Enter 2018-05-19T08:58:54+00:00


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 © Michela Corbo


Deadline: 31 May 2018

A window into the soul as the cliché goes, and yet there’s some truth in the power of a portrait – from the history of the studio sitting to the rise of the selfie, the best portraits give a glimpse into another life, a connection formed across distance, cultures and ages.

Show us faces – individuals or groups, the iconic or the unknown – that celebrate diversity, creativity, honesty and self-expression. Studio portraiture, candid street shots, self-portraits, conceptual and fine art all welcome. With seven billion faces to choose from, show us the ones that matter.

Judge: Katherine Matthews

Katherine Matthews is a renowned photo editor, art coach, writer and artist working in Amsterdam. She has acted as editor for a number of print and online publications, including GUP Magazine where she was responsible for the quarterly print publication, and more recently the book ‘Creativity as a Career: The Field Guide for Artists’. She’s an advocate for education and mentorship, acting as guest lecturer, running photography workshops, and undertaking portfolio reviews all over the world.


Inspirational photography © Pinelopi Gerasimou

OPEN CALL judged by Brian Clamp / ClampArt

Deadline: 30 June 2018

Inspirational photography © Robert Cameriere

FACE OF THE EARTH judged by Patrick Di Nola

Deadline: 31 July 2018


> 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 themes of Life Framer Edition 2017/2018. 
  •  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).