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We are looking for work that will amaze us.

Promoted by Cortona On The Move and LensCulture

Cortona On The Move is at its 7th edition this year. To honour the path we have taken, we want to give new life to our call for submissions. We have partnered with LensCulture to create a free open call that seeks to attract original documentary works from all over the world.

We are looking for work that will amaze us.

New Visions stands for the quest for the ever-changing grammar of photography. As a language, photography is in continuous flux and it needs to adapt to the changes in society and culture in order to keep communicating a strong message and to offer new emotions.

In the new spirit of “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, like a lingua franca, to reach a broad audience.

We are seeking documentary works that are conceived with an honest intention and do not fear experimentation.

How to apply?

From February 20th, 2017 to March 31st 23:59 Pacific Time (April 1st Central European Time) apply to exhibit as part of the Cortona On The Move festival.

We look forward to receiving your entry.

Submissions should include:

  • a minimum of 8 images and a maximum of 15 images. Images 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
  • the submission statement (a brief statement about your work, maximum 4000 characters, spaces included)
  • the biography (a short written biography, not a CV)

You are invited to submit your work on the LensCulture platform: www.lensculture.com/competitions/cortona-on-the-move/events

Go to LensCulture Take a look at the competition gallery


New Visions will offer the following opportunities:

  • On May 25th 2017 15 artists will be selected and announced as finalists. . They will be listed on the websites of COTM and LensCulture.
  • The 3 winners will be exhibited during the next edition of the festival Cortona On The Move from July 13th to October 1st and 4 works will be published on Repubblica.it in July 2017
  • All finalist works will be projected during the opening days of Cortona On The Move 2017 edition.


Antonio Carloni - Direttore di Cortona On The Move

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 ingenuously set out to develop an ambitious plan for creating an international photography festival in his home town, to be known as Cortona On The Move.

In 2011, together with a few friends, he founded Associazione culturale ONTHEMOVE for the purpose of developing the festival around the central theme of a voyage, to be interpreted, illustrated and narrated in the most heterogeneous way possible.

Another essential element was to be the marriage 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.

Antonio Carloni - Direttore di Cortona On The Move

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. He serves on the board of directors at SPE, the Society for Photographic Education, the world’s largest association of photography educators.

Antonio Carloni - Direttore di Cortona On The Move

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, Cortona On The Move, the international photo festival in Tuscany, Italy. 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. Back in Italy in 2001, as picture editor for Colors magazine she commissioned international photographers to produce documentary projects all over the world.

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. She was part of the World Press Photo jury in 2009, Fotopres, Spain in 2012 and has been a Photolucida Critical Mass juror since 2009.

Antonio Carloni - Direttore di Cortona On The Move

Laura Sacket

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.


  • Every submitted project must have a minimum of 8 photos and a maximum of 15 photos.
  • All projects submitted should be not previously exhibited, 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 Partnership

LensCulture is a global community of photographers and industry professionals. As one of the world’s largest online destinations for discovering contemporary photography, LensCulture also provides some of the best opportunities for global exposure, international recognition, ongoing learning and creative development. LensCulture is committed to inspiring and empowering its thriving community of over 2.5 million, across 145 countries and in 15 languages around the world.

Cortona On The Move has partnered with LensCulture to give you access to this organization who develops and fosters opportunities that help you move your photography career forward creatively and professionally. 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, recognition through LensCulture.

Call for entry summary details:

Finalists announcement: 25th May 2017
Beginning date: February 20th, 2017
Deadline: March 31st 23:59 Pacific Time (April 1st 8.59 Central European Time)
Submission category: Series (project)
Submission fee: Free
Max pictures: 15

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