6th annual global call for photography
The LensCulture Exposure Awards 2014 is an international competition that aims to discover and showcase the best photographers from all over the world. Share your images with the world for a chance at over $10,000 in awards, as well as a world-class exhibition in London and massive exposure to our global audience of over 900,000. Our international jury of notable industry professionals will select six top winners in two categories and 25 finalists. These are our largest international awards of the year and YOU are invited to submit your best photographs and get worldwide recognition.
Deadline: Monday, December 22, 2014
open to all types of photography
FINE ART • PORTRAIT • LANDSCAPE • ARCHITECTURE • INTERIORS • ALTERNATIVE PROCESS • PHOTOJOURNALISM • DOCUMENTARY • CONCEPTUAL
STILL LIFE • B & W • NATURE • STREET PHOTOGRAPHY • ABSTRACT • EXPERIMENTAL • STAGED
exposure awards 2014 international jury
National Geographic Magazine
Sarah Leen is the Director of Photography for National Geographic magazine. For nearly 20 years prior she worked as a freelance photographer publishing 16 stories in the magazine. She joined the staff in 2004 as a Senior Photo Editor.
Leen graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1974 from the University of Missouri, Columbia and continued with graduate studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. Leen was the College Photographer of the Year in 1979 and worked as a staff photographer for both the Topeka Capital Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1982. She published 16 stories in National Geographic magazine as a photographer.
Leen has won numerous awards for her photography in the Pictures of the Year (POYi) and the World Press Photos competition. In 2007 and 2008 she won first place Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio from POYi and second place in 2011.
In 2010 Leen was the curator of National Geographic magazine’s Water is Life exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the Beyond the Photograph exhibit at the National Geographic Society headquarters in 2011 and in 2013 curated exhibit at the Annenberg Space, The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years.
Agence VU’ &
New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
United Photo Industries & Photoville
New York, NY
Prior to founding United Photo Industries and launching the United Photo Industries Gallery, he was the Director of the New York Photo Festival. In his dual capacity as curator and festival organizer, he has had the pleasure and privilege of curating photo exhibitions and lecturing on current trends in contemporary photography as far afield as China, Greece, USA, and Japan.
Over the past few years, he has served as juror, nominator, and reviewer for the Prix Pictet, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Houston FotoFest, the New York Photo Awards, Artists Wanted, the Google Photography Prize, the SilverEye Fellowship, and the FotoVisura Grant, among many others.
Click on the photos below to learn more about the photographers & how to support their work.
Featured entries selected by LensCulture Editors.
Honorable Mention, Exposure Awards 2013
exposure begins now
awards & benefits
- Over $10,000 in awards and opportunities for hundreds of entrants to gain global exposure and career-changing recognition.
- Six Winners and 25 Finalists will be shown at a gala exhibition in London and will be included in the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2014 Printed Annual.
- Massive exposure to our global audience of over 900,000, including photography enthusiasts and industry experts on lensculture.com and social media.
- Direct visibility to photo industry curators, directors, editors and publishers.
|— JURY SELECTED —||LENSCULTURE|
|6 Winners||25 Finalists||Editors' Picks*|
|$10,000 in Cash Awards|
|Projections in 5 Major Cities|
|Exposure Awards 2014 Printed Annual|
|Featured Article on LensCulture.com|
|Live, Online Review with Juror|
|Massive Online Exposure|
|Visibility with LensCulture Insiders|
|Immediate Exposure in Competition Gallery|
|Invitation-only LensCulture Portfolio Account|
*Editors' Picks: LensCulture editors will select hundreds of photographers during the competition for immediate exposure to our global audience of over 900,000, visibility with LensCulture Insiders, and an invitation-only LensCulture Portfolio account.
learn more about the awards:
Grand Prize $3000
2nd Prize: $2000
3rd Prize: $1000
Single Image Award:
Grand Prize $2500
2nd Prize: $1000
3rd Prize: $500
Exhibition at Photo London
All winners & finalists work will be exhibited at Photo London – a major international photography event for collectors and the general public that will take place at Somerset House, in London, from 21-24 May 2015. All printing and framing will be generously donated by Genesis Imaging, UK. This is world-class exposure at its best!
