About the contest

Il Varco invites you to join the Passepartout Photo Prize, an international 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 Photo Prize aims to support the development of talented photographers from all over the world by awarding 1,000 euros in monetary prizes every year, organizing exhibitions in a fine art gallery in the heart of Rome, publishing annual catalogues, and providing other opportunities for emerging artists to be discovered by international audiences such as featuring them in our partners’ magazines. This is a perfect platform to start your artistic career on an international scale.

 

What makes our contest unique is that we collaborate with various professionals in the contemporary art and photography industries. Our jury is a diverse blend of photographers, editors, gallerist, curators and educators that bring kaleidoscopic perspectives into our selection process. 

 

It is an open theme contest. Photographic works of any kind of artistic style, size and technique (digital, film and experimental processes, digital collages and other mixed media) are accepted.

 

The application is open to photographers from all over the world without any age limit.

 

Passepartout embraces innovative and original approaches to contemporary photography.

 

We welcome various artistic languages applied to the photographic image, including, but not limited to, experimentation and fusion of different genres.

 

The annual exhibition will take place in Rome (Italy) for two weeks to be seen. The exhibition will be hosted by 28 Piazza di Pietra Fine Art Gallery, an international gallery specialized in contemporary art of both emerging and established international artists. The gallery is located in the historic center of Rome where local and international visitors and art collectors gather. This modern gallery beautifully integrated and built on the ancient ruin of the Hadrian Temple structure is an impeccable site to display artworks of many genres.

AWARDS

Passepartout Photo Prize: 500 euros
Exhibition Prize: Participation in our collective annual exhibition in Rome (Italy) in 2023
Catalogue Prize: Publication in our annual catalogue
Sponsored Prizes:
Yogurt Magazine Prize – Publication on their online magazine
CSF Adams Prize – Portfolio review and workshop
The Docks Prize – Publication on their online magazine

INFO

Early Bird entry fee: 18 euros (for 3 images) – you can submit up to10 images with additional 4 euros per piece.
Early Bird deadline: April 25th, 2022
Entry fee: 22 euros (for 3 images) – you can submit up to 10 images with additional 4 euros per piece.
Final deadline: July 4th, 2022
Theme: Open theme – photographic works of any kind of artistic style, size and technique (digital, film and experimental processes) are accepted.

TIMELINE

March 7th, SUBMISSION OPENING

April 25th, 2021 EARLYBIRD DEADLINE

July 4th, 2022 FINAL DEADLINE
Final Review – the jury selects the prize recipients

September 2022, ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNERS
Prize winners will be published on our website and social networks

Spring 2023, ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE  CATALOGUE AND EXHIBITION WINNERS
Catalogue and Exhibition Prize Winners will be announced on our website

Spring 2023, PASSEPARTOUT ANNUAL CATALOGUE RELEASE

Autumn 2023, PASSEPARTOUT ANNUAL EXHIBITION

Organized by: Il Varco Srls
Partner gallery: 28 Piazza di Pietra – Fine Art Gallery (Rome, Italy)
Media partners:
Gup Magazine
Yogurt Magazine
Panzoo
The Docks
Uozzart
Unfolding Roma
Partners:
Rosini Cornici
Centro Sperimentale di fotografia CSF Adams
Fuori Gamut – officina di stampa fine art
Greyout Studio