All photographers are welcome to take part and the theme can be responded to playfully, or to the letter. There’s no rights-grabbing – photographers retain full and exclusive rights to their work.

Inspirational photography © Manu De Caluwe


Deadline: 31 July 2019

“Civilization is a product of the cerebral cortex” – Carl Sagan

For this new theme we want to explore the lived-in world – people, cultures, societies. What makes us what we are today? It’s an invitation to show us the insights of this world from your own perspective!

From individuals to nations; city living and urban sprawl to rural life; the elites and the downcasts; domestication and our escapes from it; social trends, anthropology, technological advancements and our interactions with the natural world… Show us civilization!

Judge: Stefano de Luigi

4x World Press Photo winner and member of VII Photo Agency, Stefano de Luigi is known for his eclectic and deeply researched storytelling projects, exploring strange facits of the world we inhabit. He has documented the world of high-fashion, blindness, the pornographic industry, World cinema, Africa, and even Homer’s Odyssey via iPhone, and has been published in TIME Magazine, Le Monde, The New Yorker, Internazionale, Vanity Fair, El Pais and Geo.


Inspirational photography © Robert Rutoed

OPEN CALL judged by Alison Morley

Deadline: 31 August 2019

Inspirational photography © Luca Tombolini

FACE OF THE EARTH judged by Nick Brandt

Deadline: 30 September 2019


> On top of the cash prizes, exposure and international exhibitions, all entrants can create a personal, public profile (we feature some in The Collection), and get published in the Journal.

> When submitting you can choose to submit to one of the open themes, or to submit your images across any of the three open themes in the combination of your choice. Each image is reviewed as a separate entry.

1. SHARE YOUR ART: Choose how many images to enter, or if you’d like to become a member

2. TIE IT TOGETHER: Pay the admin fee securely with a credit/debit card or PayPal, and upload your image(s)

3. AND FINALLY: Receive confirmation and access to “my LF” for exclusive content


  • Enter one image for one of the themes of your choice

three images

  • Enter three images for one theme, or across the themes

six images

  • Enter six images for one theme, or across the open themes


  • Enter up to ten images per theme for the next 12 themes (no further payment required)

    Submit your work to the exclusive Series Award

    Receive feedback on your Series Award submission



Becoming a member grants you:

  • Access to a member portal where you can enter up to 10 images per theme for the next 12 consecutive themes of Life Framer (including across Editions).
  • Exclusive access to the Series Award, where you can enter a photographic series on any topic and receive your own solo show in a prestigious contemporary photography gallery.
  • Feedback on your submission – Detailed and constructive comments to your Series Award submission are provided by our guest critic team – an exclusive for Life Framer members
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Banner images courtesy of Anne Paternotte, Maciej Staszkiewicz, Nicole de Khors, Claire Lawrie, Hiro Tanaka and Alexandra Lethbridge (from left to right).