Winners of the 2017 Magnum and Lensculture Photography Awards announced

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

The legendary photography agency, Magnum Photos, and LensCulture have joined forces for the second time to produce this opportunity to recognise, reward and support photographic talent. 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.

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.

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"

Read All About It. During a cold winter evening, a man sells Workers’ Solidarity newspapers to protesters marching towards the presidential Blue House. The headline reads: ”Park Geun-hye Resign Now.” © Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Read All About It. During a cold winter evening, a man sells Workers’ Solidarity newspapers to protesters marching towards the presidential Blue House. The headline reads: ”Park Geun-hye Resign Now.” © Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

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

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

Onboard a fishing boat 30 miles off the coast of Libya, a Bangladeshi man begs to be released from the overcrowded hold of the boat where he was packed with 150 men in slaveship like conditions. The boat carried 414 migrants and refugees attempting to reach Italy. The migrant boat was intercepted by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s rescue ship, and all the people onboard were evacuated. © Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Onboard a fishing boat 30 miles off the coast of Libya, a Bangladeshi man begs to be released from the overcrowded hold of the boat where he was packed with 150 men in slaveship like conditions. The boat carried 414 migrants and refugees attempting to reach Italy. The migrant boat was intercepted by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s rescue ship, and all the people onboard were evacuated. © Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma © Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma © Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Established Supply Corridor. © Daniel Shipp. Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Established Supply Corridor. © Daniel Shipp. Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Beach party, Dubai, January 2016. Russian women celebrating Friday brunch at a beach club in Dubai. © Nick Hannes. Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Beach party, Dubai, January 2016. Russian women celebrating Friday brunch at a beach club in Dubai. © Nick Hannes. Documentary 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"

Santa Cruz de Tenerife. © Hakim Boulouiz. Street Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Santa Cruz de Tenerife. © Hakim Boulouiz. Street Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Kasia © Artur Zdral. Portrait Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Kasia © Artur Zdral. Portrait Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Surely an elephant foot is of no real use to anyone but the animal itself. These elephant feet were attempted to be smuggled from Africa to the US, but were seized by the American Border Patrol and are currently stored at the National Wildlife Repository Denver, Colorado, USA. I have been documenting illegally traded wildlife products since August 2016 at borders and airport across the globe. © Britta Jaschinski. Open Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Surely an elephant foot is of no real use to anyone but the animal itself. These elephant feet were attempted to be smuggled from Africa to the US, but were seized by the American Border Patrol and are currently stored at the National Wildlife Repository Denver, Colorado, USA. I have been documenting illegally traded wildlife products since August 2016 at borders and airport across the globe. © Britta Jaschinski. Open Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Stars 8, 2014. © Ellie Davies. Fine Art Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Stars 8, 2014. © Ellie Davies. Fine Art Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Fleeing Death. Refugees in the queue for the checkpoint at Idomeni, Greece. March 6, 2016. © Szymon Barylski. Photojournalism Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Fleeing Death. Refugees in the queue for the checkpoint at Idomeni, Greece. March 6, 2016. © Szymon Barylski. Photojournalism Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Street Wrestling. © Retam Kumar Shaw. Documentary Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Street Wrestling. © Retam Kumar Shaw. Documentary Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

To find out more about the winners, visit lensculture.com.

Main image: Defunct Industrial Site. © Daniel Shipp. Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017