Critics’ Choice 2021 is Open. 21 Influential jurors will select over 60 photographers

Critics’ Choice 2021 is Open!

Critics’ Choice 2021 is designed to maximize exposure and opportunities for talented photographers who are ready for the global stage and international markets. We have carefully assembled our largest Jury ever - photography experts and influencers from world-renowned museums, magazines and news media, online publications, book publishers, international festivals, and art galleries. This jury is really amazing... Take a look.


Every critic will select three photographers with outstanding talent and creative vision. Awards include an Online Solo Exhibition, feature in Critics’ Choice 2021 Photobook, cash prizes for the top ten photographers, global media coverage, and more. Open to all types of photography.


This past year has severely limited our ability to get out and meet each other in person at portfolio reviews, workshops, gallery openings or festivals — so this is a great way to get your work in front of 21 experts — it only takes one great connection to change your career!






Be Published in the Critics’ Choice 2021 Photobook


We are excited to publish a dedicated photobook featuring the work of all of the Critics’ Choice 2021 winning photographers. All winning photographers will get their own copy of the photobook to keep plus we will distribute the book to our expansive network of international editors, curators and photography professionals.


Online Solo Exhibitions

Critics’ Choice 10 Top Picks will each have their work permanently exhibited on the LensCulture website via our new solo feature pages. Benefitting from LensCulture’s high search rankings and traffic to the site, our online exhibitions offer wonderful and ongoing exposure for your work.


In-depth Written Project Review

As a special part of the launch of our new Review service, all top picks will receive a free Project Review. Building on the success of our Submission Reviews, the Project Reviews offer more comprehensive and in-depth written feedback on your project images, project statement and artist bio that is professional, personal, and actionable.


Visibility with Industry Insiders & Creative Professionals

All it takes is one set of eyes to change the course of your career. If our jury ranks your submission highly through the judging process, you will be included in LensCulture Discoveries, our directory of top-rated photographers. We provide this directory to key decision-makers including editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festival directors, creative directors, curators, and online media publishers.