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Seeking 50 of the World’s
Best Emerging Photographers

LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Awards 2015 is our 3rd annual call to discover the world's best emerging photographers. Our international jury will select 50 outstanding emerging photographers — from all cultures, all points of view, with no age limit.

We invite you to enter one of the best opportunities for career-changing exposure to our global audience of over 1.4 million, worldwide recognition, an exhibition in San Francisco, projections at photo festivals worldwide, $20,000 in grants, and much more.

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Exposure. Reach. Results. See how the careers of
these photographers were impacted by winning a
LensCulture competition.
Closed for new entries. Winners will be announced in early August.
If you already started a submission, click here to finish it.
The final deadline to complete all entries is Thursday, July 2nd at 11:59 PST.
Winners of LensCulture Emerging Talent 2014 »
Entering juried competitions is often the best way to get your work seen by industry professionals who can make a difference in your career.
Mary Virginia Swanson, Advisor to Artists and Arts Organizations

2015 Emerging Talent Jury

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    Jennifer Blessing
    Senior Curator of Photography
    New York, NY, USA
    more about Jennifer
    Jennifer Blessing joined the curatorial staff of the Guggenheim in 2002, after previously working at the museum from 1989–97. She recently co-organized "Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/ Performance," which opened in March 2010 before traveling to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In addition to organizing photo-based exhibitions, she is responsible for developing the museum's photography collection.

    During her tenure with the museum she has curated numerous touring exhibitions as well as contributed to many other museum's exhibitions and catalogues. Her most recent exhibition, "Photo-Poetics: An Anthology," will open in New York this fall. It will be preceded by a presentation at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin this summer.
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    Jon Jones
    Director of Photography
    The Sunday Times Magazine
    London, UK
    more about Jon
    As a photojournalist for the Sygma Photo Agency in Paris, Jones documented conflict all over the world, most notably in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, his work being widely published by Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, and Stern. He has collaborated on numerous books and media projects and his work has been widely exhibited. He has worked as a cameraman and editor, producing magazine features, documentaries and news programmes for the BBC. He was the curator of the Sunday Times 50th Anniversary exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, and is also the editor of a major retrospective book of the Bosnian War, which was published in 2013. He is a regular photographic judge and lecturer and has taught the Joop Swart Master-class for the World Press, and the Visa D’Or workshops. His numerous international photographic awards include two World Press Photo Awards.
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    María García Yelo
    Madrid, Spain
    more about María
    María García Yelo is the Director of PHotoEspaña, an international festival of photography and visual arts. With a degree in Art History from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, García Yelo was the Director of the Post-War and Contemporary Art department at the British auction house Christie’s, in Spain, from 2008 until 2013. She was previously the General Deputy Director of Conservation and Research at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (2005-2008) and Assistant Director of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia (2002-2004). She has also served as an independent curator and as an art critic for ABC Cultural. She is the author of various publications.
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    Ada Takahashi
    Robert Koch Gallery
    San Francisco, CA, USA
    more about Ada
    Ada Takahashi is a principal with the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco. She joined the gallery in 1986. Takahashi focuses on the gallery's curatorial efforts, liaising with artists, and on the gallery's presence at international art fairs. The Koch Gallery program emphasizes contemporary photography as well as experimental work from the 1920s and 1930s. In recent years, the gallery's exhibitions have included work by Michael Wolf, Robert Heinecken, Jeff Brouws, Kenneth Josephson, Brian Ulrich, TR Ericsson, and Shai Kremer. The contemporary program is shaped by a desire to expand the dialogue around significant aesthetic and social issues of our time, an aim that is shared by many of the gallery’s artists.
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    Sacha Lecca
    Deputy Photo Editor
    Rolling Stone Magazine
    New York, NY, USA
    more about Sacha
    Sacha Lecca is a photographer and a Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone Magazine. He has had a 20-year-long career in print journalism with stints at Newsweek, CMP Media, and his current photo editing position at Rolling Stone.
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    Todd Hido
    San Francisco, CA, USA
    more about Todd
    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, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. 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 in 2014.
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    Mary Virginia Swanson
    Advisor to Artists and Arts Organizations
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    more about Mary Virginia

    Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and advisor who helps photographers find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner. A trusted mentor and consultant, she presents seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities that have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. Swanson will be presenting lectures and serving as a Portfolio Reviewer at PHotoEspaña in June and PhotoNOLA in December 2015.

