Show Us Your Streets
The 4th annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards invite you to share your perspective on the world’s streets! We want to discover the finest photographers and their visions of life on the street from around the globe. Engage with the international photography community, show your work to our prestigious jury, and have your work seen by industry insiders as well as our audience of over 3 million. Awards and benefits include an exhibition in Arles, France; $22,000 in grant awards; projections at international photography festivals; publication in the LensCulture photobook; international exposure and more.
Note that there is a free entry option for anyone to enter a single image! We truly want to discover the most talented image-makers and believe that EVERY photographer deserves the opportunity for exposure and recognition without restriction.
Show us your streets today!
Closed for new entries.
Open for Entries in All Genres of Street Photography:
“I am forever chasing light.
Light turns the ordinary into the magical.”
Trent Parke
Street Photography Awards 2018 Jury
David Alan Harvey
Magnum Photographer and Founder
Burn Magazine
New York, United States
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David Alan Harvey has photographed more than 40 articles for National Geographic, beginning with a story about Tangier Island, Virginia, in the November 1973 issue of the magazine.

In 1978, Harvey was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Nikon Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His photographs have appeared in Life, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated. He is well known for his work on Spanish cultural migration into the Americas and has produced significant bodies of work in Mexico, Cuba and Brazil.

He has published five books, Cuba, Divided Soul, Jeju Haenyeo, Based on a True Story and a republication of his seminal 1967 project, Tell It Like It Is. Harvey is also the founder and editor of the award-winning Burn Magazine, featuring iconic and emerging photographers in print and online. He joined Magnum Photos as an associate in 1993 and became a member in 1997.

Yuting Duan
Festival Founder and Director
Lianzhou Festival
Guangzhou, China
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Yuting Duan has been dedicating herself to promoting Chinese contemporary photography for many years. In 2005, she co-founded the Lianzhou International Photo Festival, one of the biggest and most influential photo festivals in China, which she continues to direct today. Ms. Duan has also been involved with the following festivals around the world: FotoFest, FOTOBILD, Paris Photo Biennale, Rhubarb-Rhubarb festival, Thessaloniki Photo Biennale, Festival de la Luz and Moscow Photo Biennale. She has also been a nominator for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize and the Hasselblad Award. She is the author of Ten Years of Contemporary Photography in China 2005-2014. Most recently, she co-founded the Lianzhou Museum of Photography (LMP), the first public museum dedicated to contemporary photography in China, which opened in 2017. She is now the co-director of the museum.

Giulia Ticozzi
Photo Editor
La Repubblica
Milan, Italy
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Giulia Ticozzi is a photographer and a photo-editor living and working in Milan and Rome. She exhibited her photographic work in several locations including the MUFOCO, Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Cultural Heritage Institute of Emilia-Romagna, Careof and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin. She worked as assistant to Francesco Jodice and as editor for the newspaper Il Post and La Stampa. Currently she teaches history of photography at the CFP Bauer School, collaborates in the research projects Borderlands and The Third Island, and works as photo-editor at La Repubblica.

Dewi Lewis
Dewi Lewis Publishing
Stockport, UK
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Dewi Lewis was the founding Director of Cornerhouse, Manchester, a major UK centre for contemporary visual arts and film, where he established Cornerhouse Publications, a winner of the Sunday Times Small Publisher Award. He founded his own publishing company in 1994 and has published many leading international photographers such as Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Paolo Pellegrin and Bruce Gilden as well as emerging photographers. Many of the imprint’s titles have won or been shortlisted for various international prizes. In 2014, Dewi Lewis Publishing received the PHotoEspana award for “Outstanding Publishing House of the Year.”

A regular lecturer and portfolio reviewer and an occasional curator, Dewi was also a founding member of The European Publishers’ Award for Photography, which ran for over twenty years. In 2004 he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and in 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Royal Photographic Society Award for “Outstanding Services to Photography.” In 2012, he was awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Publishing” at the World Photography Awards.

