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The New Photographic Portrait
Photographic portraits are part of everyday life in almost all parts of the world. From fine art to spontaneous selfies, from hyper-perfect photoshopped portraits to seductive (and often fictitious) social media profile pics, to mobile phone snaps altered with digital nostalgia filters. Some are candid, some are staged, some are outrageous and silly, others are just plain beautiful.
We at LensCulture are on a mission to discover a full range of great 21st century photo portraits. We are open to everything. All points of view. All levels of expertise. All corners of the world. All ideas of portraiture.

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Why Enter?

  • Every photo is reviewed by EVERY judge, so your work will be seen by our notable jury.
  • Plus, 100 photographers with highly-rated photos win a LensCulture Portfolio account.
  • Winners and Finalists get worldwide exposure to our global audience of over 200,000.

Awards & Prizes

6 Winners and 25 Finalists will be chosen

Winners Receive
  • Cash Prizes in two categories:
    1st prize: $1500 | 2nd prize: $500 | 3rd prize: $250
    1st prize: $1000 | 2nd prize: $500 | 3rd prize: $250

  • An Exclusive Feature Article in LensCulture.
  • Home Page Spotlight: Winners will be highlighted on our home page for six weeks.
Winners & Finalists Receive
  • A LensCulture Portfolio Account: Gain access to an invitation-only network of the world's most cutting-edge photographers.
  • High-Profile Exposure to our global audience of over 200,000 influential enthusiasts in the global photography marketplace including editors, curators, gallery owners, collectors, publishers, and festival directors.

Plus, 100 photographers with highly-rated photos win a LensCulture Portfolio account.

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International Jury

All submitted work will be reviewed by each of these international experts.

Natasha Egan
Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College
Chicago, IL, USA
more about Natasha
Natasha Egan is the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago where she has also organized numerous exhibitions such as Alienation and Assimilation: Contemporary Images and Installations from the Republic of Korea; Manufactured Selfabout how we identify ourselves through what we consume; Loaded Landscapes looking historical and contemporary sites of trauma and conflict; The Edge of Intent examining the utopian aspirations of urban planners and how their visions adapt to changing environments; Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture; and The Road to Nowhere? for the FotoFest 2010 Biennale. Egan has contributed essays to such publications as Shimon Attie: The History of Another; Photography Plugged and Unplugged in Contemporary Magazine; Brain Ulrich: Copia; Beate Gütschow LS / S; Michael Wolf: The Transparent City; Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment; and Black Maps: American Landscapes and the Apocalyptic Sublime Photographs by David Maisel. In addition, she has taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago and juries local and national exhibitions. She holds an MA in museum studies, an MFA in fine art photography, and a BA in Asian studies.
Jason Landry
Owner and Director, Panopticon Gallery
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
more about Jason
Jason Landry received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Landry is the owner and director of Panopticon Gallery, which represents established and emerging photographers from all over the world with a primary focus on developing and expanding their careers. He brings over 20 years of business management and fine art photography experience to the gallery. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Louise Clements
Artistic Director, QUAD & FORMAT International Photography Festival
Derby, United Kingdom
more about Louise

Louise Clements is Artistic Director of QUAD a centre for contemporary art and film, as well as being the Co-Founder and Artistic Director/Curator of FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby since 2004, one of the UK's leading contemporary photography and media festivals:

As a curator, since 1998 she has initiated and curated many commissions, publications, mass participation art, film and photography programmes and exhibitions.

Louise has recently been awarded the Milapfest fellowship 2013 and the Blow-up Fellowship India 2012. She was Guest Curator at Kaunas Photofestival, Lithuania Duel/Duet 2010; Habitat Centre and Haus Khas BlowUp, in Deli, India; Dong Gang international Photography Festival South Korea, UK Photography Now : the Constructed View, 2013; Dali International Photography Festival, China, Life Is Elsewhere 2013; Noorderlicht 20/20 2013.

