“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.

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

Alumni in the field

See MICA Photo Alum Daniel Shea’s photographs in “Lens Culture”…


Spread from the book “43-35 10th Street” © Daniel Shea

Daniel Shea (Class of 2007) has been featured in an article for “Lens Culture”. Please check out the article (excerpted below), and see his photographs featured in the article. Congratulations, Daniel!

“Entanglement vs. distance: it’s an old problem in photography. While the camera was initially seen as a cold machine—an objectifying lens that froze nature into perversely still frames—it eventually came to be recognized as a means of engaging with the world, a tool for expression. A passport, a passageway, a context for connection. A drive for intimacy which led to Robert Capa’s famous admonition to “get closer.”

This problem is not limited to photography—all artists are caught in the same bind. Does the artist maintain a remove from his or her subjects, cultivating independence from the systems that surround them so that they can critique and question freely? Or are they as implicated as the rest of us, drawn into the market like any other producer?

These questions run through the work of the New York-based artist Daniel Shea. His latest book, 43-35 10th Street, takes its title from an address in his neighborhood of Long Island City in Queens, New York. The area, which in the past 15 years has transformed from a moribund industrial zone into a gleaming thicket of residential towers, provides Shea with the jumping-off point to think about seismic ideological and socioeconomic changes: gentrification, deindustrialization, the intensifying effects of capitalism and more. Indeed, in all of Shea’s work, the micro and macro run together fluidly: a single image can represent the path he’s chosen through life; the contours of his artistic career reflect tectonic shifts in the landscape of Western economies the world over…”

~ Excerpt courtesy of Lens Culutre, by Alexander Strecker.

Daniel Shea’s photographs click HERE

Lens Culture has full-time position open

Lens Culture seeks full-time editor…


 Job Opening: Editor/Writer/Journalist
— International Online Photography, Arts and Culture Magazine
LensCulture, the world’s leading online platform for discovering the best in contemporary photography, is seeking an experienced editor/writer/journalist to join our team. We’re looking for someone to help us discover the most interesting people working with photography everywhere in the world. We’re passionate about photography as a visual language — and we work hard to discover the most interesting artists and photographers around the globe. We take our jobs seriously every day, and we strive to inspire and educate and delight our monthly audience of 2.8 million worldwide.
So, if you are passionate about photography and visual culture — and you’re an excellent writer, interviewer, researcher and hard-working team player — we’d love to hear from you.
As an important member of the international team, you will be responsible for working in several key areas:
• Discover, source, and develop new content about contemporary photography.
• Write, edit, and produce content (feature articles, interviews, reviews, opinion).
• Write and manage social media and weekly newsletters.
• Plan, develop and manage long-term editorial publishing calendars.
• Schedule and oversee production of new video content.
• Help manage and edit creation of content by contributing writers.
• Take lead management roles in special projects.
• Participate in LensCulture exhibitions, workshops and events around the world.
We’re looking for a person with relevant experience in writing, photography and media (magazines, publishing, online platforms), as well as a degree in journalism, communications or literature. You must be a native English speaker, with excellent skills in writing, editing, proofreading, and a passion for details.
While we have an editorial office based in Amsterdam, our team is geographically dispersed around the globe, and we collaborate with each other daily via video conferencing and project management software. You are welcome to join us in Amsterdam, or there is an option to work from your own independent location.
In addition to working closely with our small team, you will be in contact daily with international photographers, museum curators, festival directors, journalists, contributing writers, photo editors, educators, videographers and visual storytellers.
If you are interested and qualified for this job, please send a cover letter, your resume, and 1-3 samples of your writing or other relevant experience. Candidates who seem most interesting will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three professional references.
This is a full-time position with growth potential. Please send all correspondence to jobs@lensculture.com. Thanks!

“Lens Culture” seeks intern

Lens Culture seeks intern in Amsterdam…


Editorial Assistant / Intern
Location: Amsterdam

LensCulture, an international photography/arts organization and award-winning internet platform, with editorial offices now based in Amsterdam, seeks a hard-working, detail-oriented person to develop editorial content, manage and grow social media communities, and plan local and international events and workshops.

You will work directly with the editor-in-chief and the editorial team to help manage all aspects of this dynamic business. We’re looking to add a new member to our team to contribute to our ongoing success and growth.

You must have excellent English writing and editing skills, fluency with social media, and be passionate about photography and the visual arts. You will be in contact daily with international photographers, museum curators, festival directors, journalists, contributing writers, photo editors, educators, videographers and visual storytellers. Knowledge of photo and video editing programs is a plus. Proofreading and correcting all text in English is an important part of this job.

This is an ideal position for a current student or recent graduate in journalism, communications, marketing, photography or media. This internship requires a commitment of 16-24 hours per week, for a minimum of 3 to 4 months. You will gain valuable experience in this state-of-the-art media business, and become part of a very fun and influential international network of photography experts.

Please send a CV and a cover letter about your motivations for wanting this internship:jobs@lensculture.com

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Street Photography Awards 2016


Show us how you see the world!

The 2nd annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards invite you to show us how you see the world! Our audience and community has grown to over 2 million and with that comes even more opportunities for international exposure. Enter today for the opportunity to exhibit your work in San Francisco, be seen by photography industry insiders, have your work projected at International Photo Festivals, and be published in the new Best of LensCulture 2016: 150 Award Winning Photographers photobook to be distributed and sold worldwide, plus more chances to exhibit your work online. You’re invited to participate, engage and show us your streets!


Deadline: Tuesday, August 16, 2016




Below are just a few of the winners, finalists from our Street Photography Awards 2015: