Image © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

The Magnum Photos agency has announced $18,000 worth of prize money for its first photography competition open to anyone 18 years or older. Launched as part of 2017’s celebrations to mark 70 years since the agency was established, the Magnum Photography Awards hopes to 'discover the best photographers from all over the world.' The agency has partnered with LensCulture and has set categories for Documentary, Street, Portrait, Fine Art and Photojournalism, as well as an Open section. The jury will look for a winning series and single image in each section, with the best series winning $2000 and the best single shot $1000. Additional images will be highlighted as finalists, Jurors' Picks and Editors' Picks, while five students will also be singled out for praise.

Cash prizes await the winners of the sections and those picked for other awards will be included in an online exhibition and a book, while all series entrants can request a review of their submission by an 'industry expert'.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday May 24th 2016, and it costs $20 to submit a single image, with further submissions costing $10. Entering 5 single images as a group costs $50, while a series of 10 photos costs $60. For more information see the Magnum Photography Awards page on the LensCulture website.

Press release:

Call for Entries: Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2016

Magnum Photos and LensCulture have joined forces to create one of the best new opportunities for photographers to be recognized and rewarded for their talent.

2017 marks a significant year for Magnum as we celebrate 70 years since our founding photographers toasted the conception of an independent photo agency. Ahead of these anniversary celebrations, Magnum Photos and LensCulture invite submissions to the inaugural Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards, an international call to discover the best photographers from all over the world.

Our distinguished jury will select 12 Winners and 20 Finalists from Documentary, Street, Portrait, Fine Art, Photojournalism and Open categories. In addition, the jury will select 7 photographers as “Jurors’ Picks” and give out 5 “Student Spotlight” awards to young, up-and-coming talents. Winners, finalists and top-rated photographers will enjoy gain access to an unprecedented level of global exposure and recognition from two of the largest organizations in the photo industry, as well as cash funding and career support.

“Magnum Photos is delighted to be working with LensCulture on this exciting new competition, which we hope will attract diverse photographic practices from all over the world. 2016 marks a significant juncture for the agency as we launch a new, stories-first website, in the lead-up to our 70th anniversary. We view this new award as an opportunity for our dedicated audience — and the photography community at large — to share in our celebrations.” – Martin Parr, Magnum Photographer and President.