Awards 2016
Call for Entries
© Dougie Wallace
© Sandra Pereznieto
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Show Us How You See The World

The 2nd annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards invite you to show us how you see the world! We want to discover today's finest street photographers who capture exceptional moments of life in all of its vibrant forms. Our global reach has never been larger, as our audience has grown to more than 2.5 million. Thus, your entry into our Street Photography Awards comes with many opportunities for international exposure and recognition: whether it's having your work seen by photography industry insiders or projected at international festivals, as well as appearing in the new Best of LensCulture 2016: 150 Award Winning Photographers photobook to be distributed and sold worldwide. You're invited to participate, engage and show us your streets!

Closed for new entries.


Street photography can take many forms: from candid, unexpected street portraits to brilliantly seen geometries within the built environment; anything from dazzling street fashions to gritty scenes of urban life the world over all fall into the genre.

To help inspire your entry, we have curated a selection of great street photography work drawing on last year's winners and some of our latest discoveries. We will continue to update this showcase throughout the summer as new work comes to our attention.


See the Winners, Finalists & Top-Rated from the LensCulture 2015 Street Photography Awards »

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

– Elliott Erwitt

Street Photography Awards 2016 Jury

Juror feil
Marcel Feil
Deputy Director Artistic Affairs
The Netherlands
more about Marcel

Marcel Feil (1968) is deputy director, artistic affairs at Foam in Amsterdam, and one of the editors of Foam Magazine, the international photography magazine published by Foam. Since 2002 he worked as curator at Foam and organized a wide range of historical and contemporary photography exhibitions, varying from solo exhibitions, group shows and theme exhibitions. Prior to his current position, Feil worked at the Dutch Foundation for Visual Arts, Design, and Architecture; and The Amsterdam Center for Photography, curating small exhibitions with work of young emerging photographers, organizing lectures and the educational program.

Juror latimer
Bronwen Latimer
Deputy Director of Photography
The Washington Post
Washington D.C., USA
more about Bronwen

Bronwen Latimer is the deputy director of photography at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, she worked as a book editor at National Geographic and at US News & World Report. She also served as an associate photo editor at TIME magazine where she received the 1998 POY editing award for story about Steve Jobs. In 1994, she worked as an editor for the book, A Passage to Vietnam. From 1989-1992 she was an assistant photo editor at Sports Illustrated concentrating on the Olympics. Ms. Latimer earned an MS degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 1989.

Juror bossan
Enrico Bossan
Editorial Director
COLORS Magazine, Fabrica Research Centre
Treviso, Italy
more about Enrico

Photographer Enrico Bossan has been leading editorial projects for years, discovering young talents, teaching and serving as a mentor. Since 2005, Bossan has been head of Photography at Fabrica Research Centre, and in 2006 was appointed Editorial Director of Colors Magazine. Since January 2014, he has been in charge of Editorial at Fabrica, as well. Bossan curates exhibitions, installations and performances, and oversees the FFF Award. As Editorial Director at Fabrica, he has also published a series of books and multimedia projects. Having started his career as a photojournalist 30 years ago, Bossan's works have been published in important international magazines, and he has published 10 photobooks of his own work. He also serves as curator for various festivals around the world.

Juror davies
Celia Davies
Photoworks and Brighton Photo Biennial
Brighton, UK
more about Celia

Celia devises the strategic and artistic direction of Photoworks and the Brighton Photo Biennial.

Recent projects have included the inaugural Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015, Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 & 2014. Forthcoming projects include a co-commission with Focus Festival Mumbai as part of Re:Imagine India funded by the Arts Council England and HOUSE 2016.

Celia was previously Head of Exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion, 2002-2009. Other projects include The British Library by Yinka Shonibare (2013) and Brighton Palermo Remix by David Batchelor for Brighton Festival (2012), This Storm is What We Call Progress by Ori Gersht (2012), Imperial War Museum, London and curated projects include Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographs of the American South including Walker Evans, William Eggleston, William Christenberry, Carrie Mae Weems, Susan Lipper and Alec Soth (2010), Beuys Is Here co-curated with Anthony d’ Offay (2009), Kenneth and Mary Martin, Constructed Works (2008) and Jeremy Deller (2006). Commissions include Mumuration Rinko Kawauchi and Brighton Picture Hunt Alec Soth (2010).

