Fine Art Photography Daily

The 2020 Lenscratch Student Prize


“Winning the Lenscratch student prize has been an incredible experience.? It has provided more than I could have ever expected, from Aline’s incredible mentoring and personal dedication, to the tremendous amount of exposure and personal connections that followed.? The support of Lenscratch propelled my artistic career forward, providing opportunities that were out of reach prior and pushing beyond personal expectations.? Students at every level of education should apply for the award and embrace the process without a doubt.” Shawn Bush, 2017 Lenscratch Student Prize Winner

Previous Winners

2013 Elizabeth Moran
2014 Frances F. Denny
2015 Lauren Kelly
2016 Drew Nikonowicz
2017 Shawn Bush
2018 Zora J. Murff
2019 Guanyu Xu


FIRST PRIZE receives:
a $1000 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 $500 Gift Certificate towards a Santa Fe Photo Workshop
a mini exhibition on the Curated Fridge
a collection of books from Yoffy Press
a collection of books from Kris Graves Projects
a year long mentorship with Aline Smithson
a Lenscratch T-Shirt and tote
a Supporting Level membership with CENTER


a feature on Lenscratch
a mini exhibition on the Curated Fridge
a Lenscratch T-shirt and Tote

a feature on Lenscratch

Important Dates

How to Submit

Please note: Only ONE submission per artist
Submissions are due by May 25th, 2020. NO exceptions!
Winners announced some time in June or July, 2020
Features are TBD

  • Please email a zipped file, labeled with your name to: (NO WeTransfer or things that will expire!)
  • A scan of your student ID
  • Description of what degree you are seeking and full title of your school (example: 2nd year candidate for an MFA in Photography at Harvard University, Boston, MA)
  • 15 jpgs sized 72 dpi at 1000px on the long side, sRGB (all images must be from one body of work). Jpgs must include your name and the order#, example: 01AlineSmithson.jpg
  • Captions if needed
  • Your bio in the 3rd person in doc. form (no pdfs)
  • A statement for the project in 1st person in doc. form (no pdfs)
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?Guanyu Xu, from Temporarily Censored Home, 2019 First Place Winner

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