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color documentary photo of children at a dwell in Sudan by Marco Marcone
© Marco Marcone
black and white portrait photo of women in traditional clothes in Saronic gulf, Greece by George Tatakis
© George Tatakis
Aerial color photo of the making of Soy sauce by Mahendra Bake
© Mahendra Bake
Color travel photography of brick workers in, Bangladesh by Didier Vanderperre
© Didier Vanderperre
Visual story - color portrait photo of a woman in india by Alessandro Bergamini. Photo competition, photo contest
© Alessandro Bergamini
color documentary photo of children at a dwell in Sudan by Marco Marcone
© Marco Marcone
black and white portrait photo of women in traditional clothes in Saronic gulf, Greece by George Tatakis
© George Tatakis
Aerial color photo of the making of Soy sauce by Mahendra Bake
© Mahendra Bake
Color travel photography of brick workers in, Bangladesh by Didier Vanderperre
© Didier Vanderperre
Visual story - color portrait photo of a woman in india by Alessandro Bergamini. Photo competition, photo contest
© Alessandro Bergamini
color documentary photo of children at a dwell in Sudan by Marco Marcone
© Marco Marcone
black and white portrait photo of women in traditional clothes in Saronic gulf, Greece by George Tatakis
© George Tatakis
Aerial color photo of the making of Soy sauce by Mahendra Bake
© Mahendra Bake
Color travel photography of brick workers in, Bangladesh by Didier Vanderperre
© Didier Vanderperre
Visual story - color portrait photo of a woman in india by Alessandro Bergamini. Photo competition, photo contest
© Alessandro Bergamini
color documentary photo of children at a dwell in Sudan by Marco Marcone
© Marco Marcone
black and white portrait photo of women in traditional clothes in Saronic gulf, Greece by George Tatakis
© George Tatakis
Aerial color photo of the making of Soy sauce by Mahendra Bake
© Mahendra Bake
Color travel photography of brick workers in, Bangladesh by Didier Vanderperre
© Didier Vanderperre
Visual story - color portrait photo of a woman in india by Alessandro Bergamini. Photo competition, photo contest
© Alessandro Bergamini
color photo of a sulfur miner in East Java, Indonesia by Kevin Benckendorf
© Kevin Benckendorf
color travel photo of man in wooden boat on lake in Bali by Nicoletta Boscarelli
© Nicoletta Boscarelli
Visual story, color landscape photo of winter of norther light
© Valeria Coli
color photo of Hyena man in Nigeria by Joaquin Barata
© Joaquin Barata
color photo of a sulfur miner in East Java, Indonesia by Kevin Benckendorf
© Kevin Benckendorf
color travel photo of man in wooden boat on lake in Bali by Nicoletta Boscarelli
© Nicoletta Boscarelli
Visual story, color landscape photo of winter of norther light
© Valeria Coli
color photo of Hyena man in Nigeria by Joaquin Barata
© Joaquin Barata
color photo of a sulfur miner in East Java, Indonesia by Kevin Benckendorf
© Kevin Benckendorf
color travel photo of man in wooden boat on lake in Bali by Nicoletta Boscarelli
© Nicoletta Boscarelli
Visual story, color landscape photo of winter of norther light
© Valeria Coli
color photo of Hyena man in Nigeria by Joaquin Barata
© Joaquin Barata
color photo of a sulfur miner in East Java, Indonesia by Kevin Benckendorf
© Kevin Benckendorf
color travel photo of man in wooden boat on lake in Bali by Nicoletta Boscarelli
© Nicoletta Boscarelli
Visual story, color landscape photo of winter of norther light
© Valeria Coli
color photo of Hyena man in Nigeria by Joaquin Barata
© Joaquin Barata
color documentary photo of children at a dwell in Sudan by Marco Marcone
© Marco Marcone
black and white portrait photo of women in traditional clothes in Saronic gulf, Greece by George Tatakis
© George Tatakis
Aerial color photo of the making of Soy sauce by Mahendra Bake
© Mahendra Bake
Color travel photography of brick workers in, Bangladesh by Didier Vanderperre
© Didier Vanderperre
Visual story - color portrait photo of a woman in india by Alessandro Bergamini. Photo competition, photo contest
© Alessandro Bergamini
color photo of a sulfur miner in East Java, Indonesia by Kevin Benckendorf
© Kevin Benckendorf
color travel photo of man in wooden boat on lake in Bali by Nicoletta Boscarelli
© Nicoletta Boscarelli
Visual story, color landscape photo of winter of norther light
© Valeria Coli
color photo of Hyena man in Nigeria by Joaquin Barata
© Joaquin Barata