She is co-editor of Photoworks Annual, visual art advisor for HOUSE festival and Chair of Blast Theory.

Juror stuart
Matt Stuart
Street Photographer
Magnum Photos Nominee, Member of In-Public
London, UK
more about Matt

Matt Stuart is a British street photographer, a member of the In-Public street photography collective and one of the newest nominee members of Magnum Photos. As well as making his personal work, he works as an advertising photographer and leads street photography workshops.

Stuart's book of street photography, All That Life Can Afford (2016) includes photographs made in London from 2002 to 2015. He was also featured in the 2010 book and travelling show, Street Photography Now. His work has been published in a number of survey publications on street photography, and exhibited in solo exhibitions in Britain and the US; as well as included in group exhibitions in Britain (including at the Museum of London, which acquired his work for its permanent collection, and which travelled to the Museum of the City of New York), France, Bangkok and Stockholm.

Juror tucker
Matthew Tucker
Picture Editor
BuzzFeed UK
London, UK
more about Matthew

Matthew Tucker is the picture editor at BuzzFeed UK. Working with the growing London-based team since 2013, Matthew covers news, entertainment, lifestyle and photo essays, along with original photography and commissions. Before BuzzFeed, Matthew trained as a journalist and worked on the Huffington Post UK picture desk and created online content for BSkyB entertainment shows.

Juror viau
Jean-Jacques Viau
Manager, Digital Media
Leica Camera
Wetzlar, Germany
more about Jean-Jacques

Jean-Jacques Viau is manager of digital marketing for Leica Camera, the internationally famous maker of cameras and lenses. He has initiated and nurtured vibrant social media communities for Leica Camera, which now operate worldwide in many languages. Jean-Jacques has been curating the Leica blog since its launch. In an earlier position with Leica, among many other duties, he managed Leica’s relationships with photography students and younger professional photographers worldwide.

Juror casper new
Jim Casper
Editor in Chief
The 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.

The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.

– Robert Doisneau

Awards & Benefits
© Frederic Mery Poplimont
Jury LensCulture
Winners & Jurors' Picks Finalists Top 100 Editors' Picks** Every Entrant
Submission Review by Photo Industry Professional*
Opportunities for Immediate Exposure
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
Massive Exposure to our Global Audience of 2+ Million
Street Photography Awards 2016 Online Exhibition
International Press Exposure
San Francisco Exhibition
The Best of LensCulture 2016 Photobook
International Photo Festival Projections
Featured Article on LensCulture
LensCulture Network Membership
$23,000 in Grant Awards

*Submission 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.

Awards & Benefits


As part of our dedication to discovering the best of contemporary photography, we have expanded our award categories to recognize a greater number of talented photographers. We will be awarding winners, finalists, special selections from each juror, as well as a new “Top 100.” Read more about each below.

SERIES AWARD: 1st Place: $5,000 USD | 2nd Place: $3,000 USD | 3rd Place: $1,500 USD

SINGLE IMAGE: 1st Place: $3,000 USD | 2nd Place: $1,500 USD | 3rd Place: $1,000 USD

JUROR’S PICK: Each juror will select an individual Juror's Pick to receive special distinction and $1,000 USD.

FINALISTS: 20 Finalists will be selected.

This is a new award category that distinguishes the Top 100 photographers based on the jury's reviews. All the work from the Top 100 will be included in our Street Photography 2016 Online Exhibition.

Sf expo

San Francisco Exhibition

Winners, Finalists, and Jurors' Picks will have their work exhibited at SF Camerawork, a nationally recognized organization promoting emerging artists in the photographic arts. With a 40-year history of supporting work not shown at commercial galleries or in museums, SF Camerawork is a celebrated exhibition space in the Bay Area and beyond the United States, reaching a global audience of photographers and collectors.

