Exhibition in Paris|Solo Exhibitions Online|International Press Exposure|Cash Grants
Calling All Art Photographers!
The LensCulture Art Photography Awards aim to celebrate talented visual artists around the world who are using photographic processes and images to realize their creative ideas.
Show us how you’re pushing the photographic medium, experimenting with different techniques or creative approaches to bring your ideas to life. There are no limits or definitions for this award, we’re hoping to see all kinds of submissions from conceptual work and prints made for gallery walls, to images made from alternative processes, to totally new forms and formats that speak to our digital age. What matters is your unique creative vision and your skills in translating that vision into exceptional and original work.
Read on for information about our expert international jury and awards. Winners will be included in an exhibition in Paris during Paris Photo, receive extensive media coverage, projection at international photography festivals, cash prizes and more.
We look forward to seeing your work. At this time when connection is more important than ever, we warmly invite you to participate in our global photography community of photography thinkers, makers and lovers.
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Images in video above by © Lucas Leffler, Ammar ALSayed Ahmed, Jannie Looge, Chalana Brown, Ton Dirven, Maj-Britt Torhoff, Zhou Chengzhou, Carolina Rosel Sanz, Sharon Lee Hart, Christine Erhard, Masoud Mirzaei, Janne Svit, Birdee (Jamie Johnson), Sofia Moro, Joey Solomon, Peter Franck.
Exhibition in Paris during Paris Photo 2022!
Winning photographers will be exhibited at a gallery in Paris during Paris Photo, the premiere international photo fair that brings together hundreds of galleries, publishers and collectors, as well as an ambitious program of exhibitions, conversations, artist book signings and curated fair events.
An opening reception will be held for LensCulture artists, invited media, photo editors and industry insiders for a night of art appreciation and networking during the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to photography.
Be Seen by Our
International Jury
Michael Famighetti
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.

Anna Dannemann
Senior Curator
The Photographers' Gallery
United Kingdom

Anna Dannemann is Senior Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize (2016-19) and has organized several solo exhibitions, among them Simon Fujiwara’s Joanne (2016), Charlotte Dumas’ Anima & The Widest Prairies (2015), Viviane Sassen's Analemma (2014), and William Burroughs. Anna regularly contributes to catalogues and other publications, and received an MA in Art and Visual History from the Humboldt-University of Berlin.

Ekow Eshun
Curator, Editor-in-chief
Tank Magazine
United Kingdom

Ekow Eshun is a writer and curator. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, overseeing the most prestigious public art programme in the UK, and the former Director of the ICA, London. He is the author of Africa State of Mind: Contemporary Photography Reimagines a Continent (Thames & Hudson), nominated for the Lucie Photo Book Prize, and Black Gold of the Sun (Penguin), nominated for the Orwell prize.

He has contributed to exhibition publications on the work of Chris Ofili, Kehinde Wiley, John Akomfrah, Amoako Boafo and Duro Olowu among others, as well to books and catalogues including Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography (Barbican); Between Worlds: Voyagers to Britain 1700-1850 (National Portrait Gallery); Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries (Taschen), Seen: Black Style UK (Booth Clibborn), and Mythologies, Identities and Territories of Photography (Cambridge Scholars).

Eshun’s writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Granta, Esquire, GQ Style, Aperture, Wired and L’uomo Vogue. He is a Contributing Editor at Wallpaper magazine and is a member of the Advisory Board of Liquid Blackness journal.

He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from London Metropolitan University.

Stéphane Magnan
Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire

Stéphane Magnan founded Les Filles du Calvaire gallery in Paris in 1995. Its vocation is to show and defend contemporary creation by asserting a resolutely multimedia program and a strong political orientation through the works of committed artists of all generations who think about the current world in all its conditions. The gallery actively participates in fairs and shows in France and abroad and collaborates with many institutions around the world.

Mutsuko Ota
Editorial Director
IMA Magazine

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.

Monique Deschaines
Director, Owner
United States

Director Monique Deschaines is a curator, gallerist, and educator. Prior to founding EUQINOM Gallery, Deschaines was Associate Director at Haines Gallery. She has her MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at Tufts University, Cambridge and serves on the Board of Directors at SF Camerawork.

Caroline Wall
Robert Mann Gallery
United States

Caroline Wall is the director of the Robert Mann Gallery. She graduated from McGill University with a degree in Art History and began her career in the art world at the O’Hara Gallery before joining the team at Robert Mann Gallery in 2006. Robert Mann Gallery features several emerging artists along with an impressive roster of international superstars.

With the gallery, Caroline has participated in many national and international art fairs and works with numerous contemporary photographers and estates organizing both solo and curated group exhibitions. Caroline is a member of the Board of Directors of AIPAD.

Jim Casper
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 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.

