Hero top 1
© Giancarlo Rado
Pa16 logo

Seeking the New Photographic Portrait

LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016 is our 3rd annual competition to discover the very best contemporary portrait photography from all cultures around the world. We believe portraits are the most fundamental type of photograph — helping people to understand and celebrate human connections on a universal level. We encourage anyone, from anywhere, with a new perspective on the modern-day portrait to enter. 6 Winners, 8 Jurors' Picks and 25 Finalists will be chosen.

LensCulture is dedicated to helping all photographers move forward professionally. Through this competition, we will provide photographers from all over the world with opportunities for immediate exposure and meaningful feedback from a renowned group of industry professionals.

Closed for new entries. Winners will be announced in late April.

Portrait Awards
Jury 2016

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon
Global Digital Director
Magnum Photos
London, UK
Anne Bourgeois-Vignon is the Global Digital Director of Magnum Photos. Her interests lie at the intersection of visual culture and publishing, with a specific interest in the relationship between digital and physical experiences. She conceives, commissions, and produces visual and editorial projects. Previously, Anne has held roles as Creative Content Director of Nowness and Picture Director of Forward Publishing. She writes and talks about photography and has participated in numerous juries and reviews.
Alessia Glaviano
Senior Photo Editor
Vogue Italia
L'Uomo Vogue

Milan, Italy

Alessia Glaviano is the senior photo editor for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. She curated a series of interviews with the masters of photography for the website version of Vogue Italia, which have acquired enormous popularity in the photography community and which are also broadcast on the Italian Sky Arte channel. Glaviano is also responsible for Photo Vogue, an innovative platform on which users can share their own photographs knowing they can rely on the curatorial supervision of professional photo editors.

Under Alessia Glaviano’s direction, Photo Vogue has reached over 120,000 users/photographers hailing from all over the world and launched a collaboration with the prestigious international agency Art & Commerce, which represents some of the most esteemed names in fashion photography, including Steven Meisel, Sølve Sundsbø, Paolo Roversi and Patrick Demarchelier. At Condé Nast, Alessia is responsible for the artistic direction of events and exhibitions for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. Besides her editorial activity, Alessia teaches the IED’s Master courses in Milan and holds lectures and conferences on a regular basis. Some of the institutes and universities she was invited as guest lecturer include: IED, Bocconi University and the Milan Polytechnic.

Alessia Glaviano was invited to participate as a jury member in numerous internationally acclaimed photography contests including the World Press Photo and has participated in several portfolio review sessions, including the New York Times Portfolio Reviews.

Emma Bowkett
Director of Photography
Financial Times Weekend Magazine
London, UK

Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine. Joining in 2009, she was integral to the small creative team who reworked the visual language of the magazine ready for the 2010 re-launch.

Furthermore, she is a visiting university lecturer, and regularly participates at international portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards, including Unseen, Foam Paul Huf, and the Kraszner-Krausz Foundation Book Award. Emma has been a Master at both Foam and Fabrica Masterclasses and is part of Magnum Photos Professional Practice, which supports young and emerging photographers. In 2015, she co-curated a Financial Times special supplement and day of events as part of Photo London. She recently won the inaugural Firecracker Contributors Award, which recognises women who have had a substantial impact on the photography industry and is voted for by professional photographers.

The magazine won Supplement of the Year 2014 in the UK Press Awards.

Emma has a Masters degree in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths University in London.

