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We received 1529 photographic projects that the jury is viewing to select the ten finalists and three winners, which will be announced on June 30, 2022. Thanks to all participants!


The Cortona On The Move Award is a free open call created with the desire to support photographers in the development and production of their projects.

At its first edition, with the media partnership of LensCulture and the collaboration of the Consorzio Vini Cortona, the award is part of the constant search for original and innovative narratives that has always characterized Cortona On The Move.

The open call is open-topic and welcomes projects, in development or unpublished, with the most varied photographic approaches to contemporaneity: new perspectives and new visions.

In short

Start: 28 March 2022
End: 16 May 2022

Finalists announcement : 30 June
Prize: 5000€

Participation fee: free of charge
number of images: min 10 – max 20

How to participate?

From March 28 to May 16, 2022 you can submit your project according to the criteria indicated. The 10 finalist works will be screened during the opening of Cortona On The Move 2022. Among them, one author will receive the €5,000 prize and will be able to exhibit the project at the next edition of the festival, and two others selected will see their work published on the LensCulture website.

Participation Criteria

Both photographers and collectives may participate in the open call, with proposals that must include:

● Between 10 and 20 images related to the project. Images must be in .JPEG or .PNG format, with a minimum of 1200 pixels on the longest side, and not exceed 10 MB
● A project title
● A presentation of the proposal in English (a brief introductory text about your work not to exceed 4000 characters, including spaces) and, if applicable, captions for the images.
● A biography in English (a short biography, not a Curriculum Vitae)

You are invited to submit your proposals through the LensCulture platform, using the following link: CLICK HERE

Participation is free!

Awards and Recognition

Finalist projects will be announced and published on the Cortona On The Move and LensCulture websites on June 30, 2022 and will be screened in Cortona during the opening days of the festival.

Among them:
● 1 project will receive a €5,000 prize and will have the opportunity to be exhibited at the next edition of Cortona On The Move
● 2 projects will be published on the LensCulture website during 2022.

The 3 selected works will be announced and published on the websites and social channels of Cortona On The Move and LensCulture on June 30, 2022.

Selection Jury

A panel of industry experts will be responsible for selecting the proposed projects.
Jim Casper, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of LensCulture
Veronica Nicolardi, Director of Cortona On The Move
Laura Sackett, Creative Director of LensCulture
Paolo Woods, Artistic Director of Cortona On The Move

All participants agree to:

● guarantee authorship of the execution and originality of the works;
● guarantee the peaceful enjoyment of the rights granted and ensure that the exhibition of the works will not violate, in whole or in part, the rights of third parties;
● if selected, provide the high-resolution images for projection;
● if selected, provide the high-resolution images for the eventual exhibition and publication in the catalog of the next edition of Cortona On The Move;
● if selected, provide, within the date established by the organizing secretary, a selection of images complete with caption, copyright and any courtesy, released for the press, the website and any communication/promotion support of the Cortona On The Move Award project and its future editions.

Rights of use of the works

Information on the processing of personal data and release for images
Pursuant to EU Regulation 2016/679, in relation to the information requested, we inform you that these documents, containing the personal data of the participant, will be processed exclusively for purposes related to the execution of the Open call registration. The provision of data is mandatory and failure to provide them may result in impossibility or delays in the definition of the procedures that concern you.

By participating in the Open Call Cortona On The Move Award all photographers grant the legal rights to publish, online and on social media, a selection made by Cortona On The Move, for promotional purposes of the open call and future activities related to it.

The participant, should he/she be the winner of the Open Call Cortona On The Move Award, hereby temporarily grants to ONTHEMOVE Cultural Association the rights to the images sent during the registration for the following purposes:
• Use for all press communications
• Use for Cortona On The Move website
• Use for any communication/promotion support of the Cortona On The Move project.

Partnership with LensCulture

LensCulture is a global collective of photographers and industry professionals. Established as one of the world’s largest online communities for the discovery of contemporary photography, LensCulture also provides some of the best opportunities for global exposure, international recognition, lifelong learning and creative development. LensCulture is committed to inspiring and empowering its thriving community of over 2.5 million participants, in 145 countries and across 15 languages worldwide.

Cortona On The Move has partnered with LensCulture 4 years ago to facilitate access to this organization, which develops and promotes broad opportunities for creative and professional photographic career development. Thanks to this partnership, photographers, in addition to being able to submit their projects for exhibition at the Cortona On The Move international photography festival, can access many other opportunities to gain visibility, and gain recognition for their work through LensCulture.

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