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Photography

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us”

Ralph Hattersley

Congratulations! We can’t wait to see your shots!

Discover Jurors and Prizes of this discipline by clicking on your European Area: Blue, Yellow or Green, depending on your country.

REMEMBER! If you are selected, you can win:

  •  a cash prize of € 300 
  • the chance to perform or exhibit at the Semifinal Show of your Area
  • a ticket to the Final Show in Rome, Italy, during the prestigious MArteLive Biennial taking place in December 2021
  • the chance to take part in Art Residencies in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Poland in the summer of 2021
  • international networking, gigs, exhibitions and collaborations

Blue Area

Countries included in this area are: Albania, Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom

Blue Semifinal Show takes place in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Winners of the Semifinal shows will perform in the European Final in Rome (Italy).


Jurors

Milomir KovacevicMilomir Kovacevic

Milomir Kovacevic is a photographer of contradiction. He is a photographer of death and life, past and present, eternity and transience. His photographs are both very violent and overly serious. Their quality consists primarily in pictorial power, far from any stylization. For his work, he has won numerous, very important awards, including the French Knight for merits for photographic work and engagement, and he received the Sixth April Award of the City of Sarajevo in 2016..


Prizes

SEMIFINAL - WINNER

Cash Prize
Cash Prize of € 300
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

Travel Grant 
All travel costs to Rome covered to reach the MArteLive Europe Final Show and the MArteLive Biennial, both taking place on December 7-8-9, 2021.
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

SEMIFINAL - SPECIAL PRIZES

Artists selected by the Jury among the Semifinalists

MArteLive Art in Progress
1 Week Stay at Art Residencies in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Poland in the Summer of 2021, for artists selected by the Jury.
Brought to you by:
* ProCult in Italy and Poland
* Tuzla Live in Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Kintai Arts in Lithuania


MUSEO DE VARGAS Prize
Exhibition at Museum De Vargas. one work will be hosted in a group exhibition (SPAIN)

BATOR ART Prize
Group exhibition at the Bator Art Gallery, one work per person (POLAND)

PASTIFICIO CERERE Prize
Portfolio revision with curators from Pastificio Cerere Foundation (ITALY)

AUTHENTICATION4ART Prize
Record of 10 works at Authentication 4 Art platform registration for artworks. Including the free use of the platform for an unlimited time and certificates (SPAIN)

THAT’S HALL Prize
Live or online exhibition at the That's Hall Galleria (ITALY)

FARMANI/HOUSE OF LUCIE Prize
Exhibition with the Farmani Group at the House of Lucie Galleries (HUNGARY/GREECE)

FINAL - SPECIAL PRIZES

Artists selected by the Jury among the Finalists - European and Italian contests

ArtSharing Prize
An artistic residency and an exhibition, lasting a minimum of 6 days at Art Sharing gallery in Rome (ITALY)

ART G.A.P. Prize
Participation in a group exhibition, lasting a minimum of 6 days at the ART G.A.P. gallery in Rome (ITALY)

Biennale MArteLive Prize
Participation in the 2023 MArteLive Biennial in Rome (ITALY)

Yellow Area

Countries included in this area are: Armenia, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine.
The Yellow Semi-Final show takes place in Vilnius (Lithuania).
Winners of the Semi-Final shows will perform in the European Final in Rome (Italy).

Jurors

Gili BenitaGili Benita                       New York, USA

Gili Benita is a photographer, born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel and currently based in New York City. In 2015, he started his military service as a cinematographer in the Israeli Air Force film unit, making psychological and instructional films. After his release from the military in 2016, he began his first long-term documentary project, working with 'Save a Child's Heart'; an Israeli NGO providing medical aid for children suffering from congenital heart diseases in Tanzania. In 2018, this work was exhibited at the "Local Testimony" exhibition in the Eretz Israel Museum In Tel Aviv and won the first prize in the Photographed story category. That same year he traveled to Japan for a project on the culture of Japanese loneliness: 'Kodoku,' which was published in iGNANT, The Independent Photographer, Aint Bad, and won the Bronze prize in the Photo Essay catagory in Tokyo International Foto Awards 2019.In 2020 he created the photo series 'Should We Watch Something?', telling the story about his roommates romance during the COVID 19 pandemic in NYC which was featured it Vogue Italia. That year, he also graduated from the International Center of Photography's Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program where he was awarded the Lisette Model Scholarship and the Director's Fellowship. Gili is also a full member of Diversify Photo and an editor at Aint-Bad Magazine.

Andrej VasilenkoAndrej Vasilenko                       Vilnius, Lithuania

Andrej Vasilenko (b. 1985) is a Lithuanian photographer who currently lives and works in Vilnius. His works have been exhibited in various contemporary art centres including the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the CAC Vilnius. In 2017 for his project “This is Vilnius” Vasilenko won a creative residency at Diaphane, a photography centre in Beauvais, France. In 2018 Vasilenko’s works were exhibited at the Photaumanles festival exhibition in Beauvais and were presented in two solo shows at the Kaunas’ Old Town Library (as part of „Kaunas Photo“ festival) and Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. Andrej Vasilenko’s new photography book is a presentation of his ongoing project This is Vilnius, started in 2014. Book released in 2019.

