Photo submission guidelines
We are always eager to discover and feature great new photography in Lens Culture, especially when it represents a solid body of work. We welcome all genres of photography, and various points of view: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, experimental, poetic, personal, abstract, human, street photography, and multimedia.
Lens Culture is one of the most popular destinations on the web for people to discover important new contemporary photography. Our site attracts more than 8,000 unique visits every day, from photography lovers in over 50 countries around the world. A survey of online visitors defines the Lens Culture audience as a tightly focused group: professional photographers, museum curators, gallery owners, international photo editors, publishers, educators, journalists, critics, art collectors, festival directors, and enthusiastic amateur photographers.
If you would like your work to be considered for publication in Lens Culture, please read the submissions guidelines below, then go to our easy-to-use submissions site: lensculture.slideroom.com.
This site makes it easy for you to upload your work to be considered for publication, including all of the relevant details about you and your work. You will be asked to set up an account (including some contact details), and to pay a small fee ($35) to cover our administration costs.*
We’ll do our best to get back to you within 14 working days of receiving your submission.
Advice on submitting
When submitting your series of images, edit your selections carefully, since your submission will be judged on the strength of the group of photographs as a whole.
Be sure to include copyright and caption information, as well as a brief statement to go with your images – this can include biographical information, artistic intent, or anything that you think will help us appreciate your work.
You can upload 5 to 10 JPEGs from one single series of work. For good image quality and fast upload, your image files should be less than 2 MB each, and sized around 1024 x 768 pixels @ 72 ppi.
Our online portal offers additional instruction for submitting work.
Questions? For technical questions related to uploading your photos, sizes, entry forms and credit card payments, use the support button at the upper right on the lensculture.slideroom.com page. For other queries, you can email editor [at] lensculture.com, but it may take us a while to respond.
Photo books for review
Review copies of photo books and photography-related books can be mailed to:
8 rue Saint Antoine
Please send news and links about your photo events, openings, exhibitions, book signings, slide shows, lectures, etc., to:
In the subject line, please include the word NEWS.
Please send JPEG images of Buddha, with a short title or caption, and your name, to:
In the subject line, please include the word BUDDHA.
Why do I have to pay to submit my work for consideration?
We are always looking for innovative new work to feature in Lens Culture.
But the volume of unsolicited submissions we receive every week is staggering, and they come in all shapes and sizes: emails with loads of attachments, links to websites, PDFs, cards in the mail, press releases, etc. – and it’s impossible for us to keep up with all of them.
So, we’ve established this easy, consistent way for people to send submissions to us, including all of the relevant details in one place and one format. This method will ensure that we can review every submission in a timely manner, and add the best submissions to our editorial calendar to include them in future issues.
The nominal fee ($35) helps to offset the cost of the reviewing site, and the administrative costs of producing each feature on our website.