EXHIBITION AT APERTURE GALLERY IN NYC|FREE PROFESSIONAL REVIEW|INDUSTRY RECOGNITION|INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL EXPOSURE
Introducing
the LensCulture Black & White
Photography Awards
Our world exists in vibrant color but it was with black & white images that we first documented and responded to it through photography. More than a century and a half later, black and white photography continues to hold a prominent place in our hearts and imaginations. For this reason, LensCulture is thrilled to introduce our very first Black & White Photography Awards, a reflection of our own long-held love for the simplicity and evocative power of these images.
We’re on the hunt for compelling work that plays with the dynamic relationship between light and dark across all genres of photography. This competition aims to uncover incredible photographers from diverse backgrounds and experience levels, and connect them with global audiences and career-changing opportunities including an exhibition at Aperture Gallery in New York City in 2019!
Could it be you? Read on for information about benefits, jurors and our free entry option for single image submissions (because every photographer deserves the opportunity to participate).
Deadline for Entries: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Career Launching Exhibition
Aperture Gallery © Aperture
EXHIBITION AT APERTURE GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY
All winning photographers will be exhibited at Aperture Gallery in New York City’s Chelsea district. An opening reception will be held for artists, invited media, photo editors, and industry insiders for a night of art appreciation and networking. In recent years, Aperture Gallery has hosted exhibitions of work by Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, Richard Renaldi, Paul Strand, Mickalene Thomas, Alex Webb, and many others.
Matthew Sleeth exhibition © Aperture
Black & White Photography Awards 2018 Jury

Joanna Milter
Director of Photography
The New Yorker
New York, United States
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Joanna Milter is the director of photography for The New Yorker, overseeing all photography for the print and digital versions of the magazine, in addition to Photo Booth, the magazine’s photo blog. Since she joined The New Yorker, in 2015, the magazine’s photography has been recognized by World Press Photo, the Society of Publication Designers, and American Photography, and has received a National Magazine Award for Feature Photography.

Previously, Joanna spent eleven years as a photo editor at The New York Times Magazine; for the last four of those years, she was the deputy photo editor.

Xavier Soule
Owner
Agence VU, Galerie VU
Paris, France
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Xavier Soule is the CEO of Abvent Group and president and director of Agence VU’, one of the most renowned agencies and galleries for photographers in France and Europe. The aim of Galerie VU’ is to affirm, on the walls, the diversity of contemporary stylistic photographic approaches, and to compare and contrast current viewpoints, so they can dialogue with their differences. Galerie VU’ works like any other commercial gallery: it is simultaneously a space for exhibiting and selling collectors’ editions, offering monograph approaches as well as hosting authors’ dialogues, group and thematic approaches. As a collector himself, Xavier is interested in a wide array of photography. From art pieces to documentary reports, he is particularly interested in cutting-edge photojournalism and contemporary photography that offer innovative approaches to expand our visual understanding of the world, people and light.

Francesca Morosini
Senior Photo Editor
WIRED & GQ Italia
Milan, Italy
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Francesca Morosini is a photo editor and a journalist born in Pesaro in 1969. She currently lives in Milan, Italy. In 1991, Morosini moved to NYC and studied at the International Center of Photography; she initially worked as a photographer before transitioning to photo editing upon her return to Italy.

Morosini worked for several print and digital publications before finally landing at the Italian edition of WIRED. As part of her work at WIRED, Morosini selects and works with some of the most prestigious contemporary photographers as well as new discoveries. In September 2015, Morosini also became the photo editor for GQ Italia.

Daphne Palmer
Director
Fraenkel Gallery
San Francisco, United States
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Daphne Palmer is a Director at Fraenkel Gallery. Fraenkel Gallery is the primary representative for several key photographers from the medium’s history, including Diane Arbus, Robert Adams, Lee Friedlander, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Garry Winogrand. The gallery works closely with the Estates of Peter Hujar and Bernd & Hilla Becher, and represents a number of important contemporary artists including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nan Goldin, Richard Misrach, Christian Marclay, Sophie Calle, Katy Grannan and Adam Fuss.

Bruno Ceschel
Director
Self Publish, Be Happy
London, United Kingdom
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Bruno Ceschel is a writer, curator and publisher whose works primarily explore contemporary photography. His research focuses on issues relating to identity, with an emphasis on gender, sexuality and racial formation. Ceschel is also the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, an organisation that collects and studies contemporary artists’ books and has an ever-travelling mobile library.

Ceschel regularly writes for various international publications, such as FOAM and Aperture, and has co-edited the journal Photography and Culture. Ceschel has also published and edited numerous photography books, and participated in events at many UK and international museums and galleries, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Whitechapel Gallery (both London), Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and PS1 (both New York).

