Il Reportage, the quarterly literary, journalism and photography review, in collaboration with Officine Fotografiche Roma and Leica Camera Italia, is pleased to announce the first edition of Il Reportage Photojournalism Award 2016, an international documentary photography competition.
The theme of this first edition is “BORDERS”.
With this theme, we want to refer to an idea of a border that, starting from the geopolitical concept of the term, transcends it and arrives at exploring its meaning in all its nuances. In this regard, the words of the philosopher Zygmunt Bauman are enlightening:
“Boundaries are drawn to create differences, differences between one place and the restof space, between one stretch of time and the rest of time, between one category of human creature and the rest of humanity. […] In our fast-globalising world borders become less and less effective […] they acquire more and more significance and tend to be over-saturated with meaning. […] Borders, either made of bricks and cement or just symbolic are sometimes battlefields but they are also creative labs of the art of living together. They are also soils in which seeds of future forms of humanity are thrown and grow (consciously or not).”
The competition is open to all professional photographers and young talents, without any restriction in terms of nationality , who wish to present a selection of photographs (between 15 and 25) of a finished work that has been carried out in the past two years and that is related to the theme, interpretable either through stories that are focused on contemporary issues of great scope or on micro-social contexts of everyday life and situations that are given little space in traditional media.
The winner and the two runners-up will be announced during the award ceremony which will be held during the FotoLeggendo event, in Rome, on 12/06/2016.
The winner’s work will be exhibited at Officine Fotografiche Roma in October and the winner will receive a payment for publication of his or her work in the portfolio section of Il Reportage, distributed in Italy, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Greece, Portugal, the Italian and German-speaking parts of Switzerland, and Taiwan.
Thanks to the collaboration with Leica Camera Italia, the winner will have the opportunity to attend a free workshop run by Leica Akademie.
Furhermore, the staff of Slideluck Editorial will work together with the author to make a multimedia piece out of the photographic project, advising the photographer during the entire process, from the story editing throughout all the technical aspects. The multimedia will be promoted on the Slideluck web platform (www.slideluckeditorial.com) and showcased during the exhibition opening at Officine Fotografiche Roma.
During the event Il Reportage and Officine Fotografiche Roma will be delighted to invite the winner at the vernissage, taking care of all the travel and accommodation expenses. The fine art prints for the exhibition will be made by Irfe Colore Studio, will remain the property of the author and they will be shipped at the end of the exhibition days.
Dead line: May 15, 2016
– min 15 – max 25 photographs of a single finished documentary project that has been realized in the last two years.
– the photographs must be saved in JPEG format and fall within the range of 1Mb – 3 Mb.
– all the data must be sent in a single zip file (photographs – project – bio) to email@example.com via WeTransfer.
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