With your selected photos for the exhibition you compete for these awards

Amateur Photographers Category:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Honorable mention

 Professional Photographers Category:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Honorable mention

​Other awards:

  • Award for the most promising young photographer under 30 years of age (born 1990 or after)
  • Award for the best ‘Corona Photo’, the photo that most strikingly depicts the influence of the Corona pandemic on people
  • Award for the most creative picture

The winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in both categories and of the special awards will be invited to submit five photographs and a brief CV for a special guest exhibition during the next edition of Lens op de Mens.


Jury chairman

Johan Brouwers

Was also jury chairman of the 2017 and 2019 edition. QEP – Qualified European Photographer. Board member of the National Association of Professional Photographers (NVB). Chairman of the EP jury (European Photographer), a basic qualification for photographers, awarded by the FEP – Federation of European Professional Photographers. Chairman of the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards Competition from the 2019 edition.

Jury members 2021

Caroline Alida

Caroline Alida (BEL) was one of the guest photographers of Lens op de Mens 2019. Her work was on display at the Maria Hospital.

All the projects of Caroline Alida are developed around a theme and are the result of years of work. Her focus is on human interest photography of marginal people. Her pictures show the inner world of these vulnerable people. Her main projects have been published: Bori / Healers of the Soul (Niger) – exhibited at FOMU 2010 – and Hearing Songs in Pine Trees (Eastern Siberia). Her work is a mix of both analog and digital photography.

Recently she was selected by LensCulture to participate in an intensive Masterclass Visual StoryTelling. As a result, story and environment have gained more importance in her recent work.

Carol Olerud

Carol Olerud is the Joint Organizer for the Netherlands of the Benelux Chapter of the RPS – The Royal Photographic Society.

Kattoo Hillewaere

Freelance photographer and teacher at CVO Gent and Vorming Plus. She organises photo trips to Russia and gives many short and very practical workshops with the idea that investing in knowledge is smarter and more sustainable than investing in material. In the same spirit, she regularly writes articles for Shoot magazine.

Zjuul Devens

Visual artist, photographer, filmmaker, graduated in Visual Arts and Photography.

As a professional photographer, he was a devil-doing-all. Passionate macro photographer. Now he is mainly concerned with the theme of transience. He likes to give dead half-decayed insects a “new life”.

For him, photography and art are a part of his life.

Andy Hens

MQEP – Master Qualified European Photographer. Belgian photographer who lives and works in Germany. Experienced jury member for the QEP and Master QEP qualifications of the Federation of European Professional Photographers. Photography teacher at the Handwerkskammer in Dortmund. Experienced cgi artist (cumputer-generated imagery).

Jim Lowe

QEP – Qualified European Photographer. Was a Marine & Natural History Photography teacher at the highly regarded Falmouth University in the United Kingdom. Jury chair of the QEP and MQEP qualifications of the FEP – Federation of European Professional Photographers.

Jos Verhoogen

MQEP – Master Qualified European Photographer. 40 years of experience as a professional photographer, lecturer in reportage photography and several times as a jury member for the FEP and other international photo competitions. His photos won numerous national and international awards.

A big thank you to our jury members for their enormous effort to view and judge so many photos.
Thanks to them we can uphold the artistic quality of our festival.


LodM 2021 - Jury
LodM 2021 - Jury
LodM 2021 - Jury
LodM 2021 - Jury