LensCulture Art Photography Awards

LensCulture Art Photography Awards

Deadline: June 19, 2019
Entry fee: single – $20, 5+ singles – $50, series – $60
Prizes: $1,000, $1,500, $3,000, $5,000, publications and exhibitions

Calling all art photographers!

Returning for a second year, the LensCulture Art Photography Awards aim to recognize and reward visionary artists using photographic processes and images.

The possibilities are boundless for this award! Show us how you’re pushing the photographic medium, experimenting with different techniques or creative approaches to bring your ideas to life.

We’re hoping to see all kinds of submissions in this category, from prints made for gallery walls, to sculptural objects and totally new forms and formats. What matters is your unique vision and your skills in translating that vision into exceptional and original work.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your work with the world and participate in our global photography community of photography thinkers, makers and lovers.

There are no limitations on age, level, genre or location.

Open to All Types of Art Photography

  • Conceptual
  • Experimental
  • Landscape
  • Alternative Process
  • Camera-Less
  • Narrative
  • Cinematic
  • Fashion
  • Abstract
  • Appropriation
  • Still Life Portraiture
  • Environmental
  • Found Imagery
  • Analog

Exhibition During Paris Photo 2019

All winning photographers for this award will be exhibited in November at Galerie Joseph alongside Paris Photo! An opening reception will be held for artists, invited media, photo editors and industry insiders for a night of art appreciation and networking during the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to photography.

Featured at International Photo Festivals

Selected works will be screened at photo festivals and events worldwide. Over the past year, our winners and finalists were screened at festivals in the UK, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Australia, Spain, France, the US, and more.

Permanent Exhibition on Lensculture Online Gallery

All winners, finalists and juror’s picks for this award will be prominently featured in the permanent online gallery on site.

This is a wonderful opportunity to have your work seen by thousands of people around the world with a true love and appreciation for photography.

Published in the Best of Lensculture, Volume 4

In partnership with Schilt Publishing, we’re thrilled to be planning our fourth book, featuring the work of LensCulture’s award-winning photographers. This beautifully printed and unique collection of photographic work will be available for purchase and distributed to influential industry members worldwide.

International Press Exposure

Award winners receive press coverage from publications and media outlets around the world — the kind of exposure that can lead to viral, global recognition of your work. Winners, finalists and selected entrants have been featured in major publications including BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Internazionale, VICE, The Times of London, Huffington Post, Spiegel Online, The British Journal of Photography, and The Telegraph. Share your work with the world.

Awards & Benefits

Series Award Winners

  • 1st Place: $5,000
  • 2nd Place: $3,000
  • 3rd Place: $1,500

Single Image Award Winners

  • 1st Place: $3,000
  • 2nd Place: $1,500
  • 3rd Place: $1,000

Jurors’ Picks

  • Each juror will select an individual Juror’s Pick to receive special distinction.


  • 25 Finalists will be selected.

Website: https://www.lensculture.com/photo-competitions/art-photography-awards-2019

LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2018 Winners

Landscapes, © Peter Franck, Germany, 1st Place Series, LensCulture Art Photography Awards
© Peter Franck, Germany
1st Place Series

Starting with wet plate collodion photos from the early 1900s, artist Peter Franck creates quirky images that twist and bend reality just enough to make you look twice.


Fragments of the Masculine, © Antonio Pulgarin, United States, 2nd Place Series, LensCulture Art Photography Awards
Fragments of the Masculine
© Antonio Pulgarin, United States
2nd Place Series

By altering the original state of his family photographs, Antonio Pulgarin creates dynamic collages that act as the visual representation of his lifelong tension with machismo in Latin American culture.


What Photography has in Common with an Empty Vase, © Edgar Martins, United Kingdom, 3rd Place Series, LensCulture Art Photography Awards
What Photography has in Common with an Empty Vase
© Edgar Martins, United Kingdom
3rd Place Series

Edgar Martins uses the social context of incarceration to explore ideas of presence, absence, and loss—as well as photography’s ability to represent a subject that is missing from the frame.


The Family Album, © Rachel Liu, United States, 1st Place Single, LensCulture Art Photography Awards
The Family Album
© Rachel Liu, United States
1st Place Single


Surprise Inside, © Walter Plotnick, 2nd Place Single, LensCulture Art Photography Awards
Surprise Inside
© Walter Plotnick
2nd Place Single


Nothing Dark Matters, © Jacopo Brunello, Italy, 3rd Place Single, LensCulture Art Photography Awards
Nothing Dark Matters
© Jacopo Brunello, Italy
3rd Place Single


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