Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

Deadline: November 13, 2019
Entry fee: from $25 to $35 for a series of up to 5 images
Prizes: $3,000, participation in the exhibition

Our international photography competition for up-and-coming image makers is back! This year we will be awarding 30 impressive photographers with an exhibition at the world-renowned Aperture Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. Additionally, a significant cash prize is up for grabs as well as global exposure opportunities.

Who Can Submit

All photographers not currently represented by a gallery or photographers’ agent are invited to apply.

We accept entries from photographers of all ages and backgrounds working across all genres including (but not limited to):

  • Fine Art
  • Landscape
  • Documentary
  • Portraits
  • Fashion
  • Still Life


  • $3000 Cash Prize
    One photographer will be selected by Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot Founder, to receive the Grand Cash Prize of US$3000 to pursue their photography projects.
  • Group Exhibition at Aperture Gallery, NYC
    30 photographers selected by the judges (below) will have their work exhibited at a special one night exhibition at the internationally-renowned Aperture Gallery in New York City in January 2020.
  • Feature Shoot Instagram Takeovers
    One photographer each week until the closing date for entries will be selected to ‘takeover’ the Feature Shoot Instagram with 3 images from their submission (reaching 227K+ followers).
  • People’s Choice Awards
    Soon after you enter, submissions will be featured here on our website and be up for a People’s Choice Award. Entrants are encouraged to share their post on the blog and every 2 weeks we will award the entry with the most “hearts” a year’s Print + Archive + Digital Edition subscription to Aperture Magazine.
  • Winning Announcement
    Announcement of all winners will be posted on Feature Shoot and through our social channels and newsletter (reaching a combined audience of more than 500,000 photography enthusiasts).


November 13, 2019

Entry Fee

US$25 early bird fee (until September 25) for a series of up to 5 images. After September 25, entry is US$35.

Website: http://www.emergingphotographyawards.com/

Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards 2018 Winners

© Lucia Sekerkova

© Lucia Sekerkova, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

Feature Shoot Founder Alison Zavos selected Lucia Sekerkova as the winner of the $5000 cash prize. In her series Vrajitoare, the Slovakian photographer tells the stories of Romanian Wallachian Roma women. As modernization collides with the traditional roles of witches, fortune tellers, and healers, these women are sought-after online. “The profession has been transformed into a business, inherited across generations,”Sekerkova writes. “Nine-year-old girls are already starting their promotional ‘vrajitoare’ profiles on the Facebook.”

© Lucia Sekerkova, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards
© Lucia Sekerkova


Untitled #2 from Slightly Altered project
© Synchrodogs

Untitled #2 from Slightly Altered project, © Synchrodogs, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

For their series ‘Slightly Altered’, Synchrodogs, an artistic duo composed of Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven, take us to the Carpathian Mountains, where they spent a month traveling and reflecting on the complex relationship between humankind and the wilderness. “The project is about interdependency of humans and nature and the new ways the Earth begins to look as a result of our interventions into the environmental processes,” they write. “Witnessing intrusions into nature, Synchrodogs have started reflecting upon how much we, like all life, both alter our environment and are altered by it.”


© Sharbendu De

© Sharbendu De, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

The Indian photographer Sharbendu De takes us to the forests of Namdapha National Park & Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, where he spent time with members of the the Lisu tribe. Though they are Indian citizens, the Lisu people have experienced decades of isolation, oppression, and loss. In 1983, their ancestral land was converted into a national park without their consent. “A largely unadministered terrain, they survive without roads, electricity, schools, doctors, hospitals, phone network or most modern amenities,” De writes. “Despite the adversities, they cohabit symbiotically with nature –– revelling in its mysteries as a self-sufficient community. They treat their sick, build each other’s home, pray, celebrate and mourn together.”