    Mary Virginia co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed “Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated” (2014). Swanson is the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography and the 2014 Susan Carr Award for Education from the American Society for Media Photographers (ASMP). This year, The Society for Photographic Education has named her “Honored Educator.” Her latest publication, “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs” will be released this summer.

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    Jim Casper
    Editor-in-Chief & Publisher
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    more about Jim
    Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief and publisher 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. He serves on the board of directors at SPE, the Society for Photographic Education, the world’s largest association of photography educators.

Career-Launching Awards

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  • Visibility with over 500 LensCulture Insiders: top photo editors, curators, gallerists, and publishers.
  • Emerging Talent 2015 Exhibition at San Francisco Camerawork Gallery.
  • Video projections at international photo festivals.
  • Massive, on-going exposure to our growing global audience of over 1.4 million.
  • $20,000 in Emerging Talent Grants.

Awards & Benefits

Grant Winners Winners Editors' Picks*
$20,000 in Emerging Talent Grants
Exhibition in San Francisco
Worldwide Festival Screenings
Emerging Talent 2015 Printed Annual
Massive Online Promotion
LensCulture Online Review Sesssion
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
Immediate Exposure on LensCulture
LensCulture Portfolio Account

*Editors' Picks: LensCulture's editors will select photographers during the competition for immediate exposure to our global audience (before the judging begins). Over 100 of the highest-rated entries will gain visibility with LensCulture Insiders and receive an invitation-only LensCulture Portfolio account, which serve as a great platform to reach our audience of over 1.4 million worldwide.

learn more about the awards:

San Francisco Camerawork Exhibition

A gala exhibition at San Francisco Camerawork for the Top 50 Emerging Talents. SF Camerawork has been supporting emerging artists for over 40 years hosting exhibitions, lectures, and publications by cutting edge photographers from around the world including Robert Mapplethorpe, Sally Mann, Joel-Peter Witkin, Andres Serrano, Janet Delaney, Binh Danh, Eugene Richards, Chris McCaw, Susan Meiselas, and many more.

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$20,000 in Emerging Talent Grants

Each of our eight judges will personally select a photographer to receive a $2,500 grant.

Projections at
International Photo Festivals

Work from the Top 50 photographers will be presented at photo festivals worldwide throughout the year. We are actively partnering with international photo festivals to showcase our competitions' winners & finalists. Our growing list of festivals includes: FORMAT International Photography Festival, Bangkok Photo Festival, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Belfast Photo Festival, Athens Photo Festival, Circulation(s) Photo Festival, Tokyo International Photography Festival, Arles France Voies Off Festival — with many more to come!

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LensCulture Insiders Visibility

Work from the Top 50 photographers plus hundreds of the other top-rated photographers from this competition will be shared with LensCulture Insiders, our network of influential names in the photography industry. We have significantly expanded our Insiders network to over 500 photo editors, curators, gallerists, and publishers. We believe this kind of exposure is critical for both emerging and established photographers to gain valuable jobs, opportunities, and global exposure in print and online media.

Alan Taylor, Editor/Web Developer, The Atlantic, Boston, MA

Alejandro Castellote, Photography teacher, critic and freelance curator, Spain

Alexa Becker, Acquisitions Editor, Kehrer Verlag Publishers

Alexandre Percy, Owner, ACTE 2 GALERIE, Paris, France

André Frère, Editor, André Frère Éditions, Marseille, France

Andy Adams, Founding Editor, Producer, Publisher, FlakPhoto Madison, WI

Ângela Ferreira, Artistic Director, PhotoFestival Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal

Anna Walker Skillman, Owner/Director, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

