LensCulture Exposure Awards

LensCulture Exposure Awards

Deadline: December 11, 2019
Entry fee: single – free (offer expires 27 November 2019), 5+ singles – $50, series – $60
Prizes: $1,000, $1,500, $3,000, $5,000, publications and exhibitions

We are seeking the best new photography from around the world for the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2020.

Since 2008, this award has offered significant exposure to more than 300 emerging and established photographers. Via a global callout, we’re eager to discover more diverse and talented image-makers to add to this impressive cohort.

Winners will enjoy career-changing opportunities including exhibition in New York in April 2020, extensive media coverage, projection at international photography festivals, cash prizes and more.

We’re Open to All Types of Photography

  • Fine Art
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Architecture
  • Interiors
  • Alternative Process
  • Photojournalism
  • Documentary
  • Conceptual
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Still Life
  • B&W
  • Nature
  • Street Photography
  • Abstract
  • Experimental
  • Staged

Exhibition in NYC during Paris Photo New York!

All winning photographers for this award will be exhibited in April 2020 at Caelum Gallery in Chelsea, New York City’s vibrant art and gallery district. The exhibition will be our first of next year and we’re thrilled to present the work of LensCulture photographers alongside another first, the inaugural Paris Photo New York! This brand new fair dedicated to photography will bring many international experts and professionals to the city, presenting a unique opportunity for your work to be seen by influential people in the industry. Exhibiting artists, media, photo editors and industry insiders will be invited to join us at an opening reception for a night of art appreciation and networking.

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, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Serbia, The Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Spain, France, the US, and more.

LensCulture is continually forging new partnerships with leading photo festivals around the world (like FORMAT, Cortona on The Move, Lagos Photo Festival and more) to increase global exposure and showcase opportunities for the winners and finalists of our competitions.

Visibility with Industry Insiders & Creative Professionals

All it takes is one set of eyes to change the course of your career. Share your work with us for industry-wide exposure and opportunities. If our jury ranks your submission highly through the judging process, you will be included in LensCulture Discoveries, our directory of top-rated photographers. We provide this directory to photography industry insiders and creative professionals to showcase photographers and their work to key decision makers including editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festival directors, creative directors, curators, and online media publishers.

Permanent Exhibition on Lensculture Online Gallery

LensCulture has become a key resource for discovering new photography work all over the world.

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

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.

Entry Fees

  • Single – Free
    Your first single-image entry is free!
    Limited to one free entry per person (offer expires 27 November 2019)
    $10 for each additional photo.
    5 images are $50 (Written review included).
  • 5+ Singles – $50
    5 single-image entries, judged individually (not as a series).
    $10 for each additional photograph.
    Receive a free written review of your work.
  • Series – $60
    10 images, judged as a series. Your submission should work as a group, thematically or aesthetically.
    Receive a free written review of your work.

Website: https://www.lensculture.com/photo-competitions/exposure-awards-2020


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