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Exploring Humanity Through the Lens: Eyeshot’s Open Call 2023

Explore the highlights of Eyeshot’s Open Call 2023, a global photography competition that was focused on the compelling theme of “The Human Being.” This year’s entries delved into the rich tapestry of human emotions and experiences, captured through the unique mediums of street and documentary photography. While submissions are now closed, we invite you to delve into the powerful images that have emerged, encapsulating everything from joy to sorrow, triumph to struggle, and the everyday to the extraordinary.

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Winners and Finalists

The Winners and Finalists of the Eyeshot Open Call 2023

From the thousands of submitted works, the expert jury selected 55 photographers as winners, jurors’ picks, and finalists of the competition. These artists stood out for their ability to tell visual stories, their creativity, and their unique style in expressing contemporary reality through street and documentary photography.

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Eyeshot Open Call 2023: A Showcase at Magazzini Fotografici, Naples

This year, we are thrilled to announce that the Magazzini Fotografici in Naples will serve as the distinguished venue for the Eyeshot Open Call 2023 exhibition. Known for its commitment to photographic art and its avant-garde approach to showcasing contemporary works, Magazzini Fotografici offers an exciting platform for our curated selection of photographers.

Situated in the heart of Naples, Magazzini Fotografici not only draws a passionate local audience but also garners international attention, aligning perfectly with Eyeshot’s global vision. The venue’s reputation for presenting ground-breaking visual narratives adds an extra layer of prominence to this year’s event.

Marco Savarese, the founder and editor-in-chief of Eyeshot, is the curator of the exhibition. His expertise and vision will undoubtedly contribute to elevating the showcase, ensuring that it reflects both the aesthetic and conceptual vision Eyeshot is known for.

The Magazzini Fotografici sets the stage for a truly extraordinary showcase of Eyeshot’s Open Call 2023, amplifying the quality of the presented works and adding a touch of Neapolitan flair to this prestigious gathering of the photography community.

The Jury

The Internationally Renowned Jury

The Eyeshot Open Call 2023 jury assembles a stellar lineup of esteemed professionals. The panel is led by Marco Savarese, Eyeshot’s founder and editor-in-chief, and includes Magnum photographers Trent Parke and Emin Özmen, as well as recognized figures in street and documentary photography like Koci Hernandez, Mark Abramson, and Isadora Kosofsky. Completing the roster are World Press Photo Award winners Narelle Autio and Kitra Cahana, F. Dilek Yurdakul, an award-winning street photographer and lawyer, and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, a seasoned documentary and portrait photographer. Together, their diverse experiences and distinct viewpoints have helped to select the most compelling and artistically significant works for this year’s competition.

Trent Parke

Trent Parke is the first Australian to become a Full Member of Magnum Photos. His work has been exhibited widely and is held in major institutional collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Magnum London, and Magnum Paris.

Kitra Cahana

Kitra Cahana is a documentary photographer, videographer, and a TED speaker. She is a contributing photographer to National Geographic. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including two Canada Council Grants, TED Senior Fellowship, a 2015 Pulitzer Center for Investigative Reporting grant, and first prize for the 2010 World Press Photo.

Isadora Kosofsky

Isadora Kosofsky is a documentary photographer, writer, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Albuquerque. She is a National Geographic Photographer and has contributed to the NY Times, TIME, The New Yorker, Le Monde, and many others.

Mark Abramson

Mark Abramson is a photographer based between Los Angeles and New York City, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and more.

Marco Savarese

Marco Savarese is the founder and editor-in-chief of Eyeshot since 2017. Thanks to his many years of experience in the evaluation and management of emerging and internationally renowned artists, he makes it his daily activity to enhance photographers and their work.

Narelle Autio

Narelle Autio is a multi award-winning photographer whose artistic career spans over 30 years. In 2002 she became the first Australian to have won the venerable international Leica Oskar Barnack Award. She has also won two Walkley Awards for journalism, and two first-prize World Press Photo awards.

