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Competition Gallery
In the first week of our call for entries, we've received stunning new, and fresh examples of what a portrait can be. Our editorial team has selected almost one hundred favorites already which have been posted to our Facebook page and to the Competition Gallery. See for yourself what a rich and vibrant variety of inspiration awaits!

And then, please, 
enter your own interpretations of what can make a photo portrait come alive — we're open to all kinds of photography, all approaches — show us your best!
NEW FEATURES THIS WEEK:
 
Birds on the Wires
Paint
These highly-stylized self-portraits pay homage to the expressive force of the photographer's artistic heroes Lempicka, Picasso, Degas, Malevich and Klimt (to name but a few).
By Katerina Belkina.
Katerina Belkina
Birds on the Wires
What happens when one remarkable photo inspires an original musical composition? See for yourself in this delightful short video — amazing! Video, music and photography by Jarbas Agnelli and Paulo Pinto.
Myriam Abdelaziz
Portrait of Egypt: Going South Along the Nile
"In Egypt, where my blood is from, I traveled south… Going south I met the sun I was looking for and the people filled with it… every place I went felt timeless, while I knew it could be the last time I might see it." By Myriam Abdelaziz.
Amy Elkins
Danseur
Portraits of Danish male ballet dancers, as young as 14, challenge our ideas of masculinity and athletic sports, while pushing us to reconsider our notions of gender and vulnerability.
By Amy Elkins.
Nikita Pirogov
Transition time
A sequence of new, layered photographs accompanied by original poems by a talented artist from St. Petersburg. Soak in the details of each complex image with our full-screen slideshow. By Nikita Pirogov.
 
Michael Donnor
Manifesting Infinity
Scratching, ripping, drawing, bending and layering black-and-white negative film to explore a cosmos of imagination and creation — 35 fun, artful, and mind-bending images. By Michael Donnor.
Miho Kajioka
Layers
Exquisite fine art prints from Japan, small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. The beauty of each is countered by a tale of disaster and survival in Japan. By Miho Kajioka.
 
MOST VIEWED THIS WEEK
 

The Mediterranean and the Continuity of Man 
History and crisis, beauty and desperation: from mass migrations to toppled governments, failed revolutions and endless beaches, this 5-year long photo series shows the ever-changing faces of an unchanging constant: the Mediterranean Sea. NSFW — some nudity. By Nick Hannes.
Portrait Awards
Do you Instagram?

Every week one top photographer will be invited to take over our feed!

We're delighted that Swedish photographer 
Knut Kovoisto is taking over the LensCulture Instagram feed this week to deliver his unique and quirky view of Stockholm and Sweden. Check it out, and follow us as we introduce one new photographer every Monday for a week.
 
DON'T MISS THESE EVENTS!
 
Circulation(s) 2015:
Young European Talent Festival in Paris


Five years old and going strong, this Paris-based festival showcases young and emerging photographic talents from across Europe—our preview highlights 46 intriguing images from the diverse offerings on display. It's great! If you're in Paris, don't miss this healthy dose of inspiration!
Portrait AwardsPhotoAlliance: 2015 Photo Book Symposium
A symposium for photographers and book artists, collectors and dealers, designers and publishers, curators and scholars.

Date: Friday/Saturday, February 6-7
Location: San Francisco Art Insitute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA

Register at PhotoAlliance.
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