Theme: Open Call / Competition Judge: Alessia Glaviano
With no explicit lead, the Open Call competition is designed to invite photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience to share with us their best images.
1ST PRIZE: Rosa Mariniello
“Mercedes photographed by Rosa Mariniello is a beautiful image, wonderfully lit and composed and most of all it is an image about empowerment. The chromatic ensemble is joyful and powerful. In the upper side of the photograph, the color of the headscarf gracefully matches the color of the walls framing the beautiful face which becomes the chromatic punctum of the image bringing out, by contrast, the other half of the photograph where the skin tones compose a wonderful drawing together with the blanket. The subject is powerful and proud, her pose, as well as the angle of the photograph, is reminiscent of Tiziano and Velazquez’s Venus and Francisco Goya’s La Maja desnuda which gives an extra layer to the image.” – Alessia Glaviano
2ND PRIZE: Giulia Savorelli
“Giulia Savorelli’s “Terroni’s Before the Procession”, is a wonderful portrait, very well composed, beautifully lit, and with a strong narrative quality. We could come up with hundreds of different stories about the subject, the intensity of his gaze, his style, the details that peep out…a watch, the blue of the jacket’s lining and then there is the way he holds the cigarette which forms a line with the other cigarette in the image, a blurred one, and there goes another story…” – Alessia Glaviano
3RD PRIZE: Stuart Chape
“When it comes to documenting the impact of human life on our planet, photography is one of the most powerful and vivid instrument available to man. It is a tool that allows us to understand, discover and marvel at the beauty residing in our habitat. This magnificent aerial view point of the Cambodian floodplain not only presents the grandeur of our ecosystem, but also the beauty residing in the possible balance between man and his environment. With arrows shaped fishing net seemingly connecting the natural world and provide food to man’s floating village. A stunning reminder of interconnectedness” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Alessia Glaviano
Alessia Glaviano is the Brand Visual Director of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue.
She has worked with a wide range of international photographers over the years and she is responsible for Photo Vogue, an innovative online platform where users can share their own photographs under the curatorial supervision of professional photo editors. Alessia is also responsible for the artistic direction of events and exhibitions for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue.
In addition to her editorial and curatorial activities, Alessia teaches master courses at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan, and lectures regularly at other academic institutions. She was a 2015 World Press Photo jury member, and has participated in several portfolio review sessions, including the New York Times Portfolio Reviews.