- 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
prizes for contemporary photographic art:
The LensCulture Art Photography Award.
2nd Place - $2,000
3rd Place - $1,000
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $500
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