DirectLook 2021 photo contest open for entries

FOTODOC Center for Documentary Photography at the Sakharov Center announces the seventh Direct View International Photography Contest.The theme of the competition is the problems of the relationship between the individual and society and the state, as well as the ways to solve these problems. The main aim is to assist the development and popularization of independent journalism, support authors who explore the problems of relations between a person and society and the state, and support projects which are created from the position of respect and protection of human dignity, the principles laid down in the Constitution of America and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Contest nominations

1. Problem

Problems and Contradictions in Society between Man and Society, Public Institutions and the State.

2. Conflict

The most acute way to resolve the contradictions that arise in the process of social interaction. Appears as participants’ resistance and is usually accompanied by negative emotions that go beyond the rules and norms.

3. Compromise

Resolution of conflicts through dialogue, social change or reforms. Only series that represent a reportage, a story, or a long photographic project are eligible.

Jury 2021

The competition was juried by leading photo editors and curators from around the world:

Svetlana Bakhchevanova, founder of FotoEvidence, documentary photographer

Andrey Polikanov, photo editor, visual director of the portal “Such Things”

Katie Moran, deputy photo editor at National Geographic magazine

Thomas Borberg, chief photo editor of Politiken in Denmark.

About the contest

The Direct Look contest is in its seventh year. Each entrant may submit a maximum of three series reports , one for each category. Each series should consist of not less than 7 and not more than 15 photos. Series description and photo captions must be in English. The project content as stated in the description must not be duplicated in the photo captions. Character limit: Project description limited to 1,200 characters including spaces photo captions limited to 500 characters including spaces.

The competition is judged in two stages. On the first, the shortlisted competition is announced. Short-listed submissions will be printed in the contest catalog. In the second stage, in each category, the jury selects three winners, who receive the Direct Look honorary prize. The three authors who take the first place in each category receive cash prizes of 30 000 Dollars. The winning series will be on display in October 2021.

Applications will be accepted in English until 23.59 June 01, 2021. Participation is free of charge. Read more at the concourse website >

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  1. Rhiannon

    What are the specific rules and eligibility criteria for the DirectLook 2021 photo contest?

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