Share Your Journeys with
- personal stories
- visual storytelling
- fictional journeys
- street photography
- analog photography
It has been a long few months at home and, like many of you, the LensCulture team is dreaming of summer vacations, adventures with friends and family, and a little change of scenery. Our ability to travel in the literal sense of the word is restricted for now, but photography offers us a wonderful opportunity to virtually satisfy our collective wanderlust. So for this award, we’re seeking photography that explores a broad and aspirational theme: journey.
There is no limit to your interpretation of this theme.
Show us places you’ve loved, imagined or invented. Submit an epic odyssey of the heart or a journey of self-discovery. Dig out photographs of your favorite summer vacation with friends and family, or visually construct your next one. The possibilities are boundless!
Images by ©: Angelo Formato, Colombe Crouan, Claudia de Zordo, Francesca Di Bonito, Alfonso De Gregorio, Ashiqur Prokrety, Artyom Kabajev, Jan Kraus, Dennis Calçada, Mirko Fambrini, Martin Iliev, Marcello Di Donato, Franky Verdickt, Matt Grote, Mirela Pavlova, Cynthia Sonski, Matjaz Skerjanec, Benoit Paillé, Guimin Cheng, Meisam Abdoli, Norm Eggert, Kenta Okamoto.
Meet our international jury
About Anne »
Senior Photo Editor
National Geographic Magazine
Anne Farrar, Senior Photo Editor for National Geographic Magazine, believes visual storytelling can be a powerful call to action and catalyst for change within the travel and tourism industry. Anne has held several senior photography positions at many of the best photojournalism newspapers in the US including The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and the Daily Southtown. As a photo editor at the The Dallas Morning News, Anne was part of a team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
About Anne »
Executive Creative Director
Anne Bourgeois-Vignon’s interests lie at the intersection of visual culture, technology and journalism. She leads editorial and creative teams to conceive, commission, and produce award-winning content including magazines, digital platforms, curatorial projects, stills and films. Currently the Executive Creative Director of Culture Trip, Anne was previously Global Digital Director at Magnum Photos, Creative Content Director at Nowness and Photography Director at Forward Publishing. She writes and talks about photography and has participated in numerous juries and reviews.
About Carolyn »
Carolyn Drake is an artist based in Vallejo, California who has worked on collaborative and photo-based projects that live on the boundary of documentary and art-making. She spent many years working with Uighurs in western China on a body of work called Wild Pigeon, which was presented in a solo exhibition at SFMOMA in 2018 and earned the Anamorphosis Book Award. In 2020, TBW Books will publish her new project, Knit Club, which she made in collaboration with an unconventional group of women in rural Mississippi. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship, the Lange Taylor Prize, and a Peter S Reed Foundation grant, among other awards, and she is a member of Magnum Photos. In the coming year, her work will be included in exhibitions at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.
About Aida »
Founder of Addis Foto Festival and Managing Director Desta For Africa Creative Consulting PLC
Muluneh began her career working as a photojournalist at the Washington Post; her work can be found in several international publications. As an exhibiting artist, her photos have been shown in over a dozen countries around the world and her work can be found in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, the Hood Museum and the Museum of Biblical Art. In 2019, she gave the renowned Sem Presser Lecture at the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam. She is also the first black woman to become co-curator of the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition while serving as a Canon Europe Ambassador. Muluneh is the founder and director of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first international photography festival in East Africa, which has been hosted in the city of Addis Ababa since 2010. She continues to educate, curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) and For Africa Creative Consulting PLC (DFA).
About Sara »
Photo Editor and Founder
Sara Urbaez is the founder and photo editor of LISTO, an online platform devoted to dismantling colonialism in photography and honoring BIPOC photographers. Before coming to Airbnb, Sara was the curator and managing editor of WIRED Photo, WIRED.com’s photography section, and oversaw photography across all platforms. She also worked in the photo department of Art + Auction and Modern Painters, DEPARTURES, at the Walther Collection, and as a stylist assistant at W Magazine. She has a deep love for art and the outdoors, and is usually plotting her next adventure.
About Jim »
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.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Exhibition during Paris Photo
All winning photographers for this award will be exhibited in Paris! An opening reception will be held for artists, invited media, photo editors and industry insiders for a night of art appreciation and networking during one of the world's largest international art fairs dedicated to photography.
© Lawrence Cheung
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!
We are proud to offer free entry for single-image submissions. This special offer is part of our ongoing commitment to make entry to our awards and access to career-changing benefits open to all photographers, no matter your location or budget for entering competitions.
© William Mark Sommer
Enter 5+ single images or a series into this competition and you can add a professional written review of your submission for an additional $15. 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:
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“The main reason I submit to these calls is for the direct feedback. I’ve done about 4 now and each one has given me a completely fresh insight of how to improve professionally. Each one has been very detailed and revitalizing. Thank You!”
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“Every time I participate in one of your events I get wiser and better as a photographer. The review on my Street Photography competition submission has been of immense help and the details of input on how to improve further is much appreciated.
I would like to thank you for this opportunity and also congratulate you on the work you guys are doing for the photography community.”
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“I can’t express how grateful I am for your accurate, insightful and inspirational review. After I read the review several times everything that had seemed vague before, is now clear. Thank you so much. I hope one day I will be able to say that this is one of the biggest game changers for my photography career.”
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.
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.
Note: While our editors review entries for inclusion on a daily basis, not every submission can be shown here.
© Bambi No Muere
© Franky Verdickt
In addition to a print exhibition in Paris and cash grants, those recognized will also receive the following benefits.
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, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Serbia, The Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Spain, France, the US, and more.
Visibility with industry insiders & creative professionals
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 photography industry insiders and creative professionals to showcase photographers and their work to key decision makers.
Your work showcased to our social media community
Each photographer recognized in this award will be profiled via our Instagram (975K followers) and Facebook (one million followers) accounts, sharing your work with new audiences and potentially new opportunities.
Permanent exhibition on LensCulture online gallery
All photographers recognized 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. Past winners 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.
© Chris Tuff
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
Each juror will select an individual Juror’s Pick to receive special distinction.
25 Finalists will be selected.
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!
LensCulture is on a mission to discover the most imaginative, talented, creative photographers out there, regardless of location, age, background or experience level.
|6 Winners||6 Jurors’ picks||25 Finalists||Editors’ Picks(1)||Every Entrant|
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|Opportunity to be in LensCulture Discoveries online directory of top-rated photographers(3)||⬤||⬤||⬤||⬤||⬤|
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(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)LensCulture Portfolio Account: Available for all Series entries and 5+ Single entries
(3)Winners & Jurors Picks are automatically included in LensCulture Discoveries online directory.
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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.
© Viacheslav Poliakov & Elena Subach
Recognition in the global photography community
For 15 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.
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