© Asel Roza
© J Brown (justinpbrown71)
More Awards & Benefits
Introducing 1:1 Reviews
This year, we’re delighted to offer Series winners a one-to-one virtual project review with select jurors. Each winner will have the opportunity to speak directly with one juror about their work for 30 minutes online.
Online Solo Exhibitions
First, second and third place Series winners will have their work permanently exhibited on LensCulture. Benefiting from LensCulture’s high search rankings and traffic to the site, our online exhibitions offer significant ongoing exposure for your work to our global audience of over three million.
Visibility with Industry Insiders & Creative Professionals
All it takes is one set of eyes to change the course of your career. If our jury ranks your submission highly, you will be included in LensCulture Discoveries, our directory of top-rated photographers. We provide this directory to key decision-makers, including editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festival directors, creative directors, curators, and online media publishers. Even if you do not take home the grand prize, we often return to highly-ranked submissions when planning features and interviews. So do our jury members.
Featured at International Photo Festivals
Select works will be screened at photo festivals and events worldwide. In the past, our winners, finalists, and jurors’ picks were screened at festivals in the US, the UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, The Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Hungary, Serbia, and more.
Permanent Group Exhibition in LensCulture Online Gallery
LensCulture has become a key resource for discovering new photography all over the world. All winners, finalists, and jurors’ picks for this award will be prominently featured in the permanent online gallery on our site, reaching our global online audience of over three million.
In-depth Written Project Review
As a special part of the launch of our review service, all Series winners and jurors’ picks will receive a free Project Review. Building on the success of our Submission Reviews, the Project Reviews offer more comprehensive and in-depth written feedback on your images, project statement, and artist bio that is professional, personal, and actionable. Learn More »
International Press Exposure
Award winners receive press coverage in publications and media outlets around the world — the kind of exposure that can lead to viral, global recognition of your work. Winners, finalists and select entrants have been featured in major publications, including the BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Internazionale, VICE, The Times of London, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, The British Journal of Photography, and The Telegraph.
Be sure to check out our latest feature in The Guardian, a beautiful image gallery sharing the work of the 2021 Home International Photography Prize winners with the world.

© Barbara Strigel
© Giovanni Corsi
Cash Awards & Recognition
Series Prize Winners
1st Place: $3,500
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000
Single Image Prize Winners
1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500

Jurors’ Picks
Each juror will select an individual Juror’s Pick to receive special distinction.
25 Finalists will be selected.
“It is considered to be one of the most renowned prizes for contemporary photographic art: The LensCulture Art Photography Award.”
Der Spiegel
© Kíra Krász
© Hilde Van Hove
© Montserrat Diaz
Competition Gallery —
Editors’ Picks
When you enter this award, your work will be immediately reviewed by our editors. Selected submissions will be featured in our Competition Gallery and published across all of our online channels, reaching an international audience of three million+ photography lovers and experts. (For example, more than 637 early entries were selected and featured during our 2021 Street Photography Awards, and 249 of those were promoted via LensCulture’s Instagram and Facebook platforms, viewed over 6.4 million times garnering more than 574 000 likes and comments.) Enter your work early to take advantage of this incredible opportunity for global exposure!
Note: While our editors review entries for inclusion on a daily basis, not every submission can be shown here.
Click on each photo to learn more about the photographer. If you like someone’s work, share their submission on Facebook or favorite their image! Your support increases the exposure for every participating photographer.
Benefits For
All Who Enter
When you share your work with us, you participate in our global community of over three million. The opportunities for connection, inspiration, and participation are endless — don’t miss your chance to get involved!
BenefitsWinnersJurors’ picks25 FinalistsEditors’ Picks(1)Every Entrant
$10,000 in Cash Awards
Exhibtion in Paris
1:1 Portfolio Review with a Juror
Solo Online Exhibition
Free Project Review(2)
Featured in International Photo Festival Projections
International Press Exposure
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
Massive Exposure to our Global Audience of 3 Million
LensCulture Portfolio Account(3)
Opportunity to be in LensCulture Discoveries online directory of top-rated photographers(4)
Share your Work with the Global Photography Community
Opportunities for Immediate Exposure
(1)Editors’ Picks: During the competition, LensCulture’s editors will curate hundreds of entries for immediate exposure to our global audience through the competition gallery and our Instagram and Facebook pages, all updated daily. (2)Winners will receive a coupon for a project review (3)LensCulture Portfolio Account: Available for all Series entries and 5+ Single entries. (4)All Art Photography Awards winning photographers are automatically included in LensCulture Discoveries online directory.
© Clement Juillard
Get a written review of your work!
Enter a Series or 5+ single images and you can add a professional written review of your submission for an additional $25. This is a unique opportunity to receive valuable and specific feedback on your work from one of our experienced industry professionals.
“Creativity takes courage”
— Henri Matisse
Show Us Your Work
Become a part of our passionate community of photographers from around the world! When you share your work, you participate in a community with more than three million members worldwide. LensCulture is dedicated to offering you the best opportunities for exposure, engagement, recognition, and critical feedback. Don't miss this opportunity―start your entry today! There are no limitations on age, level, genre or location. For further information, please see our FAQ.
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© José Agustín Ortíz Ramírez
Be Persistent
Many successful photographers enter the same work in several competitions before they finally win. This is an effective strategy to have your work seen by many different jurors and build your career. Persistence is the key to getting your work seen by influential experts worldwide - it only takes one person to make a positive impact on your creative journey!
© Weiye Su
Success Stories
For 17 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 through participation in the LensCulture community.
  • Rahima Gambo
  • Sheng Wen Lo
  • Juul Kraijer
  • Ana Vallejo
  • Heloisa Lodder
  • Aaron Elkaim
  • Diego Moreno
  • Alex Vasyliev
    Russian Federation
  • Marinka Masséus
  • Nadir Bucan
  • Tadas Kazakevičius
  • Antonio Pulgarin
    United States
  • Walter Plotnik
    United States
  • Vikesh Kapoor
    United States
  • Mathieu Willcocks
    United Kingdom
We respect artists’ 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 competition itself. Details can be found in the Competition rules.
© Yasuhiro Murakami