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An opportunity for young photographers. Open call for 2022 – Images from previous winners whet the appetite to participate

Entries are now open for the 2022 edition of the international UNPUBLISHED PHOTO contest. Young photographers born between 1986 and 2004 have the chance until 10th April 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. We are pleased to present a selection of previous years winning entries for the prize.

© 2021 Anas Alkharboutli, UP 21, War Notes

Unpublished Photo is a contest aimed at young contemporary photographers between the ages of 18 and 36. Its aim is to promote and enhance the photographic art form through an initiative that seeks to support creativity without limits, for this reason the contest does not impose any particular theme and welcomes works made using any technique.

Initiated in 2018 and now in its fourth edition, the contest attracts a growing number of young artists from all over the world every year. The initiative was launched initially by the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS Gallery and was then embraced in 2020 by the Fondazione culture e musei and MUSEC in Lugano, with the aim of strengthening cross-border collaboration and supporting the promotion of young artists' work.


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A jury composed of major personalities from the world of culture and photography will select four finalists from the international photographic scene.

De Pietri Artphilein Foundation is partner of the UP22 contest is able to award a cash prize of 2,000 swiss francs to the first prizewinner, 1,500 swiss francs to the second prizewinner and 1,000 swiss francs each to the third and fourth finalists. A selection of UP22's works will be published in an elegant photographic booklet that will further enrich the project.

In addition, Artphilein Editions, will also produce and publish an entirely dedicated, fine limited edition catalogue of the one of the young finalists and the overall project.

As in 2020 and 2021, this year MUSEC will present the works of the finalists to the public in a temporary exhibition from 20th October 2022 to 12th February 2023 at its Villa Malpensata venue in Lugano.

The exhibition is an opportunity to attract collectors and photography enthusiasts and to allow the public to discover new trends and expressive languages of the contemporary scene.

At the end of the exhibition in Lugano, the works exhibited will become part of the MUSEC collections, thus enriching a photographic heritage that now counts over 40,000 works from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.

All photographers born between 1986 and 2004 can participate. Applicants can submit their portfolios, consisting of 10 images, a project description and a short biography, until the 10 th April 2022. An online application form is available at this link

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