Ihiro Hayami
Founder / Director
T3 - Tokyo International Photo Festival
Tokyo, Japan
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Ihiro Hayami (b. 1982, Osaka, Japan) is the founder / director of T3 PHOTO FESTIVAL (Tokyo International Photography Festival). He’s the former chief editor of the Japanese photography magazine PHaT PHOTO and was the gallery director of RINGCUBE (Ginza). His selected curatorial exhibitions include Alejandro Chaskielberg’s Otsuchi Future Memories (2016), Alex Prager’s WEEK-END (2010), and more. Over the past few years, he has served as juror, lecturer, and reviewer at various international photo festivals and photography universities.

Shoair Mavlian
Director
Photoworks
Brighton, UK
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Shoair Mavlian is the director of Photoworks and is responsible for curating the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial. From 2011-2018 she was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated several major exhibitions: ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018); 'The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection' (2016); 'Conflict, Time, Photography' (2014); 'Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions' (2014); and 'Harry Callahan' (2013). While at Tate Modern she also researched acquisitions and curated displays from the permanent collection including ‘Dayanita Singh’ (2017), 'Lynn Cohen and Taryn Simon' (2017), and many more. Some of Mavlian’s recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition 'Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge' (Les Rencontres d’Arles, 2016) and 'In flux' (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015 and Getxo Photo 2017).

Mavlian has a strong interest in photography relating to conflict and memory, Central and Latin American photography and emerging contemporary practice. Recent publications include ‘Ursula Schulz-Dornburg: The Land in Between’ (Mack 2018) and ‘Catherine Wagner: Place, History and the Archive’ (Damiani 2018).

Jim Casper
Editor-in-Chief
LensCulture
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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.


“Black and white are the colors of photography”
Robert Frank
B+W Competition Gallery
When you enter this award, your work will be immediately reviewed by our world-class editors. Selected submissions will be featured in our Competition gallery and published across all of our online channels, reaching a massive three million+ audience of photography lovers and experts. 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.
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Career Launching
Exposure
Featured at international
photo festivals
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 is continually forging new partnerships with leading photo festivals around the world (like Voies Off, FORMAT, Tokyo International Photography Festival, and more) to increase exposure and showcase opportunities for our winners and finalists from our competitions.

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 IS:RAEL, Tel Aviv, Israel

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

SCAN Tarragona, International Photography Festival, Tarragona, Spain

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” at Head On Photo Festival in Sydney, Australia. Overlaid: Our growing list of festival partners.

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Aaron Schuman, Artist, Writer, Editor and Curator, UK

Ada Takahashi, Director, Robert Koch Gallery, USA

Afton Almaraz, Senior Picture Editor, Getty Images, USA

Aida Muluneh, Founder and Managing Director, Addis Foto Fest, Ethiopia

Alan Taylor, Senior Editor, The Atlantic, USA

Alasdair Foster, Writer, Researcher and Curator, Australia

Alessandra, Capodacqua Independent Curator and Teacher of Photography, NYU, Italy

Alessandro Zuffi, Photo Editor, Paris, France

Alessia Glaviano, Senior Photo Editor, Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue, Italy

Alexa Becker, Acquisitions Editor, Kehrer Verlag Publishers, Germany

Aline Smithson, Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Lenscratch, USA

Alison Nordström, Independent Scholar/Curator of Photographs, USA

Alona Pardo, Assistant Curator, Barbican, UK

Alyssa Coppelman, Picture Researcher, Harper’s Magazine, USA

Amber Terranova, Executive Producer, SCREEN Projects, USA

Amy Feitelberg, Photo Art Director, Square, USA

Amy Pereira, Photography Director, Curator 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, Editor In Chief, All About Photo, 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, Independent Curator and Author, USA

Antony Dickson, Features Photo Editor, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

Arianna Rinaldo, Artistic Director, Cortona On The Move, Spain

Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, USA

Azu Nwagbogu, Founder & Director, LagosPhoto Festival and the African Artists’ Foundation, Nigeria

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

Bisi Silva, Founder and Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Nigeria

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, Director, FestFoto de Porto Allegre, Brazil

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, HOUSE Biennial, UK

Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director & Chief Curator, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Germany

Charles Guice, Founder/Director, Charles Guice Contemporary, USA

Charlotte Cotton, Curator & Writer, USA

Charlotte van Lingen, Senior Curator, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands

