The contest has helped launch the career of many celebrated talents. Past Avant Guardian winners frequently appear in the pages of Surface, and have gone on to shoot campaigns and promotions for brands including Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Banana Republic, Nike, IBM, and Levi's. Winners have included Nicholas DuersKT AuletaSarah SilverJoshua JordanMark Veltman, and Vanina Sorrenti.

Surface editors and a star jury will select the 10 submissions that show the most promise from this year's pool. The winners' work will be showcased in our Oct. 2015 issue and exhibited at a special issue launch event.

Surface invites U.S.–based photographers to enter their new and unpublished work into the contest, which welcomes entries spanning art, architecture, fashion, portraiture, still life, and more.

For photos from last year's event celebrating the winners, please click here.