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Calling All Photographic Artists!
For the first-ever LensCulture Art Photography Awards, we want to discover and highlight the diverse and creative ways in which photographers are pushing the medium and reinventing our definitions of art made with photography. The possibilities are boundless—our mission is to celebrate all the techniques, methods, and stylistic approaches being used by artists from all over the world. For these new Awards, we’re happy to partner with The Aperture Foundation, and we’re excited to announce that selected work from the winners, jurors’ picks, and finalists will be exhibited at the world-renowned Aperture Gallery in New York City next spring!
What does art photography mean to you? Why does it remain important and relevant? How can it trigger appreciation of beauty, or a new way of viewing the world? We’re open to considering all types of photographic art—everything from printed art on gallery walls to sculptural objects, experimental processes, and totally new forms and formats. We hope you will help us define what thought-provoking art photography can be in 2018!
Deadline for Entries: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Art Photography Awards 2018 Jury
Michael Famighetti
Aperture Magazine
New York, United States

Michael Famighetti is the Editor of Aperture magazine. In 2013, he organized a relaunch and reconceptualization of the publication, which won a 2018 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He is the recipient, with guest editor Sarah Lewis, of the ICP Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research for “Vision & Justice,” the summer 2016 issue of Aperture.

In addition to editing the magazine, Famighetti commissions and edits books for the Aperture Foundation, including volumes by William Christenberry, Robert Adams, John Divola, Jonas Bendiksen, Kwame Brathwaite and Joel Meyerowitz, among others. He is currently a visiting critic at the Yale University School of Art and a participant in SVA’s Mentors program.

His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bookforum and Aperture, among other publications. He is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and has been a guest reviewer and speaker at many international festivals and institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The New York Times; Vogue Italia; FOAM, Amsterdam; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Bamako Biennial, Mali; Kyotographie, Kyoto; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; and Fotografiska, Stockholm.

Corey Keller
Curator of Photography
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, United States

Corey Keller is the Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). She joined the museum in 1999 and held a number of positions before she was promoted to her current role in 2012.

At SFMOMA, Keller organized the critically acclaimed exhibition “Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900” (2008), which explored the use of photography in 19th-century science, particularly focusing on the representation of phenomena invisible to the naked eye. Accompanied by an award-winning catalogue, the show traveled to the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria.

With SFMOMA curators Janet Bishop and Sarah Roberts, Keller co-organized a large-scale exhibition celebrating the museum’s 75th anniversary in 2010, as well as its accompanying major catalogue. She was instrumental in organizing the much-discussed symposium “Is Photography Over?” (2010) and also participated as a panelist. Other exhibitions that Keller has curated include “Henry Wessel” (2006) and “1906 Earthquake: A Disaster in Pictures” (2006). She also coordinated the San Francisco presentations of “William Eggleston: Los Alamos” (2005), “Looking In: Robert Frank and The Americans” (2009), and “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century” (2010), among others. She oversees “Picturing Modernity,” SFMOMA’s ongoing presentation of its world-class photography collection.

Catherine Edelman
Catherine Edelman Gallery
Chicago, United States

December 1, 2017 marked the 30-year anniversary of the Catherine Edelman Gallery, a venerated venue for contemporary fine art photography in Chicago. Since its founding in 1987, it has established itself as one of the leading galleries in the Midwest devoted to the exhibition of prominent living photographers, alongside new and young talent. Showcasing a broad range of subject matter, the gallery attracts both seasoned collectors and first-time buyers. Recently, the CEG expanded its program to include mixed-media photo-based art in an effort to expand the vocabulary of photography. The gallery hosts six exhibitions a year, and participates in art fairs throughout the country. Catherine is an active member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and is widely respected as a leader, educator, and specialist in the field of contemporary photography.

Todd Hido
San Francisco Bay Area, United States

Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Wired, Elephant, FOAM, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young, the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. Most notably, Pier 24 Photography holds the archive of all his published works.

He has over a dozen published books; his most recent monograph titled Excerpts from Silver Meadows was released in 2013, along with an innovative B-sides box set designed to function as a companion piece to his award-winning monograph. Aperture has published his mid-career survey entitled Intimate Distance: Twenty-Five Years of Photographs, a Chronological Album in October of 2016. His next book, titled Bright Black World, will be released by Nazraeli Press in late 2018.

In addition to being an artist, Hido is also a collector of others’ work. Over the last 25 years, he has put together a notable photobook collection, one that will be featured in Bibliomania: The World’s Most Interesting Private Libraries forthcoming in 2018 by Random House.

