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Call for Entries

EXHIBITION IN NEW YORK CITY | FREE SUBMISSION REVIEW | INDUSTRY RECOGNITION | INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL EXPOSURE

Seeking 50 of the World’s Best Emerging Photographers

We’re excited to open this year’s Emerging Talent Awards, our search for the world’s best emerging photographers! We’re seeking entries from members of the global photography community who have yet to receive exposure on the world stage—our aim is to discover fresh and inspiring visions from the next great image-makers. Our international jury will select and showcase the work of 50 outstanding talents from all cultures, all points of view, with no age limit.

All 50 winners will be included in a gallery exhibition in New York City, projections at international photography festivals, and our second major book, The Best of LensCulture, Volume 2. Every entrant is also eligible for a free, written review of their submission as well as ongoing exposure to our audience of 2.5 million. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with the photography community—show the world your best work today!

Closed for new entries.

Many things happened after being selected for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016! My works were featured and exhibited in various museums and galleries around the globe including: the ICP Museum (US), Ibasho Gallery (Belgium), and the Artwork Network Gallery (US). My series was also published in diverse magazines like GQ and PDN. This year my book will be published by STEIDL and a book launch will be held at Paris Photo, The Photographers’ Gallery and the Tokyo Artbook Fair.

— Yukari Chikura

Emerging Talent 2016

Emerging Talent Awards 2017 International Jury

Sean O’Hagan
Sean O’Hagan
Critic and WriterPhotography Critic, Feature Writer
The Guardian and The Observer
London, United Kingdom
www.theguardian.com
more about Sean +

Sean O’Hagan writes about photography for The Guardian and The Observer and is also a general feature writer. He was named interviewer of the year in the Press Awards in 2003 for his profiles of footballer Roy Keane and musician Brian Wilson, among others. He is the winner of the 2011 J Dudley Johnston Medal from the Royal Photographic Society “for major achievement in the field of photographic criticism” for his writing.

Emilia van Lynden
Emilia van Lynden
Artistic Director
Unseen Photo Festival
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
www.unseenamsterdam.com
more about Emilia +

Emilia van Lynden is Artistic Director of Unseen, the leading festival for contemporary photography. Exclusively focusing on what’s new in the photography world, Unseen provides a channel for up-and-coming talent to showcase their work; the festival also presents previously “unseen” work by established artists. Unseen is a year-round platform with physical events throughout the year alongside the main event, Unseen Amsterdam, which will return for its sixth edition in September 2017. Additionally, Emilia serves as Editor-in-Chief for the annual publication, Unseen Magazine, which was founded in 2014.

Chris Littlewood
Chris Littlewood
Photography Director
Flowers Gallery
London and New York
www.flowersgallery.com
more about Chris +

Chris Littlewood is the Photography Director at Flowers Gallery in London. Most recognized for its engagement with socio-cultural, architectural, political and environmental themes, the photography program has been curated by Chris for ten years. Running parallel to the main gallery, Chris has also staged exhibitions by invited artists and curators across a range of experimental photographic practices. Under his curatorship, the gallery now regularly exhibits at international photo fairs including Paris Photo, Unseen Photo Fair and Photo London.

Essays by Chris have been published in magazines including Hotshoe, 1000 Words and Aesthetica. He has lectured and tutored at UK and international institutions including University of the Arts London, Architectural Association London, Magnum Photos London, National Museum Cardiff and Fotografiska Museum Stockholm.

Chris Pichler
Chris Pichler
Founder and Publisher
Nazraeli Press
California, United States
www.nazraeli.com
more about Chris +

Chris Pichler founded Nazraeli Press in Munich, Germany in 1989. In 1997, the press moved to the United States and in 2002 opened a subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Nazraeli Press has published over 500 books on the fine and applied arts with an emphasis on contemporary photography. The books are distributed throughout the world. Pichler edits and designs most of the books published by Nazraeli. He is known for his unorthodox use of common materials—such as papers, wood, plastic, metals—and for introducing elements of handiwork into otherwise mass-produced objects. The press’s award-winning books have themselves been the subject of exhibitions and books about books.

Muhammed Muheisen
Muhammed Muheisen
Chief Photographer for the Middle EastChief photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan
Associated Press
Amman, Jordan
www.ap.org
more about Muhammed +

Born in Jerusalem in 1981, Muheisen joined the Associated Press in 2001 and is currently the AP’s chief photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has documented major events in the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq and the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. He has also covered major events in China, Egypt, Germany, Macedonia, Croatia, France, The Netherlands, New York, Serbia, Greece, South Africa and beyond. His work has received numerous international awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for Breaking News Photography, Picture of the Year and the Oliver S. Gramling Award for journalism. He was also named TIME’s Wire Photographer of the Year in 2013.

