About our prize

Il Varco invites you to join the first edition of the Passepartout Photography Prize, a biannual photography contest born to promote and widen the exposure of emerging photographers.


Our mission is to be your “Passe-partout” – which means a master key and also a framing method to enhance the power of the artwork within.


Passepartout Photography Prize aims to support the development of talented photographers from all over the world by providing 1,000 euros in monetary award every year and exhibition opportunities in a prestigious venue in the heart of Rome, Italy. This is a perfect platform to start your career in contemporary art and photography industries on an international scale.


Every 6 months we will announce a new call for entries and select a winner who will be awarded 500 euros. Plus, all the finalists will have another chance to be selected for the Passepartout annual collective exhibition in Rome in 2021 for two weeks to be seen.


The exhibition will take place at Gallery 28 Piazza di Pietra, an international fine art gallery located in the historic center of Rome where visitors and art collectors gather. A modern gallery beautifully integrated and built on the ancient ruin of the Adrian Temple structure is an impeccable site to display artworks of many genres.


Photographic works of any kind of artistic style, size and technique (digital, film and experimental processes) are accepted. The application is open to professional and amateur photographers from all over the world without any age limit.


Entry fee: 15 euros (for 3 photographs) – you can submit up to 7 photographs with additional 2 euros per piece.
Deadline: June 30th
Winner Prize: 500 euros
Exhibition Prize: Collective exhibition in 2021
Announcement of the Prize: July 2020
Announcement of the Exhibition participants: Winter 2020
Collective Exhibition: January/February 2021
Organized by: Il Varco Srls
Partner gallery: 28 Piazza di Pietra – Fine Art Gallery (Rome, Italy)