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Newsha Tavakolian An Iranian woman walks through a haze of smoke caused by the burning of the esfand herb. According to popular belief, this ritual drives away the evil eye. Iran. 2015. © Newsha Tavakolian | Magnum Photos
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Magnum Photos and LensCulture have joined forces to create one of the best new opportunities for photographers to be recognised and rewarded for their talent.

2017 marks a significant year for Magnum as we celebrate 70 years since our founding photographers toasted to the conception of an independent photo agency. Ahead of these anniversary celebrations, Magnum Photos and LensCulture invite submissions to the inaugural Magnum Photography Awards, an international call to discover the best photographers from all over the world.

Our distinguished jury will select 12 Winners and 20 Finalists from Documentary, Street, Portrait, Fine Art, Photojournalism and Open categories. In addition, the jury will select 7 photographers as ‘Jurors’ Picks’ and give out 5 ‘Student Spotlight’ awards to young, up-and-coming talents. Winners, finalists, and top-rated photographers will enjoy gain access to an unprecedented level of global exposure and recognition from two of the largest organisations in the photo industry, as well as cash funding and career support.

“Magnum Photos is delighted to be working with LensCulture on this exciting new competition, which we hope will attract diverse photographic practices from all over the world. 2016 marks a significant juncture for the agency as we launch a new, stories-first website, in the lead-up to our 70th anniversary. We view this new Award as an opportunity for our dedicated audience — and the photography community at large — to share in our celebrations.” -Martin Parr, Magnum photographer and President.

Deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 24, 2016.