Seeking 50 of the World’s
Best Emerging Photographers
LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Awards 2015 is our 3rd annual call to discover the world's best emerging photographers. Our international jury will select 50 outstanding emerging photographers — from all cultures, all points of view, with no age limit.
We invite you to enter one of the best opportunities for career-changing exposure to our global audience of over 1.4 million, worldwide recognition, an exhibition in San Francisco, projections at photo festivals worldwide, $20,000 in grants, and much more.
If you already started a submission, click here to finish it.
The final deadline to complete all entries is Thursday, July 2nd at 11:59 PST.
Entering juried competitions is often the best way to get your work seen by industry professionals who can make a difference in your career.
2015 Emerging Talent Jury
Jennifer BlessingSenior Curator of Photographymore about Jennifer
New York, NY, USA
www.guggenheim.orgJennifer Blessing joined the curatorial staff of the Guggenheim in 2002, after previously working at the museum from 1989–97. She recently co-organized "Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/ Performance," which opened in March 2010 before traveling to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In addition to organizing photo-based exhibitions, she is responsible for developing the museum's photography collection.
During her tenure with the museum she has curated numerous touring exhibitions as well as contributed to many other museum's exhibitions and catalogues. Her most recent exhibition, "Photo-Poetics: An Anthology," will open in New York this fall. It will be preceded by a presentation at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin this summer.
Jon JonesDirector of Photographymore about Jon
The Sunday Times Magazine
www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/MagazineAs a photojournalist for the Sygma Photo Agency in Paris, Jones documented conflict all over the world, most notably in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, his work being widely published by Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, and Stern. He has collaborated on numerous books and media projects and his work has been widely exhibited. He has worked as a cameraman and editor, producing magazine features, documentaries and news programmes for the BBC. He was the curator of the Sunday Times 50th Anniversary exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, and is also the editor of a major retrospective book of the Bosnian War, which was published in 2013. He is a regular photographic judge and lecturer and has taught the Joop Swart Master-class for the World Press, and the Visa D’Or workshops. His numerous international photographic awards include two World Press Photo Awards.
María García YeloDirectormore about María
www.phe.esMaría García Yelo is the Director of PHotoEspaña, an international festival of photography and visual arts. With a degree in Art History from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, García Yelo was the Director of the Post-War and Contemporary Art department at the British auction house Christie’s, in Spain, from 2008 until 2013. She was previously the General Deputy Director of Conservation and Research at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (2005-2008) and Assistant Director of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia (2002-2004). She has also served as an independent curator and as an art critic for ABC Cultural. She is the author of various publications.
Ada TakahashiPrincipalmore about Ada
Robert Koch Gallery
San Francisco, CA, USA
www.kochgallery.comAda Takahashi is a principal with the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco. She joined the gallery in 1986. Takahashi focuses on the gallery's curatorial efforts, liaising with artists, and on the gallery's presence at international art fairs. The Koch Gallery program emphasizes contemporary photography as well as experimental work from the 1920s and 1930s. In recent years, the gallery's exhibitions have included work by Michael Wolf, Robert Heinecken, Jeff Brouws, Kenneth Josephson, Brian Ulrich, TR Ericsson, and Shai Kremer. The contemporary program is shaped by a desire to expand the dialogue around significant aesthetic and social issues of our time, an aim that is shared by many of the gallery’s artists.
Sacha LeccaDeputy Photo Editormore about Sacha
Rolling Stone Magazine
New York, NY, USA
www.rollingstone.comSacha Lecca is a photographer and a Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone Magazine. He has had a 20-year-long career in print journalism with stints at Newsweek, CMP Media, and his current photo editing position at Rolling Stone.
Todd HidoArtistmore about Todd
San Francisco, CA, USA
www.toddhido.comTodd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Wired, Elephant, FOAM, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. He has over a dozen published books; his most recent monograph titled “Excerpts from Silver Meadows” was released in 2013, along with an innovative b-sides box set designed to function as a companion piece to his award-winning monograph in 2014.
Mary Virginia SwansonAdvisor to Artists and Arts Organizationsmore about Mary Virginia
Tucson, AZ, USA
Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and advisor who helps photographers find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner. A trusted mentor and consultant, she presents seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities that have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. Swanson will be presenting lectures and serving as a Portfolio Reviewer at PHotoEspaña in June and PhotoNOLA in December 2015.
Mary Virginia co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed “Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated” (2014). Swanson is the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography and the 2014 Susan Carr Award for Education from the American Society for Media Photographers (ASMP). This year, The Society for Photographic Education has named her “Honored Educator.” Her latest publication, “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs” will be released this summer.
Jim CasperEditor-in-Chief & Publishermore about Jim
www.lensculture.comJim Casper is the editor-in-chief and publisher of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography events, travels around the world to meet with photographers and review their portfolios, curates art 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.
Emerging Talent Competition Gallery
Our editors review all entries to the Emerging Talent Awards. From the entries submitted each day, they are able to select only a small number of photos for inclusion in the Competition Gallery.
Click on the photos below to learn more about the photographer and to share their submission with your networks.
- Visibility with over 500 LensCulture Insiders: top photo editors, curators, gallerists, and publishers.
- Emerging Talent 2015 Exhibition at San Francisco Camerawork Gallery.
- Video projections at international photo festivals.
- Massive, on-going exposure to our growing global audience of over 1.4 million.
- $20,000 in Emerging Talent Grants.
