Published in the HOME ’21 photobook|Online Solo Exhibitions|$10,000 in Cash Awards
The idea of home has captivated and inspired artists for generations. Home can be a feeling, a physical space or a geographic place as tiny as a street or a vast as a country. Home can be a memory, metaphor or a range of feelings. Over the past year, our experience of home has taken on new significance — for some, it became a sanctuary and escape, for others home meant confinement and a source of frustration. Home became a classroom, a workplace, and a studio, a yearning.
Introducing HOME ’21, International Photography Prize
We are seeking remarkable photography from around the world that has been made at home or creatively explores the concept of home. There are no limits in terms of genre, method or subject matter — our jury is looking to showcase talented photographers who are responding to the idea of home as it relates to you.
What does home mean to you? And how do you express your creative spirit from your home base? Submit your series or single images for the chance to be seen by our international panel of experts, receive cash prizes, gain international exposure, and be featured in a dedicated photobook we’re publishing for this award.
Closed for new entries.
Photos in video © Junko Akita, Patricia Pettitt, Kevin Moore (courtesy of Gallery Kayafas), Nika Pailodze, Jeroen Hofman, Baptiste Glorion, Robin Reich
Be seen by our international jury
Fiona Shields
Head of Photography
The Guardian
London, United Kingdom

Fiona Shields has over twenty years’ picture-editing experience across a range of newspaper titles and has served as picture editor of The Guardian for the last nine. She recently took up the role of Head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time: 9/11, conflicts around the world, the Arab Spring and much more. Besides her work at the newspaper, she’s delivered talks at photo festivals and to students of photojournalism. She has judged the Sony World Photography Awards, the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards, and the Renaissance Photography Prize among others. Most recently she served as a nominator for the Prix Pictet and joined the jury of the highly regarded Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.

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Dilys Ng
Senior Photo Editor
New York, United States

Dilys Ng is Senior Photo Editor at TIME. She commissions, produces and edits photography across platforms for high impact features and projects like TIME100, Person of the Year, Guns in America and Next Generation Leaders. She was previously at the Singapore International Photography Festival and has served as juror on multiple awards and reviews.

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Dewi Lewis
Dewi Lewis Publishing
Stockport, United Kingdom

Dewi Lewis Publishing is a partnership owned and run by Caroline Warhurst and Dewi Lewis. Founded in 1994, its photography list has an international reputation and has included books by leading British and international photographers such as Laia Abril, William Klein, Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Fay Godwin, Tom Wood, Sergio Larrain, Frank Horvat, John Blakemore, Paolo Pelegrin, Simon Roberts and Bruce Gilden. Dewi Lewis was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2004 and in November 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Services to Photography. He was awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing at the World Photography Awards in April 2012.

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Todd Hido
San Francisco, United States

Todd Hido (born in Kent, Ohio, 1968) wanders endlessly, taking lengthy road trips in search of imagery that connects with his own memories. Through his unique landscape process and signature color palette, Hido alludes to the quiet and mysterious side of suburban America—where uniform communities provide for a stable façade—implying the instability that often lies behind the walls. His photographs are in many private and public collections, including the Getty, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art; MoMA: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Notably, Pier 24 Photography holds the archive of all his published works. He has published more than a dozen books, including the award-winning monographs by Nazraeli Press, House Hunting (2001) and Excerpts from Silver Meadows (2013), as well as the innovative B-Sides Box Set that function as a companion piece. His Aperture titles include Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude (2014), part of The Photography Workshop series, and the mid-career survey Intimate Distance: Twenty-Five Years of Photographs, A Chronological Album (2016). His latest book, Bright Black World, was released by Nazraeli in the Fall of 2018. Hido is also a collector, and over the last twenty-five years has created one of the most notable photobook collections, which was featured in Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books (2019).

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Maya Robinson
Senior Photo Editor
New York Magazine
New York, United States

Maya Robinson has been working for New York Magazine since 2011. As Senior Photo Editor she assigns and produces photography for the magazine’s features and culture section. Previously she was the Art Director of Photography and Visuals for, New York’s culture site, where she developed its visual identity and still leads photography for the site. Maya works with a range of photographers from photojournalists to portrait and fine-art photographers. Before joining New York Magazine, she worked at Harper’s Bazaar.