Left: LensCulture Emerging Talent 2015 Exhibition at SF Camerawork Gallery

Projections At International
Photo Festivals

We partner with 50 photo festivals from around the world to show our award-winning photographers' work year-round. Winners and Finalists in the 2016 Street Photography Awards will be shown at a selection of festivals from our growing list of partners this year, which include: FORMAT International Photography Festival, Voies Off Arles, Krakow Photomonth, Brighton Photo Biennial, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Photomed, Athens Photo Festival, Circulation(s) Photo Festival, Tokyo International Photography Festival, Cortona on the Move, Medium Festival of Photography, Brighton Photo Fringe and many more.

Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Art Photo Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece

Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, Atlanta, GA, United States

Backlight Photo Festival, Tampere, Finland

Bangkok Photo Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland

BIP2016 – Biennial of the Possible, 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 della Fotografia Etica, Lodi, Italy

Festival Internacional Fotografia Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

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

GuatePhoto Festival, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Indian Photo Fest, Madhapur, India

Krakow Photomonth Festival, Krakow, Poland

Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, CA, United States

Miami Street Photography Festival, Miami FL, 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

OFF_festival Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

Photo Romania Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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

Tokyo International Photography Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Vienna PhotoBook Festival, Vienna, Austria

Sp16 award book

Published in The Best of LensCulture 2016:
150 Award Winning Photographers

We'll be partnering with Schilt Publishing house to produce an annual volume of all our award-winning photographers. The LensCulture photo book will feature the winners from our Exposure, Portrait, Street and Emerging Talent awards alongside their winning images. This unique collection of photographic work will be available for purchase and distributed worldwide. Schilt Publishing is the leading publisher of World Press Photo Foundation and FotoFest and their books are distributed worldwide by top class distributors: Ingram Publisher Services, the Centraal Boekhuis and Thames & Hudson.

LensCulture Network Membership

Winning photographers and Jurors' Picks will receive membership to the LensCulture Network, our invitation-only community of internationally recognized photography talent. LensCulture Network members benefit from access to our full range of services, along with entry into all of our annual competitions at no additional cost. Visit the LensCulture Network page to see how membership empowers photographers both creatively and professionally.

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Network news

Aaron Schuman, Director/Editor, SeeSaw Magazine, UK

Ada Takahashi, Director, Robert Koch Gallery, USA

Adina LoBiondo, Senior Photo Editor, Sierra Magazine, USA

Afton Almaraz, Senior Picture Editor, Getty Images, USA

Alan Taylor, Senior Editor, The Atlantic, USA

Alessandra Capodacqua, Photographer, Curator and Teacher of Photography/ The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), Italy

Alessandro Zuffi, Rédacteur Photo/ Photo Editor, Free lance, France

Alessia Glaviano, Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue Senior Photo Editor, Events Art Director at Conde Nast, Italy

Alexa Becker, Acquisitions Editor, Kehrer Verlag Publishers, Germany

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

Alison Nordstrom, Independent Scholar/Curator of Photographs, Alison Nordström, USA

Alyssa Coppelman, Contributor, WIRED, USA

Amber Terranova, Marketing Manager, Schilt Publishing, USA

Amy Feitelberg, Photo Director, Los Angeles Magazine, USA

Amy Pereira, Director of Photography, MSNBC, USA

Amy Wolff, Photo Editor, Creative Director, CoEdit Collection, AARP, 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, Gallery Director, RayKo Photo Center, USA

Ann Kendellen, Photographer and Reading Specialist, 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, Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, USA

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

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

Ariel Shanberg, Independent Curator and Writer, USA

Audrey Turpin, Production Manager at CENTQUATRE, General Coordinator of Circulation(s) Festival, France

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

Bjarke Myrthu, Founder & CEO, Storyfriend and BLIND SPOT INC., USA

Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Canada

Brett Roegiers, Photo Editor,, USA

Brian Paul Clamp, Owner/Director, ClampArt Gallery, USA

Brian Storm, Founder & Executive Producer, MediaStorm, USA

Bronwen Latimer, Deputy Director of Photography, The Washington Post, USA

Carlos Carvalho, Owner, Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporanea, Portugal

