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LensCulture and legendary photography agency Magnum Photos are joining forces to produce one of the best opportunities for photographers all over the world to be recognized and rewarded for their talent.
2017 marks a significant year for Magnum as they celebrate 70 years since four pioneering photographers toasted the conception of an independent photo agency. This landmark anniversary will be marked by a series of international events, projects and partnerships, with an emphasis on the agency's digital presence and the photography community at large.
Ahead of the anniversary celebrations, Magnum Photos and LensCulture invite you to enter our inaugural Magnum Photography Awards, an international call to discover the best photographers from all over the world. Our distinguished jury will select 12 Winners and 20 Finalists from Documentary, Street, Portrait, Fine Art, Photojournalism and Open categories. In addition, the jury will select 7 photographers as “Jurors’ Picks” and give out 5 “Student Spotlight” awards to young, up-and-coming talents.
Winners, finalists and top-rated photographers will gain access to an unprecedented level of global exposure and recognition from two of the largest organizations in the photo industry, with a combined audience of over 4 million.
Celebrate 70 years of Magnum Photos with us!
Since 1947, Magnum has served as an important collective of the visionary photographers who captured (and continue to capture) world-famous, iconic images that define and shape our rapidly-changing lives. It is often said that if you picture an iconic image, but can't think who took it or where it can be found, it probably came from Magnum.
Magnum Photos represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers, maintaining its founding ideals and idiosyncratic mix of journalists, artists and storytellers. The agency is strictly self-selecting and membership is considered the finest accolade of a photographer's career.
Both Magnum Photos and LensCulture are committed to developing visual talent. With this partnership, Magnum will continue to expand its education initiatives while recognizing new, talented photographers from all over the world. Together, the two organizations will continue their mission of helping photographers move forward in their careers, both creatively and professionally.
Magnum Photography Awards 2016 Jury
Martin ParrMagnum Photographer, President of Magnummore about Martin
Martin Parr is a British photojournalist, photobook collector, and documentary photographer. He is best known for his photographic projects which offer a critical examination of various elements of modern life, especially in suburban and provincial life in England.
In 1994, Parr became a full member of Magnum Photos. He has published nearly 50 books and has been featured in over 80 exhibitions around the world, including the Barbican Arts Center in London. Parr’s retrospective exhibit was chosen to be an important monthly display in 2007 for Photography Asia. He also received the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal in 2008 for his significant contributions to photography and an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society that same year. In 2008, Parr became Manchester Metropolitan University’s Honorary Doctor of Arts in acknowledgement of his contributions to the university’s school of art and also for his photography.
David KoganExecutive Directormore about David
David Kogan is the Executive Director of Magnum Photos with global responsibility for the 69 year old agency. A role he has held since 2014.
After graduating in 1979 he worked in newspapers and radio as a correspondent until he joined the BBC in 1982. There he held senior editorial positions in BBC radio on ‘Today’ and New York and in BBC Television on ‘Newsnight and ‘BBC Breakfast Time’.
In 1982 he co authored ‘The Battle for the Labour Party’.
From 1988 -1996 he was Managing Editor and then global Managing Director of Reuters Television responsible for both global news coverage and commercial management.
In 1998 he co-founded Reel Enterprises Ltd a company specialising in sports and broadcasting negotiations responsible for £21 billion of deal flow in the UK and international markets. In 2011 this was sold to Wasserman Media Group.
He has held a variety of Non Executive Directorships and Chairmanships and holds an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Television Society and Honorary Doctorate in the Arts from the University of Bedfordshire. In 2014 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire under the Diplomatic List.
Stacey BakerPhoto Editormore about Stacey
New York Times Magazine
New York, USA
Stacey Baker is a photo editor at The New York Times Magazine. She assigns and produces photography for the weekly publication on topics as varied as sports, politics, religion and pop culture. She works with an array of photographers from all over the world, including photojournalists and portrait, fine-art and conceptual photographers. These include Alec Soth, Damon Winter, Lars Tunbjork, Stephanie Sinclair, Nadav Kander and Katy Grannan. She is a former director of photography at More Magazine.
