“Lens Culture” Emerging Talent Awards

Call for entries – deadline soon…

Global Exposure For Your Work
Last Two Weeks to Enter!
Emerging Talent Awards

This year we’re excited to exhibit our Emerging Talent winners in Paris alongside Paris Photo, the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to photography! Winners will also be published in The Best of LensCulture, included in the new LensCulture Discoveries directory of photographers and much more. Finally, every photographer who enters 5+ images will get a free professional review of their work — one of the top reasons photographers enter our awards. We love creating fantastic exposure opportunities for the work of our remarkable community, so get your submissions together folks, we want to see your work!


Receive a Free Professional Review

Enter a series and get a FREE written professional review of your submission. This is a unique opportunity to receive valuable feedback on your work from one of our experienced industry professionals.

Submit your work to Shining Light: 1st Annual Juried Exhibition for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention !

Shining Light

1st Annual Juried Exhibition for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention

Call for ART Work!

Cash Prizes:
Best in Show: $500; 2nd Prize: $250; 3rd Prize: $150

Deadline to Apply: Sept 14, 2018

Notification: Sept 21, 2018

Submission fee: for up to 3 works of art: $20 ($10 for students)  (if artwork is chosen for exhibition, this also covers free admission for the artist and 1 guest to the opening event)

Exhibition date: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 from 7 to 10 P.M. at the Grey Matter Gallery in the Cork Factory in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District

Shining Light is the first annual juried exhibition sponsored by Thao Nguyen Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention by providing scholarships to high school graduating seniors and college students whose art helps treat or bring awareness to mental illness.

This year’s theme:  Shining Light. Shining light on something can reveal what was previously hidden or it can mean bringing lightness/levity/joy to the despondent or to the world. Shining light may also refer to a person or an idea that inspires or to any outward expression of illumination and/or hope. We look forward to your creative, inspired interpretation of this year’s theme.


Jenée Mateer, Associate Professor of Photo Imaging and Chair, Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education, Towson University

Jordan Faye Block, Curator/Designer at Thrive Atelier

Dave Herman, Artist and owner, Grey Matter Gallery

Submission Information:

Work can be any 2D or 3D medium so long as it can be hung on the wall. If framed, work should be wired and ready to hang. If unframed, it must be ok to pin the work.

Two easy steps to submit: Go to http://www.tnscholarshipforthearts.org/index.html and make a donation of $20 ($10 for students). Email your receipt and three jpegs to ThaoNguyenFoundation@gmail.com. Images should be 1000 pixels on the longest side at 72dpi or no larger than 2MB. Name your file as follows: John_Doe_1.jpg; John_Doe__2.jpg; John_Doe_3.jpg. Please list the file names, titles and prices for your work in the email along with a confirmation receipt no later than 11:59 P.M. on 9/14/2018.

 By submitting your artwork to Shining Light, you agree to donate 50% of your art, if sold, to Thao Nguyen Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity. All donations are tax deductible.


Submit your work to Woven Tale Press Photography Competition!

Woven Tale Press Photography Competition: Open to film, digital, Polaroid, photo collage, any photographic form. Can include mixed media, as long as the origin of the work is photographic. Cash prizes, first place award, one-week stay in expanded 1909 charming cape in the legendary Hamptons, NY, destination to artists from around the world;  accommodations for two; one block walk to train, ocean beach and town;  flexible bookings. WTP is an online and print magazine showcasing artists and writers from around the globe, published ten times a year. In addition, each day we curate a wide variety of content– from interviews, book and exhibition reviews, to seasonal correspondent art-scene roundups, and our flagship artist and writer website spotlight. Visit us daily for latest fine art features! Contest open thru Sept 15, 2018. For more information go to https://www.thewoventalepress.net/art-competition/


Call for entries

“Lens Culture” is Seeking 50 of the World’s Best Emerging Photographers…

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The 5th annual Emerging Talent Awards 2018 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!


Deadline for Entries: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Call for Entry: 2018 Aperture Summer Open!

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2018 Aperture Summer Open

The Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery in New York, featuring a wide variety of work by photographers from around the world. Selected by a jury of leading editors and critics, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on key themes and trends driving contemporary photography. The exhibition opens the doors of the foundation to photographers of all ages, at all points in their careers, as we seek to promote new ideas and talent.

The theme of the 2018 Aperture Summer Open is “The Way We Live Now.” The curators seek new bodies of work by photographers defining a moment of rapid change in culture, politics, technology, and self-expression. Across ideas of beauty and style, landscape and environment, and media and connectivity, how do photographs define the currents and contradictions of our moment?

The 2018 Aperture Summer Open is curated by Brendan Wattenberg, managing editor, Aperturemagazine; Siobhán Bohnacker, senior photo editor, the New Yorker; Marvin Orellana, photo editor, New York magazine; and Antwaun Sargent, independent writer and critic.

What winners receive

Winners of the Summer Open will be exhibited in a group show at Aperture Gallery, opening June 28, 2018. All finalists are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community.

Submit here!

Call for entries: XL Catlin Art Prize


01-XL-Catlin-Art-Prize-Jamie-Fitzpatrick-01The US edition of the XL Catlin Art Prize is now accepting submissions. With a First Prize of $10,000, and Second Prize of $3,500 The competition will focus on the reemergence of figurative art in the contemporary art world.

The 40 work exhibition will tour San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. Exhibition jurors include curators from MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney and Gagosian Gallery.

Prize Jurors are: Nicole Eisenman, Eric Fischl and Amy Sherald.


• Open to figurative paintings, drawings and prints
• Only undergraduate and graduate art students are eligible


The submission deadline is February 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. For more information on eligibility, For award notification and submission process, go to xlcatlinartprize.com or

email info@xlcatlinartprize.com.


Our mailing address is:

New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013