Call for Entries
Seeking the New Photographic Portrait!
We’re thrilled to announce the LensCulture Portrait Awards! For the first time ever, we’re offering two exceptional exhibition opportunities: our winners, jurors’ picks, and finalists will show their work at Photo London in May and during the opening week in Arles this July. These are two of the world’s most important photo events—don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be seen alongside the biggest names in photography!
Our esteemed jurors are seeking compelling portraits from all over the world. Benefits include projection of your work at international festivals, written feedback, worldwide media coverage, and exposure to our audience of 2.8 million. Participate in our global photography community—enter today!
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Portrait Awards
International
Jury
Rebecca Morse
Curator
Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA
Los Angeles, United States
www.lacma.org
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Rebecca Morse is Curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she recently organized the exhibitions Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld and Larry Sultan: Here and Home. Previous exhibitions include Amanda Ross Ho: Teeny Tiny Woman, Cai Guo-Qiang: Ladder to the Sky, Rodarte: States of Matter, The Artist’s Museum, and Florian Maier-Aichen organized for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) where she was Associate Curator through 2013. She has written about the evolving relationship between photography and sculpture, contemporary photography in Los Angeles, and photography’s changing role in contemporary art beginning in the 1980s.

Elena Boille
Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Photo Editor
Internazionale
Rome, Italy
www.internazionale.it
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Elena Boille is deputy editor-in-chief and photo editor of the magazine Internazionale. Boille graduated with a degree in history of art and she co-founded, in 1993, the Italian news magazine Internazionale. She has judged many photo competitions and participated in portfolio reviews; Boille also teaches photo editing workshops and taught a photo editing class at Luiss Business School in Rome.

Sacha Lecca
Deputy Photo Editor
Rolling Stone
New York City, United States
www.rollingstone.com
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Sacha Lecca is the Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone magazine, as well as a photographer with over 20 years experience in magazine publishing. Lecca was a photo researcher and then photo editor at Newsweek as well as a photo editor for multiple titles at CMP Media before taking his current position at Rolling Stone.

Nadav Kander
Award-Winning Photographerwww.nadavkander.com
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Nadav Kander is a London-based photographer, artist and director, known for his portraiture and landscapes. His work is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and other galleries and museums. Kander’s work has been published on the cover of The New York Times Magazine, TIME and many other publications. In 2009, he was honored to publish the largest portfolio of work by the same photographer The New York Times Magazine has ever showcased in one single issue.

Kander published his first monograph, Beauty’s Nothing (Arena Editions) in 2001. He followed up the book with numerous catalogues of his work that accompanied exhibitions at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York; Shine Gallery, London; and Flowers Gallery, London. In October 2009 Kander was announced as the winner of the prestigious Prix Pictet Earth, 2009 for his “Yangtze—The Long River” series. He was chosen from a shortlist of 12 nominees that included Ed Kashi, Andreas Gursky and Naoya Hatakeyama. The award was presented by Kofi Annan, Honorary President of the Prix Pictet.

Siobhán Bohnacker
Senior Photo Editor
The New Yorker
New York City, United States
www.newyorker.com
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Siobhán Bohnacker is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker, where she commissions original photography for the magazine, and curates on photography for newyorker.com. Prior to joining The New Yorker, she worked as a Photo Editor at The New York Times Magazine and from 2009-2012, worked with NGOs and non-profits, as well as advertising clients, on the production of high-profile portfolios and campaigns. She has served as on-set producer on over 200 photo shoots, most notably, at The White House, for “Going The Distance”, David Remnick’s profile of President Barack Obama (2014), and “Portraits Of Power”, an ASME-winning portfolio of 56 heads of state, photographed at the United Nations and published in The New Yorker in 2009. A Fellow of The Royal Society of The Arts, Siobhán has been a guest lecturer at such institutions as Yale, The Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, and has served on the jury for numerous international photo contests.

Kaycee Olsen
Director
Von Lintel Gallery
Los Angeles, United States
www.vonlintel.com
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Kaycee Olsen is a gallery director and appraiser based in Los Angeles, California. Currently she is the director of Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles. Olsen has more than a decade of experience in the art business, having served as the owner of Kaycee Olsen Gallery, as well as working at Christie’s, and as a modern and contemporary art dealer. Olsen’s academic training includes a BA in Art History from the University of Southern California and a BA in Liberal Arts, Art History study abroad at the London Metropolitan University as well as MA studies in Art History. Her affiliations include Art Table, and the Photographic Arts Council, with past affiliations at LACMA, the Modern and Contemporary Art Council, and Words Without Pictures.

Christophe Laloi
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Voies Off Festival
Arles, France
www.voies-off.com
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Christophe Laloi graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la photographie d’Arles, France, in 1996 with a master’s degree in the history of art. After graduation, he founded the Voies Off Festival at the Rencontres d’Arles. He continues to act as artistic director and director of programming at the festival, where he selects more than 60 artists each year from five continents. He organizes portfolio reviews, as well as a variety of exhibitions, and he has been a lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles for ten years. He has also been a reviewer for many festivals in France, Denmark, Turkey, Spain, and England. In 2007, Mr. Laloi opened the Galerie Voies Off, an exhibition space that presents emerging and established photographers throughout the year.

Jim Casper
Editor-in-Chief
LensCulture
www.lensculture.com
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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.

Photo © Owen Harvey
Winning the LensCulture Portrait Awards was a great part of 2017 and a nice opportunity to get my work in front of the judging panel. The prize money I received was a great help and went towards making new work and my first full scale solo exhibition in London.
Since winning the award, I also won the Royal Photographic Society U30 Gold Award and have been fortunate enough to have two images included in this year’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery.
— Owen Harvey
Winner, LensCulture Portrait Awards 2017
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 2.8 million. Entrants to our Awards receive massive online exposure throughout the competition, so enter your work early and take advantage of this opportunity!
You can click on the photos 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.
Note: While our editors review entries for inclusion on a daily basis, not every submission can be shown here.
Career Changing
Awards
Benefits for All
Who Enter
6 Winners &
8 Jurors‘ picks
25 FinalistsEditors‘ Picks**Every Entrant
$22,000 in Grant Awards
Exhibition in Arles and Photo London
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
Portrait Awards 2018 Online Exhibition
A Series of International Photo Festival Projections
Published in The Best of LensCulture, Volume 3
International Press Exposure
Opportunity for LensCulture Instagram Takeover
Feature Article on LensCulture
LensCulture Network Membership
Massive Exposure to our Global Audience of 2.8 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
= Jury selected = LensCulture
Awards & Benefits

Cash Awards
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.
Exhibition at Photo London
All of the winners, jurors’ picks, and finalists will have their work seen by thousands of photography professionals at the world-renowned Photo London, being held at Somerset House this spring. Images by the selected photographers will be exhibited to gallerists, collectors, and publishers in an exhibition running from May 17-20, 2018.
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, part of the longest-running festival in Europe, the exhibition will be displayed on a dynamic video wall throughout 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!
La Cour de l’Archevêché, one of Voies Off’s exhibition spaces in the heart of Arles
A Series of Projections at International Photo Festivals
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 Britain, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Australia, Spain, France, Georgia, 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.
Top: A screening of photographs from “The LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017” at HeadOn Festival in Sydney, Australia, May 2017. Right: Our growing list of festival partners.

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

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

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

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
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

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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.
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Our editorial team will pick some of the winners and finalists for a week-long, solo spotlight on LensCulture’s Instagram feed. This means your photographs will receive 7 days of exclusive exposure to our audience of over 600,000 followers from all over the world. An Instagram takeover is an excellent way to showcase your work and quickly grow your own following; previous takeovers have included Alec Soth, Bruce Gilden, Matt Stuart, Diana Markosian, Randy Olson, Gerd Ludwig, and many others.
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