Among other exhibitions, a collection from a decade of his work about life in war was exhibited at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France. His work about refugees was exhibited at Festival des Libertés in Brussels, Belgium, and work about the displaced people was shown at THE FENCE in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston and Houston in the USA.

Debra Klomp Ching
Debra Klomp Ching
Owner and Director
Klompching Gallery
Brooklyn, New York
www.klompching.com
more about Debra +

Debra Klomp Ching is the co-owner of the Klompching Gallery in New York. Since its founding in 2007, it has become well known for its dynamic roster of artists and exhibitions. Debra brings more than two decades of curatorial experience, and ten years as an art dealer and gallerist, to the jurying process.

Additionally, she is a freelance writer specializing in photography, and a photo editor for At Length magazine. As a freelance consultant, she works with emerging and mid-career fine art photographers, advising on creative and professional development. Since 2014, she has served as adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

Arianna Rinaldo
Arianna Rinaldo
Artistic Director
Cortona On The Move
Cortona, Italy
www.cortonaonthemove.com
more about Arianna +

Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working with photography in a wide variety of ways. Since 2012, she has been the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, an international photography festival in Tuscany, Italy. She is also curator of photography for PhEST, a new festival of art on the Mediterranean, taking place in Monopoli, Italy. In 2014 she was appointed guest artistic director for DOCfield, the documentary photography festival in Barcelona.

Arianna has previously worked for Magnum Photos, COLORS magazine and D, the weekend supplement of La Repubblica. She was the director of OjodePez magazine, a bilingual documentary photography quarterly published by La Fabrica for 7 years. She collaborates with major publishing houses for special projects and is a regular participant in portfolio review events and jury panels worldwide, as well as speaker and lecturer. Based in Barcelona since 2012, Arianna continues to develop photography projects at an international level and is intrigued by storytelling photography wherever that may take her.

Jim Casper
Jim Casper
Editor-in-Chief
LensCulture
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
www.lensculture.com
more about Jim +

Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief 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

Featured entries are selected by our editors. Note that not every submission can be shown here. The earlier you share your work, the higher your chances of being featured!

You can click on the photos to learn more about the photographer. If you like someone’s work, share their submission on Facebook or favorite their image! Every week we’ll announce the top 10 favorite photos based on the community’s votes. You’ll also help increase the exposure for every participating photographer.

© Mikael Hellström

Career-Launching Awards

Benefits for All

Jurors’ Picks50 Emerging TalentsEditors’ Picks*Every Entrant
$20,000 in Grant Awards
New York City Gallery Exhibition
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
Emerging Talent Awards 2017 Winners Gallery
International Photo Festival Projections
Published in The Best of LensCulture, Volume 2
International Press Exposure
Opportunity for LensCulture Instagram Takeover
Feature Article on LensCulture
Massive Exposure to our Global Audience of 2.5 Million
Submission Review by Photo Industry Professional
Engage in the Global Photography Community
Opportunities for Immediate Exposure
LensCulture Portfolio Account

*Editors’ Picks: During the competition, LensCulture’s editors will curate hundreds of entries for immediate exposure to our global audience through the competition gallery and our Facebook page.

= Jury selected   = LensCulture Selected

Awards & Benefits

Jurors’ Picks
Each of our 8 judges will personally select a photographer to receive a $2,500 grant.

Top 50 Emerging Talents
Our jury will select 50 outstanding emerging photographers—from all cultures and all points of view, with no age limit.

New York City Gallery Exhibition

A gala gallery exhibition will be held at Klompching Gallery in New York City featuring the work of all 50 Emerging Talents. Since its inception in 2007, Klompching Gallery has assembled a noteworthy roster of artists that represents the full range of contemporary fine art photography.

Projections At International Photo Festivals

Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Art Photo Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece

Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, Atlanta, GA, United States

Backlight Photo Festival, Tampere, Finland

Balkan Photo Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bangkok Photo Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland

BIP2016 – Biennial of the Possible, Liège, Belgium

BredaPhoto International Photo Festival, Breda, Netherlands

Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, United Kingdom

Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton, United Kingdom

Circulation(s), Paris, France

Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

Cortona on the Move, Cortona, Italy

DarmStadt Days of Photography, Darmstadt, Germany

Delhi Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews, New Delhi, India

Encontros da Imagem Photography Festival, Braga, Portugal

Eyes On, Vienna, Austria

FestFoto, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Festival de Fotografia de Tiradentes, Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Festival della Fotografia Etica, Lodi, Italy

Festival Internacional de Fotografia Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico

Festival Internacional de Fotografia Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