Laura Moya
Portland, United States

Laura Moya is the Director of Photolucida, which is based in Portland, Oregon. She organizes the Photolucida’s biennial Portfolio Reviews event, Portland Photo Month, and project manages Photolucida’s Critical Mass book award publications. She has juried for Critical Mass, Blue Sky Gallery’s Northwest Drawers, Newspace Center for Photography, Photo District News, United Photo Industries, and PhotoPlace Gallery.

Laura has participated in events including PhotoAlliance, LensCulture and SPE, and she has participated in panels at international festivals such as Pinyao International Photo Festival and GuatePhoto Festival. Laura co-curated The Early Works Project, which was shown at Newspace Center for Photography, Rayko Photo Center, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Photographic Resource Center, as well as The Elevated Selfie: Beyond the Bathroom Mirror, which exhibited at LightBox Photographic Gallery and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Most recently, she curated photography + science for the Yixian International Photography Festival, and Hypermedia in Critical Mass for the Lishui International Photography Festival in China.

Mutsuko Ota
Editorial Director
IMA Magazine
Tokyo, Japan

Mutsuko Ota is Editorial Director of IMA magazine. Born in Tokyo, 1968, she started her career as an editor at Marie Claire and worked at several men’s magazines such as Esquire, GQ and others as a feature editor. Besides collaborating with several magazines as a freelance editor, she became involved in various fields including art projects, book and catalogue editing, and film promotion. She became the editorial director of IMA magazine in January 2012. In 2004, she helped produce a physical space called IMA CONCEPT STORE in Tokyo, with the goal of popularizing art photography in Japan.

Alona Pardo
Barbican Art Gallery
London, United Kingdom

Alona Pardo is a Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. She is currently working on two solo retrospective—one on Dorothea Lange, the other on Vanessa Winship—that will open at Barbican Art Gallery in June 2018.

Alona has curated and edited a number of exhibitions and publications, including: Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (2018); Richard Mosse: Incoming, 2017; Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers (2016) with Martin Parr, and Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age (2014) with Elias Redstone. She has also widely contributed to art magazines and books, including Vitamin P3 (Phaidon, 2016) and Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture by the contemporary photographer Nicolas Grospierre (Prestel, 2016). Alona lectures regularly across Europe, and was a judge for the 2018 British Journal of Photography International Photography Award.

Jim Casper
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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 across the globe 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.

Art is not what you see,
but what you make others see.
— Edgar Degas
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25 FinalistsEditors‘ Picks**Every Entrant
$22,000 in Grant Awards
Exhibition in New York City at Aperture Gallery
Online Feature on Aperture’s Website
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
Art Photography Awards 2018 Online Exhibition
A Series of International Photo Festival Projections
International Press Exposure
Opportunity for LensCulture Instagram Takeover
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Free subscription to Aperture Magazine
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Jury Selected LensCulture

Series Award Winners
1st Place: $5000
2nd Place: $2500
3rd Place: $1500
Single Image Award Winners
1st Place: $2500
2nd Place: $1500
3rd Place: $1000
Jurors’ Picks
Each juror will select an individual Juror’s Pick to receive special distinction and $1,000.
25 Finalists will be selected.

Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap Cambodia

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

Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belgrade Photo Month, Belgrade, Serbia

Biennial of the Possible Image, 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 Images Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland

Festival Internacional De Fotografia Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico

Festival Internacional Fotografia Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

Filter Photo Festival, Chicago, IL, United States

Focus on the Story International Photo Festival, Washington, D.C., USA

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, Hyderabad, India

Indian Photo Fest, Madhapur, India

Internationaal Fotofestival Overpelt, Overpelt, Belgium

Kaunas Photo Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania

Krakow Photomonth Festival, Krakow, Poland

Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

Landskrona Foto Festival, Landskrona, Sweden

Liège Photobook Festival, Liège, Belgium

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 Photo Days Festival, Odessa, Ukraine

OFF_festival Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

Organ Vida - International Photography Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

Photo Kyiv, the International Art Fair, Kyiv, Ukraine

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 2016, Pondicherry, India

Porto Photo Festival, Porto, Portugal

Rotterdam Photo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

San Jose Foto Festival, San Jose, Uruguay

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

Top: A screening of photographs from “The LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017” at Head On Photo Festival in Sydney, Australia, May 2017. Right: Our growing list of festival partners.
Featured at a Series of International Photo Festival Events
Throughout 2018, the jury’s selected works will be screened at photo festivals and events worldwide. Over the past year, our winners and finalists were screened at festivals in the UK, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Australia, Spain, France, the US, and more. LensCulture continues to partner with international photo festivals (like Voies Off, FORMAT, Tokyo International Photography Festival) to showcase our competitions’ winners & finalists.

