This week with the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017 in full swing we rounded up creative advice from Charlotte Cotton, one of the members of our world-class jury paneldon't miss your chance to get your work in front of her and the other 7 jurors. Plus, read below for expert advice on 3 key avenues for exposure.
Exposure Awards 2017 Juror Charlotte Cotton on
Recognizing What is Next for You as a Photographer 

Charlotte Cotton, 
Curator & Writer
Currently serving as curator in residence at the ICP and the Metabolic Studio. 
Former curator at the Victoria & Albert in London and LACMA in Los Angeles as well as the author of numerous books.

“The challenge for some photographers—once they're in command of their techniques, materials and ideas—is to continue to push beyond the pictures that they would be able to shoot forever. It’s the tyranny of getting good at anything…[but] I suspect that those pictures you have already made, that sit on either side of those that clearly have your authorship, are extremely useful for recognizing what is next for you.”
Each week, LensCulture's editors select entries to be featured right here in our newsletters as well as on our Facebook page and the Competition Gallery. Opportunities through these three avenues of exposure are available to you once you enter your work in the Exposure Awards 2017, so don't delay!

Additional benefits include:
  • The Exposure Awards 2017 Online Exhibition
  • Projections at International Photography Festivals
  • Inclusion in the upcoming photobook The Best of LensCulture Today
  • Massive Global Exposure to over 1,000 industry insiders & much more
Last week, we published a free Guide to Career Building Exposure + Recognition 2017. In case you missed out, we will present some of the best material from that guide below, including the top three types of exposure that photographers are most interested in receiving and advice from photography experts on how to pursue these career-changing opportunities!
In assembling our latest guide for photographers, we spoke with many practitioners around the world. Across our conversations, we heard about the top three types of exposure that are most important to photographers. Our free guide includes advice on other means of exposure as well, such as gallery representation and internationally recognized awards.
1. Print Magazines

Having your work printed in a highly-circulated photography magazine is a way to both immortalize your photographs and earn valuable credit lines for your CV. Print magazines also, often, have an editorial budget to pay their contributors.

Erik Vroons
Read some words of wisdom in our guide from Erik Vroons, the Editor-at-large of GUP Magazine, based in Amsterdam.
2. Publishing a Photobook

Over the past decade, publishing a photobook has become an essential way to get your work out in the world. With crowdfunding tools like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, we have seen an explosion in the number of photographers financing and publishing their own books. 

David Chickey
David Chickey, publisher, designer and editorial director at Radius Books offers some advice on developing your own project in our free guide.
3. International Photography Festivals

International photography festivals are more popular than ever. These lively events provide unparalleled opportunities for discovering inspiring new work — including exhibitions, multimedia projections, lectures, roundtable discussions, and the latest photobook publications. Showing your work here can introduce it to fresh audiences and photography-lovers from all corners of the world.

Read advice in the guide from Jeff Moorfoot, the director of the Ballarat Photo Biennial in Australia.
LensCulture Network Member Slideshow

The LensCulture Network was designed to make it more affordable for photographers to access multiple opportunities for global exposure. We created the service to make it easier for photographers at all levels to move forward creatively and professionally, giving access to such recognition opportunities and benefits as:

  • A 35% Discounted Entry Fee for LensCulture Competitions
  • Free Priority Submission Reviews for All Your Entries
  • Free submissions to the curated LensCulture Network Gallery and Juried Exhibitions exclusive to Network members.
Competition: FCB Photo Awards
Barcelona, Spain

This generous photo competition—with a top prize of €40,000 and 29 other awards of €1,000 each—aims to identify work that reflects on the positive intrinsic values of sport. The prize has been established with the hope of recognizing and rewarding talented contemporary photographers who share this vision and these beliefs.

Deadline: December 30, 2016
Call for Entries: Flash Forward 2017
Toronto, Canada

Now in its 13th year, Flash Forward is a competition dedicated to helping emerging photographers move forward in their career! This is a call for submissions, open to all photographers working in Canada, the UK and the US who are 34 years-of-age or under. Prizes include a $10,000 grant for a project that is in progress, and $10,000 split between the 1st and 2nd prize winners. More information here!

Deadline: December 31, 2016
Call for Entries: Documenting What Matters

This competition asks you to show us what you are passionate about and what matters in this world! Whether in your backyard, down the street, or halfway around the globe, these awards are looking for stories about joy, love, and positive change as well as more challenging issues requiring our attention. Show us what matters—through outstanding photography.

Deadline: January 22, 2017
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