© Camillo Pasquarelli

© Camillo Pasquarelli, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

Amir Kabir Beigh, 26 years old, Baramulla. “In September 2010 I was going to buy some medicine for my mother by evening time when a group of security forces fired at me near the bridge of the old town. There had been clashes throughout the day but it was calm at that time. I was alone on the street so only after some minutes somebody found me and took me to the hospital. I have gone through a lot of surgeries all over India but I am still completely blind”. Amir is the first pellet victim of Kashmir, he received hundreds of iron balls on his body. © Camillo Pasquarelli

In the project The valley of shadows, Camillo Pasquarelli takes us to the militarized zone of the valley of Kashmir, tracing the stories of individuals who have been affected by the pellet guns used by security forces.”Defined as a ‘non-lethal’ weapon, it should be aimed at the lower part of the body during the urban protests,” the Italian photographer writes. “According to a UN report released in 2018, the new weapon is responsible for blinding around 1000 people and killing dozens. Many of the victims were not involved in the clashes with security forces. Those who were hit during the protests tend to avoid speaking about it openly, fearing retaliation by the police. For youngsters left with one eye reading has become too painful, thus forcing them to abandon their studies, giving up the chance of pursuing higher education. Men left blind, the only breadwinner in the family, are unable to work and provide for their beloved ones.”


Dead Men, Look at Me
© Dylan Hausthor

Dead Men, Look at Me, © Dylan Hausthor, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

An unusual thing happened in Dylan Hausthor’s town: a friend of his lit another friend’s barn on fire, and in the midst of the deed, she went into labor. “She ran across the street to the property owner’s house demanding a ride to the hospital as the proof of her arson was smoking right behind her,” the photographer writes. Inspired in part by this event, his series Past the Pond, Setting Firestakes a poetic approach to the thin and mysterious line that separates the idea of truth from fiction, reality from mythology. “The characters and landscapes in these images are documents of the instability found in storytelling—told by an even more precarious narrator,” Hausthor continues.”I’m interested in pushing past questions of validity that are traditional in documentary photography and into a much more human sense of reality: faulted, broken, and real.”


Portrait of myself. Family photo. North Liberty, IA. 2018
© Jordan Gale

Portrait of myself. Family photo. North Liberty, IA. 2018, © Jordan Gale, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

In It Is What It Is, the Iowa photographer Jordan Gale revisits his upbringing in Cedar Rapids, a nuanced history touched by drug dependency and poverty. “It creates a portrait of youth and decrepitude, addiction and recovery, all coexisting in a Midwest town,” the artist writes. “Through a personal narrative, the series highlights the frustration, sorrow, and longing of multigenerational stagnation in America’s Heartland.”


Studio Stripes (On exotification, hypersexualization, victimization and other -ations)
© Gloria Oyarzabal

Studio Stripes (On exotification, hypersexualization, victimization and other -ations), © Gloria Oyarzabal, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

The Madrid-based photographer Gloria Oyarzabal dismantles Western colonial ideas on gender in her project Woman go no’gree. “One consequence of Eurocentrism is the racialization of knowledge: Europe is represented as the source of knowledge and Europeans, therefore, as thinkers.In addition, male privilege as an essential part of the European ethos is implicit in the culture of modernity,” the artist writes. “I explore the intersections of gender, history, knowledge-making, stereotypes, clichés.”


© Gary Beeber

© Gary Beeber, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

Gary Beeber, a photographer and filmmaker based in Centerville, OH, looks beyond the surface of things to reveal nuances and details others might overlook. This particular image comes from his series Sylvester Manor. “Unbeknownst to me, this hauntingly bucolic overgrown garden was the former slaveholding planation purchased in 1652 by Nathaniel Sylvester for 1600 pounds of sugar,” the artist writes. “I find myself compelled to chronicle it’s evolving decay while attempting to understand its complex history.


Time Dilation
© Amelie Satzger

Time Dilation, © Amelie Satzger, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

With What is Reality?, the Munich-based photographer Amelie Satzger invites us into a surrealist universe inspired by the works of Stephen Hawking. Every image in the series illustrates one of the concepts set forth by the preeminent theoretical physicist.


Femme Fiction #1
© Lauren Menzies

Femme Fiction #1, © Lauren Menzies, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

Femme Fiction is a series of self-portraits by the New York City photographer Lauren Menzies; in each picture, she reveals a facet of her personality (i.e. a “persona”). “Using myself as the figure, I explore the history of female portraiture through ideas of beauty, irony, and perception,” she writes. “The figure’s features are removed to aesthetically disguise the immediate recognition of self-portraiture. This shapes my desire for the viewer to imagine a story about each woman.”


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