The LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015: Winners Announced!

1. Chalk Moonrise, Muley Point, Utah. © David Shannon-Lier, 1st place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

2. Sweetgrass Moonset, McLeod, Montana. © David Shannon-Lier, 1st place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

3. Reflection of the Transit of the Moon, Mesa, Arizona. © David Shannon-Lier, 1st place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

1. Lisene. Lisene currently works as a manicurist in an upmarket salon. Working 6 days a week she has been able to save enough money to buy 2 cows for her brother who lives in the countryside and looks after her child. One day she hopes to travel. © Sebastian Palmer, 2nd place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

2. Edvaldo. Edvaldo works as a cook 7 days a week. Last year he won a competition to train as a chef in Europe but was disqualified when it was discovered he didn’t have a high enough literacy level. © Sebastian Palmer, 2nd place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

3. Escape. © Sebastian Palmer, 2nd place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

1. Untitled. Peaceful opposition between protesters and riot police lasted all night. Hard power wasn’t applied by any of the parties. Kiev, December 11, 2013. © Maxim Dondyuk, 3rd place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

2. Untitled. After clashes with the protesters, riot police used a protected APC vehicle, which pushed away burned buses from the carriageway in the center of Kiev. January 22, 2014.© Maxim Dondyuk, 3rd place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

3. Untitled. Riot police began to storm Maidan after clashes on Shelkovichna street. Kiev, February 18, 2014.© Maxim Dondyuk, 3rd place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

1. No title. From the series ”Camouflage” (2015). © Vanja Bucan, 1st place, Single Image, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

1. Hungarian border police place their flashlight beam towards a Syrian family. They are fleeing from war to a safer place in Europe, approaching the continent through Croatia to Hungary on their ”Balkan route.” Before Hungary closed its border, refugees were coming day and night, by train, to the nearby train station at Botovo. There, they would continue their journey by foot to the Hungarian border. October 2015, Botovo, Croatia. © Matej Povse, 2nd place, Single Image, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

1. Real Toys. © Alejandra López-Zaballa, 3rd place, Single Image, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

Diverse work from thirty-one photographers have been selected from projects and single images submitted by photographers in over 120 countries on five continents and will be exhibited in May at Somerset House, alongside 25 finalists, for the second edition of Photo London fair. The exhibition will celebrate the diversity of these works and be suitably produced using a range of our extensive Exhibition Production Services.

The selection this year covers a wide spectrum: from the methodical use of a large-format camera to record the arc and wheel of celestial time to cutting-edge visions of contemporary pop cultures and sobering stories of forced migration that continue to captivate our attention. A small snapshot of which, is included here. The full selection of winners and finalists images can be found on the LensCulture website or in the Exposure Awards exhibition at Photo London, which is due to take place at Somerset House from 19 – 22 May 2016.

The LensCulture Exposure Awards – Six Top Winners:

Series Category

David Shannon-Lier, United States — ”Of Heaven and Earth”

Sebastian Palmer, United Kingdom — ”Hope”

Maxim Dondyuk, Ukraine — ”Culture of the Confrontation”

Single Image Category

Vanja Bucan, Germany — ”Camouflage”

Matej Povse, Slovenia — ”Refugees on the Balkan Route”

Alejandra López-Zaballa, Mexico — ”Real Toys”

The LensCulture Exposure Awards – 25 Finalists:

Astrid Schulz, United Kingdom — ”100 Faces of Vietnam”

Dominika Gesicka, Poland — ”This is Not Real Life”

Kaveh Sojoodi, Canada — ”Under the Shadow of the Tower”

Pasi Orrensalo, Finland — ”Lives Behind the Waste”

Andrea Foligni, Italy — ”Apuan Carbonate”

Jordi Pizarro, India — ”Good Things Come Together”

Asa Sjöström, Sweden — ”Moldova: Silent Land”

Francis Crisafio, United States — ”Holdup in the Hood”

Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia — ”Digging the Future”

Asghar Khamseh, Iran — ”Fire of Hatred”

Hajdu Tamás, Romania — ”The Patient Files: At the Vet”

Kris Sanford, United States — “Through the Lens of Desire”

Sebastien Tixier, France — “Allanngorpoq: Being Transformed”

Niki Boon, New Zealand — “Childhood in the Raw”

Annabel Oosteweeghel, Netherlands — “Everlasting”

Laurent Kronental, France — “Souvenir d’un Futur”

Anna Filipova, France — “Research at the End of the World”

Carolina Sanchez-Monge, United States — “Twins”

Alia Ali, Morocco — “Liberty”

Antonio Masiello, Italy — “Hand of God”

Giacomo Vesprini, Italy — “Istanbul”

Flip Warwick, Ukraine — “Ukraine: Front Line Civilians”

MD Tanveer Rohan, Bangladesh — “Playing in Dusty Dusk”

Lance Laurence, United States — “Wayfaring Explorer”

Justine Tjallinks, Netherlands — “The Outsiders”

The LensCulture Exposure Awards are supported by Genesis Imaging.

Learn more on the LensCulture website

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