David Alan HarveyMagnum Photographer, Founder of Burn Magazinemore about David Alan
New York, USA
David Alan Harvey has photographed more than 40 articles for National Geographic, beginning with a story about Tangier Island, Virginia, in the November 1973 issue of the magazine.
In 1978, Harvey was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Nikon Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His photographs have appeared in Life, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated. He is well known for his work on Spanish cultural migration into the Americas and has produced significant bodies of work in Mexico, Cuba and Brazil.
He has published five books, Cuba, Divided Soul, Jeju Haenyeo, Based on a True Story and a republication of his seminal 1967 project, Tell It Like It Is.
Harvey is the founder and editor of the award-winning Burn magazine, featuring iconic and emerging photographers in print and online. He joined Magnum Photos as an associate in 1993 and became a member in 1997.
Amy PereiraDirector of Photographymore about Amy
New York, USA
Amy Pereira is the Director of Photography at MSNBC, where in 2013 she launched the photography department and visual direction of the new MSNBC.com. Her primary focus is documentary photography and visual storytelling with an emphasis on issues surrounding social justice.
Prior to her current position, she was the senior photo editor at Newsweek International for 10 years and the editor of multiple books of photography. In the summer of 2015, she produced photographer Matt Black’s “Geography of Poverty,” a three-month, long-form feature on income inequality in America. She is currently producing, in partnership with Magnum Photos, an ambitious multi-part special feature on the global migrant and refugee crisis.
Newsha TavakolianMagnum Photographermore about Newsha
Newsha Tavakolian was born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran. A self-taught photographer, Newsha began working professionally in the Iranian press at the age of 16, at a women’s daily newspaper “Zan”. At the age of 18, she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising, which was a turning point for the country’s blossoming reformist movement and for Newsha personally as a photojournalist; a year later she joined the New York-based agency Polaris Images.
In 2002, she began working internationally, covering the war in Iraq. She has since covered regional conflicts, natural disasters and made social documentary stories. Her work has been published in international magazines and newspapers such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad, The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic.
In 2009, Newsha covered the Presidential elections in Iran, which ended up in chaos and forced her to temporarily halt her photojournalistic work. Instead, she started working on projects that experts describe as a mix of social documentary photography and art.
Her work has been displayed in dozens of international art exhibitions and has been on show in museums such as the Victoria & Albert, LACMA in and the British Museum, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. In 2014, Newsha was chosen as the fifth laureate of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. She published her first book, Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album in 2015, the same year she joined Magnum Photos, where she will be a nominee for two years. Recently, she was chosen as the principle laureate of the Prince Claus Award.
Jim CasperEditor-in-Chief & Publishermore about Jim
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jim 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.
“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... they are made with the eye, heart and head.”
— Henri Cartier-Bresson, Founder Magnum Photos
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Documentary | Portrait | Street | Fine Art | Photojournalism | Open
LensCulture's dedication to helping photographers move forward has helped to jumpstart careers and inspire a community of over 1.5 million across the globe to share work, critique projects and engage with each other. That's why Magnum partnered with them: to facilitate more stories of discovery and success. Here are just a few examples from previous LensCulture winners & finalists:
Magnum Photos Awards 2016 Competition Gallery
“Magnum Photos is delighted to be working with LensCulture on this exciting new competition, which we hope will attract diverse photographic practices from all over the world. 2016 marks a significant juncture for the agency as we launch a new, stories-first website, in the lead-up to our 70th anniversary. We view this new Award as an opportunity for our dedicated audience — and the photography community at large — to share in our celebrations.”