International Photo Festivals
Top selected work from Winners and Finalists will be digitally projected at photo festivals and events throughout the year.
LensCulture Exposure Awards 2014 Printed Annual
A museum-quality competition catalog featuring the Winners and Finalists work will be distributed to hundreds of LensCulture Insiders and industry experts including editors, curators, festival directors, publishers, gallery directors and more.
LensCulture Insiders Visibility
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 photography professionals. We believe this kind of exposure is critical for photographers to gain valuable opportunities.
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
Anna Dickson, Photography Director, AOL/Huffington Post Media Group, USA
Anna Gripp, Editor , Photonews, Germany
Anna Skillman, Owner/Director, Jackson Fine Arts, USA
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, Lux Photo Gallery, 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
Richard A. Brooks, Deputy Photo Director, Agence France-Presse, China
Roman Härer, Creative Director, plainpicture, Germany
Rui Prata, Director, Museu da Imagem, Portugal
Régina Monfort, Photographer/Consulting Editor, FotoEvidence, USA
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
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
Sébastian Hau, Director, Le Bal Books, France
Taj Forer , Director, Daylight Magazine, USA
Xavier Soule, President/Director, Gallery VU, France
Ángel Luis González, Director, PhotoIreland, Ireland
Live, Online Review Session with a Juror
All Winners and Finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a live, online review of their work with a member of our jury using 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 for Winners and Finalists
Work from Winners and Finalists will be shared across our global network of over 900,000 on LensCulture.com, 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 opportunities—see our Success Stories.
Immediate Exposure on LensCulture and Social Media
Just by entering your work, you have an opportunity for immediate exposure in our Competition Gallery and multiple social media channels. Our editors review incoming work daily so we recommend not waiting until the deadline — start your submission now for a chance at immediate exposure!
“My biggest success came as a direct result of submitting my photos to LensCulture. One of my photos was featured on LensCulture’s Facebook page before the contest results were even announced and it was seen by someone at Harper’s. Harper’s contacted me and asked if they could publish 3 of my photos!... It felt amazing to see my photos in every newsstand across the US. It would not have happened without LensCulture.”
1st place, Single Image Category, Exposure Awards 2013
show us your best stuff
Photography has the power to transcend barriers and connect people everywhere. We welcome submissions by photographers from every culture in the world! In this truly global competition, we hope to discover and share this year’s best photographers from every corner of the map. Don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized as one of the best photographers the world has to offer.
To truly capture 2014’s best photography from around the world, there are no limitations on age, level, genre, or location. For further information, please see our FAQ.
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
“I received a lot of attention after being published in LensCulture! First, my work was published in a couple of US magazines and then, I was offered an exhibition in New York City at the Robert Mann Gallery in Chelsea!”
1st Prize Winner, Portfolio, Exposure Awards 2013
connecting talent to opportunity
Exposure. Reach. Results. This has been LensCulture’s mantra — it seems to be working!
We are committed to creating the most effective photography competitions in the world for exposing the work of talented photographers to a massive global audience. Often this exposure leads to career-building opportunities, take a look for yourself!
Kirsty MitchellLondon, United Kingdom
Recent Visual Storytelling 2014 Winner Kirsty Mitchell shares Wonderland, the amazing fictional narrative she just completed. See what happens after her LensCulture win was announced, it's a beautiful story on every level.
Laura StevensParis, France
Emerging Talent 2014 Winner Laura Stevens shares her story of one woman's journey throughout a breakup with her project Another November, and 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.
Alain LaboileBordeaux, France
French photographer Alain Laboile is a self-taught master of intimate photography, focusing on his own family. He photographs the freedoms of childhood among six siblings 'at the edge of the world' in rural France.
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Ellie DaviesUnited Kingdom
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