Clare Grafik
Head of Exhibitions
The Photographers’ Gallery
London, UK
Clare Grafik is Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She earned a BA Joint Honors in Philosophy/Art History at Leeds University, and MA in Image and Communications (Photography) at Goldsmiths College. She has worked in a number of public institutions in London including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Hayward Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. She has been at The Photographers’ Gallery since 2003 working in public programming and curating exhibitions. She has worked on exhibitions and projects with artists and photographers including Lise Sarfati, Isa Genzken, Larry Sultan, Mike Mandel, Taryn Simon, Katy Grannan, Antoine D’Agata, Cuny Janssen, Zineb Sedira and Keith Arnatt. Group exhibitions include The Photographic Object (2009) and Photography & Collage (2012). She has been a Sessional Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London, has lectured at institutions including University of the Arts, University of South Wales, Sothebys Institute of Art, and written for magazines including IANN and Art Monthly. Forthcoming projects include solo exhibitions with Viviane Sassen and Charlotte Dumas and a group exhibition ‘Double Take: Drawing & Photography’ with the Drawing Room, London.
Juror ford
Lauren Ford
Photographic Director
Dazed & Confused
London, UK
Lauren joined Dazed & Confused in 2011 as Photo Producer. In 2013 she was promoted to Photographic Editor, and 2015 to Photographic Director. She currently works with some of the world’s leading photographers, as well as new, emerging photographic talent from all over the world, commissioning and producing shoots for Dazed & Confused Magazine, Dazed Digital and Dazed Media Studio. Lauren has worked on judging panels for Stockholm Photography week and London Connections (Le Book).
Juror cannabrava
Iatã Cannabrava
Photographer & Festival Organizer
São Paulo, Brazil

Iatã Cannabrava was born in Brazil in 1962. He has worked as a photographer for decades, developing a series of social and documentary projects over his career. He worked at newspapers like Folha de São Paulo, Jornal da Tarde and magazines like Veja (among others). He also worked with numerous Brazilian publishers and was a photographer at the São Paulo Cultural Center. His work has been included in over 40 exhibitions and he was named the winner of the prestigious P/B photography award at the São Paulo photography quadrennial. He has published 10 books and his works are held in numerous galleries and private collections.

Besides his own work, Cannabrava has been active in the photographic community at large. He served as the President of São Paulo's photographer's union. He has organized over 30 exhibitions and personally overseen over 15 workshops. In addition, he created and directed the Photography Clinic, the site of over 80 workshops.

Juror carrucci
Elinor Carucci
New York, USA

Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Israel, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. Her work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, London among others. Group shows include The Museum of Modern Art New York, MoCP Chicago and The Photographers' Gallery, London.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.

She was awarded the ICP Infinity Award in 2001, The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and NYFA in 2010. Carucci has published three monographs to date, Closer, Chronicle Books 2002 and Diary of a dancer, SteidlMack 2005 and MOTHER, Prestel 2013.

Carucci currently teaches at the graduate program of photography at School of Visual Arts and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery.

Her recent solo exhibition, The Effect of Motherhood, showing images from both personal work and editorial stories, was the launching show at the new Condé Nast gallery in New York.

Jim Casper
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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.

Open to All Types of Portrait Photography
From Around the World


Pa15 showcase 3rows
Phillip englehorn quote
Philipp Engelhorn
Winner, LensCulture Portrait Awards 2015
“In just three weeks since the announcement, Photo District News (PDN) picked up my Swimmer series for online usage. S Moda Magazine, a supplement to El País journal in Spain, asked me for some images as well. I used my 2nd place win for a general promotion email to all my clients and magazine contacts, which led to a job with Afar Magazine!”
Winners & Jurors' Picks will be featured at Photo London 2016 — one of the largest and most prestigious annual photo events for international collectors!

Career Launching Awards

winners jurors' pick finalists editors'
$22,000 in Cash Awards
Photo London Exhibition
International Festival Projections
‘Portrait Award 2016' Printed Annual
Live, Online Review with Expert
Featured Article on LensCulture.com
International Press Exposure
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
Immediate Exposure in Competition Gallery
Invitation-Only LensCulture Portfolio Account
Submission Review by Photo Industry Expert**

*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. Also, the highest-rated entries will gain visibility with LensCulture Insiders and receive an invitation-only LensCulture Portfolio account, which serve as a great platform to reach our huge global audience.

