Closed for entries. Winners will be announced in late November 2014
Show Us Your Story
This is an international call to discover the best visual storytellers today — from all corners of the world! We are searching for photography in Documentary, Personal Stories, Photojournalism, Fictional Narratives, and any other photography that tells a story. You are invited to participate.
We believe photographs tell stories that can reach the broadest audiences — across all cultures, languages, political borders and age groups. There are very few rules for these Awards — we are wide open to all themes and approaches.
Most of all, we want to be surprised and delighted: learn things we didn't know; understand situations from different points of view; see stories that sear themselves into our imaginations and become unforgettable. We want to be moved emotionally and intellectually. Inspire us!
Visual Storytelling 2014 International Jury
The New York Times
New York City, USA
Magdalena Herrera is a French citizen born in Havana, Cuba. She is presently Director of Photography at GEO magazine, France. Previous to GEO, Magdalena worked as Art Director and Head of Photography at National Geographic France, since the launch of the French edition in 1999. Based in Paris, Magdalena has an academic background in art history and aesthetics, earning an honors degree at the Sorbonne before starting her career as a photographer and graphic designer. Teacher in photojournalism at Sciences Po / École de journalisme, Paris. Tutor and supervisor, photographic seminars organized by World Press Photo Foundation worldwide. Tutor, photojournalism workshops at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India. Master at Northen Lights Masterclass in Groningen, The Netherlands.
Dewi Lewis Publishing
Dewi Lewis established his publishing house in 1994. Its list incorporates major international photographers alongside emerging talents. He works in close collaboration with a number of European publishers and is a founding member of the European Publishers Award for Photography, now in its 21st year.
Prior to launching his own imprint, Dewi Lewis was responsible for the establishment of Cornerhouse, one of the major UK Centres for Visual Arts and Film, and which, as founding Director, he ran for ten years. In 1987 he also established Cornerhouse Publications which achieved recognition internationally and was a winner of the Sunday Times Award for Small Publisher of the Year.
An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Dewi Lewis was awarded the Society’s inaugural RPS Award for Outstanding Service to Photography in 2009, and in 2012, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation presented him with an award for Outstanding Service to Photography Publishing.
He has acted as Jury member for several major competitions and as a portfolio reviewer at innumerable international photography events. He was a ‘Master’ for the 2009, 2010 & 2011 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclasses. As well as his own book, Publishing Photography, he writes occasional texts on photography and has curated exhibitions including a survey show of the famous UK magazine, Picture Post, for the 2010 Atri Festival.
Festival Organizer, Gallerist
About the Competition
We invite entries in five categories of storytelling: Documentary, Photojournalism, Personal Stories, Fictional Narrative and an Open Category. Five Grand Prize Winners (one for each category) and 20 Finalists will be selected.
Documentary Photographers are invited to submit, in-depth projects that capture an event, situation or idea in vivid details and nuanced understanding. The very nature of this widely defined genre invites many different treatments of significant events, issues, places, or people. All approaches and themes are welcome here.
We invite photographers to submit Fictional Narrative photo projects that develop visual stories where anything can happen, true or false, or a mixture of fact, fiction, mystery, fantasy and imagination. These projects capture people, places, things, and ideas that may or may not exist in the real world — but they come alive through a series of photographs.
Personal Stories provide vivid subjective accounts from a unique point of view. These can be narratives about you, your family, a significant event or someone else you know. They are often specific stories that have universal appeal — rich in their details, nuance, style, and personal or psychological meaning. But we’re always open to all approaches and new ideas, too!
Photojournalism projects offer up-close insights into what viewers might otherwise have missed during an every day occurrence of issues, news and people — from anywhere around the world. Through a truthful visual report, action-packed moments are frozen in time for others to later revisit in order to analyze and understand the details of a real life event.
Some photographic stories don’t fit easily into well-defined categories. A series of photos may be linked poetically or lyrically without any linear narrative or rational logic — but they evoke emotions, understandings and feelings in powerful ways. We love discovering new forms of visual storytelling. What is the photographic equivalent of haiku, pop songs, short stories, symphonies or street art? Share your vision with us!
Featured entries selected by LensCulture Editors. Enter now, it's a great opportunity for immediate exposure.
Career Launching Awards
Our competitions are designed to provide influential worldwide exposure for talented photographers:
- Selected winning photographers will have international screenings of their work presented at festivals, exhibitions, and events attracting hundreds of curators, collectors, publishers and photography professionals from around the world.'
- Our extensive list of carefully selected LensCulture Insiders will be able to review the winners' work in a museum-quality printed catalog, as well as through direct access on LensCulture, where they can view all of the top-rated photographers.
- Every day, selected entrants are chosen by LensCulture's editors for publication and recognition. We post these photos to our Competition Gallery and social media channels, reaching a global audience of over 700,000.
Worldwide Screenings in 5 Major Cities
Work from the winners will be screened at photo festivals and events worldwide throughout the year.
Five Photobook Publishing Grants
Each of the five Grand Prize Winners will receive a credit of $1,000 USD with our partner, Edition One Books. This can be used to print a set of photobooks, promotional catalogs, or other bound, print projects. Edition One will work directly with the winners to produce truly customized books that present each photographer's work beautifully.
Massive Online Promotion
- Every winner and finalist will be included in a feature article on LensCulture
- Winners are featured on LensCulture's home page for over one month
- Winning entries will be shared with LensCulture's global audience of over 700,000
LensCulture Visual Storytelling Printed Annual 2014
A museum-quality competition catalog featuring the winning photographers' work will be distributed to hundreds of LensCulture Insiders and industry representatives including influential editors, curators, festival directors, publishers, gallery directors and more. The Insiders will have the opportunity to see the award-winning photographs in a beautiful printed form.