Bisi Silva
Founder and Director
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
Lagos, Nigeria
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Bisi Silva is the director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos and a curatorial consultant for Bisi Silva Projects. As director of CCA, she has curated numerous exhibitions including: El Anatsui, Playing with Chance (2014), Jide Alakija: Owambe, Aso-Ebi and the Politics of Dress (2011), and J. D ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday (2010). Since 2010, she has also been the curator of Asiko, a pan-African, alternative, roaming art school. In 2015, she was Artistic Director of the 10th Bamako Encounters, the African Biennial of Photography held in Mali and in 2017, she co-curated the 2nd Changjiang International Biennale of Photography and Video in Chongqing, China.

Currently she is a member of the international jury for the Hasselblad Award in Photography, Gothenburg (2018) as well as the 12th Hugo Boss Prize for Contemporary Art (2018), which is administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York City.

Alasdair Foster
Writer, Researcher, Award-Winning Curator
Sydney, Australia
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Dr. Alasdair Foster is a writer, researcher and award-winning curator initiating intercultural photography and visual art projects around the world, especially in Asia and the Pacific Rim. He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Art of RMIT University, Melbourne and a member of the university’s Centre for Art, Society and Transformation. Dr. Foster has 20 years of experience heading national arts institutions and over 35 years of working in the public cultural sector. He was the founding director of Fotofeis Festival, one of Europe’s largest photo events during the 90s (1991–1997) and director of the Australian Centre for Photography (1998–2011).

Christy Havranek
Director of Photography
Huffington Post
New York, United States
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Christy Havranek is the Photo Director at HuffPost, where she oversees a team of photo editors and photographers. She has 17 years of experience in the photo business, having worked at NBCUniversal, Frommer’s Travel, Polo Ralph Lauren and Bloomsbury Publishing, among others. Recently, Christy was the juror for “Photography as Response” at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, and in 2017 served as a juror for the prestigious Review Santa Fe Project Launch. During Review Santa Fe, she co-presented a two-day workshop for photographers who are looking to reach the next level in the editorial space.

Jim Casper
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography events, travels around the world to meet with photographers and review their portfolios, curates art exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and nominator for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations. He serves on the board of directors at SPE, the Society for Photographic Education, the world’s largest association of photography educators.

“Photograph the world as it is.
Nothing’s more interesting than reality.”
Mary Ellen Mark
Competition Gallery
Just by entering, your work will be reviewed by our editors for a chance at immediate exposure in our Competition Gallery and across all our online channels, reaching a combined audience of over 3 million. Entrants to our Awards can receive massive online exposure throughout the competition, so enter your work early and take advantage of this opportunity! Note: While our editors review entries for inclusion on a daily basis, not every submission can be shown here.
You can 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 help increases the exposure for every participating photographer.
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Awards & Benefits
Benefits For All Who Enter
6 Winners &
8 Jurors‘ picks
25 FinalistsEditors‘ Picks**Every Entrant
$22,000 in Grant Awards
Exhibition in Arles
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
Street Photography Awards 2018 Online Exhibition
A Series of International Photo Festival Projections
International Press Exposure
Opportunity for LensCulture Instagram Takeover
Opportunity for Feature Article on LensCulture
Published in The Best of LensCulture, Volume 3
LensCulture Network Membership
Massive Exposure to our Global Audience of 3 Million
Submission Review by Photo Industry Professional*
Engage with the Global Photography Community
Opportunities for Immediate Exposure
LensCulture Portfolio Account***
*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.
***LensCulture Portfolio Account: Available for all Series entries and 5+ Single entries
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Awards & Benefits

Series Award Winners
1st Place: $5000
2nd Place: $2500
3rd Place: $1500
Single Image Award Winners
1st Place: $2500
2nd Place: $1500
3rd Place: $1000
Jurors’ Picks
Each juror will select an individual Juror’s Pick to receive special distinction and $1,000.
25 Finalists will be selected.
Photography lovers at La Cour de l’Archevêché, one of Voies Off’s exhibition spaces in the heart of Arles. Photo on left © Andres Donadio, photo on right © Jorge Pedro.
Exhibition During the Opening Week in Arles
All selected photographers will be exhibited in the heart of Arles, France this July. Hosted by our partner Voies Off, the digital exhibition will take place during the busy opening week of the world-renowned Les Rencontres d’Arles. Arles attracts more than 17,000 photo industry professionals from around the world during this week—we hope to meet many of you there this summer!
Visibility With Industry Insiders & Galleries
We are connected to over 3,000 photography industry insiders around the world including top photo editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festival 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 course of your career.