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Jim Casper
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography events, travels around the world to meet with photographers and review their portfolios, curates art exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and nominator for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations.

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“Home is where one starts from.”
– T.S. Eliot
Awards & Benefits
© My-Ly Vu
Be published in the HOME ’21 photobook
We are excited to publish a dedicated photobook for the Prize featuring the work of the HOME ’21 winners, finalists, and jurors’ picks. All 37 photographers will get their own copy of the photobook to keep plus we will distribute the book to our expansive network of international editors, curators and photography professionals.
Online Solo Exhibitions
First, second and third place winners in the Series category will each have their work permanently exhibited on the LensCulture website via our new solo feature pages. Benefitting from LensCulture’s high search rankings and traffic to the site, our online exhibitions offer wonderful and ongoing exposure for your work.
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 through the judging process, 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 juror’s picks for this award will be prominently featured in the permanent online gallery on our site.
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 including BBC, The Washington Post, Internazionale, VICE, The Times of London, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, The British Journal of Photography, and The Telegraph.
Be sure to check out our latest feature on The Guardian, a beautiful image gallery sharing the work of the 2021 Art Photography Award winners with the world.
In-depth written Project Review
As a special part of the launch of our new Review service, all series Winners and Jurors’ Picks will receive a free Fine Art Project Review. Building on the success of our Submission Reviews, the Project Reviews offer more comprehensive and in-depth written feedback on your project images, project statement and artist bio that is professional, personal, and actionable. Learn More »
© Billy Hickey
© Lisa Sorgini
© Alejandro Chaskielberg
© Marwan Bassiouni
Cash Awards & Recognition
Series Prize Winners
1st Place: $3,500
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000
Single Image Prize Winners
1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500
Jurors’ Picks
Each juror will select an individual Juror’s Pick to receive special distinction.
25 Finalists will be selected.
© Rubén Martín de Lucas
© Tom McGahan
Benefits for all who enter
When you share your work with us, you participate in our global community of over three million. The opportunities for connection, inspiration, and participation are endless — don’t miss your chance to get involved!
6 Winners6 Jurors' picks25 FinalistsEditors’ Picks(1)Every Entrant
$10,000 in Cash Awards
Solo Online Exhibitions
HOME ’21 Photobook
Free Project Review(2)
Visibility With Industry Insiders & Creative Professionals
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 Facebook page.
(2)Available for series Winners & Jurors’ Picks global audience through the competition gallery and our Facebook page.
(3)LensCulture Portfolio Account: Available for all Series entries and 5+ Single entries
(4)Winners & Jurors’ Picks are automatically included in LensCulture Discoveries online directory.
Entry and Reviews
© Ritam Sarkar
Get a written review of your work
Enter 5+ single images or a series into this competition 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.
Read what LensCulture’s community of photographers is saying about our reviews:
Competition Gallery — Editors’ Picks
Note: While our editors review entries for inclusion on a daily basis, not every submission can be shown here.
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 a massive three million+ audience of photography lovers and experts. (For example, more than 600 early entries were selected and featured during our 2021 Portrait 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!
Click on each photo to learn more about the photographer. If you like someone’s work, share their submission on Facebook or favorite their image! Your support increases the exposure for every participating photographer.
© Robin Alysha Clemens
Show us your interpretation of Home
Become a part of our passionate community of photographers from around the world! When you share your work, you participate in a community with more than 3 million members worldwide. LensCulture is dedicated to offering you the best opportunities for exposure, engagement, recognition, and critical feedback. For further information, please see our FAQ.
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.
Closed for new entries.
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 16 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.
  • Ana Vallejo
  • Marinka Masséus
  • Juul Kraijer
  • Tadas Kazakevičius
  • Mathieu Willcocks
    United Kingdom
  • Nadir Bucan
  • Aaron Elkaim
  • Rahima Gambo
  • Vikesh Kapoor
    United States
  • Sheng Wen Lo
  • Antonio Pulgarin
    United States
  • Walter Plotnik
    United States
  • Alex Vasyliev
    Russian Federation
  • Diego Moreno
  • Heloisa Lodder
We respect artist’s 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.
© Alison Luntz