LensCulture Insiders Visibility
Hundreds of the top-rated submissions from this competition will be shared with LensCulture Insiders, our network of influential photography professionals. We believe this kind of exposure is critical for photographers to gain valuable opportunities.
Aaron Schuman, Editor, SeeSaw Magazine, UK
Alessandra Capodacqua, Curator, Author, Educator, Studio Marangoni, Italy
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
Anna Dickson, Photography Director, AOL/Huffington Post Media Group, USA
Anna Gripp, Editor , Photonews, Germany
Anna Skillman, Owner/Director, Jackson Fine Arts, USA
Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Creative Content Director, London, UK
Anne Morin, Curator/Director, diChroma photography, Spain
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
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
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
Daphné Anglès, European Photo Assignment Editor, The New York Times, France
David Birkitt, Director, DMB Represents, UK
David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery, Wales
Debra Klomp Ching, Owner/Director, Klompching Gallery, USA
Ed Carey, Director, Gallery 291, USA
Elda Harrington, Director, Escuela Argentina de Fotografia, Argentina
Elena Firsova, Managing Editor, Foto&Video Magazine, Russia
Elisabeth Biondi, Independent Curator, Biondi Foto, USA
Elizabeth Avedon, Photobook Designer/Blogger, Elizabeth Avedon, 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, Chief Editor , GUP Magazine, Netherlands
Francis Hodgson, Photography Critic, Financial Times of London, UK
Francoise Callier, Program Coordinator, Angkor Photo Festival, France
Freddy Denaes, Publisher, Editions de l'Oeil, France
Frits Gierstberg, Curator, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Netherlands
Gad Edery, CEO, Gad Collection, France
Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs, National Media Museum, UK
Hannah Watson, Director, Trolley Books, UK
Hélène Joye-Cagnard, Codirectrice, Journées photgraphiques de Bienne Biel-Bienne, Switzerland
Ihiro Hayami, Director, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan
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
Jessie Wender, Photo Editor, The New Yorker, USA
Joanne Junga Yang, Director of International Committee, Seoul Photo Festival, Korea
Julien Jourdes, Co-Founder and COO, Blink, USA
Karol Hordziej, President & Art Director, Foundation for Visual Art & Krakow Photomonth, Poland
Krzysztof Candrowicz, Artistic Director, Hamburg Triennial of Photography, Germany
Lars Boering, Director, Lux Photo Gallery, Netherlands
Laura Serani, Deleguée artistique, Mois de la Photo à Paris, France
Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, 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
Marie-Pierre Subtil, Chief Editor, 6 Mois, France
Marion Hislen, Director, Circulation(s) Festival, France
Mary Virginia Swanson, Author, Educator, and Consultant, MVS & Assoc., USA
Matt Shonfeld, Executive Director, Institute for Artist Management, UK
Matthew Craig, Co-Founder and CEO, Blink, 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
Molly Roberts, Chief Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine, USA
Moritz Neumüller, Festival Curator/Program Director, Istituto Europeo di Design, Spain
Moshe Rosenzveig, Director/Photographer, Head On Photo Festival , Australia
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
Patricia Lanza, Content Director, Annenberg Space for Photography, USA
Paul di Felice, Director, European Month of Photography, Luxembourg
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
Raffaela Lepanto, Photo Editor/Consultant, PhotoFusion Photography Centre , UK
Richard A. Brooks, Deputy Photo Director, Agence France-Presse, China
Roman Härer, Creative Director, plainpicture, Germany
Rui Prata, Director, Museu da Imagem, Portugal
Régina Monfort, Photographer/Consulting Editor, FotoEvidence, 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
Selva Barni, Founder & Editor, Fantom Editions, Italy
Silvia Mangialardi, Editor, Fotomundo Magazine, Argentina
Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust, USA
Stephen Perloff, Editor, The Photo Review, USA
Susan Zadeh, Photography Director, Eyemazing Editions, Netherlands
Suzanne Opton, Photographer, Educator, International Center for Photography, USA
Sébastian Hau, Director, Le Bal Books, France
Taj Forer , Director, Daylight Magazine, USA
Xavier Soule, President/Director, Gallery VU, France
Ángel Luis González, Director, PhotoIreland, Ireland
Immediate Exposure on LensCulture & Social Media
Just by entering your work, you have an opportunity for immediate exposure in our Competition Gallery and across all our online channels. Our editors review every single incoming submission on a daily basis — so don’t wait until the deadline to submit your work!
|— JURY SELECTED —||LENSCULTURE|
|5 Winners||20 Finalists||Editors’ Cut|
|Five Photobook Publishing Grants|
|Five $1,000 Cash Awards|
|Worldwide Screenings in 5 Major Cities|
|LensCulture Article & Home Page Visibility|
|‘Visual Storytelling 2014’ Printed Annual|
|Massive Online Exposure|
|Visibility with LensCulture Insiders|
|LensCulture Portfolio Account|
|Immediate Exposure on LensCulture|
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We are open to all photography that tells a story about our world. Stories from all points of view, from all over the world, from anyone with a tale to tell. If you are a photographer using visual narratives in any of your photos, show us your story!
You may submit projects that have already been published as photobooks. Entrants can self select the category they wish to enter. For further explanation on how the competition works please see our FAQ for more details.
Closed for entries. Winners will be announced in late November 2014
All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period. Winners and Finalists grant LensCulture limited, restricted use of winning photos only to promote the photographers themselves and in connection with marketing the Awards competition itself. Details can be found in the Competition rules.