Dovilė DagienėDovilė Dagienė                       Vilnius, Lithuania

DovilėDagienė- DoDA is an artist and photographer who lives and works in Vilnius. In 2020 graduated from Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Photography and Media Art with DFA (Doctor of Fine Arts) degree. Research interests include memory, imagination, time and place in photography. Since 2006 she has been participating in group exhibitions and has held several solo shows in Lithuania and abroad. In 2019, she received the J. Dovydėnas Prize (Lithuanian Photographers Association) for the most significant humanistic and documentary photography projects, works of art and exhibitions.

Agnė NarušytėAgnė Narušytė                       Vilnius, Lithuania

Agnė Narušytė is an art critic, curator, researcher at the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, associated professor at the Vilnius Academy of Art and the editor of photography page at the weekly 7 meno dienos; she also writes commentaries on culture for the Lithuanian National Radio. Narušytė’s authored books include: The Aesthetics of Boredom: Lithuanian Photography 1980–1990 (Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts Publishers, 2010), Lithuanian Photography: 1990–2010 (Vilnius: baltos lankos, 2011, in Lithuanian), Camera obscura: The History of Lithuanian Photography 1839–1945 (together with Margarita Matulytė, Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts Publishers, 2016, in Lithuanian).


Prizes

SEMIFINAL - WINNER

Cash Prize
Cash Prize of € 300
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

Travel Grant 
All travel costs to Rome covered to reach the MArteLive Europe Final Show and the MArteLive Biennial, both taking place on December 7-8-9, 2021.
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

Vilnius Art Academy Prize
A Reserved Space for Artwork in Group Exhibition at “5 Malunai" gallery in Vilnius (Fall 2021)

Kintai Arts Prize Prize
A Reserved Space for Artwork in Group Exhibition at Kintai Arts gallery in Kintai (Summer 2021)

SEMIFINAL - SPECIAL PRIZES

Artists selected by the Jury among the Semifinalists

MArteLive Art in Progress
1 Week Stay at Art Residencies in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Poland in the Summer of 2021, for artists selected by the Jury.
Brought to you by:
* ProCult in Italy and Poland
* Tuzla Live in Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Kintai Arts in Lithuania


MUSEO DE VARGAS Prize
Exhibition at Museum De Vargas. one work will be hosted in a group exhibition (SPAIN)

BATOR ART Prize
Group exhibition at the Bator Art Gallery, one work per person (POLAND)

PASTIFICIO CERERE Prize
Portfolio revision with curators from Pastificio Cerere Foundation (ITALY)

AUTHENTICATION4ART Prize
Record of 10 works at Authentication 4 Art platform registration for artworks. Including the free use of the platform for an unlimited time and certificates (SPAIN)

THAT’S HALL Prize
Live or online exhibition at the That's Hall Galleria (ITALY)

FARMANI/HOUSE OF LUCIE Prize
Exhibition with the Farmani Group at the House of Lucie Galleries (HUNGARY/GREECE)

FINAL - SPECIAL PRIZES

Artists selected by the Jury among the Finalists - European and Italian contests

ArtSharing Prize
An artistic residency and an exhibition, lasting a minimum of 6 days at Art Sharing gallery in Rome (ITALY)

ART G.A.P. Prize
Participation in a group exhibition, lasting a minimum of 6 days at the ART G.A.P. gallery in Rome (ITALY)

Biennale MArteLive Prize
Participation in the 2023 MArteLive Biennial in Rome (ITALY)

Green Area

Countries included in this area are: Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Tunisia.
The Green Semi-Final show takes place in Kracòw (Poland).
Winners of the Semi-Final shows will perform in the European Final in Rome (Italy).

Jurors

Hossein Farmani StranoHossein Farmani                       New York, USA

Hossein Farmani is a creative director, gallerist, curator, philanthropist, lecturer, founder and president of the Lucie Awards in New York, International Photography Awards, International Design Awards, Paris Photo Prize, London Creative Awards and Farmani Group. 
  He has curated over 200 photographic exhibitions. 
  He has been a Juror at the Photofest or Yangong Photo festivals. 
  He co-founded the Palm Springs Photo Festival, Snap Orlando, Month of Photography Los Angeles and the Istanbul Photo Festival. 
  His collection of contemporary photography is one of the most important in the USA.

Richard BlanshardRichard Blanshard                       London, UK

Richard Blanshard is a British Cinematographer and Cinema Photographer specialized in portraits of stars. 
He has been the Cannes Festival Photographer for 20 years. He was a set photographer for movies such as Mission Impossible, Little Buddha. He worked with the most famous directors such as Werner Herzog or Bernardo Bertolucci. 
His awards for documentaries include Emmy and Peabody. 
He photographed celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Swayze, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mick Jagger, The Beatles. 
His still archive is represented by Getty Images. 