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, Photoworks, UK

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

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

Charlotte van Lingen, Senior Curator, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands

Chelsea Matiash, Deputy Multimedia Editor at TIME Magazine, Executive Board Member at National Press Photographers Association, USA

Chris Jordan, Studio Manager, Chris Jordan Photographic Arts, USA

Chris Littlewood, Photography Director, Flowers Gallery, UK

Christophe de Jaeger, Coordinator, BOZAR Photo, Belgium

Christophe Laloi, Artistic Director, Voies Off Arles, France

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

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

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

Corinne Tapia, Director, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, USA

Cristina De Middel, Artist, Dillon Gallery, 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, Full Member Photographer, Magnum Photos, USA

David Birkitt, Owner, DMB, UK

David Campbell, Communications and Marketing Manager, World Press Photo, Netherlands

David Chickey, Publisher, Radius Books, USA

David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery, UK

Dr David Kogan Ph.D., Owner, Cinderella Photography, Canada

Deborah Dragon, Photo Producer / Photo 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

Dmitri Beck, Director of Photography, Polka Magazine, France

Donna Cohen, Photo Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek, USA

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 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, Sr. Photo Editor, CNN Digital, USA

Elizabeth Lapp, Head of Social Marketing, Yahoo, USA

Els Barents, Independent Photo Historian, Writer & Researcher, Els Barents, Netherlands

Emily Adams, Photography Exhibition Specialist, Mexico

Emily Graham, Cultural & Education Manager, Magnum Photos, UK

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

Enrico Bossan, Founder and Art Director,, Italy

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

Erik Vroons Chief, Editor, GUP Magazine, Netherlands

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

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

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

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

Francoise Callier, Program Coordinator, Angkor Photo Festival, France

Frazier King, Member of Board and Exhibition Committee, Houston Center for 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, Photodesk - Deputy for Business and Assignments, International New York Times, Italy

Gail Marowitz, Creative Director, The Visual Strategist, USA

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

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

Gilles Steinmann, Photo Editor, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland

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

Hélène Joye-Cagnard, Director, Journées photographiques de Bienne, Switzerland

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, MagnumPhotos, Denmark

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

Jason Landry, Director, New Hampshire Institute of Art, USA

Jeanne Mercier, Editor, Coordinator, and Trainer, 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,, USA

Jenny Smets, Member of the Supervisory Board, World Press Photo, Netherlands

Jeremy Ross, Gallery and Sales Manager, Morrison Hotel Gallery, USA

Jessica Lim, Asia Coordinator, Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops, Cambodia

Jessie Wender, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic, 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, Director of Photography, Sunday Times, UK

Jorge de la Torriente, Owner / Photographer, De La Gallery, USA

Juli Lowe, Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery, USA

Julien Jourdes, Co-Founder and COO,, USA

Karen Davis, Director/Co-owner, Davis Orton Gallery,USA

Karen Downey, Project Manager, Arts Council, Ireland

Karin Bareman, Exhibitions & Projects Organiser, Autograph Abp, Netherlands

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

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

Kathy Moran, Sr. Editor, Natural History at National Geographic Magazine, USA

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

Ken Geiger, Dep. Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine, USA

Kenneth Dickerman, Digital Photo Manager, The Washington Post, USA

Kottie Gaydos, Director of Operations & Curator, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, USA

Kris Graves, Studio Manager and Photographer, Guggenheim Museum, USA

Krzysztof Candrowicz, Director at Lodz Art Center, and Artistic Director at Hamburg Triennial of Photography, Poland

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

Lars Boering, Managing Director, World Press Photo, Netherlands

Laura Pressley, Executive Director, CENTER, USA

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

Lauren Ford, Photographic Director, Dazed & Confused, UK

Linda Benedict-Jones, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, 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 and Gallerist, Schilt Publishing & Gallery, Netherlands

