Seeking the New Photographic Portrait
Drawing from the best and brightest in the photographic community, our international jury is on the lookout for a fresh vision of the photographic portrait. Six Winners, eight Jurors’ Picks, 25 Finalists and five Student Spotlights will be selected for awards and benefits including international festival projections, exposure to our audience of over 2.5 million, and so much more.
PORTRAIT AWARDS INTERNATIONAL JURY 2017
New York, USA
Susan White has been the photography director of Vanity Fair magazine for more than 20 years. Throughout her tenure, she has worked with many of the industry’s leading photographers, covering a wide array of subject matter. During this time, Vanity Fair received numerous nominations and awards in the photography category from the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Publication Designers. In 2005, Susan was named “Photo Editor of the Year” at the Lucie Awards.
Phillip Prodger, Ph.D. (Cantab.) is Head of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, where he oversees acquisitions, research, loan and display of photographs from the 19th century to the present. Prodger has held several curatorial posts including at the Saint Louis Art Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Peabody Essex Museum, where he was founding Curator of Photography. The curator of numerous exhibitions worldwide and the author and editor of fourteen books and catalogues, his writings on art and photography have been translated into nine languages. He is the curator, most recently, of “William Eggleston Portraits”, which made numerous ‘best of’ lists.
New York, USA
Jennifer Pastore is the photography director of WSJ. The Wall Street Journal Magazine. Previously, she has worked as a photo editor for various magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and The New York Times Magazine. Jennifer teaches in the BFA photography program of The School of Visual Arts and her work has been recognized by American Photography, ASME, SPD, Graphis, PDN and the Society of Newspaper Design. Jennifer holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Florida.
Washington, D.C., USA
Whitney C. Johnson is the Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic. Before joining the Society in 2015, she was the Director of Photography at The New Yorker where she oversaw the photographic vision for the magazine in print, on the iPad, and at newyorker.com. Prior to that she worked at the Open Society Foundations. She has taught at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the International Center of Photography.
She is on the board of the W. Eugene Smith Fund, the Photojournalism Advisory Council for the Alexia Foundation, and the Advisory Committee for the Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund.
Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Wired, Elephant, FOAM, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young, the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Pier 24 Photography, as well as in many other public and private collections. He has over a dozen published books; his monograph titled Excerpts from Silver Meadows was released in 2013, along with an innovative b-sides box set designed to function as a companion piece to his award-winning monograph in 2014. Aperture published his mid-career survey in 2016.
Fiona Rogers is the Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos International. Fiona is also the founder of Firecracker, a platform supporting female photographers. In 2012, Firecracker launched an annual grant, offered to photographers to complete a long-term documentary photography project. Fiona has a strong interest in emerging photographers and has participated in international platforms such as Recontres D’Arles, Format Festival and the Singapore International Photography Festival. She has participated as a judge for several notable competitions including the Mack First Book Award and the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography.
New York, USA
Genevieve Fussell is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker where she commissions and produces a range of photography for the magazine as well as contributing weekly to Photo Booth, The New Yorker’s daily photography blog. Before joining The New Yorker, she worked as the archivist for VII Photo, the international collective of photojournalists based in New York and Paris. She holds a degree in journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as well as having studied photography at California College of the Arts.
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. He serves on the board of directors at SPE, the Society for Photographic Education, the world’s largest association of photography educators.
It’s one thing to make the photographs, but to get those pictures in a forum to motivate change: that’s the most important thing. It’s not about me, it’s about getting my subjects’ voices heard...So to win an award from LensCulture—to be on this platform with millions of viewers—no one could ask for something better than that.
|6 Winners & 8 Jurors’ Picks||25 Finalists||5 Student Spotlights||Editors’ Picks**||Every Entrant|
|Expert, Written Submission Review by Photo Industry Professional*|
|Opportunities for Immediate Exposure During the Competition|
|Visibility with LensCulture Insiders|
|Massive Exposure to our Global Audience of 2.5+ Million|
|International Press Exposure|
|International Photo Festival Projections|
|Published in the LensCulture 2017 Book|
|Featured Article on LensCulture|
|LensCulture Network Membership|
|$22,000 in Photographer Grants|
*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. 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.
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I had many successes after I received the award from LensCulture. Specifically, a commercial gallery in Japan asked me to exhibit my work — a very famous photo gallery in my country. They not only deal my prints but also published my photobook. Through them, I had a major career breakthrough, as they then took my work to be sold in Paris and also across the United States. All that thanks to LensCulture!
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