Awards 2015
Call for Entries

Our first ever Street Photography Awards invite you to show us the way you see your world. Whether in your own urban environment, or as you travel the globe exploring other cultures and lands, LensCulture seeks to discover today's finest photographers capturing the best spontaneous moments. It is through these moments that we get a real sense of the world we live in.

Our international jury will select top winners in series and single image entries, plus 25 finalists. Winners receive $15,000 in cash awards, global recognition, and exposure to our audience of over 1.4 million. You’re invited to SHOW US YOUR STREETS.

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Deadline: Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015

LensCulture Street Photography Showcase

Here are some of the most popular Street Photography features published in LensCulture.

For the past 11 years LensCulture has been publishing street photography from both established and emerging photographers. We’ve showcased a wide range of approaches that capture the endless parade of life around the world.

Over the years, styles and subject matter have expanded and evolved — celebrating diverse global street cultures and street fashion, documenting activism and funky architecture, finding unique and new quirky points of view. LensCulture got its start from Street Photography, and we’ve been covering it ever since. So these awards really feel like our homecoming. With over 25 million views of our Street Photography editorial features over the years, it is an absolute joy to finally roll out our very first Street Photography Awards competition.

— Jim Casper, Editor in Chief

Street Photography Awards 2015 Jury

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    Caroline Hunter
    Picture Editor
    Guardian Weekend Magazine
    London, UK
    more about Caroline
    Caroline Hunter is a picture editor for the Guardian Weekend Magazine.
    She has twenty years experience of commissioning photography for features that range from celebrity to news and documentary. She produces and edits photo-shoots, and on a daily basis she reviews a wide selection of photographers' submissions from around the world.
    Previous to the Guardian, Caroline worked for Time Out London magazine and The Saturday Telegraph magazine. She is a regular portfolio reviewer at international photo-festivals and has judged a number of photography competitions. Caroline also writes about photography, and lives and works in London.
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    Whitney Johnson
    Deputy Director of Photography
    National Geographic
    Washington DC, USA
    more about Whitney
    Whitney Johnson is the Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic. Previously, she was the Director of Photography at The New Yorker, where she championed photojournalism and transitioned photography at the magazine into the digital space by establishing the Photo Booth blog, launching the Instagram feed, and serving as the executive producer on several short films. Her work has been widely recognized: two ASME awards for portfolios on the United States military and world leaders; SPD Awards of Excellence; and a Peabody, in collaboration with Human Rights Watch and Platon, for a project on Russia's Civil Society.
    She has taught at Columbia University School of Journalism, New York University, and the International Center of Photography. She is on the board of the W. Eugene Smith Fund and Eddie Adams Workshop, the Photojournalism Advisory Council for the Alexia Foundation, and the Advisory Committee of the Magnum Foundation's Emergency Fund.
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    Jacob Aue Sobol
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    more about Jacob
    Jacob Aue Sobol is a member of Magnum Photos. He was born in Denmark, and studied at the European Film College and the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography.
    He has completed several award-winning projects and authored critically acclaimed photobooks. His book “Sabine”, a personal perspective on life in Greenland was published in 2004 and the work was nominated for the 2005 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. A project from Guatemala won First Prize Award, Daily Life Stories, World Press Photo 2006. His book “I, Tokyo” was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award in 2008 and was published in seven countries. A new book "B" (about Bangkok) will be launched at Paris Photo 2015.
    Jacob is currently working on the ongoing project Arrivals and Departures - a journey by land from his childhood home in Brøndby to the east coasts of Russia and China.
    With more than 40 solo exhibitions over the past 10 years, Jacob's work has been shown extensively around the world. Exhibitions include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Milwaukee Art Museum, Michigan Museum of Modern Art, Three Shadow Gallery, Beijing. Rencontre D'Arles, Polka Gallerie (Paris), Yossi Milo Gallery (New York) and Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark.
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    Ihiro Hayami
    Tokyo International Photography Festival
    Tokyo, Japan
    more about Ihiro
    Ihiro Hayami (b. 1982, Osaka Japan) is the director of Tokyo Institute of Photography, and the organizer of Tokyo International Photography Festival. He’s the former chief editor of Japanese Photography Magazine, “PHaT PHOTO”(2012-2014). From 2008-2012, he worked as the one of the directors at RING CUBE gallery in Ginza, Tokyo. His selected curatorial exhibitions include, “10x10 American Photobooks” (2013), Alejandro Chaskielberg’s “High Tide” (2012), and Alex Prager’s “WEEK-END” (2010).
    He is also known as lecturer. He teaches RISING SUN Master class with Marc Prust (artistic director, Photo Reporter) at Tokyo Institute of Photography, and gives lectures at universities and photography schools such as Tokyo Polytechnic University, Nihon University College of Art, and Nippon Photography Institute on invitational basis.
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    Enrico Stefanelli
    Artistic Director
    Photolux Festival
    Lucca, Italy
    more about Enrico
    Enrico Stefanelli is the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival, the biennial of photography in Lucca, Italy. He has curated several exhibitions including: Tim Hetherington, Jan Saudek, Horst P. Horst, VII Agency, Nobuyoshy Araki, Boris Mikhailov and David Douglas Duncan. Since 2010, he is the Italian curator of the European Photo Exhibition Award. Enrico is a photographer and journalist and teaches photography in workshops. He has written articles and contributions on photography for several catalogs, books and magazines. He participates in portfolio reviews around the world, serves on international photography juries, and is a member of the nominating committee for the Joop Swart Masterclass at World Press Photo.
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    Jim Casper
    Editor-in-Chief & Publisher
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    more about Jim
    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.