Chelsea Matiash Senior, Editor, Digiital Storytelling, The New York Times, USA

Chris Jordan, Photographer, USA

Chris Littlewood, Photography Director, Flowers Gallery, UK

Chris Pichler, Founder & Publisher, Nazraeli Press, USA

Christophe de Jaeger, Programme Manager, BOZAR Photo, Belgium

Christophe Laloi, Artistic Director, Voies Off Arles, France

Christopher McCall, Director, Pier 24 Photography, USA

Christopher Rauschenberg, Founding Member, Blue Sky Photographers’ Collective and Gallery, USA

Christy Havranek, Director of Photography, Huffington Post, USA

Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, The Photographer’s Gallery, UK

Claude Bussac, Director of PHotoESPANA, PHotoEspaña International Festival, Spain

Corey Keller, Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

Corinne Tapia, Director, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, USA

Cristina De Middel, Artist, Magnum Photos, 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, Photographer, Magnum Photos, USA

David Birkitt, Founder, DMB Represents, UK

David Campbell, Director, Communications, World Press Photo, Netherlands

David Chickey, Publisher, Radius Books, USA

David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery, UK

David Hurn, Photographer, Magnum Photos, UK

David Kogan, Executive Director, Magnum Photos, UK

Deborah Dragon, Photo Producer and 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

Donna Cohen, Photo Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek, USA

Dr. Shahidul, Alam Director, Chobi Mela Festival of Photography, Bangladesh

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 Boille, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Photo Editor, Internazionale, Italy

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, Senior Photo Editor, CNN Digital, USA

Els Barents, Photo Historian, Writer & Researcher, Netherlands

Emilia van Lynden, Artistic Director, Unseen Photo Festival, Netherlands

Emily Adams, Photography Exhibition Specialist, Mexico

Emily Graham, Cultural Comissions & Partnership Manager, Magnum Photos, UK

Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography, FT Weekend Magazine, UK

Enrico Stefanelli, Founder, President and Artistic Director, Photolux Festival, Italy

Erik Vroons, Chief Editor, GUP Magazine, Netherlands

Evan Pricco, Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor, Juxtapoz Magazine, USA

Evgeny Berezner, Deputy General Director, ROSIZO State Museum & Exhibition Center, Russia

Felicia Anastasia, Founder & Creative Director, Anastasia Photo Gallery, USA

Fiona Rogers, Global Business Development Manager, Magnum Photos, UK

Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, The Guardian, UK

Francis Hodgson, Professor in the Culture of Photography, University of Brighton, UK

Francoise Callier, Program Coordinator, Angkor Photo Festival, France

Frazier King, Board Member, Houston Center for Photography, USA

Fred Ritchin, Dean of the School, International Center of 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, Photo Editor, The New York Times, UK

Gail Marowitz, Creative Director, The Visual Strategist, USA

Garry Sommerfeld, Manager Photographic Services, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

Genevieve Fussell, Senior Photo Editor, The New Yorker, USA

Gilles Steinmann, Photo Editor, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland

Giulia Ticozzi, Photo Editor, La Repubblica, Italy

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

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, Magnum Photos, Denmark

James Estrin, Photographer/Lens Blog Editor, The New York Times, USA

Jean-Jacques, Viau Digital Marketing Manager, Leica Camera, Germany

Jeanne Mercier, Chief Curator, 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, USA

Jennifer Pastore, Executive Photography Director, WSJ Magazine, USA

Jenny Smets, Photo Editor, Vrij Nederland, Netherlands

Jessica Lim, Director, Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops, Cambodia

Jessie Wender, Lead Photo Editor, Apple, 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, Photo Editor, Curator and Photojournalist, 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

Karen McQuaid, Senior Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery, UK

Karin Bareman, Curatorial Project Manager, Autograph ABP, UK

Karol Hordziej, Artistic Director, Krakow Photomonth, Poland

Kathleen Prutting, Manager Photo Editor, CBS Broadcast Network, USA

Kathy Moran, Senior Editor, Natural History at National Geographic Magazine, USA

Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, The New York Times Magazine, USA

Kaycee Olsen, Director, Von Lintel Gallery, USA

Ken Geiger, Photographer, Editor and Image Specialist, USA

Kenneth Dickerman, Foreign Photo Editor, The Washington Post, USA

Kottie Gaydos, Curator, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, USA

Kris Graves, Director, +Kris Graves Projects, USA

Krzysztof Candrowicz, Artistic Director, Hamburg Triennale, Poland

Kurt Mutchler, Senior Science Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine, USA

Lars Boering, Managing Director, World Press Photo Foundation, Netherlands

Laura Moya, Director, Photolucida, USA

Laura Pressley, Executive Director, CENTER, USA

Laura Serani, Artistic Director, Photography Residence Foundation Treilles, France

