FOTODOC Center for Documentary Photography Calls for Applications for Direct Look Photo Contest


The FOTODOC Center for Documentary Photography at the Sakharov Centre in Moscow, Russia, has announced a call for entries in its seventh annual international Direct Look photo contest. 
The goals of the contest are to facilitate growth and promotion of independent journalism; support authors who research issues addressing the relationship between individuals and society and state; and support photo projects based on respect and advocacy for human dignity, fundamental principles of the Russian Constitution and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Contest theme is: problems pertaining to relations between individuals, society and state, as well as ways of addressing these problems.
The contest will be held in three distinct categories as follows:

  1. The Problem: Issues, friction, disagreements or discord that arise within society between individuals, communities, civic institutions, and states.
  2. The Conflict: The most heated methods of solving issues: disagreements or discord within society between individuals, civic institutions and the state. It manifests itself in parties acting against each other and is often accompanied by negative emotions that extend beyond existing norms and rules. And
  3. The Compromise: Conflict resolution through dialogue, social change or reform.
    Applicants may submit up to three photo series (reports) per category with each entry comprising no less than 7 but not exceeding 15 images. All entry descriptions and image captions must be in English.
    Three winners who will take the first place in each nomination will get 30,000 rubles. Winners’ series will be displayed at the exhibition in October 2021.
    Applicants have until June 1, 2021 to submit their entries which may be digital images for preliminary consideration and Jury voting.

For more information and to apply, applicants are encouraged to first read About the Contest and the Rules, Sign up for an account and then apply.