LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2019


LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards

LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards

Deadline: September 5, 2019
Entry fee: $60
Prizes: $2,500 grant, publications and exhibitions

Emerging Talent Awards is our search for the world’s best emerging photographers! Since year one, these awards have put hundreds of emerging photographers in a spotlight on the world stage. If you think you are ready for international recognition, these are the awards that can help get you there.

Our international jury will select the work of 50 outstanding talents from all cultures, all points of view, all genres, with no age limit. All winners will be showcased in a gallery exhibition in New York City this fall.

Other benefits include projections at international photography festivals, inclusion in our third major book, The Best of LensCulture, Volume 3, and—for everyone who enters—free feedback about your project from a photography professional in the form of a personal written review!

We’re seeking entries from members of the global photography community who have yet to receive exposure at an international level—our aim is to discover fresh and inspiring visions from the next great image-makers.

Show the world your best work today!

Website of Photo Contest: lensculture.com/competitions

LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017 Winners

Fellow Creatures, © Aleksi Poutanen, Finland, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards
Fellow Creatures
© Aleksi Poutanen, Finland

Finnish people have a special relationship with nature, animals in particular—one that has endured the country’s rapid urbanization and continues to provide a sense of continuity in a changing world.


The Faithful, © Thomas Freteur, Haiti, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards
The Faithful
© Thomas Freteur, Haiti

A series depicting religious adherents in rural Haiti that is defined by its particular intensity and a hushed sense of quiet, ageless, spiritual devotion. Whether or not you believe, there is something here that brings you closer to the light.


Lanzarote, © Giovanna Petrocchi, United Kingdom, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards
© Giovanna Petrocchi, United Kingdom

How has the development of digital technology altered the way we depict (and perceive) the natural world around us? A richly conceptual—and uniquely constructed—series about an island off the coast of Spain.


Born Refugee, © Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards
Born Refugee
© Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh

This series of photographs depict portraits of babies who are born refugees – in the womb of Rohingya women when crossing the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, and born at refugee camps inside Bangladesh.

The future of these babies are called into doubt in the context of them being stateless under Bangladesh’s Citizenship Law – born inside a refugee camp in Bangladesh, which does not recognize them to be citizens by birth, fleeing Myanmar, which does not recognize them as children of citizens.


Jasper, © Matthew Genitempo, United States, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards
© Matthew Genitempo, United States

Deep in the Ozarks, some individuals chose to live in complete solitude. Here, photographer Matthew Genitempo speaks about the necessity of “losing your agenda, quieting your anxiety, and just following along” in order to create a powerful series.


Apparition: Postcards From Eye See You, © J Fredric May, United States, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards
Apparition: Postcards From Eye See You
© J Fredric May, United States

In the aftermath of a stroke, a lifelong photographer was rendered legally blind. Rather than give up image-making, he transformed his practice to reflect his new way of seeing the world.


Aenikkaeng, © Michael Vince Kim, Argentina / South Korea, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards
© Michael Vince Kim, Argentina / South Korea

In 1905, around 1,000 Koreans arrived in Mexico aboard the SS Ilford. They had departed an impoverished country falling under the crutches of the Japanese Empire, and were promised future prosperity in a paradisiac land. However, once they arrived in Yucatan, they were sold off as indentured servants.

They were set to work in henequen plantations under harsh conditions, harvesting an agave known as Yucatan’s green gold. They worked side-by-side with local Mayans, often learning the Mayan language in preference to the Spanish of their masters, and many went on to marry local Mayans.

By the time their contract ended in 1910, Korea had already been incorporated into the Japanese Empire. With no homeland to return to, they decided to stay in Mexico. Some went on to seek work elsewhere in Mexico and in Cuba.

Taking from stories told by the descendants of Korean henequen workers in Mexico and Cuba, this project provides a poetic account of their memories.


Chaos, © Daren You, United States, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards
© Daren You, United States

Mixing historical and contemporary photographic practices, these multi-layered images push beyond the edge of artistic control and emerge as complex and unconstrained.


The Body – A Celebration of the Human Figure
The Body - A Celebration of the Human Figure