Filter Photo Festival, Chicago, IL, United States

FOCUS Photography Festival, Mumbai, India

FORMAT, Derby, United Kingdom

FOTO SOLO, New York, NY, United States

FOTOFESTIWAL - International Festival of Photography, Lodz, Poland

FotoLeggendo, Rome, Italy

Fotopub Portfolio Review, Novo Mesto, Slovenia

Gazebook: Sicily Photobook Festival, Punta Secca, Italy/Sicily

GETXOPHOTO International Photography Festival, Getxo, Spain

GuatePhoto Festival, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Head On Photo Festival, Bondi Beach - Sydney, Australia

Indian Photo Fest, Madhapur, India

Internationaal Fotofestival Overpelt, Overpelt, Belgium

Kaunas Photo Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania

Krakow Photomonth Festival, Krakow, Poland

Los Angeles Festival of Photography, LA, CA, United States

Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, CA, United States

Month of Photography Denver, Denver, CO, United States

Mostra São Paulo de Fotografia, São Paulo, Brazil

Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival, Kobe, Japan

Obscura Festival, Penang, Malaysia

Odessa//Batumi Photo Days Festival, Odessa, Ukraine / Batumi, Georgia

OFF_festival Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

Organ Vida - International Photography Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

Photo Romania Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Photography Festival Bialystok INTERPHOTO, Bialystok, Poland

Photolux Festival. International Biennial of Photography, Lucca, Italy

Photomed, Sanary-sur-mer, France

PHOTOMONTH East London, London, United Kingdom

PhotOn Festival, Valencia, Spain

PhotoVisa, Krasnodar, Russia

PondyPHOTO 2017, Pondicherry, India

Porto Photo Festival, Porto, Portugal

Street Photo San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States

Tbilisi Photo Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia

Tokyo International Photography Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Valongo, Valongo, Santos, Brazil

Vienna PhotoBook Festival, Vienna, Austria

Voies Off, Arles, France

Left: A screening of photographs from “The Best of LensCulture, Volume 1” at Voies Off Festival in Arles, July 2017. Right: Our growing list of festival partners.

All selected work will be screened at photo festivals and events worldwide throughout the year. LensCulture is actively partnering with international photo festivals to showcase our competitions’ winners & finalists. Our growing list of festivals includes: Voies Off Arles, FORMAT International Photography Festival, Athens Photo Festival, Organ Vida, Brighton PhotoBiennial, Cortona On the Move, FotoLeggendo Festival, Denver Month of Photography, Medium Photo Festival, Tokyo International Photography Festival, Head On Photo Festival, Tbilisi Photo Festival, GETXOPHOTO Festival—and many more!

Published in The Best of LensCulture,
Volume 2

Following the success of our first annual volume, we will once again be partnering with Schilt Publishing to produce a beautifully printed book of our award-winning photographers. This unique collection of photographic work will be available for purchase and distributed to industry members worldwide. Schilt Publishing is also the official publisher for the World Press Photo Foundation and FotoFest.

“Award-winning photographs that defy belief”
— The Telegraph

Visibility With Industry Insiders

We are connected to over 3,000 photography industry insiders around the world including top photo editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festival directors, agents, curators, online media publishers, and many more. LensCulture has become a key resource for these professionals to discover new work from photographers all over the world. This kind of industry-wide exposure is critical for both emerging and established photographers—all it takes is one set of eyes to change the course of your career.

Aaron Schuman, Director/Editor, SeeSaw Magazine, UK

Ada Takahashi, Director, Robert Koch Gallery, USA

Adina LoBiondo, Freelance Photo Editor, USA

Afton Almaraz, Senior Picture Editor, Getty Images, USA

Alan Taylor, Senior Editor, The Atlantic, USA

Alessandra Capodacqua, Photographer, Curator and Teacher of Photography/ The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), Italy

Alessandro Zuffi, Freelance Photo Editor, Paris, France

Alessia Glaviano, Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue Senior Photo Editor, Events Art Director at Conde Nast, Italy

Alexa Becker, Acquisitions Editor, Kehrer Verlag Publishers, Germany

Aline Smithson, Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Lenscratch, USA

Alison Nordstrom, Independent Scholar/Curator of Photographs, Alison Nordström, USA

Alyssa Coppelman, Photo Editor, Harper’s Magazine, USA

Amber Terranova, Executive Producer, SCREEN Projects, USA

Amy Feitelberg, Photo Art Director, Square, USA

Amy Pereira, Photography Director and Consultant, USA

Amy Wolff, Co-Founder and Creative Director, CoEdit Collection, USA

Andy Adams, Founder & Director, FlakPhoto, USA

Andy Greenacre, Picture Editor, Telegraph Magazine, UK

Ángel Luis González Fernández, Founder and Director, PhotoIreland, Ireland

Ann Jastrab Gallery, Director, RayKo Photo Center, USA

Ann Kendellen, Photographer and Reading Specialist, USA

Anna Dickson, Content and Community Photo Lead, Google, USA

Anna Gripp, Editor-in-chief, Photonews, Germany

Anna Walker Skillman, Owner/Director, Jackson Fine Arts, USA

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Global Digital Director, Magnum Photos, UK

