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How do I enter?

It's easy. Go to First, you'll be prompted to register for a free account to upload your files. Then just follow the simple instructions to arrange your files and to provide all the proper information for each. When your files are ready for final submission, you will be asked to pay entry fees of $35 (one single image) or $75 (up to 10 images in a single portfolio), plus $5 for each additional photograph submitted in either category. See below for more details.

Can I submit my photos as prints or CDs in the mail?

Sorry, but no. We only accept digital (jpeg or jpg) submissions via our web site. For good image quality and fast upload, your image files should be less than 5 MB each, and sized to a maximum of 2000 pixels on the long side. Our online portal offers additional instruction for submitting work. The international jury will review each of the photos on screen only.

What are the prizes?

• There are three cash prizes for the Portfolio Awards:

Grand prize: $2,500
2nd prize: $1,000
3rd prize: $500

• There are three cash prizes for the Single Image Awards:

Grand prize: $1,500
2nd prize: $500
3rd prize: $250

• Additional prizes for ALL CASH PRIZE WINNERS AND 25 FINALISTS:

Prominent worldwide exposure: All winning photos will be presented in feature articles in LensCulture and broadcast throughout our network to over 100,000 enthusiastic and influential media partners, photography professionals, experts, curators, collectors and photography lovers worldwide.


ALL Winners and Finalists will win custom Profile Pages on, with the ability to upload and display additional projects, and to link to their own professional websites, galleries, agencies, schools, publishers and photo books. This offers invaluable long-term worldwide exposure via one of the most respected platforms for global contemporary photography.

How many photos can I submit, and what are the fees?

For the Portfolio Award, you should submit a group of 5-10 images, for a total entry fee of $75. You may submit more than 10 images for an additional fee of $5 per additional image.

For the Single Image Award, you should submit one great image, for an entry fee of $35. You may submit more than one single image for an additional fee of $5 per additional image. There is no limit to the number of images that can be submitted at one time.

Can I change or re-arrange my photos after I've submitted them?

No, you cannot change your photos once you SUBMIT, however, you can rearrange them.

How many times can I enter?

You can submit as many times as you like (in both categories), assuming you have lots of great images, and you can afford to pay the entry fees for all of them. We suggest, however, that you edit your photos wisely, and send us only your very best.

I just started taking photos. Do I have a chance of winning?

Of course! We welcome applications from professionals, semi-professionals, amateurs and total beginners. We believe there is an artist in each of us. And we are interested in all kinds of photography — from sophisticated to quirky to wildly experimental to hard-edged realism.

If I have more questions, how do I contact you?

For technical questions related to uploading your photos, sizes, entry forms and credit card payments, use the support button at the upper right on the page.

If you can't find the answers to your other questions here or at the upload site, you can email us at We’ll be very busy processing entries though, (and creating new content for LensCulture), so it may take a while to get back to you. But we'll try to be fast and helpful! And we'll update this FAQ regularly in response to common questions we receive.

When are the prizes awarded, and when do the winners get featured in LensCulture?

The judging will be completed by December 1, 2013, and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Checks will be mailed to the cash prize winners no later than December 31, 2013. All winning photos will appear in the December/January issue of LensCulture, and will remain in our archives for a long time.

Can I get a refund?

No. Entry fees are non-refundable.

This all sounds too easy. Where’s the fine print?

It really is that easy! You can find the competition rules here. Here are some, but not all, of the basic rules that you agree to:

By submitting these photographs to LensCulture, I authorize that these are original works of art that I personally created.

I am releasing LensCulture and its agents, principals, employees or contractors from any liability regarding the display of work that I have submitted to them, including any liability for redisplay by individuals making copies of the display made by LensCulture.

By agreeing to this release, I authorize that I am 18 years of age or older.

I hereby authorize LensCulture to display, print, and distribute in any manner any photographs that I have entered in this competition to conduct and promote the LensCulture Exposure Awards competition. Each photographer retains copyright of his or her images, and proper credit lines will be attributed to each photographer when used in any publicity of LensCulture and/or the Exposure Awards.