The LensCulture Art Photography Awards aim to reward talented visual artists around the world who are using photographic processes and images to express 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 London during Photo London, receive extensive media coverage, projection at international photography festivals, cash prizes and more.
Deadline: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
  • Exhibition at Photo London 2023
  • Cash grants of $10,000
  • Solo feature for Series Winners published on LensCulture
  • Featured at international photo festivals
  • Shana Lopes, SF Museum of Modern Art
  • Lesley Martin, Aperture
  • Crista Dix, Griffin Museum of Photography
  • Brian Paul Clamp, CLAMP Art
  • Izabela Radwanska Zhang, British Journal of Photography
  • Elisa Medde, FOAM Magazine
  • Renée Mussai, Autograph
  • Jim Casper, LensCulture
Images in video above by © Takashi Nakazawa, Ahmed El Hanjoul, Charlotta Hauksdottir, Maartje Roos, Piotr Burdach, Kathleen Greeson, Rod Evans, Chukwudi Onwumere, Henri Blommers, Bongani Tshabalala, Ingrid Weyland
© Hossein Fardinfard
Our International jury
Shana Lopes
Assistant Curator of Photography
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
United States

Shana Lopes, PhD, is an Assistant Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has organized exhibitions on cyanotypes, the 1906 earthquake, Atget, Wright Morris, and Eikoh Hosoe. She was the co-curator of Constellations: Photographs in Dialogue (2021), which paired recent acquisitions with existing work from the collection, and A Living for Us All: Artists and the WPA (2021). Most recently, she organized Sightlines: Photographs from the Collection (2022). Over the past fourteen years, she has gained curatorial experience at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Brian Paul Clamp
United States

Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of CLAMP Art, a gallery in Chelsea in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. CLAMP Art mounts ten to fifteen exhibitions per year featuring the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Mr. Clamp opened the gallery in 2000 after completing a Master of Arts degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University. For eight years prior to that Mr. Clamp served as the director of a gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side specializing in late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings. Aside from exhibitions at his own gallery space, Clamp has curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios at dozens of events over many years. Mr. Clamp is the author of many publications on American art to date, and also occasionally contributes written work to various art periodicals.

Crista Dix
Executive Director
Griffin Museum of Photography
United States

Crista Dix is the Executive Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Before coming to the Griffin Museum in 2020 she spent fifteen years operating her own photography gallery, wall space creative, closing it in 2020 to make the move to New England and the Griffin. Having a career spanning many paths she has a background rooted in science, business and creative art. This well rounded experience provides a solid background for supporting the Griffin’s mission to encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of the visual, emotional and social impact of photographic art.

The Griffin Museum curates over 50 exhibitions a year. As an institution, we are committed to ensuring that our mindset, our practice, our outreach, our programming and our exhibitions set a framework with priorities for building programs and exhibitions that consider diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion through our mission that is centered around the photograph.

Crista has written many essays about photography, introducing creative artists work to a broader community. She has been a member of numerous panels and discussions on the craft of photography, juried creative competitions and has participated in major portfolio reviews.

Izabela Radwanska Zhang
Editorial Director
British Journal of Photography
United Kingdom

Izabela Radwanska Zhang is a writer and editor based in London, and of Chinese-Polish heritage. She is the Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of Photography and Editorial Director of 1854 Media. Her words have appeared in Disegno and Press Association among others and she is a guest lecturer and speaker on photography and publishing in various UK-based universities. She has appeared on a number of international photography festival juries and portfolio reviewing panels. Prior to this, she completed a MA in Magazine Journalism at City University, London, and more recently acquired a Postgraduate Certificate in Graphic Design at London College of Communication.

Lesley A. Martin
Creative Director
United States

Lesley A. Martin is creative director at the Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review. She has edited numerous photobooks, including Takashi Homma’s Tokyo (2008), Rinko Kawauchi’s Illuminance (2011), LaToya Ruby Frazier’s The Notion of Family (2013), and recent books by Richard Misrach and Gregory Crewdson. Lesley cofounded the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards and has curated exhibitions for Aperture. Her writing on photography has been published in Aperture, FOAM, Ojo de Pez, and Lay Flat among other publications and she currently teaches a graduate course on the photobook at the Yale University School of Art.

Elisa Medde
FOAM Magazine
The Netherlands

Elisa Medde edits, curates and writes about photography. With a background in Art History, Iconology and Photographic Studies, her research reflects on the relationship between image, communication and power structures. She has been nominator for the Prix Elysée, The Leica Oskar Barnack Award and MAST Foundation for Photography Grant, amongst others. Elisa has chaired numerous juries and written for Foam Magazine, Something We Africans Got, Vogue Italia / L'Uomo Vogue, YET Magazine and other publications. Elisa is Editor-in-Chief of Foam Magazine, Amsterdam.