Anne McNeill, Director, Impressions Gallery, UK

Anne Morin, Director, diChroma Photography, Spain

Anne Wilkes-Tucker, Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, USA

Antony Dickson, Features Photo Editor, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

Arianna Rinaldo, Artistic Director, Cortona On The Move, Spain

Ariel Shanberg, Independent Curator and Writer, USA

Audrey Turpin, Production Manager at CENTQUATRE, General Coordinator of Circulation(s) Festival, France

Barbara Čeferin, Owner, Galerija Fotografija, Slovenia

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

Bas Vroege, Director, Paradox, Netherlands

Ben Zlotkin, Founder & Director, Edition One Books, USA

Bevin Bering Dubrowski, Curator, Photography Specialist and Arts Advocate, BBD Photography, USA

Bjarke Myrthu, Founder & CEO, Storyfriend and BLIND SPOT INC., USA

Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Canada

Brett Roegiers, Photo Editor, CNN.com, USA

Brian Paul Clamp, Owner/Director, ClampArt Gallery, USA

Brian Storm, Founder & Executive Producer, MediaStorm, USA

Bronwen Latimer, Officer, Multimedia at The Pew Charitable Trusts, USA

Carlos Carvalho, Owner, Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporanea, Portugal

Caroline Hunter, Picture Editor, Guardian Weekend Magazine, UK

Catherine Edelman, Owner, Catherine Edelman Gallery, USA

Celeste Jovanovich, Sales Director, Fahey/Klein Gallery, USA

Celia Davies, Director, Photoworks, UK

Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director & Chief Curator, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Germany

Charles Guice, Founder/Director, Charles Guice Contemporary, USA

Charlotte van Lingen, Senior Curator, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands

Chelsea Matiash, Senior Photo Editor, The Intercept, USA

Chris Jordan, Studio Manager, Chris Jordan Photographic Arts, USA

Chris Littlewood, Photography Director, Flowers Gallery, UK

Christophe de Jaeger, Programme Manager, BOZAR Photo, Belgium

Christophe Laloi, Artistic Director, Voies Off Arles, France

Christopher Rauschenberg, Founding Member, Blue Sky Photographers’ Collective and Gallery, USA

Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, The Photographer’s Gallery, UK

Corey Keller, Curator at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

Corinne Tapia, Director, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, USA

Cristina De Middel, Artist, Juana de Aizpuru, UK

Daphné Anglès, Picture Editor/Bureau Manager, The New York Times Paris, France

Darbe Rotach, Senior Photo Editor, WebMD, USA

Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs, Christie’s, USA

Darren Ching, Owner, Klompching Gallery, USA

David Alan Harvey, Full Member Photographer, Magnum Photos, USA

David Birkitt, Founder, DMB Represents, UK

David Campbell, Director of Communications and Engagement, World Press Photo Foundation, Netherlands

David Chickey, Publisher, Radius Books, USA

David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery, UK

Dr David Kogan Ph.D., Owner, Cinderella Photography, Canada

Deborah Dragon, Photo Producer / Photo Editor, USA

Deborah Klochko, Director, Museum of Photographic Arts, USA

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

Denise Wolff, Senior Editor, Aperture, USA

Dewi Lewis, Owner, Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK

Dimitri Beck, Director of Photography, Polka Magazine, France

Dina Mitrani, Gallery Owner, Dina Mitrani Gallery, USA

Dmitri Beck, Director of Photography, Polka Magazine, France

Donna Cohen, Photo Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek, USA

Ed Carey, Director, Gallery 291, USA

Eder Chiodetto, Independent Photography Curator, Brazil

Eduard Planting, Owner, Eduard Planting Gallery | Fine Art Photographs, Netherlands

Elda Harrington, Owner, Escuela Argentina de Fotografia, Argentina

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

Elie Domit, Director, East Wing Gallery, Qatar

Elinor Carucci, Teacher of Photography, School of Visual Arts, USA

Elisa Medde, Managing Editor, FOAM Magazine, Netherlands

Elisabeth Biondi, Visuals Editor, Curator, Writer, Teacher, Advisor, Biondi Foto, USA

Elissa Curtis, Deputy Photo Director, The Wall Street Journal, USA

Elizabeth Avedon, Correspondent USA/Reporter, L’Oeil de la Photographie, USA

Elizabeth Johnson, Sr. Photo Editor, CNN Digital, USA

Elizabeth Lapp, Head of Social Marketing, Yahoo, USA

Els Barents, Independent Photo Historian, Writer & Researcher, Els Barents, Netherlands