Roberto StranoRoberto Strano                       Caltagirone, Italy

Roberto Strano is an Italian master of photo report compared to Mario Giacomelli, famous for the photo report Violated Angels realized in Brasilian favelas adressing the issue of sexual abuse of children. 
His works belong to various private collectors and museums. He worked for Zoom and Avvenire magazines. 
Author of the book Sicilian photographers around the world (with Giuseppe Tornatore, his photos are exhibited at the Permanent Museum of Modena Franco Fontana with works of such legends as: Man Ray, Cartier-Bresson, Toscani, Scianna, Franco Fontana, Fontcuberta, Hamilton, Doisneau and Avedon.

Szymon SzczesniakSzymon Szczesniak                       Warsaw, Poland

Szymon Szczesniak is a Polish Master of Portrait represented by Leica Gallery, specialised in celebrities’ portraits and travel photography. 
Professor at the Academy of Photography in Warsaw and Krakow, he works for advertising agencies and remarkable magazines such as Viva, Playboy, Gala, Twój Styl, Pani.  br> His works were exhibited at the Leica Gallery Solms, Warsaw, and Port Autonome, Paris. Author of the report projects: Into the Wild, Egipt, Turkey, Morocco, Can I take your picture?. Double winner of Grand Font, Golden Iggle and Chimera awards. 

Johanna Gorlach Farmani StranoJoanna Gorlach                       Krakow, Poland 

Joanna Gorlach is a Polish photographer, coordinator and curator of artistic events.
Head of the international Photomonth Festival, Krakow, one of the most important cultural events in Poland, she is also Professor of Photographic Documentation at the Pedagogical University, and Professor of  Contemporary Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.  
She cooperated with the Lablab Foundation on the digitization of Zofia Rydet’s works and also teaches  Contemporary Photography at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, Poland.

Marco GeppettiMarco Geppetti                       Rome, Italy

Marco Geppetti is a gallery owner and photographer with experience in fashion, television and photojournalism. 
Founder of That’s Hall Gallery, he began his career with the Troupe News agency founded by his father, Marcello, a photojournalist that inspired Federico Fellini to create the character of the Paparazzi in La Dolce Vita. 
He collaborates with magazines such as Gente, Oggi, or TV Stelle and legendary tv programs: Fantastico, Domenica IN, Non è la Rai. He collaborates with casting agents and fashion agencies. Official photographer of Fantastica, the first "talent program" in Italy.

“Joanna Joanna Longawa                       Krakow, Poland / Rome, Italy

MArteLive Europe - Photography Curator

Polish Journalist writing in Italian, English and Spanish based in Rome. Editor in chief and founder of the JL Interviews art magazine in English. Foreign correspondent of Trendy. Art of Living, a luxurious Polish magazine (interviews with Lina Wertmüller, Jo Nesbø, Alessandro Baricco, Krzysztof Zanussi, Alex Gross, Ron Hicks). Collaborator of Nasz Swiat, Ser Argentino, Unfolding Roma and Romeing. Translator, poet, event organizer. Author of the book, Le prove dell’esistenza, Albatros, with Barbara Alberti’s introduction and Federico Moccia’s note.

Prizes

SEMIFINAL - WINNER

Cash Prize
Cash Prize of € 300
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

Travel Grant 
All travel costs to Rome covered to reach the MArteLive Europe Final Show and the MArteLive Biennial, both taking place on December 7-8-9, 2021.
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

SEMIFINAL - SPECIAL PRIZES

Artists selected by the Jury among the Semifinalists

MArteLive Art in Progress
1 Week Stay at Art Residencies in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Poland in the Summer of 2021, for artists selected by the Jury.
Brought to you by:
* ProCult in Italy and Poland
* Tuzla Live in Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Kintai Arts in Lithuania


MUSEO DE VARGAS Prize
Exhibition at Museum De Vargas. one work will be hosted in a group exhibition (SPAIN)

BATOR ART Prize
Group exhibition at the Bator Art Gallery, one work per person (POLAND)

PASTIFICIO CERERE Prize
Portfolio revision with curators from Pastificio Cerere Foundation (ITALY)

AUTHENTICATION4ART Prize
Record of 10 works at Authentication 4 Art platform registration for artworks. Including the free use of the platform for an unlimited time and certificates (SPAIN)

THAT’S HALL Prize
Live or online exhibition at the That's Hall Galleria (ITALY)

FARMANI/HOUSE OF LUCIE Prize
Exhibition with the Farmani Group at the House of Lucie Galleries (HUNGARY/GREECE)

FINAL - SPECIAL PRIZES

Artists selected by the Jury among the Finalists - European and Italian contests

ArtSharing Prize
An artistic residency and an exhibition, lasting a minimum of 6 days at Art Sharing gallery in Rome (ITALY)

ART G.A.P. Prize
Participation in a group exhibition, lasting a minimum of 6 days at the ART G.A.P. gallery in Rome (ITALY)

Biennale MArteLive Prize
Participation in the 2023 MArteLive Biennial in Rome (ITALY)

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