Many thanks to everyone who submitted a project! Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2020 winner!
ART WORKS Projects (AWP) is pleased to announce its Open Call for the 2020 Annual Emerging Lens Mentorship Program. The 2020 competition is open to young photographers currently working on a human rights, social justice or humanitarian issue. Although the entrant must be a resident of the United States, the project may focus on international issues. The winning entrant will have an opportunity to receive a stipend to expand and/or finish their project and to exhibit the final project in 2020 at the ART WORKS Projects Studio Gallery in Chicago.* Please take a look at the work of our 2019 winner Megan Farmer, 2018 winner Rachel Woolf, 2017 winner Isadora Kosofsky, and 2016 winner Emmanuel Guillén Lozano.
Emerging Lens is AWP’s annual, juried photography competition for photographers age 18 to 27 whose work focuses on social justice and human rights. Now in its sixth year, AWP is accepting entries from photographers based in the United States.
Supporting upcoming documentary photographers and filmmakers through mentoring and providing a platform for their work is an integral part of AWP’s mission. Through the Emerging Lens program, AWP hopes to encourage the rising generation of photojournalists to use the power of their lenses to address human rights and social justice issues.
Generous support for the Emerging Lens Mentorship Program is provided by the Henry Nias Foundation.
For more information on supporting this program, please contact Cate Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELIGIBILITY AND PRIZE*
This opportunity is open to all photographers (students, professionals, and others) who are age 18 to 27 years old as of the date of entry and who are residents of the United States. The closing submission date is February 15, 2020 11:59pm CST.
In addition to being designated the official winner of the competition, the selected winner will have an opportunity to receive:
Please note: If the winner agrees to an exhibition of the final project, the winner is expected to be part of the exhibition printing, installation, and opening process in Chicago.
The winner will be selected based on a number of criteria, including:
Please see the Official Rules for complete information regarding judging criteria and weighting.
The Open Call requires submission of a project proposal and portfolio of an ongoing photography project. Entrants must also provide additional information, including contact information for two references, who may be professional colleagues, advisors, teachers, employers, or mentors. References do not need be photography instructors or photo editors, but should be able to speak to your experience as a photographer, your commitment to photography and/or your commitment to human rights and social justice work.
AWP expects to announce the selected winner in February 2020. The exhibition will open in 2020.
*See the Official Rules for complete contest rules, including information on eligibility, entries, judging, prizes and the opportunity for mentoring, a stipend and an exhibition.
Questions? Please contact Annalise Taylor at email@example.com.
Above images from 2017 Emerging Lens winner Isadora Kosofsky’s photo essay Vinny and David: Life and Incarceration of a Family.
Elizabeth Cheng Krist
Leah Missbach Day
As part of the Emerging Lens program, the winning photographer will have an opportunity to receive mentoring and guidance from select members of the Emerging Lens jury and the AWP team.*