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All 15 finalists will be projected at COTM18 during the final awards evening.

We are looking for stories that will amaze us.


Cortona On The Move, at its 8th edition this year, continues its partnership with LensCulture to seek strong and original documentary work from all over the world.

New Visions stems from the desire to follow up closely the ever-changing language of photography. Visual essays need to play with a new grammar and challenge the eyes of the viewer in order to be seen and to keep communicating a strong message and offer new emotions.

In the spirit of our motto “on the move”, we will value the originality of style and language with which the works have been conceived and created. Concept and execution go hand in hand, and the output should strive to attract a broad audience and to surprise/provoke/inform/move. Novelty in form and content are our keywords.

Among all the submissions, 3 projects will be awarded a solo show at Cortona On The Move 2018 from July 12nd to September 30th.

More opportunities for the other 12 finalists:

  • 4 projects will be selected to be published on in July 2018
  • 8 projects will be selected to be projected, with all the finalists, during the opening days of Cortona On The Move 2018.

How to apply?

Submissions should include:

  • a minimum of 8 images and a maximum of 15 images. Each image should be jpegs or pngs files that are a minimum of 1200 pixels on the longest side (but up to 2000 pixels is fine) and no more than 10 MB. Each image submitted must have a corresponding high resolution file available of at least 10Mbs which will be requested if your work is selected for the call.
  • a title
  • a submission statement on your work in English (maximum 4000 characters spaces included)
  • your biography in English (a short written bio, not a CV)

From February 19th to March 25th 11:59 pm PST (March 26th 8.59 Central European Time)  you are invited to submit your work on the LensCulture platform:



  • All projects submitted should be not previously exhibited in major venues or events, and the author should possess exclusive copyright ownership of the work.
  • Any project submitted that is the combined work of more than one author should be presented with the prior agreement of all parties concerned and should be accompanied by a disclaimer signed by each party.
  • You must grant Cortona On The Move legal rights to exhibit your work and to publish it in print for promotional purposes.
  • Photographic prints will be made at the expense of the Cultural Association ONTHEMOVE and will become part of the Association’s archives. ONTHEMOVE could use them at other events in agreement with the author.


LensCulture and Cortona On The Move

LensCulture is a global community of photographers and industry professionals that became an authoritative resource for contemporary photography through a community of over 2.5 million participants. The collaboration with Cortona On The Move wants to expand the possibility of sharing and discovery in an international context of professionals and amateurs that promotes the exchange and the opportunity of exposure and recognition. Through this partnership photographers can apply to be exhibited at Cortona On The Move international photo festival, as well as gain access to many opportunities for exposure and recognition through LensCulture.


International selection committee

Jim Casper

Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder of LensCulture

Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography events, travels around the world to meet with photographers and review their portfolios, curates art exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and nominator for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations.

Arianna Rinaldo

Artistic Director of Cortona On The Move

Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. She is the artistic director of Cortona On The Move. For almost 10 years she was also the director of OjodePez magazine, the only documentary photography quarterly published in Spain. Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 in New York, as Archive Director at Magnum Photos, and then as photo editor of Colors magazine In Italy. Based in Milan from 2004 to 2011, Arianna has been a freelance curator for exhibits and a photo consultant for various publications, among which 4 years at D, the weekend supplement of one of Italy’s main daily, La Repubblica. She is a regular participant in portfolio reviews and jury panels worldwide, as well as speaker and teacher.

Laura Sackett

Creative Director of LensCulture

Laura Sackett is partner and Creative Director in LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations committed to discovering and promoting the best in the global photography. She has lead all aspects of design including brand, website, print, communications, screenings and exhibitions. Besides leading the creative direction for LensCulture, she also co-curates the online galleries, the LensCulture exhibitions and serves as Juror for Portfolio Reviews. Laura is also a photographer. Her recent photowork includes camera-less digital portraits and experiments with iPhonography. She is a founding Board Member of PhotoAlliance, and earned an MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA.

Antonio Carloni

Director of Cortona On The Move

Antonio Carloni, a proud native of Cortona, was born in the celebrated Tuscan hilltown in 1981. Based on a flash of inspiration at age 30, he ingeniously set out to develop an ambitious plan for creating an international photography festival in his hometown, to be known as Cortona On The Move. In 2011, together with a few friends, he founded the cultural association ONTHEMOVE with the purpose of developing a festival focused on contemporary photography. Another essential element is the link between the town and its multiple exhibitions: photography should be to Cortona what the world of cinema is to Cannes or Venice. A veritable ‘plein air’ festival animated by photographers and curators, editors and experts, professionals and enthusiasts alike whose task it was to turn the little Etruscan citadel into an international centre for the visual arts.

in short

Winners and finalists announcement: 23th May 2018 

Beginning Date: February 19th, 2018

Deadline: March 25th 11:59 pm PST (March 26th 8.59 CET)

Submission fee: Free

Images: min 8 – max 15

2017 Edition


Participants: 938

Winners: Terje Abusdal “Slash & Burn”, Antoine Bruy “Outback Mythologies: The White Man’s Hole”, Farshid Tighehsaz “From Labyrinth”