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Winners Finalists Editors' Picks*
$15,000 in Cash Awards
Worldwide Festival Projections
Street Photography Awards Printed Annual
Massive Online Promotion
LensCulture Online Review Session
Visibility with LensCulture Insiders
Immediate Exposure on LensCulture
LensCulture Portfolio Account

All Winners, Finalists (plus hundreds of the 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 1.4 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.

*Editors' Picks: Editor Picks: LensCulture's editors will select photographers during the competition for immediate exposure to our global audience (before the judging begins). Over 100 of 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 audience of over 1.4 million worldwide.


$15,000 in Cash Awards

Series Award:
1st Place: $5000
2nd Place: $3000
3rd Place: $1500

Single Image Award:
1st Place: $3000
2nd Place: $1500
3rd Place: $1000

Projections at International Photo Festivals

Work from the Top 31 photographers will be presented at photo festivals worldwide throughout the year. We are actively partnering with international photo festivals to showcase our competitions' winners & finalists. Our growing list of festivals includes: FORMAT International Photography Festival, Bangkok Photo Festival, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Belfast Photo Festival, Athens Photo Festival, Circulation(s) Photo Festival, Tokyo International Photography Festival, Arles France Voices Off Festival, Photolux Festival in Italy — with many more
to come!

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Visibility with
LensCulture Insiders

Work from the Top 31 photographers plus hundreds of the other 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 over 500 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, 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, Photobook Designer/Blogger, USA

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

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, Assistant 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

Manik Katyal, Editor-in-Chief, Emaho Magazine, India

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

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

Street Photography Awards 2015
Printed Annual

A catalogue with the work of all Winners and Finalists will be mailed to LensCulture Insiders, our network of influential photography professionals. Winners and Finalists will also receive copies.

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Immediate Exposure in the LensCulture Competition Gallery & Social Media

Just by entering your work, you have an opportunity for immediate exposure through our Competition Gallery and social media. Our editors review incoming work daily so we recommend — don't wait until the deadline!

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Massive Online Promotion

Work from the Top 31 photographers will be shared across our monthly global audience of over 1.4 million on LensCulture, our email list, mobile platforms, and multiple social media channels. We have found this to be a very effective strategy for getting photographers exposure that leads to career-boosting opportunities — see our
Success Stories.

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Live, Online Review Session With Jury Member

The Top 50 photographers will have the opportunity to participate in a live, online review of their work with a photography expert on our new review platform, LensCulture Sessions. You will get valuable feedback, expert advice and will learn how to get more exposure for your work.

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Connections to Jobs
through the Blink Network
of Photographers is an invite only network of photographers that enables companies like The New York Times and ABC News to discover, contact, and hire for freelance photo jobs. We've partnered with them to get every top rated entrant access to photo editors and hiring managers from over 700 of the world's finest media companies, through a Blink account.