— Martin Parr, Magnum photographer and President
Awards & Benefits
|— JURY SELECTED —||— MAGNUM —|
|Winners||Finalists||Jurors' Picks||Student Spotlight||Editors' Picks*||Every Entrant|
|$18,000 in Cash Awards|
|Magnum Online Exhibition|
|Visibility with Industry Insiders and Magnum Photographers|
|Magnum Photography Awards Printed Annual|
|International Press Exposure|
|International Photo Festival Projections|
|Featured Article MagnumPhotos.com and LensCulture.com|
|Live, Online Review with a Magnum Photographer|
|Magnum Gift Bag|
|15% off discount on the Magnum Square Print Sale|
|Immediate Exposure in Magnum Competition Gallery|
|Submission Review by Photo Industry Expert**|
*Editors' Picks: During the competition, Magnum's editors will curate entries for immediate exposure to their global audience through the competition gallery and Facebook page. Also, the highest-rated entries will gain visibility with the Magnum and LensCulture networks and receive an invitation-only LensCulture Portfolio account, which serves as a great platform to reach a huge global audience.
**Submission Review: Available for all Series entries and 5+ Single entries
Awards & Benefits
Documentary, Portrait, Street, Photojournalism, Fine Art and Open
Documentary, Portrait, Street, Photojournalism, Fine Art and Open
Magnum Photography Awards 2016
All selected work including Winners, Finalists, Juror's Picks and Student Spotlight will be included in an online exhibition hosted by Magnum Photos and LensCulture. It will be accessible all over the world, meaning the work of every photographer can be browsed by millions of viewers long after the competition closes.
Festival Projections At Over 30
International Photo Festivals
All selected work will be screened at over 30 photo festivals worldwide throughout the year. LensCulture and Magnum are actively partnering with international photo festivals to showcase our competitions' winners & finalists. Our growing list of festivals includes: FORMAT International Photography Festival, Belfast Photo Festival, Athens Photo Festival, Circulation(s) Photo Festival, Tokyo International Photography Festival, Cortona on the Move, Medium Festival of Photography, Copenhagen Photo Festival — and many more!
Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Art Photo Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece
Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, Atlanta, GA, USA
Backlight Photo Festival, Tampere, Finland
Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Circulation(s), Paris, France
Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cortona on the Move, Cortona, Italy
Delhi Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews, New Delhi, India
Encontros da Imagem Photography Festival, Braga, Portugal
Eyes On, Vienna, Austria
FestFoto, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Festival Photomed, Sanary-sur-mer, France
FORMAT, Derby, United Kingdom
FOTO SOLO, New York, NY, USA
FotoLeggendo, Rome, Italy
Krakow Photomonth Festival, Krakow, Poland
Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, CA, USA
Month of Photography Denver, Denver, CO, USA
Mostra São Paulo de Fotografia, São Paulo, Brazil
Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival, Kobe, Japan
Obscura Festival, Penang, Malaysia
Photo Romania Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
PHOTOMONTH East London, London, United Kingdom
PhotOn Festival, Valencia, Spain
PhotoVisa, Krasnodar, Russia
PondyPHOTO 2016, Pondicherry, India
Tokyo International Photography Festival, Tokyo, Japan
Vienna PhotoBook Festival, Vienna, Austria
International Press Exposure
Each year, Magnum Photos and LensCulture receive extensive press coverage from around the world. Winners, finalists and entrants have been featured in major publications including BBC, the Guardian, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, TIME Lightbox, the British Journal of Photography, the Telegraph, and many other national and international media outlets. This kind of press exposure can lead to viral, global recognition and appreciation of your work!
Visibility With Industry Insiders
Work from hundreds of the top-rated photographers from this competition will be shared with LensCulture Insiders and Magnum Photographers, our networks of influential names in the photography industry. LensCulture has significantly expanded our Insiders' network to hundreds of 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.