Past Judges

Our competition jury is comprised of esteemed industry figures representing such prestigious agencies and publications as Magnum Photos, VII, National Geographic, Agence Vu'Vogue & GEO.
  • logo of The Guardian and portrait photo of editor Fiona Shields

    Fiona Shields

    Fiona Shields is Head of Photography for The Guardian News and Media Group. With more than two decades of experience, she has delivered talks, mentored photojournalism students, and served as judge of numerous awards and competitions.

  • Judge Steve McCurry Profile Picture

    Steve McCurry

    Celebrated as one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography, American photographer Steve McCurry has created a unique collection of work featuring some of the most famous images of our time.

  • Judge Alessia Glaviano Profile Picture Vogue Logo

    Alessia Glaviano

    Based in Milan, Alessia Glaviano is the Brand Visual Director of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. She is responsible for Photo Vogue and was a 2015 World Press Photo jury member.

  • Judge Ed Kashi Profile Picture VII Logo

    Ed Kashi

    Represented by the prestigious VII agency, Ed Kashi is an acclaimed photojournalist and educator who uses photography to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times.

  • Judge Maggie Steber Profile Picture National Geographic Logo

    Maggie Steber

    A celebrated figure in the photographic community, Maggie Steber works for National Geographic and is part of the renowned VII Photo Agency. She has earned prestigious honors, including the Leica Medal of Excellence, the World Press Foundation Award & a Pulitzer prize.

  • Judge REZA Profile Picture

    REZA

    Founder of Webistan Photo Agency and Explorer of National Geographic, internationally acclaimed Iranian-French photojournalist Reza is a three-times world press winning photographer and recipient of the ICP Infinity Award.

  • portrait of photographer Carol Körting

    Carol Körting

    Carol Körting is a professional portfolio reviewer and the photo editor of the renowned Leica Fotografie International Magazine (LFI) and its online platform, producing and editing countless photographic projects since 2011.

  • portrait of photographer Nikos Economopoulos

    Nikos Economopoulos

    Member of Magnum Photos since 1990, Nikos Economopoulos has published several monographs and his iconic images have been published and exhibited worldwide. Economopoulos regularly teach and work around the world, in the context of his long-term On The Road project.⁠⁠

  • Judge Magdalena Herrera Profile Picture GEO Logo

    Magdalena Herrera

    Magdalena Herrera has worked in books, print, and magazines, spending ten years as head of the photo department at National Geographic before joining Geo France as Director of Photography. She was the chair of the 2018 World Press Photo contest.

  • Awards Calendar

    1 Month / 1 Award

    Each month we invite photographers to submit their images to a specific competition theme overseen by an acclaimed artist.

    ◇ STREET – September 2023
    ◇ OPEN CALL – October 2023
    ◇ LANDSCAPE – November 2023
    ◇ PEOPLE – December 2023
    ◇ BLACK & WHITE – January 2024
    VISUAL STORY – February 2024
    ◇ STREET – March 2024
    ◇ COLOR – April 2024
    ◇ PORTRAIT – May 2024
    ◇ BLACK & WHITE II – June 2024
    ◇ TRAVEL – Summer 2024

    Coor photography of a man taking a bath by Ivelina Berova
    © Ivelina Berova
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    THEME: Black & White January 2024

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