Emily Adams, Photography Exhibition Specialist, Mexico

Emily Graham, Cultural & Education Manager, Magnum Photos, UK

Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography, FT Weekend Magazine, UK

Enrico Bossan, Photographer

Enrico Stefanelli, Founder, President and Artistic Director, Photolux Festival, Italy

Erik Vroons, Chief Editor, GUP Magazine, Netherlands

Evgeny Berezner, Deputy General Director, ROSIZO State Museum&Exhibition Center, Ministry of Culture of Russia, Russia

Felicia Anastasia, Founder & Creative Director, Anastasia Photo Gallery, USA

Fiona Rogers, Global Business Development Manager, Magnum Photos, UK

Francis Hodgson, Professor in the Culture of Photography at University of Brighton

Francoise Callier, Program Coordinator, Angkor Photo Festival, France

Frazier King, Member of Board and Exhibition Committee, Houston Center for Photography, USA

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

Frits Gierstberg, Head of Exhibitions/Curator, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Netherlands

Gad Edery, CEO, Gad Collection, France

Gaia Tripoli, Photodesk - Deputy for Business and Assignments, International New York Times, Italy

Gail Marowitz, Creative Director, The Visual Strategist, USA

Garry Sommerfeld, Manager Photographic Services, NGV National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

Genevieve Fussell, Senior Photo Editor, The New Yorker, USA

Gilles Steinmann, Photo Editor, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland

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

Gregory Eddi Jones, Founding Editor, In the In-Between, USA

Hamidah Glasgow, Executive Director/Curator, The Center for Fine Art Photography, USA

Hannah Watson, Director, TJ Boulting Gallery and Trolley Books, UK

Hélène Joye-Cagnard, Director, Journées photographiques de Bienne, Switzerland

Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography, Newsweek, Japan

Ian Shive, CEO & Founder, Tandem Stills + Motion, USA

Iatã Cannabrava, Partner, Estúdio Madalena, Brazil

Ihiro Hayami, Director, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan

Ishida Tetsuro, Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan

Jacob Aue Sobol, Photographer, MagnumPhotos, Denmark

James Estrin, Photographer/Lens Blog Editor, The New York Times, USA

Jason Landry, Director, New Hampshire Institute of Art, USA

Jeanne Mercier, Editor, Coordinator, and Trainer, Afrique in visu, Morocco

Jeff Gates, Lead Producer, Smithsonian American Art Museum, USA

Jeff Moorfoot, Editor, BETA Developments in Photography, Australia

Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator of Photography, Guggenheim.org, USA

Jenny Smets, Member of the Supervisory Board, World Press Photo, Netherlands

Jeremy Ross, Freelance Photographer

Jessica Lim, Curator & Editor, 111 East Gallery

Jessie Wender, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic, USA

Joanne Junga Yang, Director,Y&G Art, South Korea

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

John Duncan, Editor, Source Photographic Review, UK

Jolene Hanson, Director, The G2 Gallery, USA

Jon Jones, Director of Photography, Sunday Times, UK

Jorge de la Torriente, Owner / Photographer, De La Gallery, USA

Juli Lowe, Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery, USA

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

Karen Davis, Director/Co-owner, Davis Orton Gallery,USA

Karen Downey, Project Manager, Arts Council, Ireland

Karin Bareman, Exhibitions & Projects Organiser, Autograph Abp, Netherlands

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

Kathleen Prutting, Manager Photo Editor, CBS Broadcast Network, USA

Kathy Moran, Sr. Editor, Natural History at National Geographic Magazine, USA

Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, The New York Times Magazine, USA

Ken Geiger, Dep. Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine, USA

Kenneth Dickerman, Foreign Photo Editor at The Washington Post, USA

Kottie Gaydos, Director of Operations & Curator, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, USA

Kris Graves, Studio Manager and Photographer, Guggenheim Museum, USA

Krzysztof, Candrowicz Director at Lodz Art Center, and Member of Fotoestiwal Collective, Poland

Kurt Mutchler, Senior Science Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine, USA

Lars Boering, Managing Director, World Press Photo, Netherlands

Laura Pressley, Executive Director, CENTER, USA

Laura Serani, Artistic Director, Photography Residence Foundation Treilles, France

Lauren Ford, Acting Photographic Editor, asos.com, UK

Linda Benedict-Jones, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, USA

Lisa J. Sutcliffe, Curator of Photography and Media Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, USA

Lizzy Oppenheimer, Senior Photo Editor, InStyle, USA

Louise Clements, Artistic Director, Derby QUAD Limited and FORMAT International Photography Festival, UK