**Submission Review: Available for all Series entries, and Single Image entries with 5-or-more photos.

Awards & Benefits

Cash Awards

Series Award:

1st Place: $5000
2nd Place: $2000
3rd Place: $1000

Single Image Award:

1st Place: $3500
2nd Place: $1500
3rd Place: $1000

Jurors' Picks:

Each juror will select one photographer to receive a $1,000 Juror's Pick Award.

Exhibition at Photo London

All Winners and Jurors' Picks work will be exhibited at Photo London 2016 — a major international photography event for collectors and the general public that will take place at Somerset House, in London, from May 19-22, 2016. This is world-class exposure at its best!

Right: The LensCulture Exposure Awards Exhibition during Photo London in May 2015.

Pa16 award photolondon

Projections at International
Photo Festivals

Pa16 award festival

Visibility with LensCulture Insiders

Work from hundreds of the top-rated photographers from this competition will be shared with LensCulture Insiders, our network of influential names in the photography industry. We have significantly expanded our Insiders' network to hundreds of photo editors, curators, gallerists, and publishers. We believe this kind of exposure is critical for both emerging and established photographers to gain valuable jobs, opportunities, and global exposure in print and online media.

Aaron Schuman, Editor, SeeSaw Magazine, UK

Ada Takahashi, Director at Robert Koch Gallery, USA

Adina LoBiondo, Senior Photo Editor, Sierra Magazine, USA

Afton Almaraz, Senior Picture Editor, Getty Images, USA

Alessandra Capodacqua, Curator, Author, Educator, Italy

Alessandro Zuffi, Photo Editor, Le Monde, France

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

Alexa Becker, Acquisitions Editor, Kehrer Verlag Publishers, Germany

Aline Smithson, Founder/Editor, Lenscratch, USA

Alison Nordstrom, Consulting Curator for International Programs, Griffin Museum of Photography, USA

Alyssa Coppelman, Photo Editor, Slate, Feature Shoot, USA

Amy Wolff, Photo Editor at PDN and co-founder/curator of CoEdit Collection, USA

Andy Greenacre, Picture Editor, Telegraph Magazine, UK

Ángel Luis González, Director, PhotoIreland, Ireland

Ann Jastrab, Gallery Director at RayKo Photo Center, Photography Consultant, USA

Anna Dickson, Deputy Director of Photography, The Wall Street Journal, USA

Anna Gripp, Editor, Photonews, Germany

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

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Creative Content Director, London, UK

Anne Morin, Curator/Director, diChroma photography, Spain

Anne Wilkes-Tucker, Curator at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

Antony Dickson, Features Photo Editor at South China Morning Post

Arianna Rinaldo, Artistic Director at Cortona On The Move and Director, OjodePez Magazine, Spain

Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director at The Center for Photography at Woodstock, USA

Audrey Turpin, Coordinatrice générale, Festival Circulation(s), France

Barbara Čeferin, Owner, Galerija Fotografija, Slovenia

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

Bas Vroege, Director, Paradox and YDoc, Netherlands

Bevin Bering Dubrowski, Director, Houston Center for Photography, USA

Bjarke Myrthu, Founder & CEO, Blindspot, USA

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

Brett Roegiers, Photo editor at CNN.com, USA

Brian Clamp, Owner/Director, ClampArt Gallery, USA

Brian Storm, Founder & Executive Producer, MediaStorm, USA

Carlos Carvalho, Director, International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre, Brazil

Catherine Edelman, Owner, Catherine Edelman Gallery, USA

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

Celina Lunsford, Co-Curator, Imagine Reality, Ray 2015 at RAY Fotografieprojekte 2015, Germany

Charlotte van Lingen, Curator, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands

Christophe de Jaeger, Curator, Center For Fine Arts Brussels, Belgium

Christophe Laloi, Artistic Director, Voies Off Arles, France

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

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

Daphné Anglès, European Photo Assignment Editor, The New York Times, France

Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs at Christie's, USA

Darren Ching, Owner, Klompching Gallery, USA

David Birkitt, Director, DMB Represents, UK

David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery, Wales

Deborah Dragon, Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone Magazine Wenner Media, USA