Lauren Ford, Commissioning Director and Producer, Dazed Magazine, UK

Lesley Martin Publisher, Aperture Foundation, USA

Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, 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 & Gallerist, Schilt Publishing & Gallery, Netherlands

Magdalena Herrera, Director of Photography, GEO France, France

Maja Saphir, Senior Associate 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, Photography Consultant and Curator, Netherlands

Marcel Feil, Deputy Director of Artistic Affairs, FOAM, Netherlands

Marcia Allert, Director of Photography, The Dallas Morning News, USA

Margaret Kelly, Director, Exhibition and Art Fairs, Pace/Macgill Gallery, USA

Margy Dudley, Owner, Open Shutter Gallery, USA

Marie-Pierre Subtil, Chief Editor, 6 Mois, France

Marion Hislen, Director, Circulations Festival, France

Marisa Schwartz Taylor, Photo Editor, The Washington Post, USA

Mark Murrmann, Photo Editor, Mother Jones, USA

Martin Parr, Photographer, Magnum Photos, UK

Mary Virginia, Swanson Photography Marketing Advisor, Educator, Author, USA

MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder, The Magenta Foundation, Canada

MaryAnne Golon, Director of Photography, The Washington Post, USA

Matt Shonfeld, Executive Director, Institute for Artist Management, UK

Matt Stuart, Photographer, Magnum Photos, UK

Matthew Craig, Co-Founder and CEO, Blink, USA

Maya Byskov, Curator, The Independent AIR, Germany

Mazie Harris, Assistant Curator, Getty Museum, USA

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, MACK Books, UK

Michael Weir, Director/Founder, Belfast Photo Festival, UK

Michael Wichita, Director of Photography, AARP, USA

Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director, Photographic Center Northwest, USA

Miriam Romais, Marketing & Strategic Development Advisor, Center for Photography at Woodstock, USA

Miyako Yoshinaga, Director, Mikayo Yoshinga Gallery, USA

Molly Roberts, Senior Photography Editor, National Geographic Magazine, USA

Monica Allende, Artistic Director, GetxoPhoto, UK

Moritz Neumüller, Academic Director of Photography, IED Madrid, Spain

Moshe Rosenzveig, Director, Head On Photo Festival, Australia

Muhammed Muheisen, Chief Photographer, Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Associated Press, Netherlands

Mutsuko Ota, Editorial Director, IMA magazine, Japan

Nadav Kander, Award-Winning Photographer, UK

Natalie Matutschovsky, Photography & Content, Apple, USA

Natasha Egan, Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, USA

Nathalie Herschdorfer, Director, Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland

Newsha Tavakolian, Photographer, Magnum Photos, Iran

Olivier Laurent, Photography Editor, The Washington Post, USA

Patricia Lanza, Art Consultant & Creative Director, USA

Paul di Felice, Senior Lecturer in 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

Rebecca Morse, Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA, USA

Regina Maria Anzenberger, Founder, Anzenberger Gallery, Austria

Régina Monfort, Photo Editor, FotoEvidence, USA

Richard A. Brooks, Deputy Photo Director, 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, Photo Editor and Photographic Consultant, UK

Roman Härer, Creative Director, plainpicture, Germany

Roxanne Behr, Senior Photo Editor, New York Magazine, USA

Rui Prata, Director, Museu da Imagem, Portugal

Ruth Offen, Director/Curator, WaterWorks Gallery, USA

Sacha Lecca, Deputy Photo Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine, USA

Sadie Quarrier, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine, USA

Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries and Photoville, USA

Sara Guerrini, Photo Editor, Parallelozero Photoagency, Italy

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

Sean O’Hagan, Critic and Writer, The Guardian and The Observer, UK

Sébastian Hau, Director, Polycopies and COSMOS Photobook Fairs, France

Selva Barni, Founder & Editor, Fantom Editions, Italy

Serge Belet, Senior Exhibitions Manager, National Gallery of Canada, Canada

Silvia Mangialardi, Director, Fotomundo Magazine, Argentina

Simon Bainbridge, Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography, UK

Siobhán Bohnacker, Senior Photo Editor, The New Yorker, USA

Stacey Baker, Associate Photo Editor, The New York Times Magazine, USA

Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust, USA

Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review, USA

Sujong Song, Curator and Photo Editor, South Korea

Susan Meiselas, Photographer, Magnum Photos, USA

Susan Spiritus, Owner, Susan Spiritus Gallery, USA

Susan White, Photography Director, Vanity Fair Magazine, USA

Susan Zadeh, Founder/Photography Director, Eyemazing Editions, Netherlands

Suzanne Opton, Photographer/Educator, International Center for Photography, USA

Taj Forer, Cofounder, Fabl and Daylight Books, USA

Thomas Seelig, Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Tiffany Hagler-Geard, Photo Editor, ABC News, USA

