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Eyeshot Open Call 23

Announcing the Finalists

Eyeshot is delighted to unveil the 40 finalists and their compelling artworks for the Eyeshot Open Call 2023 single image category. Our core mission remains: to elevate visual storytelling as an art form while celebrating the vast spectrum of human experiences and the universal elements that unite us all. Explore the dynamic portfolio of our gifted photographers, who are making significant contributions to the global and evolving landscape of street and documentary photography.

Open Call Eyeshot 2023

EYESHOT MAGAZINE #11 | OPEN CALL 23 EDITION

The 11th issue of Eyeshot Magazine is an eco-sustainable, limited edition work of art, printed in Italy on premium paper. Our dedicated team of 4 invested 3,000 hours to successfully conclude the 2023 Open Call. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” explores diverse human experiences through photography. With an impressive 15,000 submissions from over 100 countries, the issue showcases a global perspective on street and documentary photography.

Single Image Category

The winners and finalists were selected by an esteemed panel of judges who evaluated each entry for its originality, creativity, visual impact, and storytelling prowess. In the single image category, 3 top winners and 50 finalists were chosen.

Ananya Das Eyeshot

INDIA
ANANYA DAS

LIFE IN CONTRAST
Capturing a poignant moment at Yamuna Ghat in Delhi, LIFE IN CONTRAST strikingly juxtaposes two contrasting worlds viewed from unique perspectives. Elevated on a platform, a couple dances joyfully, reveling in their own love, while below, a woman braves the cold waters to clean her utensils. The scene serves as a microcosm of life’s diverse tapestry, where individuals from varied backgrounds navigate their own unique paths.

Edoardo Marangon Eyeshot

ITALY
EDOARDO MARANGON

UNTITLED
Said, a 27-year-old Ukrainian soldier, during his rest day after completing a two-day mission in the town of Bachmut. Inside the bunker, he plays a video game using technology that the Ukrainian military employs for drone control in identifying enemy positions. Visible on Said’s leg are scars from wounds sustained on a previous mission; he returned to the front lines after only a few months. At the foot of his bed lie his ever-ready rifle, boots, and battle equipment.

Jason Au Eyeshot

HONG KONG
JASON AU

SOCIAL DISTANCING
On a Sunday amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Hong Kong residents gathered in a shopping mall atrium. In compliance with government regulations, which legally limit public gatherings to no more than four individuals, each group maintained a minimum 1.5-meter ‘social distance’ from others.

Latife Solak Baudet Eyeshot

FRANCE
LATIFE SOLAK BAUDET

THE FOUR-LEGGED MAN
In a northern suburb of Paris, an eye-catching optical illusion unfolds: a father and his son, both dressed identically for religious festivities, find solace in a shared moment of rest. The moment, snatched from the blur of an everyday journey, captures a poignant intimacy in a fleeting second.

Md Arifuzzaman Eyeshot

BANGLADESH
MD.ARIFUZZAMAN

THE STORY OF PRESERVING HERITAGE
This is Bengal’s last surviving wooden boat, a majestic relic now nearly extinct. Preserved by the Friendship NGO, the effort to maintain this 93-foot vessel in Bangladesh is a monumental task. It’s a collaborative endeavor that requires 80 people to pile on the left side for repairs, bypassing the usual need for dry land. The boat stands under a towering bamboo scaffold, a unique method in Bengal. Once elevated, carpenters painstakingly replace rotten wood, breathing new life into this vanishing piece of heritage. The preservation of this Malar boat involves a multitude of intricate steps and processes.

Pavel Velez Eyeshot

MEXICO
PAVEL VELEZ

EXPLOSIÓN DE GALAXIAS
Taken during the celebration in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the new year in the village of Santa Rosa Xochiac, one of the few villages that still exist in Mexico City, this offers a glimpse into one of the city’s last-standing traditional villages. Master pyrotechnic artisans construct towering wooden frameworks laden with explosives. As the night sky erupts in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns, hundreds converge to witness the mesmerizing spectacle.

Roberta Vagliani Eyeshot

ITALY
ROBERTA VAGLIANI

THE RIGHT TO KNOW
Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”. Captured in a Zanzibar school with no desks, chairs or schools supplies, THE RIGHT TO KNOW spotlights the subjects armed solely with a notebook and their own memory.
Knowledge is passed on to them by a single master. In every person there is the possibility to transform the world.

Sean Fryxell Eyeshot

UNITED STATES
SEAN FRYXELL

UNTITLED
New York City Pride, May 2023.