Magdalena, Herrera Director of Photography, GEO France, France

Maja Saphir, Web 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, Artistic Director, Photoreporter Festival Baie de St. Brieuc, Netherlands

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

Marcia Allert, Director of Photography, The Daily Beast, USA

Margaret Kelly, Exhibition and Art Fair Manager, Pace/Macgill Gallery, USA

Margy Dudley, Owner, Open Shutter Gallery, USA

Maria Garcia Yelo, Deputy Manager, PHotoEspaña International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts, Spain

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

Marion Hislen, Director, Circulations Festival, France

Marisa Schwartz Taylor, Photo Editor, The New York Times, USA

Mark Murrmann, Photo Editor, Mother Jones, USA

Martin Parr, Award-Winning Photographer and Curator, UK

Mary Virginia Swanson, Manager of Institutional Giving, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, USA

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

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

Matt Stuart, Independent Street Photographer, UK

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

Matt Tucker, Picture Editor, BuzzFeed, UK

Mauro Bedoni, Freelance Photo Editor, USA

Maya Byskov, Artistic Director, The Independent AIR, Germany

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,, UK

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

Michael Wichita, Director of Photography, AARP, USA

Michael Zajakowski, Features Picture Editor, Chicago Tribune, USA

Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director at Pacific Center Northwest, Founder of Minor Matters Books, USA

Miriam Romais, Independent Curator, Photographer at RomaisPhotos, USA

Miyako Yoshinaga, Director, Mikayo Yoshinga Gallery, USA

Molly Roberts, Chief Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine, USA

Monica Allende, Photography Editor, Curator, and Educator, UK

Moritz Neumüller, Academic Director of Photography Programs, Istituto Europeo di Design, Spain

Moshe Rosenzveig, Director, Head On Photo Festival, Australia

Mutsuko Ota Editorial, Director, IMA magazine, Japan

Natalie Matutschovsky, Senior Photo Editor, Time Magazine, USA

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

Nathalie Gallon, Director and Curator, Tarfa Project, France

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

Neil Binkley, Creative Director/Founder, BINKLEY +, USA

Newsha Tavakolian, Magnum Photographer, Iran

Olivier Laurent, Editor of LightBox, Time Magazine, USA

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

Paul di Felice, Senior Lecturer (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

Regina Maria Anzenberger, Founder, AnzenbergerGallery, Austria

Régina Monfort, Photo Editor, FotoEvidence, USA

Richard A. Brooks, Deputy Photo Director for 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, Head of Photography, The Guardian, UK

Roman Härer, Creative Director, plainpicture, Germany

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

Rui Prata, Director, Museu da Imagem, Portugal

Rupert Jenkins, Founder and Head of Corrections, Durrington Edits, USA

Ruth Offen, Director/Curator,, USA

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

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

Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries, USA

Sara Guerrini, Freelance Photo Editor and Photography Consultant, Italy

Sarah Bonk, Photo Editor, Forbes, USA

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

Sarina Finkelstein, Photo Editor, Money Magazine, USA

Scott McKiernan, Founder/Director,, USA

Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs, Museum of the City of New York, USA

Sébastian Hau, Director, Le Bal Books, France

Selva Barni, Founder & Editor, Fantom Editions, Italy

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

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

Silvia Mangialardi, Director, Fotomundo Magazine, Argentina

Simon Lim, Senior Photo Producer, Greenpeace East Asia, China

Stacey Baker, Owner, Stacey Baker Photographic Artistry, USA

Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust, USA

Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review, USA

Sujong Song, Independent Photography Professional, South Korea

Susan Spiritus, Owner, Susan Spiritus Gallery, USA

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

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

Taj Forer, Cofounder & CEO, Fabl, USA

Tala Skari, Director of Photography, International New York Times, France

Thomas Seelig, Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Tiffany Hagler-Geard, Photo Director, SheKnows, USA

Todd Hido, Photographer, USA

Todd James, Sr. 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 with Rafal Lawandowski, Asymetria Gallery, France

