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Submit to Student Prize 2022


Submissions to the 2022 Lenscratch Student Prize are now open!



The Lenscratch Student Prize seeks to support the next generation of photographers by offering monetary awards and professional networking opportunities to artists creating innovative and compelling work.

Students currently enrolled in any bachelors or masters degree program in photography are encouraged to apply. This award is open to international applicants.


More info below!


More prizes will hopefully be added!

a $1500 Cash Award and a feature on Lenscratch
a $250 cash prize from The Griffin Museum of Photography
a $500 Gift Certificate from Freestyle Photo Supplies
a $500 Gift Certificate towards a Los Angeles Center of Photography Workshop
a $1000 Gift Certificate towards a Santa Fe Photo Workshop
a mini exhibition on the Curated Fridge
a collection of books from St.Lucy Books
a collection of books from Yoffy Press
a collection of books from Kris Graves Projects
a one year subscription to Aperture Magazine
a year long mentorship with Aline Smithson
a Lenscratch T-Shirt and tote

a $750 Cash Award
a feature on Lenscratch
a mini exhibition on the Curated Fridge
a Lenscratch T-shirt and Tote

a $500 Cash Award
a feature on Lenscratch
a mini exhibition on the Curated Fridge
a Lenscratch T-shirt and Tote

$250 Cash Award
a feature on Lenscratch
a Lenscratch tote


Aline Smithson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, Educator and Artist
Daniel George, Submissions Editor of Lenscratch, Educator and Artist
Linda Alterwitz, Art + Science Editor of Lenscratch, Artist
Kellye Eisworth, Managing Editor of Lenscratch, Educator and Artist
Alexa Dilworth, publishing director, senior editor, and awards director at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University
Kris Graves, Director of Kris Graves Projects, photographer and publisher based in New York and London
Elizabeth Krist, former Senior Photo Editor with National Geographic magazine and founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective
Hamidah Glasgow, Director of the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Allie Tsubota, Artist and winner of the 2021 Lenscratch Student Prize
Raymond Thompson, Jr., Artist and Educator, winner of the 2020 Lenscratch Student Prize
Guanyu Xu, Artist and Educator, winner of the 2019 Lenscratch Student Prize
Shawn Bush, Artist and Educator, winner of the 2017 Lenscratch Student Prize


2021  Allie Tsubota
2020 Raymond Thompson Jr.
2019 Guanyu Xu
2018 Zora J. Murff
2017 Shawn Bush
2016 Drew Nikonowicz
2015 Lauren Kelly
2014 Frances F. Denny
2013 Elizabeth Moran


The Lenscratch Student Prize has opened a world of connections and opportunities, and most meaningfully, it’s offered a network of support through Aline Smithson and the Lenscratch community. The exposure afforded to me through the prize has been invaluable as I begin my career, and mentorship with Aline has helped me to navigate an expansive and unfamiliar art world. This award year has been instrumental in allowing me to build a rich foundation for my creative work to come.” – Allie Tsubota, 2021 Lenscratch Student Prize Winner

The Lenscratch Student Prize has opened up a whole new line of connections, opportunities and exposure. The mentorship with Aline Smithson helped me learn to navigate an art world that was foreign to me. Our conversations filled in a gap that was missing in my art school education and will be invaluable as I move forward in my career. I believe the seeds that I planted in this award year are going to bear fruit well into the future.” –Raymond Thompson Jr, 2020 Lenscratch Student Prize Winner


Required Materials
link to your project on your website (preferred)
10 images from your project (IF it is not on your website)
3rd person bio
1st person statement
copy of your Spring 2022 class schedule / 2022 Student ID


Please email us at with any questions.

Don’t wait as the call closes on June 19th. No late entries will be accepted!

We look forward to seeing your work!