Arianna Rinaldo, Director, OjodePez Magazine, Barcelona, Spain

Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY

Bill Kouwenhoven, Critic, author, journalist

Bridget Coaker, Director, Troika Editions, London, UK

Catherine Edelman, Owner and Director, Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Germany

Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, The Photographer's Gallery

Corey Keller, Curator of Photography, SFMoMA

Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs at Christie's

Darren Ching, Owner, Klompching Gallery

Dewi Lewis, Publisher, Dewi Lewis Publishing

Dimitri Beck, Editor-in-Chief, Polka Magazine and Gallery

Duan Yuting, Director, Lianzhou Foto, China

Eder Chiodetto, Curator of Photography of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo

Elie Domit, Director, East Wing , United Arab Emirates

Elina Heikka, Curator of Photography, Finnish Museum, Finland

Ellen-K Willas, Co-founder, PUG Gallery, Oslo

Emma Bowkett, Photo Editor, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, UK

Fumiaka Bamba, Photo/Art Concierge at Tsutaya Books, Tokyo

Genevieve Fussell, Photo Editor, The New Yorker

Guillaume Piens, Director, Art Paris, France

Hamidah Glasgow, Executive Director/Curator, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Harris Fogel, Director/Curator, Sol Mednick Gallery & Gallery 141, Philadelphia, PA

Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography, Newsweek, Japan

Irène Attinger, Library Director, Maison Europeene de la Photographie

Irina Chmyreva, Curator, Photovisa International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar, Russia

James Estrin, Co-Editor, New York Times Lens Blog

Johan Sjöström, Curator of Exhibitions, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden

John Duncan, Editor, Source Photographic Review, UK

Juan Travnik, Director, FotoGaleria del Teatro, Buenos Aires, Argentina,

Karen Downey, Senior Curator, Belfast Exposed, UK

Karin Bareman, Assistant Curator, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam

Klaus Kehrer, Owner, Kehrer Art and Photo Publishers

Laura Pressley, Executive Director, Center, Santa Fe, NM

Lisa J. Sutcliffe, Curator of Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum

Manfred Zollner, Photo Editor, fotoMAGAZIN, Hamburg, Germany

Marc Feustel, Curator; publisher; Japanese photography expert; Studio Equis; Eyecurious blog

Marc Prüst, Photography Consultant and Curator, France

Marcel Feil, Deputy Director, Artistic Affairs - FOAM

Maria Patomella, Museum Curator, Sweden

Marie Sumalla, Photo Editor, Le Monde

Markus Schaden, Publisher, Director of Museum of the Photobook, Cologne, Germany

Marloes Krijnen, Director, FOAM, Netherlands

MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder, The Magenta Foundation; Director, Flash Forward Festival

Michael Famighetti, Editor, Aperture Magazine

Michelle Faour, Production Manager en ROLF ART

Monica Allende, Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine, UK

Mutsuko Ota, Editorial Director and Curator, IMA Magazine, Galleries and Concept Stores, Tokyo

Nailya Alexander, Owner, Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC

Nayomi Miyake, Editor, Kyuryudo Art-Publsihing Co., Ltd., Tokyo

Olivier Laurent, Editor, TIME Lightbox

Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA

Pete Brook, Writer, Prison Photography and

Rebecca Mcclelland, Photography Director, New Statesmen, UK

Reem Al-Faisal, The Empty Quarter Gallery Paris, France & Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Regina Maria Anzenberger, Founder and Director, Anzenberger Agency, Austria

Richard A. Brooks, Deputy Photo Director for Asia Pacific, Agence France-Presse, China

Rina Tokura, Editor in Chief, IMA Magazine and Concept Stores, Tokyo

Roy L. Flukinger, Senior Research Curator, Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX

Shahidul Alam, Curator, Author, Educator, and Director, Chobi Mela Festival of Photography, Bangladesh

Sheyi Bankale, Editor and Founder, Next Level Magazine, UK

Sujong Song, Director and Curator, The Edition Photographic Consultancy, South Korea

Takashi Kakishima, Director, Poetic Scape Gallery, Tokyo

Tetsuro Ishida, Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Thomas Seelig, Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur

Tina Schelhorn, Director, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany

Tomoka Aya, Director, The Third EyeGallery Aya, Tokyo

Tomoki Matsumoto, Director, Publisher and International Distributor, T&M Projects, Tokyo

Urs Stahel, Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Ute Noll, Director, On Photography & Illustration, Stuttgart, Germany

Valerie Fougeirol, Director, Temple Gallery, France

Vangelis Ioakimidis, Director, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece

Vicenç Boned Lloveras, Owner, Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona

W.M. Hunt, Head Bear at Dancing Bear, NYC

William Ewing, Curator at Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Switzerland

Wim Melis, Director, Noorderlicht Festival, Netherlands

Xavier Canonne, Director, Musee de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium

Yannick Bouillis, Offprintparis France

Yumi Goto, Curator, Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo

Aaron Schuman, Editor, SeeSaw Magazine, UK

Alessandra Capodacqua, Curator, Author, Educator, Studio Marangoni, Italy

Aline Smithson, Founder/Editor, Lenscratch, USA

Alison Nordstrom, Consulting Curator for International Programs, Griffin Museum of Photography, USA

Alyssa Coppelman, Photo Editor, Slate, Feature Shoot, USA

Ángel Luis González, Director, PhotoIreland, Ireland

Anna Dickson, Photography Director, AOL/Huffington Post Media Group, USA

Anna Gripp, Editor , Photonews, Germany

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Creative Content Director, London, UK

Anne Morin, Curator/Director, diChroma photography, Spain

Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography, The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA

Bas Vroege, Director, Paradox and YDoc, Netherlands

Bevin Bering Dubrowski, Director, Houston Center for Photography, USA

Bjarke Myrthu, Founder & CEO, Blindspot, USA

Brian Clamp, Owner/Director, ClampArt Gallery, USA

Brian Storm, Founder & Executive Producer, MediaStorm, USA

Carlos Carvalho, Director, International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre, Brazil

Charlotte van Lingen, Curator, Kunsthal Rotterdam , Netherlands

Christophe de Jaeger, Curator, Center For Fine Arts Brussels, Belgium

Christophe Laloi, Artistic Director, Voies Off Arles, France

Daphné Anglès, European Photo Assignment Editor, The New York Times, France

David Birkitt, Director, DMB Represents, UK

David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery, Wales

Debra Klomp Ching, Owner/Director, Klompching Gallery, USA

Ed Carey, Director, Gallery 291, USA

Elda Harrington, Director, Escuela Argentina de Fotografia, Argentina

Elena Firsova, Managing Editor, Foto&Video Magazine, Russia

Elisabeth Biondi, Independent Curator, Biondi Foto, USA

Elizabeth Avedon, Photobook Designer/Blogger, Elizabeth Avedon, USA

Elizabeth Lapp, Curator and Image Guru, Flickr/Yahoo, USA

Emily Adams, Exhibitions Director, PhotoEspaña, Spain

Enrico Bossan, Editorial Director, Colors Magazine, Italy

Erik Vroons, Chief Editor , GUP Magazine, Netherlands

Francis Hodgson, Photography Critic, Financial Times of London, UK

Francoise Callier, Program Coordinator, Angkor Photo Festival, France

Freddy Denaes, Publisher, Editions de l'Oeil, France

Frits Gierstberg, Curator, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Netherlands

Gad Edery, CEO, Gad Collection, France

Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs, National Media Museum, UK

Hannah Watson, Director, Trolley Books, UK

Hélène Joye-Cagnard, Codirectrice, Journées photgraphiques de Bienne Biel-Bienne, Switzerland

Ihiro Hayami, Director, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan

James Wellford, Photo Editor, Curator & Educator, , USA

Jason Landry, Owner/Director, Panopticon Gallery, USA

Jeff Gates, Managing Editor, American Art's Blog, Smithsonian Institution, USA

Jeff Moorfoot, Festival Director, Ballarat International Foto Biennal, Australia

Jessie Wender, Photo Editor, The New Yorker, USA

Joanne Junga Yang, Director of International Committee, Seoul Photo Festival, Korea

