LensCulture Portrait Awards 2019
For the sixth year, the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2019 are searching the globe for photographers making the most captivating portraits.
We’re eager to see innovative new approaches as well as stunning traditional work — from quirky self-portraits to creative portrayals of family, friends, groups and ordinary people around the world. These Awards are open to all people and all interpretations of portraiture, whether made in a studio with professional lighting or a smart-phone portrait from your travels.
This is the year to share your best portrait with the world and engage with the global photography community!
Submit your most compelling portraits or portrait series for the opportunity to be exhibited at Aperture Gallery in New York. Access career-launching exposure and have your work seen by industry experts. Connect with our global online community of photography lovers and thinkers.
Read on for information about additional benefits, cash prizes and our esteemed jurors. We are proud to offer a free entry option for single image submissions.
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.
LensCulture is continually forging new partnerships with leading photo festivals around the world (like Voies Off, FORMAT, Tokyo International Photography Festival, and more) to increase exposure and showcase opportunities for our winners and finalists from our competitions.
Published in The Best of LensCulture, Volume 3
In partnership with Schilt Publishing, we're thrilled to be planning for our third book, featuring the work of our award-winning photographers. This beautifully printed and unique collection of photographic work will be available for purchase and distributed to industry members worldwide.
Visibility With Industry Insiders & Galleries
Did you know we are connected to thousands of photography industry insiders around the world, including top photo editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festival directors, agents, curators, and online media publishers? LensCulture has become a key resource for discovering new photography work all over the world. All it takes is one set of eyes to change the course of your career. Share your work with us for industry-wide exposure.
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 like 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.
SERIES AWARD WINNERS
1st Place: $5000
2nd Place: $3000
3rd Place: $1500
SINGLE IMAGE AWARD WINNERS
1st Place: $3000
2nd Place: $1500
3rd Place: $1000
Open to all, worldwide
Copyrights & Usage Rights:
All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period.
Winners, Finalists and Jurors' Picks grant LensCulture limited, restricted use of winning photos only to promote the photographers themselves and in connection with marketing the Awards competition itself.
Details can be found in the Competition rules and please see our FAQ for more details.