Series Award 2017-05-12T11:08:34+00:00

An open call for entries to the Series Award

In addition to the monthly themed competition we’ve shaped a series award for photographers who would like to submit a body of work. Any topic, any genre, any format.



> Win a solo show and evening launch in Rome

The winner will have their own show and evening launch at the Matèria Gallery, a stunning exhibition space specialised in contemporary photography, and located in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Rome.

> Get massive outreach and your work published in GUP magazine.

Expose your work to the world’s photography community and creative media outlets.

Enter a photographic project on any topic, of any genre, and in any format.  We’re interested in the execution, the originality and the meaning of your art. There are no categories or themes so just enjoy the freedom and submit your best work.



The grand winner of the series award will be judged by Mona Kuhn. Mona’s view and experience of photography is one of the sharpest and most respected.  She is best known for her large-scale, dream-like photographs of the human form, and her work often reference classical themes with a light and insightful touch. Currently, Mona lives and works in Los Angeles.

Mona Kuhn’s work has been exhibited and/or included in the collections of The J.Paul Getty Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Pérez Art Museum in Miami, The Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego,The George Eastman House, the Griffin Museum in Boston and  The International Center of Photography in NYC.

In Europe, her work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art in London England, Le Louvre in France, Deichtorhallen in Hamburg Germany, Musée de l’Élysée in Switzerland, Centre d’art Contemporain at Musée Chaleroi in France, the Leopold Museum in Vienna Austria, and the Australian Center for Photography in Sydney.

Steidl published her four monographs Evidence (2007), Native (2009), Bordeaux Series (2011) and her most recent publication Private (2014).

We invite you to see more of her portfolio  – a mesmerizing universe of soft tones, effortless sensuality and intimacy.



> Open call for entries

Enter a photographic project on any topic, of any genre, and in any format.  We’re interested in the execution, the originality and the meaning of your art. There are no categories or themes so just enjoy the freedom and submit your main body of work.

> How to enter

Please click the ‘Submit Now’ button below where you will be directed to a page where you can upload your files and submit. Each series submission should be comprised as follows:

  • 5 to 20 images in .jpg format, 2mb maximum size each – large files will be rejected.
  • short statement about the work in .pdf, .doc or .docx format. Please also include your full name and links to your portfolio if you have one.

> Upon submission

You’ll receive an email to confirm safe receipt of your entry, along with notification when the winner is announced. Please direct any questions to

The Series Award is now closed for entries and results will be announced on 1 June 2017. A new Series Award will open on the same date,
alongside the new Edition of Life Framer.

Previous winner – Justine Tjallinks


“Life Framer has given me the opportunity to showcase my work on the international stage. I had the privilege of showing one of my series both online and in an exhibition, which was fantastic exposure and within a few days of the exhibition I had received serious interest from potential buyers. Several of these have already led to sales” – Justine



Justine Tjallinks’ series ‘Nude’ was selected by Brian Paul Clamp, the owner and director of the ClampArt gallery in New York.  Nude explores the duality between the vulnerability and strength within oneself. The soft colour palette represents the vulnerability, whilst the strength and determination is found in the body language.

“Albinism in humans is characterized by the absence of pigment in the skin, hair, and/or eyes. Portraits of individuals affected by the disorder bring to mind celebrated photographers such as Tanyth Berkeley and Pieter Hugo.  Nonetheless, Justine Tjallinks brings an aesthetic and approach all her own to her portrayal of a beautiful young woman with albinism.  The images are sophisticated, polished, and powerfully disarming.” – Brian Paul Clamp.

Banner image © Mona Kuhn