Theme: Open Call / Competition Judge: Elisa Medde. Editor in Chief at FOAM Magazine.
With no explicit lead, the Open Call competition is designed to invite photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences to share with us their best images.
1ST PRIZE: Chloé Azzopardi
“I choose this image as a winner for its intense narrative potential. It’s intriguing and uncanny, and it made me curious to see more, to know more about the story – even before reading its description. “ — Elisa Medde
2ND PRIZE: Rona Bar & Ofek Avshalom
“This is a very well done portrait, part of an intriguing body of work. The subject is important and I liked the clean, gentle but direct and powerful feeling it conveys. “ — Elisa Medde
3RD PRIZE: Austin Cullen
“Austin Cullen’s image is surreal and intriguing: an alabaster wolf framed against similarly hued rugged surrounds. Though the display ostensibly depicts the animal in its natural habitat, there is an incongruity to the scene, a sense of awkward artificiality, that perhaps illustrates our detachment from the veritable, natural world.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Elisa Medde
Elisa Medde is a photography curator, writer, and editor. She has a background in the History of Art, Iconology, and Photographic Studies, and is particularly concerned with the relations between image and power. She has worked for various cultural institutions, publishing houses, and non-profit organizations and as an independent curator and editor, and for the last decade has served as Editor in Chief at FOAM Magazine.
Over the years she has served as a juror for numerous competitions, including, the Luma Rencontres Book Award and Copenhagen Photo Festival, and as a nominator for, amongst others, the Mack First Book Award; Prix Elysée; and Leica Oskar Barnack Award.