Unexpected and everyday, candid and carefully composed, Street Photography is a genre chock full of contradictions, where chance encounters, unlikely juxtapositions, and a shutter’s milliseconds reveal the fleeting wonders of daily life. What catches your eye as you walk about the world today?
The past year has upended our ideas about public space, as a global pandemic has prompted lockdowns and reopenings worldwide. Our changed social dynamics pervade the streets and subways, parks and promenades, everywhere differently. If you are creatively capturing the weird, wonderful, and sometimes worrying moments of life as they unfold around you, we want to see your work!
For the seventh edition of the LensCulture Street Photography Awards, we are scouring the globe for new takes and fresh perspectives. You might be shooting the hustle and bustle of city life or its empty byways, in remote locales or around the block, on film or in pixels. No matter your tools or your location, we invite you to show us your streets.
Enter early for the opportunity to be spotlighted on our website and social media, reaching a global online audience of over three million. Awards include an exhibition in New York, extensive media coverage, projection at international photography festivals, cash prizes, and more. Single-image entries are always free!
Photos in video © Cherish Ocfemia, Jeong Vin Yoon, Bob Cooley, Birgit Buchart, Álvaro Trincado Fernández, Chetan Dodwad, Yoko Ishii, Changchun Liu, Roberto Cristaudo, Manuel Sieber, Cameron Scott, Michel Kharoubi, Md Yasin, Brian Hodges, Murtaza Daud, Rafet Ertuğrul, Annada Mallick, Elizabeth Bush, Krzysztof Bednarski, Andy Scaysbrook, Eduardo García, B. Jane Levine, Patrick Wendt, Pepijn Thijsse, Edcel Cabalan, Benoit Chailleux, Matteo Daidone, Ignasi Raventós.
All winning entries will be exhibited this spring in New York City! An opening reception will be held for photographers, invited media, photo editors and industry insiders for a night of art appreciation and networking.
Founder and Director
PHmuseum + PHmuseum Lab
Giuseppe Oliverio is an Italian entrepreneur and curator. In 2012, he launched PHmuseum, a platform for contemporary photography widely known for its grants program. Past grant recipients include artists Laura El-Tantawy, Max Pinckers, Diana Markosian, Jacob Aue Sobol, Sanne De Wilde, and Alejandro Cartagena. PHmuseum is based in Bologna, Italy, where Oliverio founded the PHmuseum Lab, a multifunctional space for workshops, talks, and exhibitions, and PHmuseum Days, the platform’s first international photography festival.
Oliverio has served on the juries for the Lucie Photo Book Prize, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward, UPI’s The Fence, and Happiness OnTheMove, and regularly works as a portfolio reviewer at festivals such as Unseen, Photo Vogue Festival, and Visa Pour L’Image. He has also written for TIME magazine and L’Uomo Vogue. Oliverio holds a degree in economics from Bocconi University (Milan) and a Master’s in Quantitative Finance from Cass Business School (London).
Director of Photography
Hideko Kataoka has been Director of Photography at Newsweek Japan since 2001. She joined the magazine as a photographer in 1991, covering national news, social issues, and world business and cultural leaders, and currently oversees and directs photography for the print and digital editions of the magazine, as well as its special issues. In 2004, she created the “Picture Power” section in the magazine, a weekly photo essay on underreported topics from around the world. The book Ten Years of Picture Power, with selected photo stories from the section, was published in 2014. Kataoka is a lecturer at Tokyo Polytechnic University and serves as a member of the external review committee at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. She has also served as a juror at international photography festivals and competitions, such as World Press Photo, FotoFest, and many others.
Founder & Curator
Women Street Photographers
New York, United States
Gulnara Samoilova is a photographer, author, and founder of Women Street Photographers. With 40 years’ combined experience as a documentary and street photographer, artist, darkroom printer, photojournalist, and photo editor, Samoilova transformed the successful Instagram account @WomenStreetPhotographers into a global platform. She has launched a website, traveling exhibitions, artist residency, inspirational film series, and photography book, Women Street Photographers (Prestel, 2021). A former Associated Press photojournalist, Samoilova received national and international awards for her iconic photographs of September 11, including first prize in the World Press Photo competition. She holds a certificate in creative practices from the International Center of Photography in New York City and a diploma in photography from Moscow Polytech College. Samoilova lives and works in New York City.
Travel & Leisure
New York, United States
Scott Hall is the Photo Director at Travel + Leisure magazine. Previously, he was the Director of Photography at Departures and Newsweek, and a Photo Editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. His work has been recognized by The Society of Publications Designers, American Photography and PDN. Hall holds a BFA in Cinema Studies from New York University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School.
