Call for Applications: UNPUBLISHED PHOTO Contest

Deadline Date: April 15, 2024

Donor Name: Fondazione culture e musei (FCM)

Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000

Applications are now open for the UNPUBLISHED PHOTO Contest to promote and enhance the new trends of international contemporary photography in all its forms and expressions.

The UNPUBLISHED PHOTO contest is promoted by the Fondazione culture e musei of Lugano (FCM) with MUSEC-Lugano; organised in collaboration with the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS Gallery in Milan and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti in Venice and it is in partnership with the Fondazione Ada Ceschin e Rosanna Pilone in Zurich.

Prize Information

  • Prize money
    • The winners will receive the following cash prizes:
      • 1st place: CHF 3’500
      • 2nd place: CHF 500
      • 3rd place: CHF 500
      • 4th place: CHF 500
  • Prizes in services
    • The four winners will be awarded the publication of a catalogue published by the FCM containing all the photographs submitted to the competition, and an exhibition in Lugano, in the MUSEC venue (Villa Malpensata). The costs of these valorisation activities amount to CHF 50’000 for the current year and are fully covered by the FCM.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participation in the UP contest is free, open to photographers of all nationalities, up to the age of 30 within the current year. The photographs submitted must be unpublished, never exhibited or published before the contest, neither in paper nor digital form. Excluded from participation in the contest are family members of members of the jury, as well as those who have a relationship of collaboration and/or dependence with the promoters and those who collaborate in the organisation, management and promotion of the contest itself.
  • Applicants should submit a photographic project consisting of 10 photographs and with its own stylistic and narrative unity. The project should be accompanied by a brief description and a title for each image.
  • B/w and colour photographs are both allowed. Photographs created using digital, analogue, photomontage and other experimental techniques are permitted. For the purposes of the contest, the images must be sent in digital format with the following specifications: 96 dpi and max 2000 pixels for the long side. Each digital file must be named including the progressive number of the sequence of images in the portfolio and the author’s surname. The four winners must be able to provide the 10 images in TIFF format (possibly also JPEG), with a resolution of 300 dpi and Adobe rgb 1998 colour profile, for the purpose of printing the works for the exhibition and the catalogue.

For more information, visit FCM.

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