Deborah Klochko, Director at Museum of Photographic Arts, USA

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

Denise Wolff, Senior Editor, Book Program, Aperture, USA

Dewi Lewis, Owner, Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK

Dimitri Beck, Editor, Polka Magazine, France

Donna Cohen, Photo Editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, USA

Ed Carey, Director, Gallery 291, USA

Elda Harrington, Director, Escuela Argentina de Fotografia, Argentina

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

Elie Domit, Director at East Wing Gallery, Dubai

Elisabeth Biondi, Independent Curator, Biondi Foto, USA

Elissa Curtis, Senior Photo Editor, MSNBC, USA

Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator; Contributor, L’Oeil de la Photographie

Elizabeth Johnson, Sr. Photo Editor at CNN Digital, USA

Elizabeth Lapp, Curator and Image Guru, Flickr/Yahoo, USA

Emily Adams, Exhibitions Director, PhotoEspaña, Spain

Enrico Bossan, Editorial Director, Colors Magazine, Italy

Erik Vroons, Editor, GUP Magazine, Netherlands

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 at Houston Center for Photography

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

Frits Gierstberg, Curator, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Netherlands

Gad Edery, CEO, Gad Collection, France

Genevieve Fussell, Photo Editor, The New Yorker, USA

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

Hamidah Glasgow, Curator, USA

Hannah Watson, Director, Trolley Books, UK

Harris Fogel, Director/Curator, Sol Mednick Gallery, Gallery 1401, USA

Hélène Joye-Cagnard, Codirectrice, Journées photgraphiques de Bienne Biel-Bienne, Switzerland

Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography at Newsweek, Japan

Ihiro Hayami, Director, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan

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

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

James Wellford, Photo Editor, Curator & Educator, USA

Jason Landry, Owner/Director, Panopticon Gallery, USA

Jeff Gates, Managing Editor, American Art's Blog, Smithsonian Institution, USA

Jeff Moorfoot, Festival Director, Ballarat International Foto Biennal, Australia

Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator of Photography, Guggenheim, USA

Jessie Wender, Photo Editor, The New Yorker, USA

Joanne Junga Yang, Director of International Committee, Seoul Photo Festival, South Korea

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

John Duncan, Editor, Source Photographic Review, UK

Jon Jones, Director of Photography, Sunday Times, UK

Juli Lowe, Director at Catherine Edelman Gallery, USA

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

Karen Downey, Senior Curator, Belfast Exposed, Northern Ireland

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

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

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

Krzysztof Candrowicz, Artistic Director, Hamburg Triennial of Photography, Germany

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

Laura Pressley, Executive Director at CENTER, USA

Laura Serani, Deleguée artistique, Mois de la Photo à Paris, France

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

Lisa J. Sutcliffe, Curator of Photography at Milwaukee Art Museum, USA

Louise Clements, Co-Founder/Director, QUAD and Format Festival, UK

Maarten Schilt, Publisher, Schilt Publishing, Netherlands

Magdalena Herrera, Director of Photography, GEO, France

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, Artistic Director Photoreporter Festival Baie de St. Brieuc

Marcel Feil, Deputy Director, artistic affairs - FOAM

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

Marion Hislen, Director, Circulation(s) Festival, France

Marisa Schwartz, Photo Editor, Time Magazine, USA

Mary Virginia Swanson, Author, Educator, and Consultant, MVS & Assoc., USA

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

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

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

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

Mia (Diiorio) Diehl, Photography Director/Fortune Magazine, USA

Michael Famighetti, Editor, Aperture Magazine, USA

Michael Weir, Founder & Artistic Director, Belfast Photo Festival, Northern Ireland

Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director/Founder, Pacific Center Northwest, USA

Miriam Romais, Executive Director, En Foco Inc, USA

Miyako Yoshinaga, Director at Mikayo Yoshinga Gallery, USA

Molly Roberts, Chief Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine, USA

Monica Allende, Photography Editor, Curator, Educator, UK

Moritz Neumüller, Festival Curator/Program Director, Istituto Europeo di Design, Spain