Vangelis Ioakimidis, Director, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece

Volker Lensch, Photo Editor at Stern Magazine, G&J, Germany

Whitney Johnson, Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic, USA

Wim Melis, Curator, Noorderlicht Photography, Netherlands

Xavier Canonne, Director, Musée de la Photographie, Belgium

Xavier Soule, CEO of Abvent Group and Gallery VU, France

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

Yumi Goto, Independent Curator, Editor, Researcher and Consultant, USA

Zoe Chun, Communications Director, Kukje Gallery, South Korea

Visibility With Industry Insiders

We are now connected to over 3,000 photography industry insiders around the world including top photo editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festivals directors, agents, curators, online media publishers, and many more. LensCulture has become a key resource for these professionals to discover new work from photographers all over the world. This kind of industry-wide exposure is critical for both emerging and established photographers—all it takes is one set of eyes to change the future of your career.

International Press Exposure

Each year, LensCulture award winners receive a variety of press coverage from publications and media outlets around the world. Winners, finalists and entrants have been featured in such major publications as BBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, TIME Lightbox, The British Journal of Photography, The Telegraph, among many other national and international media outlets. This kind of press exposure can lead to viral, global recognition of your work.

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Massive Exposure to our 2M+ Global Audience

Winning images will be showcased in the Street Photography 2016 Online Exhibition, accessible by photography-lovers all over the world immediately after the results are announced as well as long after the competition closes. Selected photographers will also be published in feature articles on LensCulture's home page and published across LensCulture's social media and editorial channels. We have found this to be a very effective strategy for getting photographers exposure that leads to career-building opportunities — see our Success Stories.

Immediate Exposure Opportunities

The sooner you enter, the better your chance to be selected by LensCulture's editors for immediate exposure in our Competition Gallery, which is seen by our global audience. Some of these entries selected by the LensCulture editorial team will also be shared across LensCulture's online channels – our web site, mailing list, mobile platform, and social media channels. Access to additional opportunities and resources to share your work and gain recognition and exposure are provided to all participating photographers.

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Free Submission Review
by Industry Professionals

We know how important critical feedback is to fine-tuning your work, and we want you to feel as confident as possible every time you submit to a call for entry. Enter a series or 5+ single images in the Street Photography Awards 2016 and you'll receive a free submission review. Our submission reviews include recommendations for improving your practice and preparing your work for competitions, grants, juried exhibitions, and other calls for entries. We have over 100 trusted and qualified educators, photo editors, curators, publishers, gallerists, and other industry professionals who provide meaningful critiques and actionable feedback on your photography.

Read what LensCulture's community of photographers is saying about Submission Reviews:

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I really have to say thank you (BIG TIME!) to the LensCulture team: first of all, for the submission review I received after the LensCulture Award — it really helped me to re-edit the 8 pictures for the World Press Photo Award submission, where I then won 2nd prize! Second, for the publication of this story on the front page of LensCulture. Your article went online just a few days before the judging process, so it's very well possible that that was also helpful for convincing the jury. Keep up the great work at LensCulture, you do an amazing job for photographers and the photography world!

– Christian Bobst
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Niven profile

Not in my wildest dreams did I expect such a positive response! Thank you! It gives me validation to continue on my Photographic journey, always being honest and true to what I see and feel. Besides this, it was also very encouraging and thorough in critique of each image. Also noted and appreciated were all the relevant and further reading links. Thanks so much.

– James Niven
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I found the comments most perceptive, precise and accurate. I will certainly bear them in mind when resuming this project (or other projects of a similar stylistic profile). I appreciate the fact that the reviewer meticulously analysed all the technical details of the photos, as well as the general idea underlying the whole series. Thank you very much!

– Alicja Dybowska
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I just go out and try to make sense of the world around me.

