In pictures: Contemporary view

LensCulture has announced the winners and finalists in its annual Exposure Awards. The competition aims to showcase the best in contemporary photography.

Playing in Dusty Dusk. MD Tanveer Rohan, Finalist, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015. Image copyright MD Tanveer Rohan
Image caption Playing in Dusty Dusk. MD Tanveer Rohan, Finalist, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

"Because the majority of entries were of a high standard, picking the best was inevitably very difficult," said Head of Photography at The Guardian, Roger Tooth - who served on this year's jury. "However I think the winning line-up is both brilliant and surprising!"

The Outsiders. Justine Tjallinks, Finalist, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015. Image copyright Justine Tjallinks
Image caption The Outsiders by Justine Tjallinks, Finalist, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

Thousands of images were submitted from over 120 countries - as either single images, or in series of works. Matjaz Krivic was a finalist with a series on miners in Burkina Faso, titled "Digging the Future".

From Digging the Future by Matjaz Krivic, Finalist, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015. Image copyright Matjaz Krivic

First place in the Series category went to David Shannon-Lier, for his work "Of Heaven and Earth" which features this image, Chalk Moonrise, Muley Point, Utah.

"I constructed the photographs in this series by altering or marking the land in such a way that the lines expressed by the movements of the sun or moon interacted with the altered landscape," he said.

Chalk Moonrise, Muley Point, Utah. by David Shannon-Lier, 1st place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015. Image copyright David Shannon-Lier

Sebastian Palmer's series, "Hope" came second. It focuses on the residents of an illegally occupied building in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This image features Edvaldo who works as a cook.

Edvaldo. Sebastian Palmer, 2nd place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015 Image copyright Sebastian Palmer

Third place went to Maxim Dondyuk of Ukraine for the series "Culture of the Confrontation" taken during the clashes in Kiev in December 2013.

From "Culture of the Confrontation" by Maxim Dondyuk, 3rd place, Series, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015. Image copyright Maxim Dondyuk

First place for a Single Image went to Vanja Bucan of Germany.

"The submitted work is part of an ongoing series titled 'Camouflage', whereby I research the differences between photography and painting. I do this by way of adding symbolic and interpretative layers to my photographs - thus making a photo within a photo."

From the series "Camouflage" (2015). Vanja Bucan, 1st place, Single Image, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015. Image copyright Vanja Bucan

Matej Povse of Slovenia was second for "Refugees on the Balkan Route" and shows Hungarian border police shining a flashlight towards a Syrian family.

"Refugees on the Balkan Route" by Matej Povse, 2nd place, Single Image, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015 Image copyright Matej Povse

An image of group of children playing with toys by Alejandra Lopez-Zaballa was third in the Single Image category.

Alejandra López-Zaballa, Mexico "Real Toys" Image copyright Alejandra López-Zaballa

The Winners & Finalists of the 2015 Exposure Awards will be exhibited 19-22 May 2016 at Somerset House, London.

All photos: Courtesy of LensCulture