Aaron Schuman, Editor, SeeSaw Magazine, UK
Ada Takahashi, Director at Robert Koch Gallery, USA
Adina LoBiondo, Senior Photo Editor, Sierra Magazine, USA
Afton Almaraz, Senior Picture Editor, Getty Images, USA
Alessandra Capodacqua, Curator, Author, Educator, Italy
Alessandro Zuffi, Photo Editor, Le Monde, France
Alessia Glaviano, Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue Senior Photo Editor, Italy
Alexa Becker, Acquisitions Editor, Kehrer Verlag Publishers, Germany
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
Amy Wolff, Photo Editor at PDN and co-founder/curator of CoEdit Collection, USA
Andy Greenacre, Picture Editor, Telegraph Magazine, UK
Ángel Luis González, Director, PhotoIreland, Ireland
Ann Jastrab, Gallery Director at RayKo Photo Center, Photography Consultant, USA
Anna Dickson, Deputy Director of Photography, The Wall Street Journal, USA
Anna Gripp, Editor, Photonews, Germany
Anna Walker Skillman, Owner/Director, Jackson Fine Arts, USA
Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Creative Content Director, London, UK
Anne Morin, Curator/Director, diChroma photography, Spain
Anne Wilkes-Tucker, Curator at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Antony Dickson, Features Photo Editor at South China Morning Post
Arianna Rinaldo, Artistic Director at Cortona On The Move and Director, OjodePez Magazine, Spain
Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director at The Center for Photography at Woodstock, USA
Audrey Turpin, Coordinatrice générale, Festival Circulation(s), France
Barbara Čeferin, Owner, Galerija Fotografija, Slovenia
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
Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director, CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival, Canada
Brett Roegiers, Photo editor at CNN.com, 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
Catherine Edelman, Owner, Catherine Edelman Gallery, USA
Celeste Jovanovich, Associate Director, Fahey/Klein Gallery, USA
Celina Lunsford, Co-Curator, Imagine Reality, Ray 2015 at RAY Fotografieprojekte 2015, Germany
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
Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, The Photographer's Gallery, UK
Corey Keller, Curator at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
Daphné Anglès, European Photo Assignment Editor, The New York Times, France
Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs at Christie's, USA
Darren Ching, Owner, Klompching Gallery, USA
David Birkitt, Director, DMB Represents, UK
David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery, Wales
Deborah Dragon, Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone Magazine Wenner Media, USA
Deborah Klochko, Director at Museum of Photographic Arts, USA
Debra Klomp Ching, Owner/Director, Klompching Gallery, USA
Denise Wolff, Senior Editor, Book Program, Aperture, USA
Dewi Lewis, Owner, Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK
Dimitri Beck, Editor, Polka Magazine, France
Donna Cohen, Photo Editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, USA
Ed Carey, Director, Gallery 291, USA
Elda Harrington, Director, Escuela Argentina de Fotografia, Argentina
Elena Firsova, Managing Editor, Foto&Video Magazine, Russia
Elie Domit, Director at East Wing Gallery, Dubai
Elisabeth Biondi, Independent Curator, Biondi Foto, USA
Elissa Curtis, Senior Photo Editor, MSNBC, USA
Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator; Contributor, L’Oeil de la Photographie
Elizabeth Johnson, Sr. Photo Editor at CNN Digital, 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, Editor, GUP Magazine, Netherlands
Francis Hodgson, Photography Critic, Financial Times of London, UK
Francoise Callier, Program Coordinator, Angkor Photo Festival, France
Frazier King, Member of Board and Exhibition Committee at Houston Center for Photography
Freddy Denaes, Publisher, Editions de l'Oeil, France
Frits Gierstberg, Curator, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Netherlands
Gad Edery, CEO, Gad Collection, France
Genevieve Fussell, Photo Editor, The New Yorker, USA
Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs, National Media Museum, UK
Hamidah Glasgow, Curator, USA
Hannah Watson, Director, Trolley Books, UK
Harris Fogel, Director/Curator, Sol Mednick Gallery, Gallery 1401, USA
Hélène Joye-Cagnard, Codirectrice, Journées photgraphiques de Bienne Biel-Bienne, Switzerland
Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography at Newsweek, Japan
Ihiro Hayami, Director, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan
Ishida Tetsuro, Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
James Estrin, Photographer/Lens Blog Editor at The New York Times, USA
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
Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator of Photography, Guggenheim, USA
Jessie Wender, Photo Editor, The New Yorker, USA
Joanne Junga Yang, Director of International Committee, Seoul Photo Festival, South Korea
Johan Sjöström, Curator of Exhibitions, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
John Duncan, Editor, Source Photographic Review, UK