Julien Jourdes, Co-Founder and COO, Blink, USA

Karol Hordziej, President & Art Director, Foundation for Visual Art & Krakow Photomonth, Poland

Krzysztof Candrowicz, Artistic Director, Hamburg Triennial of Photography, Germany

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

Laura Serani, Deleguée artistique, Mois de la Photo à Paris, France

Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, USA

Louise Clements, Co-Founder/Director, QUAD and Format Festival, UK

Maarten Schilt, Publisher, Schilt Publishing, Netherlands

Magdalena Herrera, Director of Photography, GEO, France

Manila Camarini, Photo Editor, D La Repubblica, Italy

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, President/Founder, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film, USA

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

Marion Hislen, Director, Circulation(s) Festival, France

Mary Virginia Swanson, Author, Educator, and Consultant, MVS & Assoc., USA

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

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

Michael Weir, Founder & Artistic Director, Belfast Photo Festival, Northern Ireland

Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director/Founder, Pacific Center Northwest, USA

Miriam Romais, Executive Director, En Foco Inc, USA

Molly Roberts, Chief Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine, USA

Moritz Neumüller, Festival Curator/Program Director, Istituto Europeo di Design, Spain

Moshe Rosenzveig, Director/Photographer, Head On Photo Festival , Australia

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

Nathalie Gallon, Director, Foundation Carmignac Gestion, France

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

Patricia Lanza, Content Director, Annenberg Space for Photography, USA

Paul di Felice, Director, European Month of Photography, Luxembourg

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, Dubai

Raffaela Lepanto, Photo Editor/Consultant, PhotoFusion Photography Centre , UK

Régina Monfort, Photographer/Consulting Editor, FotoEvidence, USA

Roman Härer, Creative Director, plainpicture, Germany

Rui Prata, Director, Museu da Imagem, Portugal

Sam Barzilay, Festival Director, Photoville, USA

Sara Guerrini, Picture Editor, Newsweek Europe, UK

Sarah Leen, Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine, USA

Scott Mc Kiernan, Vice President, National Press Photographers Association, USA

Sébastian Hau, Director, Le Bal Books, France

Selva Barni, Founder & Editor, Fantom Editions, Italy

Silvia Mangialardi, Editor, Fotomundo Magazine, Argentina

Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust, USA

Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review, USA

Susan Zadeh, Photography Director, Eyemazing Editions, Netherlands

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

Taj Forer, Director, Daylight Magazine, USA

Xavier Soule, President/Director, Gallery VU, France

LensCulture Emerging Talent 2015
Printed Annual

A museum-quality catalogue with the work of the Top 50 photographers will be mailed to LensCulture Insiders, our network of influential photography professionals. They will have the opportunity to see the award-winning photos in beautiful printed form.

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Immediate Exposure in the LensCulture Competition Gallery & Social Media

Just by entering your work, you have an opportunity for immediate exposure through our Competition Gallery and social media. Our editors review incoming work daily so we recommend — don't wait until the deadline!

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Live, Online Review Session

The Top 50 photographers will have the opportunity to participate in a live, online review of their work with a photography expert on our new review platform, LensCulture Sessions. You will get valuable feedback, expert advice and will learn how to get more exposure for your work.

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Massive Online Promotion

Work from the Top 50 photographers will be shared across our monthly global audience of over 1.4 million on LensCulture, our email list, mobile platforms, and multiple social media channels. We have found this to be a very effective strategy for getting photographers exposure that leads to career-boosting opportunities — see our Success Stories.

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Ongoing Exposure with a LensCulture Portfolio Account

All Winners, Finalists (plus hundreds of the top-rated photographers) will gain access to a free, invitation-only portfolio account on LensCulture! This is an invaluable platform to showcase your work to our 1.4 million+ global audience as well as to our network of LensCulture Insiders. LensCulture’s editors will also be able to discover your latest work and potentially feature it in articles, Editors’ Picks and social media.

