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Participate in Magnum’s 70th Anniversary!
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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.

Closed for new entries.

Winners announced — discover their work in our online exhibition!

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

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    Martin Parr
    Magnum Photographer, President of Magnum
    Magnum Photos
    London, UK
    more 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.

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    David Kogan
    Executive Director
    Magnum Photos
    London, UK
    more 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.

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    Stacey Baker
    Photo Editor
    New York Times Magazine
    New York, USA
    more about Stacey

    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.

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    David Alan Harvey
    Magnum Photographer, Founder of Burn Magazine
    New York, USA
    more about David Alan

    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.

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    Amy Pereira
    Director of Photography
    New York, USA
    more about Amy

    Amy Pereira is the Director of Photography at MSNBC, where in 2013 she launched the photography department and visual direction of the new 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.

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    Newsha Tavakolian
    Magnum Photographer
    Tehran, Iran
    more 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.

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    Jim Casper
    Editor-in-Chief & Publisher
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    more about Jim

    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.

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“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

Participate. Engage. Share.

Open to all levels in these categories:
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:

© Philipp Engelhorn
© Maxim Dondyuk
© Joanna Mrówka
© Michaël Zumstein
© David Shannon-Lier
© Vanja Bucan
© Sadegh Souri
© Richard John Seymour
© Valery Melnikov
© Agnieszka Sosnowska
© Franky Verdickt
© Quamrul Abedin
© Prashanta Hridoy
© Andrés Granollers
© George Popescu
© Martin Roemers
© Sagi Kortler
© Andrea Alfano
© Iryna Fedorovskaya
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“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

Photo © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos

Awards & Benefits

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 and
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

Cash Awards

Series Awards:
$2,000 for each winning Series in the following categories:
Documentary, Portrait, Street, Photojournalism, Fine Art and Open
Single Image Awards:
$1,000 for each winning Single Image in the following categories:
Documentary, Portrait, Street, Photojournalism, Fine Art and Open

Recognition Awards

Jurors' Picks
Each Juror will personally select one photographer to be awarded this special distinction.
Student Spotlight
The Jury will highlight five promising talents from among the student entries.

Magnum Photography Awards 2016
online exhibition

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.

Magnum online exhibition

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


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!

Press exposure

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, 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, 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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Magnum printed annual Cover photo: © Souvid Datta

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.

Online workshop Photo © Camilio Rami

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.

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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.

Massive online Photo © David Shannon-Lier

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.

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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:

Learn More and View Actual Submisssion Reviews »

Photo © David Alan Harvey / Magnum Photos

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.

Photo © Constantine Manos / Magnum Photos

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.

Photo © Alessandra Sanguinetti / Magnum Photos

Success Stories

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 Hospes
    The Netherlands
  • Andreas Olesen
  • Lucy Hilmer
  • Joshua Rashaad McFadden
    United States
  • Eugenio Grosso
    United Kingdom
  • Sian Davey
    United Kingdom
  • Thomas Kiefer
    United States
  • Kurt Simonson
    United States
  • Camille Michel
  • Ian Hughes
    United Kingdom
  • Joana Choumali
    Cote d'Ivoire
  • Candace Karch
  • Tony Corocher
  • Nina Roeder
  • Tetsuya Kusu
  • Ioana Cirlig
  • Birgit Püve
  • Candace Gaudiani
    United States
  • Pete Muller
  • Adrien Tache


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