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

Ada Takahashi, Director, Robert Koch Gallery, USA

Afton Almaraz, Senior Picture Editor, Getty Images, USA

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

Alan Taylor, Senior Editor, The Atlantic, USA

Alasdair Foster, Writer, Researcher and Curator, Australia

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

Alessandro Zuffi, Photo Editor, Paris, France

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

Alexa Becker, Acquisitions Editor, Kehrer Verlag Publishers, Germany

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

Alison Nordström, Independent Scholar/Curator of Photographs, USA

Alona Pardo, Assistant Curator, Barbican, UK

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

Amber Terranova, Executive Producer, SCREEN Projects, USA

Amy Feitelberg, Photo Art Director, Square, USA

Amy Pereira, Photography Director, Curator and Consultant, USA

Amy Wolff, Co-Founder and Creative Director, CoEdit Collection, USA

Andy Adams, Founder & Director, FlakPhoto, USA

Andy Greenacre, Picture Editor, Telegraph Magazine, UK

Ángel Luis González Fernández, Founder and Director, PhotoIreland, Ireland

Ann Jastrab, Editor In Chief, All About Photo, USA

Anna Dickson, Content and Community Photo Lead, Google, USA

Anna Gripp, Editor-in-Chief, Photonews, Germany

Anna Walker Skillman, Owner/Director, Jackson Fine Arts, USA

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Global Digital Director, Magnum Photos, UK

Anne McNeill, Director, Impressions Gallery, UK

Anne Morin, Director, diChroma Photography, Spain

Anne Wilkes-Tucker, Independent Curator and Author, USA

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

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

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

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

Barbara Čeferin, Owner, Galerija Fotografija, Slovenia

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

Bas Vroege, Director, Paradox, Netherlands

Ben Zlotkin, Founder & Director, Edition One Books, USA

Bevin Bering Dubrowski, Curator, Photography Specialist and Arts Advocate, BBD Photography, USA

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

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

Brett Roegiers, Photo Editor, CNN.com, USA

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

Brian Storm, Founder & Executive Producer, MediaStorm, USA

Bronwen Latimer, Officer, Multimedia at The Pew Charitable Trusts, USA

Carlos Carvalho, Director, FestFoto de Porto Allegre, Brazil

Caroline Hunter, Picture Editor, Guardian Weekend Magazine, UK

Catherine Edelman, Owner, Catherine Edelman Gallery, USA

Celeste Jovanovich, Sales Director, Fahey/Klein Gallery, USA

Celia Davies, Director, HOUSE Biennial, UK

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

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

Charlotte Cotton, Curator & Writer, USA

Charlotte van Lingen, Senior Curator, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands

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

Chris Jordan, Photographer, USA

Chris Littlewood, Photography Director, Flowers Gallery, UK

Chris Pichler, Founder & Publisher, Nazraeli Press, USA

Christophe de Jaeger, Programme Manager, BOZAR Photo, Belgium

Christophe Laloi, Artistic Director, Voies Off Arles, France

Christopher McCall, Director, Pier 24 Photography, USA

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

Christy Havranek, Director of Photography, Huffington Post, USA

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

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

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

Corinne Tapia, Director, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, USA

Cristina De Middel, Artist, Magnum Photos, UK

Daphné Anglès Picture, Editor/Bureau Manager, The New York Times Paris, France

Darbe Rotach, Senior Photo Editor, WebMD, USA

Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs, Christie’s, USA

Darren Ching, Owner, Klompching Gallery, USA

David Alan Harvey, Photographer, Magnum Photos, USA

David Birkitt, Founder, DMB Represents, UK

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

David Chickey, Publisher, Radius Books, USA

David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery, UK

David Hurn, Photographer, Magnum Photos, UK

David Kogan, Executive Director, Magnum Photos, UK

Deborah Dragon, Photo Producer and Editor, USA

Deborah Klochko, Director, Museum of Photographic Arts, USA

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

Denise Wolff, Senior Editor, Aperture, USA

Dewi Lewis, Owner, Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK

Dimitri Beck, Director of Photography, Polka Magazine, France

Dina Mitrani, Gallery Owner, Dina Mitrani Gallery, USA

Donna Cohen, Photo Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek, USA

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

Ed Carey, Director, Gallery 291, USA

Eder Chiodetto, Independent Photography Curator, Brazil

Eduard Planting, Owner, Eduard Planting Gallery | Fine Art Photographs, Netherlands

