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Happiness is a point of view.

As with all previous editions, the 8th edition of our Happiness ONTHEMOVE contest, partnered with Consorzio Vino Chianti, features happiness as its central theme.

Development of the theme is left to your own personal vision, creativity and sensitivity. Photographers are asked to reflect upon the theme, avoiding a purely literal interpretation, and developing the multifaceted sides of the concept. Happiness is a choice. It can be a fully articulated story, or it can be something internal, sometimes subtle and not always self-evident. It depends entirely on the experience of each individual.

Happiness is suspension, surprise, a story that resonates inside you, often for no reason whatsoever. Happiness is action, it is stillness, it can be just a look, or maybe an entire lifetime. We’re not looking for easy smiles or stereotyped images. We want to see true happiness in your stories.

The aim of the ONTHEMOVE international prize is to amaze the jury with a tale of unexpected, astonishing happiness. Participants are invited to submit works that develop the general theme of the contest in an original manner.

The winner of Happiness ONTHEMOVE will receive a prize of 3,000 euros plus exhibition space in the subsequent edition of Cortona On The Move, in 2020. The winning project will be awarded and projected on the evening dedicated to projections during the inauguration period of COTM 2019.

in short

Starts: March 11, 2019
Ends: April 14, 2019
Winner announcement: May 27, 2018
Entry fee: 10 Euros
Number of images: min 8 – max 15

in short

Starts: March 11, 2019
Ends: April 14, 2019
Winner announcement: May 27, 2018
Entry fee: 10 Euros
Number of images: min 8 – max 15

Happiness is a point of view.

As with all previous editions, the 8th edition of our Happiness ONTHEMOVE contest, partnered with Consorzio Vino Chianti, features happiness as its central theme.

Development of the theme is left to your own personal vision, creativity and sensitivity. Photographers are asked to reflect upon the theme, avoiding a purely literal interpretation, and developing the multifaceted sides of the concept. Happiness is a choice. It can be a fully articulated story, or it can be something internal, sometimes subtle and not always self-evident. It depends entirely on the experience of each individual.

Happiness is suspension, surprise, a story that resonates inside you, often for no reason whatsoever. Happiness is action, it is stillness, it can be just a look, or maybe an entire lifetime. We’re not looking for easy smiles or stereotyped images. We want to see true happiness in your stories.

The aim of the ONTHEMOVE international prize is to amaze the jury with a tale of unexpected, astonishing happiness. Participants are invited to submit works that develop the general theme of the contest in an original manner.

The winner of Happiness ONTHEMOVE will receive a prize of 3,000 euros plus exhibition space in the subsequent edition of Cortona On The Move, in 2020. The winning project will be awarded and projected on the evening dedicated to projections during the inauguration period of COTM 2019.

Consorzio Vino Chianti and Cortona On The Move

The Consorzio Vino Chianti (Chianti winegrowers consortium) has represented a group of Chianti vintners since 1927 and it has been promoting the Chianti brand itself since that time. It is dedicated to safeguarding a product of excellence that is tied to a specific geographical area and its history.
The consortium’s partnership with Cortona On The Move came about through its desire to support initiatives that tell simple, everyday stories while giving us glimpses of happiness and passion.

The jury

The jury for the prize convenes exclusively online and is composed of field experts and professionals.

Peggy Sue Amison – Artistic Director East Wing
Alexa Becker – Acquisitions editor for photography and art books for Kehrer Verlag
Elena Boille – Deputy editor and photo editor Internazionale
Arianna Rinaldo – Artistic Director of Cortona On The Move
Andreas Trampe – Director of photography Stern magazine
James Wellford – Senior Photo Editor for Global Issues National Geographic

How to apply

Each project submitted should include:

  • A minimum of 8 and a maximum of 15 images. Each image should be in Jpeg format, colour or B&W, 800 pixels on the longest side, a resolution of 72dpi and a max file size of 2 Mbs. You must retain a corresponding, high resolution file of at least 10 Mbs per image which we will ask you to provide us with if your application is accepted. Each file should be named and sequenced as follows: SIRNAME, FIRST NAME INITIAL, SEQUENTIAL IMAGE NUMBER (for example: James Frey will name his files: FREY_J_001.jpeg, FREY_J_002.jpeg, etc.)
  • Title (of your project)
  • A written presentation of your work in English (maximum 1000 characters including spaces)
  • Bio in English (a brief written biography, not a CV)

Send your projects between March 11 and April 14th, 2019 at 23:59 CET (April 13th, 14:59 PST)

2018 Edition:

Diana Markosian “Santa Barbara”

2017 Edition:

Pierfrancesco Celada “Instagram Pier, Hong Kong”

2016 Edition:

Klaus Pichler “Golden days before they end”

2015 Edition:

Daesung Lee “Futuristic Archaeology”

2014 Edition:

Carla Kogelman “Ich bin waldviertel”

2013 Edition:

Albert Bonsfills “Lina and Mengchun”

2012 Edition:

Asbjorn Sand “The roll whatever”