Louise regularly writes about photography for catalogues and magazines in both print and online media including: Next Level, South Korean Photography, co-editor of Hijacked III UK/AUS, PHOTOCINEMA, and is Editor at Large for She is an international photography Juror and nominator, and portfolio reviewer at festivals and galleries extensively throughout Europe, America and across Asia.

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Jim Casper
Founder and Editor, LensCulture
Co-Founder and Director, LensCulture FotoFest Paris
Paris, France
more about Jim
Since 2004, Jim Casper has edited and published Lens Culture, the popular online platform for international contemporary photography, attracting daily visitors from 50+ countries worldwide. He is co-founder and director of the yearly international portfolio reviews, LensCulture FotoFest Paris. He is member of the nominating academy for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, serves on juries of international photo competitions, curates shows, conducts masterclass workshops, lectures, and writes about photography.

We believe in access to exposure...

It's hard enough to create photographs that you love.
Getting meaningful exposure for your work is even harder.
We feel our role is to provide you with access to the best exposure for your work.
Here's an example - Richard Tuschman's Hopper Meditations received 120K+ views
in the first two weeks after winning the 3rd Prize LensCulture Exposure Awards 2013
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73K people saw Richard Tuschman's
Hopper Meditations post on Facebook
11K people viewed the exclusive
LensCulture article
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47K people viewed Richard's profile and additional Winners
articles on our site, newsletter, and social media

Richard shared with us his recent success:

“I have had a huge increase in interest in my work since the award was announced. Here is a rundown of what's been happening:

  • I have begun working with a private dealer who has purchased several prints
  • I have serious interest from a dealer in Moscow
  • I have been approached by a commercial agency in Spain
  • My work will be the subject of articles in several print magazines accross the globe: US, Italy, UK, and Hong Kong
  • Numerous features on photo sites and blogs around the globe, and about 1000 new Facebook fans
  • Traffic to my website has increased by almost 500%!”

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Yijun Liao

Brooklyn, NY

“I have to tell you that my email has been busy non-stop ever since the announcement of the LensCulture Exposure Awards. LensCulture has indeed given me great exposure worldwide. I have had really good luck in the press lately worldwide, and it's still snowballing! It took my name to an international level. Look at where my work has been featured since I won: Huffington Post (US), iGnant (Germany), BUST (US), Daily Life (Australia), Medium, TAXI, Escapism (Canada), Il Post (Italy) Also, I have been invited to a residency in Finland, contacted by UK collector, Chilean Museum and European publisher for possible projects. It's truly been the best award I've won!”

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Experimental Relationship

2nd Prize Portfolio Winner,
LensCulture Exposure Awards 2013

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Michael Marten


“Winning the 2011 LensCulture portfolio grand prize and attending the portfolio reviews in Paris that November was a breakthrough for me. It led directly to the 2012 publication of my book Sea Change by Kehrer and a solo exhibition of the work at London's Oxo Gallery. I've had book reviews in The Observer newspaper and Source magazine, and features in magazines and blogs from The Guardian weekend magazine to Reddit - which gave rise to a huge spike in visitors to my website. My Sea Change book is almost sold out.”

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Sea Change

1st Prize Portfolio Winner,
LensCulture Exposure Awards 2011

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Fabrice Fouillet

Paris, France

“One jury member, Regina Anzenberger, offered me representation in her agency. I will be featured online in GUP Magazine. And I've seen a significant increase in traffic to my website. Not to mention the happiness it brings me to be a LensCulture Finalist.”

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LensCulture Exposure Awards 2013

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Anne Berry

Newnan, GA

“Since I won the award, my photographs have been published in the Huffington Post, PetaPixel, Viralnova, and Feature Shoot.”

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Behind Glass

LensCulture Exposure Awards 2013

Closed For Entries. Winners Will Be Announced In April 2014

We Respect Artists' Rights

All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period.
Winners 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.