Elda Harrington, Owner, Escuela Argentina de Fotografia, Argentina

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

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

Elie Domit, Director, East Wing Gallery, Qatar

Elinor Carucci, Teacher of Photography, School of Visual Arts, USA

Elisa Medde, Managing Editor, FOAM Magazine, Netherlands

Elisabeth Biondi, Visuals Editor, Curator, Writer, Teacher, Advisor, Biondi Foto, USA

Elissa Curtis, Deputy Photo Director, The Wall Street Journal, USA

Elizabeth Avedon, Correspondent USA/Reporter, L’Oeil de la Photographie, USA

Elizabeth Johnson, Senior Photo Editor, CNN Digital, USA

Els Barents, Photo Historian, Writer & Researcher, Netherlands

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

Emily Adams, Photography Exhibition Specialist, Mexico

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

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

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

Erik Vroons, Chief Editor, GUP Magazine, Netherlands

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

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

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

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

Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, The Guardian, UK

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

Francoise Callier, Program Coordinator, Angkor Photo Festival, France

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

Fred Ritchin, Dean of the School, International Center of Photography, USA

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

Frits Gierstberg, Head of Exhibitions/Curator, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Netherlands

Gad Edery, CEO, Gad Collection, France

Gaia Tripoli, Photo Editor, The New York Times, UK

Gail Marowitz, Creative Director, The Visual Strategist, USA

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

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

Gilles Steinmann, Photo Editor, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland

Giulia Ticozzi, Photo Editor, La Repubblica, Italy

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

Gregory Eddi Jones, Founding Editor, In the In-Between, USA

Hamidah Glasgow, Executive Director/Curator, The Center for Fine Art Photography, USA

Hannah Watson, Director, TJ Boulting Gallery and Trolley Books, UK

Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography, Newsweek, Japan

Ian Shive, CEO & Founder, Tandem Stills + Motion, USA

Iatã Cannabrava, Partner, Estúdio Madalena, Brazil

Ihiro Hayami, Director, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan

Ishida Tetsuro, Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan

Jacob Aue Sobol, Photographer, Magnum Photos, Denmark

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

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

Jeanne Mercier, Chief Curator, Afrique in visu, Morocco

Jeff Gates, Lead Producer, Smithsonian American Art Museum, USA

Jeff Moorfoot, Editor, BETA Developments in Photography, Australia

Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator of Photography, Guggenheim, USA

Jennifer Pastore, Executive Photography Director, WSJ Magazine, USA

Jenny Smets, Photo Editor, Vrij Nederland, Netherlands

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

Jessie Wender, Lead Photo Editor, Apple, USA

Joanne Junga, Yang Director, Y&G Art, South Korea

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

John Duncan, Editor, Source Photographic Review, UK

Jolene Hanson, Director, The G2 Gallery, USA

Jon Jones, Photo Editor, Curator and Photojournalist, UK

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

Juli Lowe, Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery, USA

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

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

Karen Downey, Project Manager, Arts Council, Ireland

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

Karin Bareman, Curatorial Project Manager, Autograph ABP, UK

Karol Hordziej, Artistic Director, Krakow Photomonth, Poland

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

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

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

Kaycee Olsen, Director, Von Lintel Gallery, USA

Ken Geiger, Photographer, Editor and Image Specialist, USA

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

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

Kris Graves, Director, +Kris Graves Projects, USA

Krzysztof Candrowicz, Artistic Director, Hamburg Triennale, Poland

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

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

Laura Moya, Director, Photolucida, USA

Laura Pressley, Executive Director, CENTER, USA

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

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

Lesley Martin Publisher, Aperture Foundation, USA

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

Lisa J. Sutcliffe, Curator of Photography and Media Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, USA

