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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". 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. 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". 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."
The organization was founded in 2004 by its editor Jim Casper,[better source needed] who moved its editorial offices to Paris from Berkeley in 2005. Its team is based remotely, with locations in Amsterdam, California, and Paris, among other cities.
Awards and grants
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. Award-winners and other discoveries have also been screened at photography festivals, such as the Voies Off Festival in Arles in July 2014.
LensCulture Exposure Awards
- 2009: Portfolio Category - grand prize, Marco Vernaschi. Single Image Category - grand prize, Brad Moore; second prize, Stella Johnson; third prize, Laura Pannack[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[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. Single Image Category - grand prize, Kerry Mansfield; second prize, S. Gayle Stevens; third prize, Andrey Ivanov-Eftimiopulos and Sasha Shikhova
- 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[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[non-primary source needed]
LensCulture Portrait Awards
- 2014: Portfolio Category - first prize, Marius Schultz, First There Was Nothing 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
- "Photography websites of the week". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- "Call for entries - Lens Culture Fotofest", Paris Photo. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- Coldwell, Will (30 January 2013). "The 10 Best Photography Sites". The Independent. London. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- O'Hagan, Sean (16 November 2012). "The best photography websites, publications and galleries". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
- "AskLens; an interview with Jim Casper, founder and editor-in-chief of LensCulture", Genesis Imaging, 11 October 2013.
- "Free Market Exposure". Wall Street Journal. 14 September 2011.
- "Exhibition // LensCulture Exposure Awards celebrate best international photography", London College of Communication. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "LensCulture Exposure Awards: 31 Contemporary Photographers", London Evening Standard.
- "Lens Culture", Voies off, Arles: l'alternative photographique.
- "Marco Vernaschi Awarded Top Prize in Lens Culture International Exposure Awards", Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Accessed 23 July 2014.
- "2009 LensCulture Exposure Awards", Lens Culture. Accessed 15 July 2014.
- "2009 LensCulture Exposure Awards — Single Image Awards", Lens Culture. Accessed 15 July 2014.
- "2010 LensCulture Exposure Awards", Lens Culture. Accessed 15 July 2014.
- "Markel Redondo’s multimedia In God’s Hands wins Lens Culture award", Panos Pictures. Accessed 23 July 2014.
- "Lens Culture International Exposure Awards", Leica Camera. Accessed 15 July 2014.
- "2012 LensCulture Exposure Awards", Lens Culture. Accessed 15 July 2014.
- "LensCulture Exposure Awards 2013", Lens Culture. Accessed 15 July 2014.
- 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.
- "Portfolio Reviews", World Press Photo. Accessed 23 July 2014.