LensCulture Portrait Awards 2017

$22,000 in Photographer Grants

  • Deadline: 7 March 2017
  • Entry fee: Series – $39 USD for a related series of 10 photos reviewed as one entry. Submission should work together as a group, thematically or aesthetically. Single – $20 USD for 1 single photo and $10 for each additional photo.
  • Website: https://www.lensculture.com/portrait-awards-2017

The fourth annual LensCulture Portrait Awards strive to discover the best and most interesting portrait photography from all over the world. 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 in diverse cultures around the planet. These Awards are open to all people and all interpretations of portraiture. Whether made in a studio with professional lighting, or on the run with a smartphone, portraits are clearly the most popular form of photography today. Have you taken a great portrait? If so, we want to see it!

Drawing from the best and brightest in the photographic community, our international jury is on the lookout for a fresh vision of the photographic portrait. Six Winners, eight Jurors’ Picks, 25 Finalists and five Student Spotlights will be selected for awards and benefits including international festival projections, exposure to our audience of over 2.5 million, and so much more.


Series Award
1st Place: $5,000 USD
2nd Place: $2,000 USD
3rd Place: $1,000 USD

Single Image Award
1st Place: $3,500 USD
2nd Place: $1,500 USD
3rd Place: $1,000 USD

Juror's Picks
Each juror will select one photographer to receive a $1,000 Juror’s Pick Award.

We will publish a volume of all our award-winning photographers’ work. This collection of photographic portrait work will be published by LensCulture and distributed to all the Winners, Finalists and Jurors’ Picks. In addition, this volume will be distributed to over 1,000 industry insiders and industry professionals including influential editors, curators, festival directors, publishers, gallery directors and more.


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

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Period.
Winners, Jurors’ Picks and Finalists grant LensCulture limited, restricted use of winning photos only to promote the photographers themselves and in connection with marketing LensCulture Awards competitions. LensCulture editors will select and feature hundreds (but not all) of submissions during the competition in our online gallery and social media albums (always with copyright credit noted for each participating photographer).