Lizzy Oppenheimer, Senior Photo Editor, InStyle, USA

Louise Clements, Artistic Director, Derby QUAD Limited and FORMAT International Photography Festival, UK

Luc Rabaey, Owner, 44 Gallery, Belgium

Lucy Bell, Director, Lucy Bell Fine Art, UK

Maarten Schilt, Publisher & Gallerist, Schilt Publishing & Gallery, Netherlands

Magdalena Herrera, Director of Photography, GEO France, France

Maja Saphir, Senior Associate Photo Editor, Fast Company, USA

Manila Camarini, Photo Editor, D La Repubblica, Italy

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

Marc Prüst, Photography Consultant and Curator, Netherlands

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

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

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

Margy Dudley, Owner, Open Shutter Gallery, USA

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

Marion Hislen, Director, Circulations Festival, France

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

Mark Murrmann, Photo Editor, Mother Jones, USA

Martin Parr, Photographer, Magnum Photos, UK

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

MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder, The Magenta Foundation, Canada

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

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

Matt Stuart, Photographer, Magnum Photos, UK

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

Maya Byskov, Curator, The Independent AIR, Germany

Mazie Harris, Assistant Curator, Getty Museum, USA

Meaghan Looram, Deputy Photo Editor, The New York Times, USA

Melissa Ryan, Director of Photography, Nature Conservancy Magazine, USA

Mia Diehl, Photography Director, Fortune Magazine, USA

Michael Dooney, Director, Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Germany

Michael Famighetti, Editor, Aperture Magazine, USA

Michael Foley, Owner, Foley Gallery, USA

Michael Mack, Founder, MACK Books, UK

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

Michael Wichita, Director of Photography, AARP, USA

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

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

Miyako Yoshinaga, Director, Mikayo Yoshinga Gallery, USA

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

Monica Allende, Artistic Director, GetxoPhoto, UK

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

Moshe Rosenzveig, Director, Head On Photo Festival, Australia

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

Mutsuko Ota, Editorial Director, IMA magazine, Japan

Nadav Kander, Award-Winning Photographer, UK

Natalie Matutschovsky, Photography & Content, Apple, USA

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

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

Newsha Tavakolian, Photographer, Magnum Photos, Iran

Olivier Laurent, Photography Editor, The Washington Post, USA

Patricia Lanza, Art Consultant & Creative Director, USA

Paul di Felice, Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography, USA

Pavel Banka, Editor in Chief, Fotograf Magazine, Czech Republic

Paweł Szypulski, Curator, Krakow Month of Photography, Poland

Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director, East Wing Gallery, UAE

Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery, UK

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

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

Regina Maria Anzenberger, Founder, Anzenberger Gallery, Austria

Régina Monfort, Photo Editor, FotoEvidence, USA

Richard A. Brooks, Deputy Photo Director, Asia Pacific, Agence France-Presse (AFP), China