Cover © Coco Amardeil; spread © Michael Vince Kim
Published in The Best of Lensculture, volume 3
We will once again be partnering with Schilt Publishing to produce a beautifully-printed book of the top photographers’ work. Volume 1 is already in its second print run, and Volume 2 will be released in Spring 2018. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your work published in the pages of our book. This world-class collection of images will be distributed to a select group of photographic experts and made available to purchase around the globe.
“Award-winning photographs that defy belief”
— The Telegraph

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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
LensCulture award winners receive press coverage from publications and media outlets around the world. Winners, finalists and entrants have been featured in major publications like BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Internazionale, VICE, The Times of London, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, The British Journal of Photography, and The Telegraph. This kind of press exposure can lead to viral, global recognition of your work.

Opportunity for LensCulture Instagram Takeover
The editors at LensCulture will choose a number of winners and finalists for an exclusive takeover on our Instagram feed. Our Instagram account will be yours for a full 7 days of exclusive exposure to our following of over 650,000 people from around the world. Instagram takeovers are excellent opportunities for photographers to increase their following of loyal fans. Previous LensCulture Instagram takeovers have featured Alec Soth, Bruce Gilden, Matt Stuart, Diana Markosian, Randy Olson, Gerd Ludwig, and many others.
Photographers: Girma Berta (left) and Cristina de Middel (right)
You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
— Ansel Adams
© Marco Castelli
Other Awards & Benefits Include:
Permanent Exhibition in the LensCulture Online Gallery
The selected work will be featured in a permanent exhibition in LensCulture’s online gallery. It will be accessible to gallerists, photo editors, and curators from all over the world.
A Free LensCulture Portfolio Account to Showcase Your Work
Get a FREE LensCulture Portfolio Account when you submit a full series or 5 single images to the Art Photography Awards! Our platform offers an easy-to-use, professional-looking display for your photographs.
LensCulture Network Membership
Winning photographers and jurors’ picks will receive membership to the LensCulture Network. Network members benefit from entry into all of our annual competitions at no additional cost.
© Jean-François Lepage
Enter the LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2018 with 5 or more images 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—they also provide major insight into moving forward creatively and professionally.
Read what LensCulture’s community of photographers is saying about Submission Reviews:
© Petra Rjabinin
Open for Entries in All Genres of Art Photography
Conceptual|Experimental|Landscape|Alternative Process|Camera-less
Narrative|Cinematic|Fashion|Abstract|Appropriation|Still Life
Portraiture|Environmental|Found Imagery
With our first-ever Art Photography Awards, we’re seeking to discover a broad spectrum of photographic artists who are using the medium in innovative, inspiring, and fresh ways. We want to highlight anyone who is expressing their artistic vision with surprising and memorable materials and formats. When you share your work, you participate in a community of more than 3 million worldwide. Become a part of this passionate group of international artists today!
LensCulture is dedicated to offering you the best opportunities for exposure, engagement, recognition, and critical feedback. This is your chance to exhibit your work in New York City: don’t miss this opportunity. Start your entry to the LensCulture Art Photography Awards right away!
Series *

$60 USD

For a related series of 10 photos reviewed as one entry. Submission should work together as a group, thematically or aesthetically.
5+ Singles *

$50 USD

For 5 single photos judged as 5 separate entries. You can add more photos for $10 each, up to the deadline.

$20 USD

$20 USD for the first image, $10 USD for each additional image.
* Receive a free Submission Review! Everyone who enters with 5+ photos is eligible to get written feedback from an industry professional about their submission! Learn more »
Are you currently an enrolled student? Get a 30% discount on your entry fee. Start your submission and select the option to register as a student. Your discount will then be automatically applied to your entry.
Deadline for Entries: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
© Dana Matthews
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.
  • Sylvain Heraud
  • Medina Dugger
  • Albarrán Cabrera
  • Streetmax
    United Kingdom
  • Aaron Hardin
    United States
  • Sophie Gabrielle
  • Weronika Gęsicka
  • Yoshikatsu Fujii
  • Frank Herfort
  • Marcus DeSieno
    United States
  • Philip Kanwischer
  • Annabel Oosteweeghel
    The Netherlands
  • Peter Braunholz
  • Sylvain Biard
  • Mankichi Shinshi
  • Richard Ansett
    United Kingdom
  • Daisuke Takakura
  • Ellie Davies
    United Kingdom
  • Antonio Privitera
  • Yijun Liao
    United States
We respect artist’s rights
All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period.
Winners, Jurors’ Picks, and Finalists grant LensCulture limited, restricted use of winning photos only to promote the photographers themselves and in connection with marketing the Awards.
Details can be found in the Competition rules
© Sjoerd Knibbeler - Exploded view #46, 2017