Liu Heung Shing
Shanghai Center of Photography
In the course of multiple assignments across Asia and the US across the shifting geopolitical landscape that marked the last decades of the 20 th century, Liu Heung Shing photographed two of its seminal historic events. First, the rise of China through the upheaval of its economic reforms; second, the collapse of the Soviet Union under the stewardship of Mikhail Gorbachev. For these achievement, Liu was recognised by the Associated Press as Best Photographer in 1989 and 1991. His coverage of these events has also been awarded Photo of the Year by the University of Missouri, for his coverage of the Tiananmen Turmoil in 1989. In 1992, he shared with his colleagues in Moscow, a Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for documenting the collapse of the Soviet Union. For this, he further received the Overseas Press Club award in 1992. Liu’s photographs of China are widely recognised by the Chinese public as capturing an era of change that is unique in preserving native Chinese sensibilities and an independent point of view.
Co-founder & CEO
Pierre Terdjman has worked as a conflict photojournalist for over 15 years for publications such as the New York Times, Paris-Match, GQ and Haaretz.
Stunned by the speed of information cycles and the growing public mistrust of the media, Terdjman began to wheat-paste giant posters of his own documentary images in the streets of Paris in 2014 with his colleague Benjamin Girette, to reach and inform the public directly, bypassing traditional media outlets.
In 2019, nonprofit Catchlight (California) awarded him a fellowship in visual leadership. Terdjman was on the jury for the Bayeux-Calvados Prize for war correspondents in 2015, the Getty Instagram Photo Contest in 2018 and the Lucas Dolega Prize in 2016.
Seattle, United States
Danielle A. Scruggs is a Picture Desk Editor at Getty Images and a freelance photographer and writer living in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Howard University with a degree in journalism and from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Master’s in Digital Art. Her photography clients include the New York Times, AARP, Buzzfeed News, ESPN, Financial Times, and the New Republic. She has written about art, culture, and film for RogerEbert.com, Ebony, Essence, Teen Vogue, Artsy Magazine, and other publications. Scruggs is also the founder and editor of Black Women Directors, a digital library highlighting the work of Black women and non-binary filmmakers throughout the Diaspora.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography events, travels around the world to meet with photographers and review their portfolios, curates art exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and nominator for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations.
“You fill up the frame with feelings, energy, discovery, and risk, and leave room enough for someone else to get in there.”
First, second and third place winners in the Series category will have their work permanently exhibited on the LensCulture website via our new solo feature pages. Benefitting from LensCulture’s high search rankings and traffic to the site, our online exhibitions offer significant ongoing exposure for your work.
Visibility With Industry Insiders &
All it takes is one set of eyes to change the course of your career. If our jury ranks your submission highly, you will be included in LensCulture Discoveries, our directory of top-rated photographers. We provide this directory to key decision-makers including editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festival directors, creative directors, curators, and online media publishers.
in LensCulture Online Gallery
LensCulture has become a key resource for discovering new photography work all over the world. All winners, finalists and jurors’ picks for this award will be prominently featured in the permanent online gallery on our site.
As a special part of the launch of our new Review service, all Series winners and jurors’ picks will receive a free Project Review
. Building on the success of our Submission Reviews, the Project Reviews offer more comprehensive and in-depth written feedback on your images, project statement and artist bio that is professional, personal, and actionable. Learn More »
Award winners receive press coverage from publications and media outlets around the world — the kind of exposure that can lead to viral, global recognition of your work. Winners, finalists and selected entrants have been featured in major publications including BBC, The Washington Post, Internazionale, VICE, The Times of London, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, The British Journal of Photography, and The Telegraph.
Be sure to check out our latest feature on The Guardian
, a beautiful image gallery sharing the work of the 2021 Portrait Award winners with the world.
Series Prize Winners
1st Place: $3,500
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000
Single Image Prize Winners
1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500
Each juror will select an individual Juror’s Pick to receive special distinction.
25 Finalists will be selected.
Competition Gallery —
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 an international audience of three million+ photography lovers and experts. (For example, more than 600 early entries were selected and featured during our 2021 Portrait Awards, and more than 200 of those were promoted via LensCulture’s Instagram and Facebook platforms, garnering more than 430,000 likes and comments.) Enter your work early to take advantage of this incredible opportunity for global exposure!
Note: While our editors review entries for inclusion on a daily basis, not every submission can be shown here.
“Photograph the world as it is. Nothing’s more interesting than reality.”
Mary Ellen Mark
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!
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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 Instagram and Facebook pages, all updated daily. (2)Winners will receive a coupon for a project review. (3)LensCulture Portfolio Account: Available for all Series entries and 5+ Single entries. (4)All Street Photography Awards winning photographers are automatically included in LensCulture Discoveries online directory.
Show us your Streets
Become a part of our passionate community of photographers from around the world! When you share your work, you participate in a community with more than 3 million members worldwide. LensCulture is dedicated to offering you the best opportunities for exposure, engagement, recognition, and critical feedback. For further information, please see our FAQ
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© Brett Florence
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!
© Fernando Jorge Gonçalves
© Olesia Kim
© Eli Parkes
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.
For 16 years, LensCulture has been committed to helping photographers of all levels move forward creatively and professionally. In that time, we have heard from hundreds of photographers who were able to achieve breakthroughs in their careers through participation in the LensCulture community.
We respect artists’ rights
All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period. Winners 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