Rina Tokura, Editor-in-Chief, IMA Magazine and Concept Stores, Japan

Roger Archibald, Photo Editor, Society of Environmental Journalists, USA

Roger Tooth, Photo Editor and Photographic Consultant, UK

Roman Härer, Creative Director, plainpicture, Germany

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

Rui Prata, Director, Museu da Imagem, Portugal

Ruth Offen, Director/Curator, WaterWorks Gallery, USA

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

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

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

Sara Guerrini, Photo Editor, Parallelozero Photoagency, Italy

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

Sarina Finkelstein, Photo Editor, Money Magazine, USA

Scott McKiernan, Founder/Director, ThePicturesofTheDay.com, USA

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

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

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

Selva Barni, Founder & Editor, Fantom Editions, Italy

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

Silvia Mangialardi, Director, Fotomundo Magazine, Argentina

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

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

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

Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust, USA

Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review, USA

Sujong Song, Curator and Photo Editor, South Korea

Susan Meiselas, Photographer, Magnum Photos, USA

Susan Spiritus, Owner, Susan Spiritus Gallery, USA

Susan White, Photography Director, Vanity Fair Magazine, USA

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

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

Taj Forer, Cofounder, Fabl and Daylight Books, USA

Thomas Seelig, Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

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

Todd Hido, Artist and Photographer, USA

Todd James, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Society, USA

Todd Tubutis, Associate Director, Sheldon Museum of Art, USA

Tomoka Aya, Owner/Director, The Third EyeGallery Aya, Tokyo, Japan

Ute Noll, Photo Director, Du Kulturmagazin, Germany

Valerie Fougeirol, Co-commissioner, Asymetria Gallery, France

Vangelis Ioakimidis, Coordinator, TransEurope Photo Project, Greece

Volker Lensch, Photo Editor, Stern Magazine, Germany

Whitney Johnson, VP Visual Experiences, National Geographic, USA

Wim Melis, Curator, Noorderlicht Photography, Netherlands

Xavier Canonne, Director, Musée de la Photographie, Belgium

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

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

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

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

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

Featured at a Series of International Photo Festival Events

Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap Cambodia

Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece

Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, Atlanta, GA, United States

Backlight Photo Festival, Tampere, Finland

Balkan Photo Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belgrade Photo Month, Belgrade, Serbia

Biennial of the Possible Image, Liège, Belgium

BredaPhoto International Photo Festival, Breda, Netherlands

Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, United Kingdom

Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton, United Kingdom

Budapest Photo Festival, Budapest, Hungary

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

Emerging Talents Festival, Rome, Italy

Encontros da Imagem Photography Festival, Braga, Portugal

Eyes On, Vienna, Austria

FestFoto, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Festival de Fotografia de Tiradentes, Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Festival della Fotografia Etica, Lodi, Italy

Festival Images Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland

Festival Internacional De Fotografia Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico

Festival Internacional Fotografia Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

Filter Photo Festival, Chicago, IL, United States

Focus on the Story International Photo Festival, Washington, D.C., USA

FOCUS Photography Festival, Mumbai, India

FORMAT, Derby, United Kingdom

FOTO SOLO, New York, NY, United States

FOTOFESTIWAL - International Festival of Photography, Lodz, Poland

FotoLeggendo, Rome, Italy

Fotopub Portfolio Review, Novo Mesto, Slovenia

Gazebook: Sicily Photobook Festival, Punta Secca, Italy/Sicily

GETXOPHOTO International Photography Festival, Getxo, Spain

GuatePhoto Festival, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Head On Photo Festival, Bondi Beach - Sydney, Australia

Indian Photo Fest, Hyderabad, India

Indian Photo Fest, Madhapur, India

Internationaal Fotofestival Overpelt, Overpelt, Belgium

Kaunas Photo Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania

Krakow Photomonth Festival, Krakow, Poland

Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

Landskrona Foto Festival, Landskrona, Sweden

Liège Photobook Festival, Liège, Belgium

Los Angeles Festival of Photography, LA, CA, United States

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

Month of Photography Denver, Denver, CO, United States

Mostra São Paulo de Fotografia, São Paulo, Brazil

Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival, Kobe, Japan

Obscura Festival, Penang, Malaysia

Odessa Photo Days Festival, Odessa, Ukraine

OFF_festival Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

Organ Vida - International Photography Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

PHOTO IS:RAEL, Tel Aviv, Israel

Photo Kyiv, the International Art Fair, Kyiv, Ukraine

Photo Romania Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Photography Festival Bialystok INTERPHOTO, Bialystok, Poland

Photolux Festival. International Biennial of Photography, Lucca, Italy

Photomed, Sanary-sur-mer, France

PHOTOMONTH East London, London, United Kingdom

PhotOn Festival, Valencia, Spain

PhotoVisa, Krasnodar, Russia

PondyPHOTO 2016, Pondicherry, India

Porto Photo Festival, Porto, Portugal

Rotterdam Photo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

San Jose Foto Festival, San Jose, Uruguay

SCAN Tarragona, International Photography Festival, Tarragona, Spain

Street Photo San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States

Tbilisi Photo Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia

Tokyo International Photography Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Valongo, Valongo, Santos, Brazil

Vienna PhotoBook Festival, Vienna, Austria

Voies Off, Arles, France

Warsaw Photo Days, Warsaw, Poland

Top: A screening of photographs from “The LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017” at Head On Photo Festival in Sydney, Australia, May 2017. Right: Our growing list of festival partners.
Throughout 2018, the jury’s selected works will be screened at photo festivals and events worldwide. Over the past year, our winners and finalists were screened at festivals in the UK, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Australia, Spain, France, the US, and more. LensCulture continues to partner with international photo festivals (like Voies Off, FORMAT, Tokyo International Photography Festival, and more) to showcase more of our competitions’ winners & finalists.