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is an award-winning documentary and portrait photographer, writer, and curator in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where her photography work on a 2019 story was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy. She has also been published in Vogue, National Geographic, The Washington Post, VOX, to mention a few. 

Emin Özmen

Emin Özmen is a Magnum Photographer who has been published in major media outlets and has won several awards among them two World Press Photo awards and the Public Prize of The Bayeux Calvados awards for war correspondents.

Richard Koci Hernandez

Emmy-award-winner Richard Koci Hernandez has been practicing street photography for decades.His black and white work has a distinctly film-noir flavor, evoking modernist photography of the ’30s which balances formal compositions with gritty textures and human narratives.

Dilek F. Yurdakul

Specializing in street and documentary photography, Yurdakul’s work has garnered over 200 awards and international recognition. As a contributor to National Geographic YS and National Geographic Turkey, she shares her captivating stories and unique artistic vision with a global audience.

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Eyeshot Open Call 2023 Edition

Capturing Humanity: A Curated Collection on Fine Fedrigoni Paper with Museum-Quality Print

Presenting the eleventh issue of Eyeshot Magazine, a masterfully curated and eco-sustainable publication, produced in a limited edition. This is not just a magazine; it’s a work of art, printed on premium Fedrigoni paper, entirely made in Italy. Our journey to this moment has been nothing short of extraordinary. With a relentless commitment, our small yet incredibly devoted team of 4 has invested over 3,000 hours of work, 7 days a week, to bring the Eyeshot Open Call 2023 to a triumphant conclusion. Through the lenses of talented photographers from around the globe, we’ve captured the very essence of street and documentary photography. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” has allowed us to explore the myriad facets of human experience. From the hustle and bustle of urban life to the tranquility of rural landscapes, from candid snapshots to profound human conditions, the submissions have showcased life in its most authentic forms. With an overwhelming 15,000 photographs submitted from over 100 different countries, the level of passion and creativity has been awe-inspiring.

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A Global Nexus for Photographic Artistry

Uniting Voices, Igniting Conversations, and Elevating Craftsmanship in Street and Documentary Photography

The Eyeshot Open Call 2023 transcends mere competition, serving as a global nexus for pioneering talent in street and documentary photography. This year’s theme, ‘The Human Being,’ invited an exploration into the intricate tapestry of human experiences, drawing entries from artists across continents and cultures. Our event didn’t just offer a stage—it fostered a global community, encouraging the melding of artistic voices and the cross-pollination of ideas. Eyeshot continues to elevate the craft through high-resolution, museum-grade printed catalogues, cementing each artist’s work as not just a fleeting image but a tangible piece of art. Beyond the visual narratives curated, the Open Call 2023 has amplified the role of photography as a powerful medium to express, challenge, and shape contemporary discourses. In doing so, we’ve not only captured moments but also ignited conversations that resonate on a universal scale.

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Honorable Mentions and Special Recognitions

Beyond the distinguished winners and finalists, the 2023 Eyeshot Open Call jury has conferred honorable mentions and special recognitions upon photographers who excelled in storytelling and visual articulation. These additional accolades underscore Eyeshot’s enduring dedication to fostering and uplifting emerging and established talent within the realms of Street and Documentary photography.

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Global Impact and Creative Synergy

The inclusion of photographers from diverse corners of the globe in the Eyeshot Open Call 2023 attests to the competition’s growing significance in the international arena of photography. It stands as a testament to Eyeshot’s capacity to bring together artists of varied cultures and backgrounds. This year’s event has further elevated the dialogue and ideational exchange, augmenting the domains of Street and Documentary photography with fresh insights and innovative methodologies.

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Elevating the Vision of Eyeshot Open Call

Buoyed by the monumental success of the Eyeshot Open Call 2022, we are energized to keep advancing the fields of Street and Documentary photography. Leveraging the insights of globally esteemed jurors, partnering with high-caliber art venues, and continuing the legacy through our specialized publications, Eyeshot Open Call 2023 aims to amplify the visibility of artists and further enshrine photography as both an expressive medium and a reflection of our modern world.


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