Jon Jones, Director of Photography, Sunday Times, UK
Juli Lowe, Assistant Director at Catherine Edelman Gallery, USA
Julien Jourdes, Co-Founder and COO, Blink, USA
Karen Downey, Senior Curator, Belfast Exposed, Northern Ireland
Karol Hordziej, President & Art Director, Foundation for Visual Art & Krakow Photomonth, Poland
Kathy Moran, Sr. Editor, Natural History at National Geographic Magazine, USA
Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, The New York Times Magazine, USA
Krzysztof Candrowicz, Artistic Director, Hamburg Triennial of Photography, Germany
Lars Boering, Director, Managing Director at World Press Photo, Netherlands
Laura Pressley, Executive Director at CENTER, USA
Laura Serani, Deleguée artistique, Mois de la Photo à Paris, France
Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, USA
Lisa J. Sutcliffe, Curator of Photography at Milwaukee Art Museum, 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
Marc Prüst, Photography Consultant and Curator, Artistic Director Photoreporter Festival Baie de St. Brieuc
Marcel Feil, Deputy Director, artistic affairs - FOAM
Marie-Pierre Subtil, Chief Editor, 6 Mois, France
Marion Hislen, Director, Circulation(s) Festival, France
Marisa Schwartz, Photo Editor, Time Magazine, USA
Mary Virginia Swanson, Author, Educator, and Consultant, MVS & Assoc., USA
MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder, The Magenta Foundation; Director, Flash Forward Festival, Canada
Matt Shonfeld, Executive Director, Institute for Artist Management, UK
Matthew Craig, Co-Founder and CEO, Blink, USA
Melissa Ryan, Dir of Photography, Nature Conservancy Magazine, USA
Mia (Diiorio) Diehl, Photography Director/Fortune Magazine, USA
Michael Famighetti, Editor, Aperture Magazine, 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
Miyako Yoshinaga, Director at Mikayo Yoshinga Gallery, USA
Molly Roberts, Chief Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine, USA
Monica Allende, Photography Editor, Curator, Educator, UK
Moritz Neumüller, Festival Curator/Program Director, Istituto Europeo di Design, Spain
Moshe Rosenzveig, Director/Photographer, Head On Photo Festival, Australia
Natalie Matutschovsky, Senior Photo Editor at Time Magazine, USA
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
Olivier Laurent, Editor of LightBox at Time Magazine, USA
Patricia Lanza, Content Director, Annenberg Space for Photography, USA
Paul di Felice, Director, European Month of Photography, Luxembourg
Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director at Griffin Museum of Photography
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
Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs at National Portrait Gallery, UK
Raffaela Lepanto, Photo Editor/Consultant, PhotoFusion Photography Centre, UK
Regina Maria Anzenberger, Director of AnzenbergerGallery, Austria
Régina Monfort, Photographer/Consulting Editor, FotoEvidence, USA
Richard A. Brooks, Deputy Photo Director, Agence France-Presse, China
Rina Tokura, Editor in Chief, IMA Magazine and Concept Stores, Tokyo
Roman Härer, Creative Director, plainpicture, Germany
Roxanne Behr, Photo Editor, New York Magazine, USA
Rui Prata, Director, Museu da Imagem, Portugal
Rupert Jenkins, Executive Director, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, USA
Ruth Eichhorn, Photo Editor-at-Large, GEO, Germany
Sacha Lecca, Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone Magazine, 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
Sébastian Hau, Director, Le Bal Books, France
Selva Barni, Founder & Editor, Fantom Editions, Italy
Shahidul Alam, Director, Chobi Mela Festival of Photography, Bangladesh
Silvia Mangialardi, Editor, Fotomundo Magazine, Argentina
Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust, USA
Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review, USA
Sujong Song, Independent Photography Professional, South Korea
Susan Zadeh, Photography Director, Eyemazing Editions, Netherlands
Suzanne Opton, Photographer, Educator, International Center for Photography, USA
Taj Forer, Director, Daylight Magazine, USA
Thomas Seelig, Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Todd J. Tubutis, Executive Director, Blue Sky Gallery, USA
Tomoka Aya, Director, The Third EyeGallery Aya, Tokyo, Japan
Ute Noll, Photo Director bei Du Kulturmagazin, Germany
Valerie Fougeirol, Directeur artistique, France
Vangelis Ioakimidis, Director, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece
Whitney Johnson, Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic, USA
Wim Melis, Curator at Noorderlicht Photography, Netherlands
Xavier Soule, President/Director, Gallery VU, France
Yuko Yamaji, Curator at Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
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Live, Online workshop
with a Magnum photographer
The Winners and Finalists will have the opportunity to join a Magnum photographer in a live, online review of their work using the LensCulture Sessions platform. Get valuable feedback, expert advice, mentorship and connect with one of the world's most respected photographers.