Published in
The Best of LensCulture, Vol 3
We will once again be partnering with Schilt Publishing to produce a beautifully printed book of our award-winning photographers. This unique collection of photographic work will be available for purchase and distributed to industry members worldwide.
“Award-winning photographs that defy belief”
— The Telegraph

International Press Exposure
LensCulture award winners receive press coverage from publications and media outlets around the world. Winners, finalists and entrants have been featured in major publications like BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Internazionale, VICE, The Times of London, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, The British Journal of Photography, and The Telegraph. This kind of press exposure can lead to viral, global recognition of your work.

Opportunity for LensCulture Instagram Takeover
The editors of LensCulture will choose a number of winners and finalists for an exclusive takeover on our Instagram feed. Our Instagram account will be yours for a full 7 days of exclusive exposure to our following of over 640,000 people from across the world. Instagram takeovers are excellent opportunities for photographers to grow their following of loyal fans (and buyers!). Previous LensCulture Instagram takeovers have featured Alec Soth, Bruce Gilden, Matt Stuart, Diana Markosian, Randy Olson, Gerd Ludwig, and many others.
Photographers: Matt Stuart (left) and Girma Berta (right)
Other Awards & Benefits Include:
Permanent Exhibition in the LensCulture Online Gallery: The selected work will be featured in a permanent exhibition in LensCulture's online gallery. It will be accessible to gallerists, photo editors, and curators from all over the world.
A Free LensCulture Portfolio Account to Showcase Your Work: Get a FREE LensCulture Portfolio Account when you submit a full series or 5 single images to the Street Photography Awards! Our platform offers an easy-to-use, professional-looking display for your photographs.
LensCulture Network Membership: Winning photographers and jurors’ picks will receive membership to the LensCulture Network. Network members benefit from entry into all of our annual competitions at no additional cost.
© Ilse Leenders
Get a Free Submission Review
Enter the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2018 with 5 or more images and get a free Submission Review of your work. This is an opportunity for you to receive critical and constructive feedback on your photography from top photo editors, curators, publishers, gallerists, educators, critics, consultants, and other industry professionals. These reviews not only help you have more success in future photo competitions but also provide major insight into moving forward creatively and professionally.
Read what LensCulture’s community of photographers is saying about Submission Reviews:

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. This is the first time I have submitted a body of work before and I found your comments constructive and thoughtful. I was particularly struck by your feedback about the repetitiveness in this body of work and the emphasis on a technique—it was like being hit by a Zen master and his stick!

— Richard Skoonberg, United States

I couldn’t be more thankful for this valuable advice. Revisiting my submission after reading the review has been both enlightening and enriching. I would like to extend my deep thanks to the reviewer and to the LensCulture team for taking the time to encourage amateurs and professional photographers, giving them a chance to show their work, and finally to offer direct feedback that helps to improve our work. Thank you very much!

— Patricia Pérez Abreu, United States
“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
Ernst Haas
Three Reasons to Join Our Global Photography Community!
With a global audience of 3 million, LensCulture is one of the largest communities of photographers and industry professionals in the world. Photographers from over 150 countries participate in our awards, receive written reviews of their work, and share their photography on our platform. We believe that all photographers deserve the opportunity for global exposure, an online portfolio, and personal feedback from an industry professional. We’re the only organization that offers all of these benefits to our photographers—join us today!
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We’re on a mission to find the photographers who are capturing fresh, memorable moments out in public spaces all around the world! Become a part of our passionate community of international photographers. 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. Don’t miss this opportunity—start your entry to the LensCulture Street Photography Awards today!
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© Donato Dicamillo
Recognition in the Global Photography Community
For over a dozen years, LensCulture has been committed to helping photographers of all levels move forward creatively and professionally. In that time, we have heard from hundreds of photographers who were able to achieve breakthroughs in their careers through participation in the LensCulture community. Here are 11 examples of LensCulture award-winners moving forward—
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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.
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