– Martin Parr

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LensCulture's Commitment to Education

We believe student photographers should have access to the best tools and services to help them elevate their photography practice and prepare their work for international exposure and recognition—even before they graduate. The LensCulture EDU Program provides photography students with resources and tools for creative and professional development including:

  • Free Student Portfolio Account to showcase their work
  • 30% discount on their entry into the Street Photography Awards
  • Opportunity for global exposure in the LensCulture Student Gallery

Educators and students can visit LensCulture EDU to learn more about our program and register for a free Student Portfolio Account.

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Participate. Engage. Share. Connect.

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We're on a mission to find the photographers who are best able to capture surprising, memorable, inspiring, candid, delightful or spontaneous moments out in public spaces all around the world. These Awards aim to recognize unique, authentic and personal points of view from professionals, amateurs, students and emerging talents everywhere. Enter our 2nd annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards now!

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Photographers Moving Forward

We believe that competitions are some of the best ways for photographers to gain valuable international exposure and connect with the photography industry. LensCulture's dedication to helping photographers move forward has helped to jumpstart careers and inspire a community of over 2.5 million across the globe to participate, engage, share, connect and learn. Here are just a few examples from previous LensCulture winners and finalists of how these awards have impacted their careers:

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Poike Stomps
The Netherlands

Rich, vibrantly photographed street crossings in all 42 of Europe's capitals. A simple concept that resonated deeply with our global audience after being recognized in last year’s Street Photography Awards.

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Sander Troelstra
The Netherlands

Driven by a passion to understand humanity through portraiture, Sander Troelstra travelled to South Africa to photograph his “Children of the Night.” His commitment to his craft is inspiring—hear the rest of his story.

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Floriane de Lassée

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.

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Kurt Simonson
United States

Kurt Simonson spent over 10 years working on his "Northwoods Journals," a photographic journey into his ancestral narrative. Learn more about this magical series and also how Kurt was able to share his story with the world.

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Richard Tuschman
United States

Originally a painter and printmaker, Richard Tuschman combines his passions in realizing these perfectly constructed dioramas, inspired by the work of Edward Hopper. Hear more about the work and the career-changing impact the Exposure Awards had on his career.

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Elena Chernyshova

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.

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Kirsty Mitchell
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
United Kingdom

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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Kerry Mansfield
United States

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.

  • Joshua Rashaad McFadden
    United States
  • Niki Boon
    New Zealand
  • Steve Scallone
  • Denny Renshaw
    United States
  • Camille Michel
  • Thomas Kiefer
    United States
  • Hans Gindlesberger
    United States
  • Sian Davey
    United Kingdom
  • Sandra Pereznieto
  • Tony Corocher
  • Alan Thomas Wilkie
  • Franky Verdickt
  • Bela Doka
  • Eugenio Grosso
    United Kingdom
  • Philipp Englehorn
    Hong Kong
  • Kurt Simonson
    United States
  • Carlotta Cardana
    United Kingdom
  • Katrina Kepule
  • Vincent Gouriou
  • Frances Denny
    United States
  • Tetsuya Kusu
  • Sandra Hoyn
  • Marjorie Salvaterra
    United States
  • Joan Alvado
  • Tsutomu Yamagata
  • Adrien Tache
  • Ali Mobasser
    United Kingdom
  • Andreas Olesen
  • Andrejs Strokins
  • Anne Berry
    United States
  • Antoine Bruy
  • Birgit Püve
  • Candace Gaudiani
    United States
  • Candace Karch
  • Claire Felicie
  • Daesung Lee
    South Korea
  • Daisuke Takakura
  • Dayna Bartoli
  • Debi Cornwall
    United States
  • Douglas Ljungkvist
    United States
  • Fabrice Fouillet
  • Fulvio Bugani
  • Greg Kahn
    United States
  • Heidi Woodman
    United Kingdom
  • Ian Hughes
    United Kingdom
  • Ioana Cirlig
  • Jessica Hines
    United States
  • Joana Choumali
    Cote d'Ivoire
  • Jorge de la Torriente
    United States
  • Jürgen Novotny

All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period. Winners, Finalists and Jurors' Picks 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 and please see our FAQ for more details.

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