Awards & Benefits
|— JURY SELECTED —||LENSCULTURE|
|Grant Winners||Winners||Editors' Picks*|
|$20,000 in Emerging Talent Grants|
|Exhibition in San Francisco|
|Worldwide Festival Screenings|
|Emerging Talent 2015 Printed Annual|
|Massive Online Promotion|
|LensCulture Online Review Sesssion|
|Visibility with LensCulture Insiders|
|Immediate Exposure on LensCulture|
|LensCulture Portfolio Account|
*Editors' Picks: LensCulture's editors will select photographers during the competition for immediate exposure to our global audience (before the judging begins). Over 100 of the highest-rated entries will gain visibility with LensCulture Insiders and receive an invitation-only LensCulture Portfolio account, which serve as a great platform to reach our audience of over 1.4 million worldwide.
learn more about the awards:
San Francisco Camerawork Exhibition
A gala exhibition at San Francisco Camerawork for the Top 50 Emerging Talents. SF Camerawork has been supporting emerging artists for over 40 years hosting exhibitions, lectures, and publications by cutting edge photographers from around the world including Robert Mapplethorpe, Sally Mann, Joel-Peter Witkin, Andres Serrano, Janet Delaney, Binh Danh, Eugene Richards, Chris McCaw, Susan Meiselas, and many more.
$20,000 in Emerging Talent Grants
Each of our eight judges will personally select a photographer to receive a $2,500 grant.
International Photo Festivals
Work from the Top 50 photographers will be presented at photo festivals worldwide throughout the year. We are actively partnering with international photo festivals to showcase our competitions' winners & finalists. Our growing list of festivals includes: FORMAT International Photography Festival, Bangkok Photo Festival, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Belfast Photo Festival, Athens Photo Festival, Circulation(s) Photo Festival, Tokyo International Photography Festival, Arles France Voies Off Festival — with many more to come!
LensCulture Insiders Visibility
Work from the Top 50 photographers 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 have significantly expanded our Insiders network to over 500 photo editors, curators, gallerists, and publishers. We believe this kind of exposure is critical for both emerging and established photographers to gain valuable jobs, opportunities, and global exposure in print and online media.
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 Wired.com
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
LensCulture Emerging Talent 2015
A museum-quality catalogue with the work of the Top 50 photographers will be mailed to LensCulture Insiders, our network of influential photography professionals. They will have the opportunity to see the award-winning photos in beautiful printed form.
Immediate Exposure in the LensCulture Competition Gallery & Social Media
Just by entering your work, you have an opportunity for immediate exposure through our Competition Gallery and social media. Our editors review incoming work daily so we recommend — don't wait until the deadline!
Live, Online Review Session
The Top 50 photographers 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.
Massive Online Promotion
Work from the Top 50 photographers will be shared across our monthly global audience of over 1.4 million on LensCulture, our email list, mobile platforms, 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.
Ongoing Exposure with a LensCulture Portfolio Account
All Winners, Finalists (plus hundreds of the top-rated photographers) will gain access to a free, invitation-only portfolio account on LensCulture! This is an invaluable platform to showcase your work to our 1.4 million+ global audience as well as to our network of LensCulture Insiders. LensCulture’s editors will also be able to discover your latest work and potentially feature it in articles, Editors’ Picks and social media.
After my project was selected for a LensCulture Emerging Talents 2014 award, it gave me visibility and the opportunity to show my work in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and participate in an art fair, Art Verona. My work was published in magazines and websites in Europe as well. Thanks to LensCulture, I have also received purchase requests for my works.
Show Us Your Stuff
If you’re a photographer starting to seek global recognition, show us your work!
Who’s an “emerging” photographer?
Anyone who has not yet received significant international recognition.
Please see our FAQ for more details.
We’re open to ALL types of photography, ALL points of view, ALL countries, and ALL ages.
If you already started a submission, click here to finish it.
The final deadline to complete all entries is Thursday, July 2nd at 11:59 PST.
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
Career Changing Exposure
Stories from Emerging Talent 2014
Last year, we discovered 50 of the world's freshest, most exciting emerging talents. Many of them went on to experience some huge successes after the announcement of the award. Here are just some of their stories:
Laura StevensParis, France
Emerging Talent 2014 Grant Winner Laura Stevens shares her story of dealing with heartbreak through her project Another November, and then goes on to describe the global exposure she received after it was published on LensCulture.
Kerry MansfieldSan 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.
Floriane de LasséeMarnes La Coquette, France
Listen to Floriane de Lassée, Emerging Talent 2014 winner, tell her inspiring story about traveling around the world to photograph the loads that people carry—a journey filled with discoveries and surprises.
Eugenio GrossoUnited Kingdom
Nancy BorowickUnited States
Lucy HilmerUnited States
Greg KahnUnited States
More Success Stories
Kirsty MitchellLondon, 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.
Ellie DaviesLondon, 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.
Elena ChernyshovaMoscow, Russia
In this video, hear Elena’s thoughts about her long-form documentary project, Days of Night, Nights of Day, and what happened when the story went viral, reaching over 738K people in just a week. It’s a unique story that grips people from the start.
Jorge de la TorrienteUnited States
Ali MobasserUnited Kingdom
Kerry MansfieldUnited States
Sarah ChoiHong Kong
Daesung LeeSouth Korea
Tina SchulaUnited States
Richard TuschmanUnited States
Carlotta CardanaUnited Kingdom
Michael MartenUnited Kingdom
Yijun LiaoUnited States
Jessica HinesUnited States
Anne BerryUnited States
Candace GaudianiUnited States
Daniele PintoreUnited Kingdom
Ellie DaviesUnited Kingdom
Acacia JohnsonUnited States
Douglas LjungkvistUnited States
Michelle SankUnited Kingdom
Andrea StoneUnited States
Tara BogartUnited States
Louisa Marie SummerUnited States
Printing of the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015 Annual generously provided by Edition One Books.