2017 Magnum And LensCulture Photography Awards Winners

The winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards have been announced.

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Desert Road, Dubai, September 2016. © Nick Hannes. Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

© Nick Hannes. Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Twelve international photographers have been announced as the winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards.

The twelve winners of the prestigious award hail from all over the world and deal with a diversity of subjects. Nick Hannes, the Documentary series winner, pursued a project featuring the culture of the elite in Dubai, while Lissa Rivera’s striking portraits of her non-binary partner explore contemporary notions of gender and its narratives in today’s society. All told, the series and single image awards include six categories: Street, Portrait, Photojournalism, Open, Fine Art and Documentary.

Here are the 2017 winners: 

Series Winners 

  • Street: Argus Paul Estabrook, South Korea - "Losing Face"
  • Portrait: Lissa Rivera, United States - "Beautiful Boy"
  • Photojournalism: Jason Florio, United Kingdom - "Destination Europe"
  • Open: Medina Dugger, Nigeria - "Chroma: An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere"
  • Fine Art: Daniel Shipp, Australia - "Botanical Inquiry"
  • Documentary: Nick Hannes, Belgium - "Bread and Circuses"


© Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.
© Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.


Single Winners 

  • Street: Hakim Boulouiz, Switzerland - "Choral"
  • Portrait: Artur Zdral, Poland - "Kasia"
  • Photojournalism: Szymon Barylski -"Fleeing Death"
  • Open: Britta Jaschinski, United Kingdom - "Confiscated"
  • Fine Art: Ellie Davis, United Kingdom -"Stars"
  • Documentary: Retam Kumar Shaw, India - "Street Wrestling"


 © Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

© Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

In addition, twenty-one finalists have also been selected, and each juror has chosen one photographer as a "Juror’s Pick."

  • Edgar Martins, United Kingdom -"Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes." Selected by Yumi Goto, independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, and publisher.
  • Shahria Sharmin, Bangladesh - "Call Me Heena." Selected by Susan Meiselas, Magnum photographer and MacArthur Fellow.
  • Christian Werner, Germany - "Road to Ruin." Selected by Sarah Leen, Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine.
  • Sonja Hamad, Germany - "Jin-Jiyan-Azadi: Women, Life, Freedom." Selected by Lesley Martin, creative director at the Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review.
  • Antonio Gibotta, Italy -"Enfarinats." Selected by Jim Casper, editor-inchief of LensCulture.
  • MD Tanveer Rohan, Bangladesh- "Fun Bath." Selected by David Hurn, Magnum photographer.
  • Terje Abusdal, Norway - "Slash and Burn." Selected by Alec Soth, Magnum photographer.
  • Mirko Saviane, Italy - "B-Uranus." Selected by Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival and the African Artists’ Foundation.

Each photographer will be awarded a cash prize and will also receive international exposure through Magnum Photo and LensCulture. The winning projects will be shown in a digital exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in London later this year and exhibited at photography festivals worldwide. Furthermore, the laureates will be awarded access to expert guidance from Magnum and LensCulture.

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