MUSEC: Unpublished Photo Global Open Call 

Entries for the 2024 edition of the international UNPUBLISHED PHOTO contest have just opened. Young photographers born between 1994 and 2006 have the chance until April 15th to submit their portfolios.

The contest is promoted by the Fondazione culture e musei and MUSEC Lugano, in collaboration with the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery in Milan and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice.

Unpublished Photo is a global open call that embraces, new, young, and emerging contemporary photographers, aged between 18 and 30.
UP is now in its fifth edition and the competition continues to attract a growing number of young artists from all over the world every year. The initiative was first launched by the Milanese gallery 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS, and then taken forward by MUSEC in Lugano, in 2020 with the aim of strengthening cross-border collaborations and showing continual support of young artists’ work.

A public exhibition  for UP24 will also be staged of the winner’s works at MUSEC in Lugano, between the 31st October 2024 to 2nd March 2025. A series of collateral events dedicated to photography enthusiasts will be organised to complement the exhibition.

The UNPUBLISHED PHOTO contest is promoted by the Fondazione culture e musei of Lugano (FCM) with MUSEC-Lugano; organised in collaboration with the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS Gallery in Milan and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti in Venice and it is in partnership with the Fondazione Ada Ceschin e Rosanna Pilone in Zurich.

Participation in the international competition is free of charge and open to young photographers born between 1994 and 2006.

From February 12th until April 15th (12:00 am local time) applicants must submit an unpublished photographic project of ten unpublished images. The projects must have a thematic and stylistic unity. A technical jury of international experts from the world of photography and communication will chose the four finalist portfolios.
The winners will receive the following cash prizes:

1st prize: CHF 3.500;
2nd to 4th prize : CHF 500 each.

The four winners are also rewarded with the publication of a catalogue published by the FCM containing all the photographs submitted to the competition, and an exhibition in Lugano, at the MUSEC venue. The costs of these valorisation activities amount to CHF 50.000 and are fully covered by the FCM.

For the realisation of the Fine Art prints, the finalists must be able to provide the appropriate digital files (TIFF file min. 300 dpi and Adobe rgb 1998 color profile).
The prints (60×90 cm) will be produced by FCM and will become part of the MUSEC photographic collections.

Download UP2024 rules

Applicants for Unpublished Photo 2024 can submit their applications until April 15th 2024 (12:00 am local time). The “open call” has no theme constrictions or entry fees and applicants just need to submit a project consisting of 10 images, a description of the project and a short biography. The images submitted must not have been published on or offline before. An online application form is available at the following link:
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