Immediate Exposure Of Your Work During The Competition
Just by entering, your work will be reviewed by Magnum's editors for immediate exposure in our Competition Gallery and across all our online channels, reaching a combined audience of over 4 million. Don't wait until the deadline to enter! Note that while our team reviews entries on a daily basis, they can only share a limited number of them as featured entries.
Massive Online Exposure To Combined Audience Of Over 4 Million
All selected work will be shared across Magnum and LensCulture's huge, global audiences, including their web sites, mailing lists, mobile platforms, and multiple social media channels. We have found this to be a very effective strategy for getting photographers the exposure that leads to career-boosting opportunities — see our Success Stories.
Ongoing Exposure with a LensCulture Portfolio Account
All Winners, Finalists (plus 150 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 1.5 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.
Free Submission Review by Industry Expert
Enter a series or 5+ single images in the Magnum Photography Awards 2016 and get a free submission review from LensCulture! We believe that every photographer who enters competitions deserves thoughtful feedback on their work. We have recruited over 100 of the top photo editors, educators, portfolio reviewers, curators, and other industry professionals to give you constructive feedback on your photography plus recommendations for improving your practice.
We love reading the rave reviews we're getting for this service from photographers all over the world, it's a huge source of inspiration for us as well:
Our Commitment to Education
Magnum Photos has been committed to educating a new generation of photographers since 2007. With decades of practical experience, Magnum’s global education and development initiatives provide photographers with access to the vast experience of Magnum's photographers, senior staff and client network. Magnums wants to highlight exceptionally talented student photographers, so the Jury will highlight five promising talents from among the student entries to receive the Student Spotlight Award. Also, all currently enrolled students will receive a 30% discount on their entry to the Magnum Photography Awards 2016.
Enter the Magnum Photography Awards 2016
For the first time ever, Magnum Photos wants to open their doors to photographers of all levels, from all over the world. For decades, Magnum has paved the way for contemporary photographers to interact with the world. Collectively, both Magnum and LensCulture believe every photographer who participates deserves an opportunity for global recognition AND expert feedback. Share your work with us NOW to be part of a special moment for contemporary photographers across the globe. We’re open to all types of photography, all points of view, all countries, and ALL ages.
We believe that competitions are one of the best ways to gain valuable international exposure and to connect with the photography industry. Hundreds of photographers have used LensCulture to move forward in their careers and gain inspiration from our like-minded community, which is why Magnum Photos has partnered with them to offer an opportunity of their own. Hear how the lives of these photographers were impacted by winning a LensCulture competition.
Laura HospesThe Netherlands
Joshua Rashaad McFaddenUnited States
Eugenio GrossoUnited Kingdom
Sian DaveyUnited Kingdom
Thomas KieferUnited States
Kurt SimonsonUnited States
Ian HughesUnited Kingdom
Joana ChoumaliCote d'Ivoire
Candace GaudianiUnited States
All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period. Winners and Finalists grant LensCulture and Magnum 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