LensCulture's mission is to discover and share the best of contemporary photography. New and emerging photographers often make the freshest, most exciting work - but it's hard to gain attention when you are relatively new and not widely known. That's where LensCulture can make a big difference, to highlight many emerging talents who deserve worldwide attention.

There are no limitations on genre or location.

Who’s an “emerging” photographer? Anyone who has not yet received significant international recognition.

Don’t miss this opportunity to expose your work to a global photography community of over 2 million!

All entrants are eligible to receive a free, professional submission review.
Submission reviews will be sent AFTER the Emerging Talent Awards 2016 deadline (it takes time to write a thoughtful review!).

You need to submit your entry by October 18, 2016 to get a free submission review.

Submissions that have been awarded a cash prize in a previous LensCulture competition are not eligible to win prizes in subsequent competitions. Please consider entering new work. Submissions that have been selected as Finalists in previous competition ARE eligible to win a cash prize in subsequent competitions. A photographer may win multiple cash awards but the same photograph/series cannot win multiple cash awards. If a series/photograph was submitted to a previous competition but received no prize, then that series/photograph is still eligible.

Winning photographs may be included in the future in traveling group gallery exhibitions and/or screenings and projections at arts institutions and festivals worldwide. LensCulture will always notify the owner of the photograph before such an inclusion is made.

The entry fee of this photo competition is $60 for a series—10 related photos, reviewed as one entry.
There is a 30% discount for students.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to EVERYONE, 18 years and older, professional and amateur photographers alike.


Awards will include a digital gallery exhibition at the International Center of Photography Museum in New York City, $20,000 in grants, opportunities for exposure at over 50 international photography festivals, inclusion in the upcoming photobook, The Best of LensCulture Today: 150 Contemporary Photographers, which will be distributed and sold worldwide and so much more.

Official website

For all further informations about the LensCulture's Emerging Talent Awards 2016 visit the following official website:


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