Luc Rabaey, Owner, 44 Gallery, Belgium

Lucy Bell, Director, Lucy Bell Fine Art, UK

Maarten Schilt, Publisher and Gallerist, Schilt Publishing & Gallery, Netherlands

Magdalena Herrera, Director of Photography, GEO France, France

Maja Saphir, Web Photo Editor, Fast Company, USA

Manila Camarini, Photo Editor, D La Repubblica, Italy

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

Marc Prüst, Curator at Noorderlicht Photogallery, Netherlands

Marcel Feil, Deputy Director of Artistic Affairs, FOAM, Netherlands

Marcia Allert, Director of Photography at The Dallas Morning News, USA

Margaret Kelly, Exhibition and Art Fair Manager, Pace/Macgill Gallery, USA

Margy Dudley, Owner, Open Shutter Gallery, USA

Maria Garcia Yelo, Deputy Manager, PHotoEspaña International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts, Spain

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

Marion Hislen, Director, Circulations Festival, France

Marisa Schwartz, Taylor Photo Editor, The New York Times, USA

Mark Murrmann, Photo Editor, Mother Jones, USA

Martin Parr, Award-Winning Photographer and Curator, UK

Mary Virginia, Swanson Manager of Institutional Giving, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, USA

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

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

Matt Stuart, Independent Street Photographer, UK

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

Matt Tucker, Picture Editor, BuzzFeed, UK

Mauro Bedoni, Programme Manager at Derby QUAD Limited

Maya Byskov, Artistic Director, The Independent AIR, Germany

Meaghan Looram, Deputy Photo Editor, The New York Times, USA

Melissa Ryan, Director of Photography, Nature Conservancy Magazine, USA

Mia Diehl, Photography Director/Fortune Magazine, USA

Michael Dooney, Director, Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Germany

Michael Famighetti, Editor, Aperture Magazine, USA

Michael Foley, Owner, Foley Gallery, USA

Michael Mack, Founder, mackbooks.co.uk, UK

Michael Weir, Director/Founder, Belfast Photo Festival, UK

Michael Wichita, Director of Photography, AARP, USA

Michael Zajakowski, Features Picture Editor, Chicago Tribune, USA

Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director at Pacific Center Northwest, Founder of Minor Matters Books, USA

Miriam Romais, Marketing & Strategic Development Advisor, Center for Photography at Woodstock, USA

Miyako Yoshinaga, Director, Mikayo Yoshinga Gallery, USA

Molly Roberts Chief, Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine, USA and Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic Magazine, USA

Monica Allende, Photography Editor, Curator, and Educator, UK

Moritz Neumüller, Academic Director of Photography Programs, Istituto Europeo di Design, Spain

Moshe Rosenzveig, Director, Head On Photo Festival, Australia

Mutsuko Ota, Editorial Director, IMA magazine, Japan

Natalie Matutschovsky, Senior Photo Editor, Time Magazine, USA

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

Nathalie Gallon, Director and Curator, Tarfa Project, France

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

Neil Binkley, Creative Director/Founder, BINKLEY +, USA

Newsha Tavakolian, Magnum Photographer, Iran

Olivier Laurent, Editor of LightBox, Time Magazine, USA

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

Paul di Felice, Senior Lecturer (Visual Arts), University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography, USA

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, UAE

Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery, UK

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

Regina Maria Anzenberger, Founder, AnzenbergerGallery, Austria

Régina Monfort, Photo Editor, FotoEvidence, USA

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

Rina Tokura, Editor-in-Chief, IMA Magazine and Concept Stores, Japan

Roger Archibald, Photo Editor, Society of Environmental Journalists, USA

Roger Tooth, Head of Photography, The Guardian, UK

Roman Härer, Creative Director, plainpicture, Germany

Roxanne Behr, Senior Photo Editor, New York Magazine, USA

Rui Prata, Director, Museu da Imagem, Portugal

Rupert Jenkins, Founder and Head of Corrections, Durrington Edits, USA

Ruth Offen, Director/Curator, www.waterworksgallery.com, USA

Sacha Lecca, Deputy Photo Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine, USA

Sadie Quarrier, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Society, USA

Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries, USA

Sara Guerrini, Freelance Photo Editor and Photography Consultant, Italy

Sarah Bonk, Freelance Photo Editor

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

Sarina Finkelstein, Photo Editor, Money Magazine, USA

Scott McKiernan, Founder/Director, ThePicturesofTheDay.com, USA

Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs, Museum of the City of New York, USA

Sébastian Hau, Director, Le Bal Books, France

Selva Barni, Founder & Editor, Fantom Editions, Italy

Serge Belet, Senior Exhibitions Manager / Exhibitions Management, National Gallery of Canada, Canada