Renée Mussai
Senior Curator / Head of Curatorial & Collection
United Kingdom

Renée Mussai is a London-based curator, writer and scholar with a special interest in Black feminist and queer Afrodiasporic visual practices. She is Senior Curator and Head of Collection & Curatorial at Autograph, a photographic arts charity that addresses politics of race, representation, and social change. Mussai lectures and publishes widely on lens-based media from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing on visual and curatorial activism and diverse artistic trajectories. Over the past two decades she has organised numerous exhibitions in Europe, Africa and the US, including the critically acclaimed travelling installations ‘Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama’ (2017 – 2021) and the archive research programme 'Black Chronicles II – IV’ (2014 – 2018), amongst many other solo and group exhibitions. Her recent publications include the award-winning monograph Lina Iris Viktor: Some Are Born to Endless Night—Dark Matter (2020), and her forthcoming books are Eyes That Commit - Black Women and Non-Binary Photographers: A Visual Survey (Prestel, 2023); Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Vol II (Aperture, 2023); and Black Chronicles (Autograph, 2024). Between 2009 - 2018, Mussai was a regular guest curator and non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research Harvard University, USA. In 2018 she joined the University of Johannesburg’s research centre VIAD (Visual Identities in Art and Design) as independent Research Associate and the University of the Arts London as Associate Lecturer. Since 2022 she serves as Artistic Advisor and Curatorial Consultant for The Walther Collection, a New York-based arts foundation.

Jim Casper
The Netherlands

Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover new contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper loves to meet with photographers and talk about photography. He curates art exhibitions, publishes books, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror, nominates photographers for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations.

Exhibition at Photo London 2023!
Winning photographers will be exhibited at the fabulous Somerset House in London during Photo London, 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 UK’s largest international art fair dedicated to photography.
© Maartje Roos
Awards & Benefits
Solo Feature Published on LensCulture
First, second and third place winners in the Series category will have their work published on LensCulture. Benefitting from LensCulture’s high search rankings and traffic to the site, our features offer significant ongoing exposure for your work.
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.
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.
Permanent Exhibition in LensCulture Online Gallery
LensCulture has become a key resource for discovering new photography work 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.
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 selected entrants have been featured in major publications including BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Internazionale, VICE, The Times of London, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, The British Journal of Photography, and The Telegraph.

It is considered to be one of the most renowned
prizes for contemporary photographic art:
The LensCulture Art Photography Award.
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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. (For example, more than 562 early entries were selected and featured during our 2022 Art Photography Awards, and more than 200 of those were promoted via LensCulture’s Instagram and Facebook platforms, garnering more than 430,000 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.
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, including quotes from the experts praising each of the selected series or single images.
25 Finalists
25 Finalists and their work will be highlighted and featured on the winners’ page, and in the worldwide promotions, along with the Winners and Jurors’ Picks.
Benefits for All Who Enter
BenefitsWinnersJurors' picks25 FinalistsEditors‘ Picks(1)Every Entrant
$10,000 in Cash Awards
Exhibition at Photo London 2023
Solo Feature Published on LensCulture(2)
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
Featured in International Photo Festival Projections
International Press Exposure
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)Solo Feature for series winners.(3)LensCulture Portfolio Account: Available for all Series entries and 5+ Single entries.(4)All highly-rated photographers are automatically included in LensCulture Discoveries online directory.
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.
“This review was extraordinarily insightful and immensely helpful. Truly, I didn’t anticipate this level of attention... I am extremely encouraged.” Fred Zafran
© Rebecca Najdowski
© Tavon Taylor
Show Us Your Work!
Open to all types of photography: fine art, experimental, fiction, documentary, visual storytelling, portraits, landscapes, staged/constructed, street, mixed media, alternative processes, conceptual.
Best opportunity
Limited to one free entry per person.
$10 for each additional photo.
5 images are $35.
5+ Singles
5 single image entries, judged individually (not as a series).
$10 for each additional photograph.
Receive a written review of your work for an additional $25.
Max 10 images, judged as a series. Your submission should work as a group, thematically or aesthetically.
Receive a written review of your work for an additional $25.
Deadline: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
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.
© David Ondrik
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!
Success Stories
For 18 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.
“The recognition from LensCulture helped me get into the fellowship program at the Bronx Museum for the Arts. I launched my first solo exhibition at Kingswell Art Museum, and had a spread of my work published in the Visual Arts Journal. I made connections with people I admired and was offered opportunities because of LensCulture spearheading this initiative to recognize photographers.”
Antonio Pulgarin
Winner, Art Photography Awards 2018
“Receiving the LensCulture award gave me more visibility and the encouragement to keep going. National Geographic reached out to me about applying for their storytelling grant, and I made connections with people who were interested in exhibiting my work. This showed me that the story I was telling speaks to other people and is universal. ”
Vikesh Kapoor
Jurors' Pick, Art Photography Awards 2018
“My success with LensCulture gave me invaluable media exposure that helped grow and solidify my reputation within the street photography community. My work has been featured in exhibitions, festivals, and magazines. I’ve had wonderful networking opportunities and contact with photographers I revere.”
Argus Paul Estabrook
Winner, Street Photography Awards 2021
“Winning the LensCulture Street Photography Awards is one of the most prestigious recognitions I could get in my photography journey! Since winning, I’ve had my photos featured in a local newspaper in Hong Kong, which led to a local gallery offering me representation. Along with being represented by this gallery, I’ve had other publications discover my work and offer me features.”
Jason Au
Winner, Street Photography Awards 2021
“My work gained great attention because of the LensCulture Award. My book The Monument was nominated for The Swedish Photo Book Award 2019, and also nominated for Prix Pictet!”
Ulf Lundin
Finalist, Street Photography Awards 2018
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.
© Irina Sigl