NEW VISIONS - Cortona On The Move 2020

Winners will be announced in April 2020

© Alessio Cabras

How to Apply?

Free open call for extraordinary works.

Cortona On The Move, at its 10th edition this year, continues a creative partnership with LensCulture to seek amazing and original documentary works from all over the world.

We are looking for stories that will amaze us.

New Visions stems from the desire to keep track of the ever-changing language of photography. We await contemporary documentary projects that challenge the viewer with a new grammar to communicate a strong message with fresh emotions.

In the spirit of our motto “on the move”, we value the originality of style and language with which the works are conceived and created. Concept and execution go hand in hand, and the output should strive to attract a broad audience and to surprise/provoke/inform/move. Novelty in form and content are our keywords.

From February 13 to March 29 apply to be seen as part of the Cortona On The Move.

We look forward to receiving your entry.

Submissions should include:

  • a maximum of 15 images . Images should be jpegs or pngs files that are a minimum of 1200 pixels on the longest side (but up to 2000 pixels is fine) and no more than 10 MB. Each image submitted must have a corresponding high resolution file available of at least 10Mbs which will be requested if your work is selected for the call.
  • a title
  • a submission statement in English (a brief statement about your work, maximum 4000 characters, spaces included)
  • a biography in English (a short written biography, not a CV)

An international selection committee will choose 10 final projects among all the submissions and they will be announced and listed on the websites of COTM and LensCulture on April 14th. The 10 finalists will be projected at the award night in Cortona.

Among these:

  • 2 projects will be granted a solo show at the next edition of the festival Cortona On The Move from July 9th to October 18th.
  • 2 projects will be featured on LensCulture’s website in 2020.
  • The 4 winners will be announced and listed on the websites and social media of both COTM and LensCulture on April 27th, 2020.


    Every submitted project must have a minimum of 8 photos and a maximum of 15 photos. Accompanying texts need to be sent in English. Otherwise, the projects will be excluded from participating.

    All projects submitted should be not previously exhibited, and the author should possess exclusive copyright ownership of the work.

    Any project submitted that is the combined work of more than one author should be presented with the prior agreement of all parties concerned and should be accompanied by a disclaimer signed by each party.

    Participating to the open call all the photographers grant Cortona On The Move legal rights to use the submitted images for printed and on line media, social media of the festival purposes.

    The winning photographers grant Cortona On The Move legal rights to exhibit their work and to publish it in print. Photographic prints of the winning projects will be made at the expense of the Cultural Association ONTHEMOVE and will become part of the Association's archives. ONTHEMOVE could use them at other events in agreement with the author. The winning photographers also authorize the cultural association ONTHEMOVE to use the images for press, printed and on line media, social media of the festival purposes. The images will be used to promote the exhibition at Cortona On the Move festival in any PR materials including printed and online media too. The images will always be accompanied by the credit of the photographer.

    Selection committee

    A panel of specialists will select the shortlist of works.

    • Jim Casper, Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder of LensCulture
    • Arianna Rinaldo, Artistic Director of Cortona On The Move
    • Laura Sackett, Creative Director of LensCulture
    • Antonio Carloni, Director of Cortona On The Move

    Entry deadline

    March 29, 2020

    Entry fee