"I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be."

Isaac Asimov

FORMAT15 is an international photography festival dedicated to discovering emerging photographers and providing them with opportunities to share their work with the world. The latest festival was built, in part, from an open call for photographers to submit work based on the theme of EVIDENCE. This year's entries came from over 50 countries, with more than 40% of the submissions arriving from non-UK entrants. The final selection of 76 projects will be shown in venues across the city of Derby.

Besides hosting open calls, the FORMAT festival draws its talents from a variety of sources. For example, Louise Clements, the Artistic Director of the FORMAT Festival, travels around the world to discover new talent to bring to Derby for this important international photography biennale.

Above, we share with you small samples from six of our favorite winning projects. These projects are fascinating for their range in interpreting the theme of the call. As the call itself stated, "We can no longer consider a photograph an evidential document in every case. It can equally misrepresent reality as much as it reveals truths; questioning the historic phrase 'the camera never lies.'"

We hope you enjoy these projects and, if you have the chance, we strongly recommend that you make the time to see the full festival offerings in Derby.

—LensCulture

Editors' Note: FORMAT15: Evidence will be shown from March 13 to April 12, 2015 in Derby. For more details, make sure to visit FORMAT's website.