Detail from the image "Sara and Samira. Beirut, Lebanon" - from the project SHE © Rania Matar

2020 Calls for Entry Dates Coming Soon!

The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter. Images can be singular or part of a series. The Awards are divided into three categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, and Director’s Choice.

Winners receive publication in Lenscratch, admission to Review Santa Fe portfolio reviews, and participation in a winner’s exhibition at Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, IN.

2019 Choice Award Winners

Curator’s Choice Award
1st Place: Rich Frishman, Langley, WA; Ghosts of Segregation
2nd Place: Cody Cobb, Seattle, WA; Strange Land
3rd Place: Astrid Jahnsen, Palo Alto, CA; Backdrop

Director’s Choice Award
1st Place: Lesia Maruschak, Ontario, Canada; MARIA
2nd Place: Tara Cronin, Captain Hook, HI; Thens
3rd Place: Maria Sturm, Berlin, Germany; You Don’t Look Native to Me

Editor’s Choice Award
1st Place: Rania Matar, Brookline, MA; SHE
2nd Place: Kitra Cahana, Quebec, Canada; Caravana Migrante
3rd Place: Xan Padron, New York, NY; Time Lapse

2019 Jurors

Makeda Best
CURATOR: Makeda Best, Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museum

Makeda Best is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Her forthcoming book on Civil War photography will be published in 2020 by the Pennsylvania State University Press. Her most recent exhibition was Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America.

Monica Allende
DIRECTOR: Monica Allende, Artistic Director, Getxophoto International Festival & Independent Curator

Monica Allende is an independent curator, consultant, strategist and educator. She is the Artistic Director of GetxoPhoto Photo Festival and Landskrona Foto Festival she has collaborated with WeTransfer as a Creative Producer and Consultant, she was the director of FORMAT17 International Photography Festival, she collaborated with Screen Projects and is producing and curating several multidisciplinary projects with artists and digital platforms worldwide.

MaryAnne Golon
EDITOR: MaryAnne Golon, Director of Photography, The Washington Post

MaryAnne Golon is director of photography at the Washington Post. She is a key member of the senior management team overseeing all aspects of photography across all platforms. She manages 17 staff photojournalists, 18 photography editors, and hires dozens of freelance photojournalists. Golon was previously Time magazine’s director of photography and co-managed the international newsmagazine’s photography department for more than 15 years. She was twice selected for American Photo magazine’s list of the 100 most important people in photography.


2019 Award Package

Curator’s Choice, Director’s Choice, and Editor’s Choice Awards
*1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awarded in each category

// Winners Exhibition at the Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, IN
// Complimentary participation in Review Santa Fe
// Lenscratch publication
// Special invitation to Art Photo Index (API)
// Online exhibition at


Winner’s Gallery


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