Award portfolio account
After my project was selected for a LensCulture Emerging Talents 2014 award, it gave me visibility and the opportunity to show my work in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and participate in an art fair, Art Verona. My work was published in magazines and websites in Europe as well. Thanks to LensCulture, I have also received purchase requests for my works.
Luca Lupi, Italy, Emerging Talent 2014

Show Us Your Stuff

Photo © Thomas Lin

If you’re a photographer starting to seek global recognition, show us your work!
Who’s an “emerging” photographer?
Anyone who has not yet received significant international recognition.
Please see our FAQ for more details.

We’re open to ALL types of photography, ALL points of view, ALL countries, and ALL ages.

Closed for new entries. Winners will be announced in early August.
If you already started a submission, click here to finish it.
The final deadline to complete all entries is Thursday, July 2nd at 11:59 PST.

We respect artist’s rights

All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period.
Winners 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

Career Changing Exposure

Photo © Motohiro Takeda

Stories from Emerging Talent 2014

Last year, we discovered 50 of the world's freshest, most exciting emerging talents. Many of them went on to experience some huge successes after the announcement of the award. Here are just some of their stories:

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    Laura Stevens
    Paris, France

    Emerging Talent 2014 Grant Winner Laura Stevens shares her story of dealing with heartbreak through her project Another November, and then goes on to describe the global exposure she received after it was published on LensCulture.

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    Kerry Mansfield
    San Francisco, CA

    Two-time LensCulture Finalist Kerry Mansfield talks about her amazing experience of fighting breast cancer as well as the origins of her latest series, Expired. Kerry's photographs are as powerful & inspiring as her story.

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    Floriane de Lassée
    Marnes La Coquette, France

    Listen to Floriane de Lassée, Emerging Talent 2014 winner, tell her inspiring story about traveling around the world to photograph the loads that people carry—a journey filled with discoveries and surprises.

  • Laura Stevens
  • Eugenio Grosso
    United Kingdom
  • Nancy Borowick
    United States
  • Andreas Olesen
  • Antoine Bruy
  • Katrina Kepule
  • Lucy Hilmer
    United States
  • Michele Palazzi
  • Luca Lupi
  • Greg Kahn
    United States

More Success Stories

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    Kirsty Mitchell
    London, United Kingdom

    Visual Storytelling 2014 winner Kirsty Mitchell shares "Wonderland," the stunning fictional narrative she just completed. See what happened after her LensCulture win was announced: it's a beautiful story on every level.

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    Ellie Davies
    London, UK

    Ellie Davies transforms the woodland spaces around her home into a wondrous studio, through which we can become re-acquainted with nature, trees, even the stars. Learn more about her unique work and how her career took off.

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    Elena Chernyshova
    Moscow, Russia

    In this video, hear Elena’s thoughts about her long-form documentary project, Days of Night, Nights of Day, and what happened when the story went viral, reaching over 738K people in just a week. It’s a unique story that grips people from the start.

  • Jorge de la Torriente
    United States
  • Ali Mobasser
    United Kingdom
  • Kerry Mansfield
    United States
  • Sarah Choi
    Hong Kong
  • Daesung Lee
    South Korea
  • Tina Schula
    United States
  • Tsutomu Yamagata
  • Maroesjka Lavigne
  • Dayna Bartoli
  • Richard Tuschman
    United States
  • Carlotta Cardana
    United Kingdom
  • Michael Marten
    United Kingdom
  • Yijun Liao
    United States
  • Jessica Hines
    United States
  • Anne Berry
    United States
  • Candace Gaudiani
    United States
  • Daniele Pintore
    United Kingdom
  • Fabrice Fouillet
  • Ellie Davies
    United Kingdom
  • Claire Felicie
  • Daisuke Takakura
  • Andrejs Strokins
  • Acacia Johnson
    United States
  • Nina Roeder
  • Hebe Robinson
  • Douglas Ljungkvist
    United States
  • Michelle Sank
    United Kingdom
  • Andrea Stone
    United States
  • Tara Bogart
    United States
  • Louisa Marie Summer
    United States

Editiononebooks logo Printing of the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015 Annual generously provided by Edition One Books.

Photo © Joyce Lopez