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Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2011

It’s time for another edition of the Lens Culture International Awards. Lens Culture is one of the most popular and influential online magazines about contemporary photography today.

Lens Culture is looking for exciting work from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, nature, photojournalism, activism, street photography, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human.

The International Exposure Awards discover, reward, and promote talented, new, emerging and established photographers and multimedia creators from around the world.


Lens Culture is accepting entries in three separate categories, one from which is introduced for the first time this year.

  • Multimedia Awards new
    Presentations that combine photography, video, graphics and sound are becoming prominent headline features in the world of social networking, activism, fine art, and online news. Multimedia from all genres and categories will be considered, including, but not limited to: current events / photojournalism / social issues / activism / fine art / conceptual / cinematic / fiction / storytelling / nature / other.
  • Portfolio Awards
    Submit 10 to 15 photographic images that work well together as a group — thematically, aesthetically, as a story, or simply as a range of your photographic talent.
  • Single Image Awards
    A great photo can stand on its own, demonstrating a remarkable level of visual perception, sensitivity, and creativity. Photographs of all genres and all categories are welcome.


Award winners receive:

  • Cash Prizes
  • Worldwide Exposure and Feature Articles in Lens Culture
  • Publication in International Exposure Award Winners Book
  • Potential for exhibitions and screenings around the world
  • Fame, Global Recognition, and more…

The following cash prizes will be awarded to the best entries:

  • Multimedia Awards
    • Grand Prize: $1500
    • 2nd Prize: $500
    • 3rd Prize: $250
  • Portfolio Awards
    • Grand Prize: $1500
    • 2nd Prize: $500
    • 3rd Prize: $250
  • Single Image Awards
    • Grand Prize: $1000
    • 2nd Prize: $250
    • 3rd Prize: $100


  • To qualify to enter the competition, you must be over 18 years of age.
  • The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers and multimedia creators. However entries will be disqualified if they have already won major international awards, or have been previously featured in extensive international press coverage.
  • Entries consisting of whole or partial series that have already won Lens Culture International Exposure Awards will be disqualified.
  • You need to be the sole owner and author of the photographs and/or multimedia.
  • All entrants must be able to supply high resolution digital files and/or multimedia suitable for projection, printing in media, and for public exhibition.

How to enter?

Submit your entries online at: After you have uploaded your entries and information, you will be asked to pay your submission fee.

Entry fee

  • Multimedia Awards: $75
  • Portfolio Awards: $75
  • Single Image Awards: $35