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Ongoing Exposure with a LensCulture Portfolio Account

All Winners, Finalists (plus hundreds of the 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 1.4 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.

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Free Submission Review With Series Entry!

Enter a series in Street Photography Awards 2015 and get a free submission review! We believe that every photographer who enters deserves thoughtful feedback on their work. That's why we've recruited over a dozen top photo editors, portfolio reviewers, curators, and other industry professionals to give you constructive feedback on your photography plus recommendations for improving your practice.

We've been delighted with the feedback we've received so far:

“WOW!!! Your feedback and guidance are extremely helpful and I truly appreciate the time you took out of your day to examine my work, write down your thoughts and provide such critical feedback. For me, your personal review was the most valuable part of entering the competition; more than any monetary prize. I cannot thank you enough.”

— JP Terlizzi

“That was so incredibly helpful and insightful. I couldn't be more thankful for the thoughtful advice and really appreciate the time that was taken to review my work. It literally just fueled my fire to keep shooting the series. A HUGE THANK YOU!!”

— Shannon Rose

“I was greatly encouraged by this review and it pushed my back to keep going with this series. It might not always a big success, but it's a bit like sports/training. I should keep training my "creative muscle".”

— Kumi Oguro

“Thank you very much for taking the time to review my work and provide such excellent insight and information to help me further it from here.”

— Erin Mahoney

“LensCulture is a wonderful platform for photographers and getting the review of my submission was worth the price of entry in itself!”

— Allison Stewart

“Many thanks for your thoughtful and informative review with excellent suggestions and references. You have a keen eye.”

— Mildred Alpern

“I just would like to thank you for the wonderful review and all the interesting suggestions you gave me to inspire my work. I strongly think these type of reviews, even if they need to be brief and concise, can effectively help and encourage especially a not-too-confident photographer to keep on working and improving. To me this review meant a big 'DO NOT GIVE UP AND WORK' and I believe that's very valuable!”

— Chiara Medici

“I'm really pleased with my review; it brought to my attention details I hadn't noticed about my work, and it was really constructive. I also liked how I was recommended a couple of books to read which makes the review even more constructive. Also the reviewer's attitude is really nice, it made me feel really good about the review and my work.”

— Jorge Diaz de la Vega Castillo

“Thank you very much for the Review and your very kind and motivating words.”

— Susanne Baumgartner

“Everything has been really helpful: your positive comments, your advice, the part that you think needs an improvement,… and all the additional recommendations, that I’ll take into consideration.”

— Conchi Martinez

“Just writing to say thanks very much for the portfolio review, it's really encouraging.”

— Roland Ramanan

“I am a self-taught photographer and over the last decade of making pictures this is truly the most helpful feedback and direction for my photography I have ever received. Most helpful of all were the suggestions for further study/research which have already sent me off in new directions (3d mapping software) that I might not have come across if the review hadn't turned me on to it.”

— JH Hardcastle

“Thank you very much for your lovely and constructive review!! I could tell that the person who reviewed my submission really took the time to look at my work before giving his opinion. It wasn't some pre-written review that could fit for any project which would have been really disappointing... I really appreciate it. Plus, a big thanks for the artists suggestions at the end. I will have a look at their work with pleasure!”

— Caroline-Ann Shea

“I was so pleased that the review of my submission was thoughtful and personalized. Thanks so much for the time you took with the review. I appreciated the suggestions.”

— Jeannie Hutchins

“Thank you very much for my submission review. I found it to be very interesting and helpful. I will most definitely take it into account in progressing the project and in future submissions.”

— Suze Eyles

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“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”
— Henri Cartier-Bresson


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Every day now, millions of people upload and share spontaneous urban moments captured on film, cameras, smartphones, and tablets. We're on a mission to find the photographers who are able to capture those extra special images that show us something new. No matter what your style, medium or technology is, this is your call to show us how you see your world. Please see our FAQ for more details.

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We’re open to all types of street photography.
Enter today for an opportunity for immediate exposure:
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Entry Fee: $60 USD

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Deadline: Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015

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    United States
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    United Kingdom
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    South Korea
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    United Kingdom
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  • Acacia Johnson
    United States
  • Nina Roeder
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    United States
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    United Kingdom
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    United States
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    United States
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    United States

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