Moshe Rosenzveig, Director/Photographer, Head On Photo Festival, Australia

Natalie Matutschovsky, Senior Photo Editor at Time Magazine, USA

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

Nathalie Gallon, Director, Foundation Carmignac Gestion, France

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

Olivier Laurent, Editor of LightBox at Time Magazine, USA

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

Paul di Felice, Director, European Month of Photography, Luxembourg

Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director at Griffin Museum of Photography

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, Dubai

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

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

Regina Maria Anzenberger, Director of AnzenbergerGallery, Austria

Régina Monfort, Photographer/Consulting Editor, FotoEvidence, USA

Richard A. Brooks, Deputy Photo Director, Agence France-Presse, China

Rina Tokura, Editor in Chief, IMA Magazine and Concept Stores, Tokyo

Roman Härer, Creative Director, plainpicture, Germany

Roxanne Behr, Photo Editor, New York Magazine, USA

Rui Prata, Director, Museu da Imagem, Portugal

Rupert Jenkins, Executive Director, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, USA

Ruth Eichhorn, Photo Editor-at-Large, GEO, Germany

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

Sam Barzilay, Festival Director, Photoville, USA

Sara Guerrini, Picture Editor, Newsweek Europe, UK

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

Scott Mc Kiernan, Vice President, National Press Photographers Association, USA

Sébastian Hau, Director, Le Bal Books, France

Selva Barni, Founder & Editor, Fantom Editions, Italy

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

Silvia Mangialardi, Editor, Fotomundo Magazine, Argentina

Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust, USA

Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review, USA

Sujong Song, Independent Photography Professional, South Korea

Susan Zadeh, Photography Director, Eyemazing Editions, Netherlands

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

Taj Forer, Director, Daylight Magazine, USA

Thomas Seelig, Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Todd J. Tubutis, Executive Director, Blue Sky Gallery, USA

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

Ute Noll, Photo Director bei Du Kulturmagazin, Germany

Valerie Fougeirol, Directeur artistique, France

Vangelis Ioakimidis, Director, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece

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

Wim Melis, Curator at Noorderlicht Photography, Netherlands

Xavier Soule, President/Director, Gallery VU, France

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

LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016 Annual

A museum-quality competition catalog featuring the winning photographers' work will be distributed to all the Winners, Finalists and Jurors' Picks. In addition, the catalog will be made available to our entire network of LensCulture Insiders and industry professionals which includes influential editors, curators, festival directors, publishers, gallery directors and more.

Pa16 award annual Photos © Philipp Engelhorn

Immediate Increase in Exposure of Your Work During the Competition

Just by entering, your work will be reviewed by our editors for immediate exposure in our Competition Gallery and across all our online channels. On average, our featured entries receive a total of 4 to 6 million views on Facebook, bringing those selected photographers a massive boost of visibility to their work. While our editors review all entries on a daily basis, they can only share a limited number of them as featured entries.

Pa16 award gallery

Live, Online Review Session With Photo Industry Experts

All Winners, Jurors' Picks and Finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a live, online review of their work with photo industry experts using our new, online learning platform — LensCulture Sessions. Get valuable feedback and expert advice and connect with other winning photographers from around the world.

Pa16 award session Photo © Susan Worsham

Massive Online Promotion

Work from the top winners and finalists will be shared across our huge, global audience including our web site, mailing list, mobile platforms, and multiple social media channels. We have found this to be a very effective strategy for getting photographers the exposure that leads to career-boosting opportunities — see our Success Stories.

Pa16 award massive online Promotions include a Feature article on LensCulture, Facebook, & Flipboard.
Photo © Youngho Kang

International Press Exposure

Each year the Portrait Awards receive extensive press coverage from around the world. Winners, finalists and entrants have been featured in major publications including BBC, the Guardian, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, the UK Telegraph, and many other national and international media outlets. This kind of press exposure can lead to viral, global recognition and appreciation of your work!

Press logos

Ongoing Exposure with a LensCulture Portfolio Account

All Winners, Finalists (plus 150 top-rated photographers) will gain access to a free, invitation-only portfolio account on LensCulture! This is an invaluable platform to showcase your work to our 1.5 million global audience as well as to our network of LensCulture Insiders. LensCulture’s editors will also be able to discover your latest work and potentially feature it in articles, Editors’ Picks and social media.

Award portfolio account

Free Submission Review by Industry Expert

Enter a series or 5+ single images in LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016 and get a free submission review! We believe that every photographer who enters deserves thoughtful feedback on their work. We have recruited dozens of top photo editors, portfolio reviewers, curators, and other industry professionals to give you constructive feedback on your photography plus recommendations for improving your practice.

This continues to be one of the most meaningful services at LensCulture, and an important part of our competitions. We are delighted with the positive feedback from photographers:

Learn More and View Actual Submisssion Reviews »

Fulvio bugani quote
Fulvio Bugani
LensCulture Portrait Awards 2015
“Regarding my latest success: my whole work has been published on TIME LightBox. I've been invited to take part in some photo festivals, such as Lucca PhotoLux. I've also been contacted by Amnesty International to do an exhibition with them in Rome during a summer festival. And I'm now collaborating with the Leica Store in Bologna who will exhibit my work in July.”

Show us
Your Work!

© Romina Ressia

Portrait photography resonates in cultures all over the world. Why? Because people are truly interested in other people: from celebrities, politicians and cultural icons to the gaze of everyday people. We encounter portraits, self-portraits and selfies all around us, in advertising, magazines and social media. It's a captivating artform that continues to evolve with the times. At LensCulture, we are interested in discovering the full potential of 21st century portraits — the best portrait photography being made today.

Enter Early!

Our photography competitions are different. We believe every photographer who participates deserves an opportunity for global recognition AND expert feedback. The sooner you enter, the more opportunities you have to share your work and engage with the global photo community. During the competition, you will receive a weekly email of helpful ideas and resources on how to move forward creatively and professionally with your work. Unlike most competitions, you can change your entry after you submit all the way up to the deadline. Get started today and don't miss this opportunity.

There are no limitations on age, level, genre or location. For further information, please see our FAQ.

Closed for new entries. Winners will be announced in late April.

Career Changing Exposure

© Peter van der Heyden

We believe that competitions are one of the best ways to gain valuable international exposure and to connect with the photography industry. Hundreds of photographers have used LensCulture to move forward in their careers and gain inspiration from our like-minded community. Hear how the lives of these photographers were impacted by winning a LensCulture competition.

Success Stories

Meet the photographers that are moving forward in their careers and gaining inspiration from the LensCulture community every day. You could be next — and we want to help you get there.

  • Hans Gindlesberger
    United States
  • Vincent Gouriou
  • Michael Joseph
    United States
  • Tetsuya Kusu
  • Candace Karch
    United States
  • Tony Corocher
  • Philipp Engelhorn
    Hong Kong
  • Ulrik Tofte
  • Alan Thomas Wilkie
  • Fulvio Bugani
  • Nina Roeder
  • Tsutomu Yamagata
  • Marius Schultz
  • Ioana Cirlig
  • Birgit Püve
  • Marja Pirila
  • Candace Gaudiani
    United States
  • Carlotta Cardana
    United Kingdom
  • Claire Felicie
  • Bela Doka
Candlestar logo
Exhibition Space at PhotoLondon generously provided by Candlestar.
Genesis logo
Exhibition Prints generously provided by Genesis Imaging.
Editiononebooks logo
Printing of the LensCulture Portrait Awards Annual generously provided by Edition One Books.

We respect artist’s 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 LensCulture Awards competitions. LensCulture editors will select and feature hundreds (but not all) of submissions during the competition in our online gallery and social media albums (always with copyright credit noted for each participating photographer).
Details can be found in the Competition rules

Pa16 logo
© Pályi Zsófia