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LensCulture is a photography network and online magazine about contemporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce and popular cultures worldwide: "a resource to keep up with the latest trends and debates in contemporary photography".[1] In addition to its online magazine and publishing network, LensCulture has hosted international photography portfolio reviews each year in Paris since 2010 in partnership with Paris Photo.[2] LensCulture sponsors international photography awards and grants several times per year, as well as traveling exhibitions of award-winning photography.

Will Coldwell, writing in The Independent in 2013, described LensCulture as one of the ten best photography websites, calling it a "definitive resource for anyone who wants to keep up with the latest trends and debates in contemporary photography".[3] Critic Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian in 2012, listed it among the eight best photography websites or online publications, calling it "one of the most authoritative and wide-ranging sites."[4]


The organization was founded in 2004 by its editor Jim Casper,[5][better source needed] who moved its editorial offices to Paris[6] from Berkeley in 2005. Its team is based remotely, with locations in Amsterdam, California, and Paris, among other cities.

Awards and grants[edit]

LensCulture award-winning photographers are exhibited at festivals, universities and arts institutions. The 2014 Exposure Awards exhibition was held at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.[7][8] Award-winners and other discoveries have also been screened at photography festivals, such as the Voies Off Festival in Arles in July 2014.[9]

LensCulture Exposure Awards[edit]

  • 2009: Portfolio Category - grand prize, Marco Vernaschi.[10] Single Image Category - grand prize, Brad Moore; second prize, Stella Johnson; third prize, Laura Pannack[11][12][non-primary source needed]
  • 2010: Portfolio Category - grand prize, Jessica Hines; second prize, Carolle Benitah; third prize, Louisa Marie Summer. Single Image Category - grand prize, Martine Fougeron; second prize, Albertina d’Urso; third prize, Anne Berry[13][non-primary source needed]
  • 2011: Portfolio Category - grand prize, Michael Marten; second prize, Rachelle Mozman; third prize, Jody Ake. Multimedia Category - grand prize, Olga Kravets, Maria Morina, and Oksana Yushko; second prize, Florence Royer; third prize, Markel Redondo.[14] Single Image Category - grand prize, Kerry Mansfield; second prize, S. Gayle Stevens; third prize, Andrey Ivanov-Eftimiopulos and Sasha Shikhova[15]
  • 2012: Portfolio Category - grand prize, Kyoko Hamada; second prize, Annalisa Brambilla; third prize, Matilde Gattoni. Multimedia Category - grand prize, Amanda Zackem; second prize, Ed Kashi; third prize, Elena Bulygina. Single Image Category - grand Prize, Jim Kazanjian; second prize, Michelle Sank; third prize, Andrea Stultiens[16][non-primary source needed]
  • 2013: Portfolio Category - first prize, David Favrod; second prize, Yijun Liao; third prize, Richard Tuschman. Single Image Category - first prize, Chee Keong Lim; second prize, Julia Gunther; third prize, Zoran Marinovic[17][non-primary source needed]

LensCulture Portrait Awards[edit]

  • 2014: Portfolio Category - first prize, Marius Schultz, First There Was Nothing[18] second prize, Hossein Fatemi, Veiled Truths; third prize, Tsutomu Yamagata, 13 Orphans. Single Image Category - first prize, Clare Benson, The Shepherd's Daughter; second prize, Marc Thirouin, Las Mujeres; third prize, Ulrik Tofte, The key is not to blink

Photography portfolio reviews[edit]

LensCulture has hosted international photography portfolio reviews each year in Paris since 2010 in partnership with Paris Photo.[2][19]


  1. ^ "Photography websites of the week". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Call for entries - Lens Culture Fotofest", Paris Photo. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  3. ^ Coldwell, Will (30 January 2013). "The 10 Best Photography Sites". The Independent. London. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  4. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (16 November 2012). "The best photography websites, publications and galleries". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "AskLens; an interview with Jim Casper, founder and editor-in-chief of LensCulture", Genesis Imaging, 11 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Free Market Exposure". Wall Street Journal. 14 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Exhibition // LensCulture Exposure Awards celebrate best international photography", London College of Communication. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  8. ^ "LensCulture Exposure Awards: 31 Contemporary Photographers", London Evening Standard.
  9. ^ "Lens Culture", Voies off, Arles: l'alternative photographique.
  10. ^ "Marco Vernaschi Awarded Top Prize in Lens Culture International Exposure Awards", Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Accessed 23 July 2014.
  11. ^ "2009 LensCulture Exposure Awards", Lens Culture. Accessed 15 July 2014.
  12. ^ "2009 LensCulture Exposure Awards — Single Image Awards", Lens Culture. Accessed 15 July 2014.
  13. ^ "2010 LensCulture Exposure Awards", Lens Culture. Accessed 15 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Markel Redondo’s multimedia In God’s Hands wins Lens Culture award", Panos Pictures. Accessed 23 July 2014.
  15. ^ "Lens Culture International Exposure Awards", Leica Camera. Accessed 15 July 2014.
  16. ^ "2012 LensCulture Exposure Awards", Lens Culture. Accessed 15 July 2014.
  17. ^ "LensCulture Exposure Awards 2013", Lens Culture. Accessed 15 July 2014.
  18. ^ Catania, Arianna (14 April 2014). "LensCulture Portrait Award: il concorso di Lens Culture vince Marius Schultz con First There Was Nothing (FOTO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Portfolio Reviews", World Press Photo. Accessed 23 July 2014.

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