Thomas Giotopoulos Eyeshot

GREECE
THOMAS GIOTOPOULOS

THRINOS
THRINOS was taken at the funeral of the 16 year old roma Kostas Fragoulis, who was fatally shot by a policeman on December 5, 2022. The 16-year-old reportedly sped out of a petrol station without paying a €20 fuel bill. Officers from a police motorcycle patrol chased the boy who was driving a pickup truck and shot him in the head. The murder led to violent riots in both Thessaloniki and Athens, as communities rallied against police brutality and injustice.

ANDREA PERUZZI Eyeshot

ITALY
ANDREA PERUZZI

A NEW BEGINNING
As the new day that is dawning represents a new beginning, so the children and young members of the Karo tribe represent a new hope and the future of the entire community. On them, the elders pour attention and reproaches, life lessons and traditions, to be handed down from generation to generation.

Bade Fuwa Eyeshot

NIGERIA
BADE FUWA

IMPERMERNANCE
Memories laid bare just to live on tomorrow.

CENK EFE BAYIRLI Eyeshot

TURKEY
CENK EFE BAYIRLI

MOONLIGHT
Moonlight Sonata that listens to your inner voice and lifts your soul to the sky in a peaceful moment when light descends from the sky.

Deepbrata Dutta Eyeshot

INDIA
DEEPBRATA DUTTA

AN AFTERNOON AT A GHAT OF THE RIVER GANGA

Fabio Renzi Eyeshot

ITALY
FABIO RENZI

SILHOUETTE
Rome, Italy. June 2023.

Jodi Rogers Eyeshot

ENGLAND
JODI ROGERS

UNTITLED
An unscripted image, captured on 35mm film using a Leica M6 and off-camera flash. Nestled in Suffolk, England, this shot is a visual chronicle of life as it unfolded.

Juan Rodriguez Morales Eyeshot

SPAIN
JUAN RODRÍGUEZ MORALES

UNTITLED
Pontevedra, Spain, 2020.

Jubair Ahmed Arnob Eyeshot

BANGLADESH
JUBAIR AHMED ARNOB

RISKY TRAIN JOURNEY
Home-bound people eagerly crowd onto the roof of a train to travel to their villages, ahead of the Eid-Al-Adha celebrations at the bustling Railway Station in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Liliana Ranalletta Eyeshot

ITALY
LILIANA RANALLETTA

FAMILY
Howth, Ireland, 2015.

Orna Naor Eyeshot

ISRAEL
ORNA NAOR

THE SEA DAYS PROJECT

Pritam Sarkar Eyeshot

INDIA
PRITAM SARKAR

CLONING
The ocean is a sign of vastness. CLONING captures the immense bond between two people, a bond so strong it makes them appear almost as twins or clones of each other. United, they seem capable of conquering even the expansive ocean itself.

Priyanshu Singh Eyeshot

INDIA
PRIYANSHU SINGH

DIVINE TRANCE
The celebration of Chita Bhasm ki Holi (pyre ash Holi) takes place at Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi’s epicenter of life and death, where the air is thick with the scent of burning pyres. The deity, garbed in feral tiger skin and adorned with a mundmala (garland of skulls), revels in the ‘last color of life’—the ash. High on bhang (cannabis), he is oblivious to the world, savoring the pure, uninhibited joy of the moment. It is this enigmatic and overwelming energy that compelled the capture.

Prosanjit Kumar Eyeshot

BANGLADESH
PROSANJIT KUMAR

THE BOATMAN
In river-laced Bangladesh, waterways serve as crucial arteries for transportation. Captured in the frame is a sailor who braves a tempest, defying nature’s fury to ferry passengers safely to their destination.

Yosuke Shimizu Eyeshot

JAPAN
YOSUKE SHIMIZU

ELDERLY COUPLE
In a hamburger store, an elderly couple’s faces are momentarily kissed by a stray beam of light. For a fleeting moment, their son—a towering figure— had been blocking the light as he animatedly conversed with them. The moment he steps away from his seat, the light that had been obscured by his back suddenly bathed the couple in a warm glow.
Each individual has a unique role in life’s intricate tapestry.
The question then arises—Can we capture the sublime essence of life as vividly as this elderly couple seems to embody it?

Anil Purohit Eyeshot

INDIA
ANIL PUROHIT

SPRING IN THE STEP
At an annual seaside fair, a youth vaults into the air to pull down the Ferris Wheel, each rotation offering a new chance to climb and leap from the pinnacle. Nearby, a girl riding the plane probably got her first experience sitting in the toy. The scene poignantly brings into sharp relief the contrasting facets of entertainment: a source of pure delight for some, yet a laborious endeavor for others.

Brad Jones Eyeshot

UNITED STATES
BRAD JONES

A FRAGILE UTOPIA 107

Chris Harrison Eyeshot

UNITED KINGDOM
CHRIS HARRISON

UNTITLED
Captured between 2021 and 2023, the scene offers a timeless gaze into the diverse and vibrant life of Brighton, UK

Daniel Brusilo Eyeshot

POLAND
DANIEL BRUSILO

THE WHITE SURFER
In the heat of Tlacotalpan, Mexico, time stretched on, but the wait brought the perfect subject: a gentleman dressed in immaculate white.

