We are very pleased to present the 50 laureates of the 2017 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards! The international jury believes that each of these photographers, many of whom have never received recognition from the global photography community until now, are worthy of our attention. Using the visual language of photography in diverse and original ways, these emerging talents demonstrate remarkable vitality, vibrancy and fluency in a wide range of approaches and subject matter.
The LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards are open to photographers of all ages, from all cultures around the world, and all genres of photography. Making this final selection was no easy task. Our international jury panel—composed of publishers, gallerists, artistic directors, critics and an award-winning photographer—carefully considered the range of submissions, which were sent by photographers in over 160 countries. The bar was set extremely high: as Nazraeli Press founder and juror Chris Pichler told us, “I was deeply impressed with the quality and seriousness of the work.” But after extended deliberation and discussion, these distinctive, remarkable photographic works rose to the top.
This is a selection of the strongest and most memorable work submitted to the competition this year. Here you’ll discover serious documentary and photojournalism projects, as well as pure aesthetic celebrations of the interplay of light, color, form and texture. Some award-winning series are profoundly personal, intimate, or poetic. Others winners have chosen to explore inventive uses of old analog processes, conceptual approaches, or sculptural still-life to express their visions.
Spend time with these winners—their work, and talent, demands it.
Each of the eight jury members selected one photographer to be awarded special distinction and a cash grant. Here are the jurors’ special selections with a brief quote from each juror explaining what they especially appreciate about their chosen photographer and their work.
ALEKSI POUTANEN Finland
THOMAS FRETEUR Haiti
GIOVANNA PETROCCHI United Kingdom
TURJOY CHOWDHURY Bangladesh
MATTHEW GENITEMPO United States
J FREDRIC MAY United States
MICHAEL VINCE KIM Argentina / South Korea
DAREN YOU United States