Dr. Shahidul Alam, Director, Chobi Mela Festival of Photography, Bangladesh

Silvia Mangialardi, Director, Fotomundo Magazine, Argentina

Simon Lim, Freelance Photographer

Stacey Baker, Owner, Stacey Baker Photographic Artistry, USA

Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust, USA

Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review, USA

Sujong Song, Independent Photography Professional, South Korea

Susan Spiritus, Owner, Susan Spiritus Gallery, USA

Susan Zadeh, Founder/Photography Director, Eyemazing Editions, Netherlands

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

Taj Forer, Cofounder & CEO, Fabl, USA

Tala Skari, Director of Photography, International New York Times, France

Thomas Seelig, Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Tiffany Hagler-Geard, Director of Social Media / Staff Photographer/Videographer at Humane Society of New York Inc.

Todd Hido, Photographer, USA

Todd James, Sr. Photo Editor, National Geographic Society, USA

Todd Tubutis, Associate Director, Sheldon Museum of Art, USA

Tomoka Aya, Owner/Director, The Third EyeGallery Aya, Tokyo, Japan

Ute Noll, Photo Director, Du Kulturmagazin, Germany

Valerie Fougeirol, Co-commissioner with Rafal Lawandowski, Asymetria Gallery, France

Vangelis Ioakimidis, Director, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece

Volker Lensch, Photo Editor at Stern Magazine, G&J, Germany

Whitney Johnson, Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic, USA

Wim Melis, Curator, Noorderlicht Photography, Netherlands

Xavier Canonne, Director, Musée de la Photographie, Belgium

Xavier Soule, CEO of Abvent Group and Gallery VU, France

Yuko Yamaji, Curator, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan

Yumi Goto, Financial Analyst at Cushman & Wakefield, USA

Zoe Chun, Communications Director, Kukje Gallery, South Korea

International Press Exposure

Each year, LensCulture award winners receive a variety of press coverage from publications and media outlets around the world. Winners, finalists and entrants have been featured in such major publications as BBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, TIME LightBox, The British Journal of Photography, and The Telegraph as well as many other national and international media outlets. This kind of press exposure can lead to viral, global recognition of your work.

Opportunity for LensCulture
Instagram Takeover

Our editorial team will pick a number of photographers from the top 50 Talents to feature as week-long takeovers on LensCulture’s Instagram feed. The popular feed, which has nearly 600,000 followers from all over the world, is an excellent platform for emerging photographers to showcase their latest projects to an international audience and grow their own following. Previous takeovers have featured Alec Soth, Bruce Gilden, Matt Stuart, Randy Olson, Gerd Ludwig, and many others.


Other Awards & Benefits Include:

  • Permanent Winners Gallery Promoted to Our Audience of 2.5m: The selected work will be featured in a permanent online gallery hosted by LensCulture. It will be accessible to photography-lovers from all over the world, meaning the work of every Emerging Talent can be discovered by viewers long after the competition and gallery exhibition have closed.
  • Immediate Exposure of Your Work During the Competition: Just by entering, your work will be reviewed by editors from LensCulture for immediate exposure in our Competition Gallery and across all our online channels, reaching a combined audience of over 2.5 million. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with the global photography community. Note that while our team reviews entries on a daily basis, they can only share a limited number of featured entries.
  • A Free LensCulture Portfolio Account to Showcase Your Work: Get a FREE LensCulture Portfolio Account when you submit to the Emerging Talent Awards! Our new photo viewer offers a stunning, full-screen display of your photos plus support for an unlimited number of projects to showcase your latest work.
More Awards
  • $20,000 in Grant Awards
  • New York City Gallery Exhibition
  • Projections at International Photo Festivals
  • Published in The Best of LensCulture, Vol. 2
  • Visibility with Industry Insiders
  • Emerging Talent Awards 2017 Winners Gallery
  • Opportunity for LensCulture Instagram Takeover
  • International Press Exposure
  • Permanent Winners Gallery Promoted to Our Audience of 2.5m
  • Immediate Exposure of Your Work During the Competition
  • A Free LensCulture Portfolio Account to Showcase Your Work
© John Feely

Free Submission Review by
Industry Professionals

Enter the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017 and get a free Submission Review of your work. This is an opportunity for you to receive critical and constructive feedback on your photography from top photo editors, curators, publishers, gallerists, educators, critics, consultants, and other industry professionals. These reviews not only help you have more success in future photo competitions but provide major insight into moving forward creatively and professionally.