Danielle L Goldstein Eyeshot

UNITED STATES
DANIELLE L GOLDSTEIN

SUMO
Tokyo, Sumo, 2023.

Ilia Denbrov Eyeshot

KYRGYZSTAN
ILIA DENBROV

BROKEN CAR
Stranded on the desolate stretch between Bishkek and Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, a man and his family find themselves in a malfunctioning car. The emptiness of the road stretches before them, as quiet and still as their unexpected adventure.

Lionel Leo Eyeshot

HONG KONG
LIONEL LEO

PAINT THE TOWN RED
On the eve of Dev Deepawali, the holy city of Varanasi buzzes with anticipation. Along the revered banks of the River Ganges, structures and facades receive fresh coats of paint. A particular gateway scaffolding is no exception, now awash in a vivid shade of red, symbolizing festivity and spirituality.

Max Sturgeon Eyeshot

UNITED STATES
MAX STURGEON

WEDDING PARTY
Baktapur, Nepal, 2023.

Pawel Kosicki Eyeshot

POLAND
PAWEL KOSICKI

HOMEWORK IN CEMETERY
Mexico.

Raghav Sethi Eyeshot

INDIA
RAGHAV SETHI

IN PURSUIT OF SOLITUDE
A man deep in his thoughts sits on the tetrapod rocks at Marine Drive, Mumbai, and gazes at the sunrise. Bathed in the morning light, a strange sense of solitude is palpable.

SANTANU BOSE Eyeshot

INDIA
SANTANU BOSE

NANDGAON HOLI
As Holi spreads its vibrant spell across India, the essence of the festival—brotherhood, purity, and unity in diversity—remains a constant. From bustling cities to remote villages, each celebrates with its own unique flair and innovative style. In Nandgao, the air is thick with splashes of color, attracting thousands of devotees and tourists annually to partake of this cultural festivity.

Regula Tschumi Eyeshot

SWITZERLAND
REGULA TSCHUMI

DRESSING UP FOR A NEW YEAR EVENT
As the clock ticks closer to the New Year, various cultural groups gear up for the much-awaited Fante Dress Festival. Two young men, part of one such group, are caught in an intimate moment of preparation. Still in the sanctuary of their home, they carefully dress in their unique costumes, each stitch and fold a prelude to the grand festivity that lies ahead.

Richard Mills Eyeshot

UNITED KINGDOM
RICHARD MILLS

DECK 17 INFINITY POOL
Cruising the Norwegian Fjords, P&O Iona, 2023.

Sehmuz Bayhan Eyeshot

TURKEY
SEHMUZ BAYHAN

SUPERMAN TO THE RESCUE
As the lady engages with Hollywood Boulevard’s Superman, Christopher Dennis (R.I.P.), a surreal yet comical tableau unfolds. Known for his uncanny resemblance to the comic book hero, Christopher Dennis was a beloved and iconic figure on Hollywood Boulevard until his untimely passing. Through his iconic red and blue costume, he brought smiles and a touch of magic to tourists and locals alike

Simone Mantia Eyeshot

ITALY
SIMONE MANTIA

WATER PARK
A boy at the water park. Tirrenia, 2021.

Xin Permhansa Eyeshot

THAILAND
XIN PERMHANSA

UNTITLED

Chris Harrison 2 Eyeshot

UNITED KINGDOM
CHRIS HARRISON

UNTITLED
Captured between 2021 and 2023, the scene offers a timeless gaze into the diverse and vibrant life of Brighton, UK.

Simone Mantia Eyeshot

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Eyeshot Open Call 2023: A Global Stage for Emerging and Established Photographers

The road to this moment has been a compelling journey of dedication and effort. Our tight-knit, passionate team of four has poured over 3,000 hours into realizing Eyeshot Open Call 2023, laboring tirelessly seven days a week. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” has offered us a lens to explore the complexity and diversity of human experiences. From the dynamic pulse of cityscapes to the serene moments in rural life; from unguarded moments to intricate human narratives, the competition has received an astonishing 15,000 entries from more than 100 countries. The resulting body of work has been nothing short of a testament to the depth of creativity and passion that exists in the world of photography.

Guiding us through the meticulous selection process was a panel of highly-regarded jurors, a constellation of experts and luminaries in the field: Trent Parke, F. Dilek Yurdakul, Mark Abramson, Isadora Kosofsky, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Kitra Cahana, Richard Koci Hernandez, Narelle Autio, Emin Özmen, and our very own Marco Savarese, the visionary behind Eyeshot.


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