Photolux Award 2017


On the occasion of the 2017 edition of the Photolux Festival. International Biennial of Photography, Photolux promote an international award dedicated to emergent photography.
Directors and curators of some of the most important international institutions and magazines dedicated to photography are invited to present three photographers with a project related to the theme to which the next edition of the festival is dedicated: Mediterraneo.
The award is aimed to recognize the best emergent photographers, giving them a broad visibility and a chance for exhibit their works. The winning project will be produced by Photolux and shown in one of the official venues of the Festival.

The 2017 edition of the Photolux Festival will focus on the theme “Mediterraneo”.

The Mediterranean is a vast archive, an immense grave.
(Predag Matvejevic)

Matvejevic’s words resonate today in all their power.
The Mediterranean Sea is the backdrop for an unprecedented humanitarian emergency related to the refugee crisis which has affected the coasts of Europe over the last few years. The current situation holds a sad record in terms of both human costs and repercussions on European identity and values.
It’s now becoming even more urgent to question the Mediterranean and its history, to find a new dialogue between cultures.
The 2017 edition of Photolux Festival sets its focus on the photographers of the Mediterranean, on those who made the “Mare Nostrum” the object of their gaze, in the hope that such vision will lead to new influences and describe a sea where civilizations have met and fought for millennia, enriching and convoluting its history.


Every director/curator can nominate up to three emergent photographers with only one project each. The following documentation must be sent by mail or via wetransfer:

  • A selection of images (min 15, max 30);
  • A presentation of the project written by the curator (max. 2000 characters);
  • Biography and curriculum vitae of the photographer (max. 1500 characters);
  • Personal data of the photographer: name, surname, address, phone number, e-mail address
  • authorization to Photolux Festival to use the pictures submitted, electronically, and in print in the context of this competition, to document and promote this and future Festivals and competitions.

Please note: CDs will not be returned.

The projects must be submitted following the guidelines above, in a closed envelope, before and not later than September 10th, 2017 (date of postmark) to the following address:

Associazione culturale Photolux
Via Guidiccioni, 188
55100 Lucca

As an alternative, the projects can be submitted via wetransfer, before and not later than September 10th, 2017 to the following email address:

The 2017 award committee is composed by:

Michael Benson, founding director PhotoLondon

Filippo Maggia, head of educational projects Fondazione Fotografia, Modena
Lydia Dorner, curator Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

The award committee will meet during the month of September 2017.
The winner of the award will be announced within October 15th, 2017.

THE AWARD COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO NOT AWARD THE PRIZE in case that there are no submissions deemed apt for an exhibition.

The winning project will be produced and shown by Photolux Festival in one of the official venues of the Festival and included in the catalogue and all the communication material of the Festival.


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