
  • Sarah Choi
    Hong Kong
  • Daesung Lee
    South Korea
  • Tina Schula
    United States
  • Tsutomu Yamagata
  • Maroesjka Lavigne
  • Dayna Bartoli
  • Richard Tuschman
    United States
  • Carlotta Cardana
    United Kingdom
  • Michael Marten
    United Kingdom
  • Yijun Liao
    United States
  • Jessica Hines
    United States
  • Anne Berry
    United States
  • Candace Gaudiani
    United States
  • Daniele Pintore
    United Kingdom
  • Fabrice Fouillet
  • Ellie Davies
    United Kingdom
  • Claire Felicie
  • Daisuke Takakura
  • Andrejs Strokins
  • Acacia Johnson
    United States
  • Nina Roeder
  • Hebe Robinson
  • Douglas Ljungkvist
    United States
  • Michelle Sank
    United Kingdom
  • Andrea Stone
    United States
  • Tara Bogart
    United States
  • Louisa Marie Summer
    United States

Editiononebooks logo Printing of the LensCulture Earth Awards 2015 Annual generously provided by Edition One Books.