Read what LensCulture’s community of photographers is saying about Submission Reviews:

Thank you! This was really a terrific and thoughtful review. It’s tough once you hit a point in your work to get the type of critical review that pushes you forward, and I think you guys do as good a job as I’ve seen given the format and resources (i.e. not an in-person critique or formal portfolio review). In fact, your reviewer’s suggestions on a previous project helped me be named as PhotoLucida finalist in 2016 which led to a show at the Annenberg Space in LA.

— Mike Magers
See Mike’s full review »

This review helped me much more than I was expecting!! I was a bit lost selecting the photos for this portfolio, and now I have a better idea on what to do and how to proceed with this idea! Again, thank you!!!

— Andrea Schmidt
See Andrea’s full review »

Wow! Thank you so much for the review on my submission. I wasn’t sure if submitting my work would be worth the price since I’m an amateur, but to receive the high quality feedback that I did is really a great surprise. It is the kind of honest review that is difficult to find, but it gave me both praise and critique and was very helpful. Thank you to your entire team for delivering a superior experience!

— Stephen Hoppe
See Stephen’s full review »
© Gianluca Micheletti

Participate. Engage. Share. Connect.

Our photography competitions are different. We believe every photographer who participates deserves an opportunity for global recognition and professionally-written feedback. The sooner you enter, the more opportunities you will have to gain international exposure and to engage with our worldwide community of emerging talents. And remember, you can edit your submission all the way up to the deadline. So, get started today!

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.

FINE ART • PORTRAIT • LANDSCAPE • ARCHITECTURE • INTERIORS • ALTERNATIVE PROCESS • PHOTOJOURNALISM • DOCUMENTARY • CONCEPTUAL • STILL LIFE • B & W • NATURE • STREET PHOTOGRAPHY • ABSTRACT • EXPERIMENTAL • STAGED

Closed for new entries.
© Doruk Sikman

Career Changing Exposure

For over a dozen years, LensCulture has been committed to helping photographers of all levels move forward creatively and professionally. In that time, we have heard from hundreds of photographers who were able to achieve breakthroughs in their careers though participation in the LensCulture community. Here are six examples of LensCulture award-winners moving forward—

More Success Stories

Meet the photographers that are moving forward in their careers and gaining inspiration from the LensCulture community every day. You could be next—and we want to help you get there! Click on the photographer’s photo to hear how their careers were impacted by winning LensCulture awards.

  • Roderick McNicol
    Australia
  • Frank Herfort
    Germany
  • Jonghun Lee
    South Korea
  • Marcus DeSieno
    United States
  • Sheng Wen Lo
    Taiwan
  • Philip Kanwischer
    Canada
  • Rahima Gambo
    Nigeria
  • Ofir Barak
    Israel
  • Annabel Oosteweeghel
    The Netherlands
  • Joshua Rashaad McFadden
    United States
  • Laura Hospes
    The Netherlands
  • Matej Povse
    Slovenia
  • Camille Michel
    France
  • Eugenio Grosso
    United Kingdom
  • Andreas Olesen
    Denmark
  • Ian Hughes
    UK
  • Lucy Hilmer
    USA
  • Joan Alvado
    Spain
  • Susana Cabanero
    Spain
  • Alia Ali
    Yemen
  • Mathieu Willcocks
    United Kingdom
  • Pierre Abensur
    France
  • Polly Braden
    United Kingdom
  • Peter Braunholz
    Germany
  • Sylvain Biard
    France
  • Mankichi Shinshi
    Japan
  • Candace Karch
    USA
  • Daesung Lee
    France
  • Daisuke Takakura
    Japan
  • Daniele Pintore
    United Kingdom
  • Debi Cornwall
    United States
  • Douglas Ljungkvist
    United States
  • Ellie Davies
    United Kingdom
  • Fulvio Bugani
    Italy
  • Kurt Simonson
    United States
  • Michael Joseph
    United States
  • Philipp Englehorn
    Hong Kong
  • Tetsuya Kusu
    Japan
  • Thomas Kiefer
    United States
  • Frances Denny
    United States
  • Sandra Pereznieto
    Mexico
  • Denny Renshaw
    United States
  • Steve Scallone
    Australia
  • Niki Boon
    New Zealand
  • Matjaz Krivic
    Slovenia
  • Karina Sechi
    Spain
  • Kris Sanford
    United States
  • Luca Lupi
    Italy
  • Lydia Goldblatt
    United Kingdom
  • Marius Schultz
    Norway

WE RESPECT ARTIST’S RIGHTS
All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period.
Emerging Talents and Jurors’ Picks grant LensCulture limited, restricted use of winning photos only to promote the photographers themselves and in connection with marketing LensCulture Awards competitions. LensCulture editors will select and feature hundreds (but not all) of submissions during the competition in our online gallery and social media albums (always with copyright credit noted for each participating photographer).
Details can be found in the Competition rules.

© Misha Petrov