Todd Hido, Artist and Photographer, USA

Todd James, Senior 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, Asymetria Gallery, France

Vangelis Ioakimidis, Coordinator, TransEurope Photo Project, Greece

Volker Lensch, Photo Editor, Stern Magazine, Germany

Whitney Johnson, VP Visual Experiences, National Geographic, USA

Wim Melis, Curator, Noorderlicht Photography, Netherlands

Xavier Canonne, Director, Musée de la Photographie, Belgium

Xavier Soule, CEO, Agence VU & Gallery VU, France

Yasunori Hoki, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Super Labo Publishing, Japan

Yuko Yamaji, Curator, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan

Yumi Goto, Curator, Editor, Publisher, Founder, Reminders Project, Japan

Yuting Duan, Festival Founder and Director, Lianzhou Foto, China


International Press Exposure
Award winners receive press coverage from 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 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.
Awards
Series Award WINNERS
1st Place: $5000
2nd Place: $3000
3rd Place: $1500
Single Image Award WINNERS
1st Place: $3000
2nd Place: $1500
3rd Place: $1000
Jurors’ Picks
Each juror will select an individual Juror’s Pick to receive special distinction.
FINALISTS
25 Finalists will be selected.
Free
Professional Review
Enter a series or 5+ images to the LensCulture Black & White Awards 2018 and get a free Professional 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 Professional Reviews:
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.
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.
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Ansel Adams
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Free Entry — Open to all photographers
LensCulture is committed to diversity and our mission to discover the most imaginative, creative photographers out there regardless of location, age, background or experience level. We’re proud to offer FREE ENTRY for any photographer submitting a SINGLE IMAGE entry for this award.
All Genres of Black & White Photography Welcome:
FINE ART|PORTRAIT|LANDSCAPE|ARCHITECTURE|INTERIORS|ALTERNATIVE PROCESS
PHOTOJOURNALISM|DOCUMENTARY|CONCEPTUAL|STILL LIFE|NATURE
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY|ABSTRACT|EXPERIMENTAL|STAGED|GRAPHIC
Benefits for all Who enter
6 Winners8 Jurors’ picks25 FinalistsEditors‘ Picks**Every Entrant
Cash Grant Awards
Published in The Best of LensCulture, Volume 3
LensCulture Network Membership
Exhibition at Aperture Gallery in New York City
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
B+W Photography Awards 2018 Online Exhibition
A Series of International Photo Festival Projections
International Press Exposure
Opportunity for LensCulture Instagram Takeover
Opportunity for Feature Article on LensCulture
Massive Exposure to our Global Audience of 3 Million
Professional Review by Photo Industry Pro*
Engage with the Global Photography Community
Opportunities for Immediate Exposure
LensCulture Portfolio Account***
* Professional Review: Available for all series entries and 5+ Single entries
** 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 Facebook page.
*** LensCulture Portfolio Account: Available for all Series entries and 5+ Single entries
Single

Free

Your first single-image entry is free!
Limited to one free entry per person.
$10 for each additional photo.
5 images are $50 (Written professional review included).
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5+ Singles*

$50 USD

5x single-image entries, judged individually (not as a series).
Written professional review of your work.
$10 for each additional photograph.
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Series*

$60 USD

10x photographs, judged as a series.
Your submission should work as a group, thematically or aesthetically.
Written Professional Review of your work.
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* Receive a free Professional 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: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Success
Stories
Recognition in the Global Photography Community
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.
  • Irmina Walczak
    Brazil
  • Marcus DeSieno
    United States
  • Sylvain Heraud
    France
  • Albarrán Cabrera
    Spain
  • Frank Herfort
    Germany
  • Tara Bogart
    United States
  • Matt Eich
    United States
  • Sophie Gabrielle
    Australia
  • Ofir Barak
    Israel
  • Sergio Garcia Gavaldà
    Spain
  • Antonio Privitera
    Italy
  • Medina Dugger
    Nigeria
  • Streetmax
    United Kingdom
  • Aaron Hardin
    United States
  • Weronika Gęsicka
    Poland
  • Yoshikatsu Fujii
    Japan
  • Philip Kanwischer
    Canada
  • Annabel Oosteweeghel
    The Netherlands
  • Peter Braunholz
    Germany
  • Sylvain Biard
    France
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All photographers retain full copyright for their 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.