LensCulture Portrait Awards

LensCulture Portrait Awards

Deadline: February 19, 2020
Entry fee: first single-image entry is free, 5 photo – $35, photo series – $45
Prizes: $1,000, $1,500, $3,000, $5,000

Seeking new visions in portraiture

Portraiture and photography have been linked since the medium’s inception. What started with formal family Daguerreotype portraits in the 1840s developed into a centuries-old fascination with making and looking at photographs of people — a love that we see translated in the popularity of this award every year.

The LensCulture Portrait Awards are open to photographers at all levels of experience and all interpretations of portraiture.

Your work may be made in the studio with professional lighting or snapped on a smart-phone during your travels, what matters is not your method but your ability to move your audience.

From quirky self-portraits to candid portrayals of family and friends, from staged and conceptual photographs of public figures to environmental portraits, we want to see your work!

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.

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.

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.

Limited Time Only:
Free Entry

We are proud to offer free entry on single-image entries submitted before 29 January 2020. This limited special offer is part of our ongoing strategy to make entry to our awards and access to career-changing benefits open to all photographers, no matter your location or budget for entering competitions.

Free Entry Deadline: 29 January, 2020.

Get a written review of your work!

Enter 5+ single images or a series into this competition and you’ll receive a professional written review of your submission for an additional $15. This is a unique opportunity to receive valuable and specific feedback on your work from one of our experienced industry professionals.

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.

Open To All Types of Portrait Photography

  • Studio
  • Candid
  • Conceptual
  • Environmental
  • Street
  • Alternative Process
  • Self-Portraits
  • Groups & Couples
  • Staged
  • Composites
  • Selfies

Entry Fee

  • Single – Free
    Your first single-image entry is free! Limited to one free entry per person. Offer ends 29 January 2020.
    $10 for each additional photo.
  • 5+ Single – $35
    5 single-image entries, judged individually (not as a series).
    $10 for each additional photograph.
    Receive a written review of your work for an additional $15.
  • Series – $45
    10 photographs, judged as a series. Your submission should work as a group, thematically or aesthetically.
    Receive a written review of your work for an additional $15.

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


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