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Celebrating Mastery in the Open Call 2023

A Stellar Array of Artistry in Street and Documentary Photography

We’re delighted to unveil the 55 brilliant photographers selected as winners, jurors’ picks, and finalists of the Eyeshot Open Call 2023. Culled from an extraordinary collection of submissions spanning across the globe, these artists have been recognized by our esteemed jury for their potent visual narratives, inventiveness, and adeptness at capturing the nuances of modern life.
This year’s chosen images offer a rich tapestry of global perspectives, pushing the boundaries of street and documentary photography. From an array of moments that range from the mundane to the exceptional, these artists shed new light on everyday life.
May these masterfully executed works ignite your imagination, evoke emotions, and challenge your perceptions.

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 Winners

The winners and finalists for this year were meticulously chosen by our distinguished panel of judges, who evaluated submissions based on criteria like originality, creativity, visual potency, and storytelling prowess. For the single image category, we are excited to present three top winners and 40 remarkable finalists.

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1ST PLACE

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.

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2ND PLACE

GREECE
THOMAS GIOTOPOULOS
THRINOS
This photo 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.

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3RD PLACE

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.

Series Image Winners

The selection of winners and finalists in the series image category was carried out by an esteemed panel of judges who assessed each entry for its originality, creative flair, visual resonance, and narrative depth. This year, we are delighted to spotlight three exceptional top winners and a compelling group of 15 finalists.

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1ST PLACE

France
Siodos
IN THE SHADOW OF THE LIVING

The series is part two of a project dedicated to the notion of marginality unfolds on the bustling streets, capturing the lives of those often overlooked. Dividing the subject into distinct landscapes, the photographer employs analog techniques, using aged films and a glass filter slid in front of the camera.

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2ND PLACE

UNITED STATES
Daniel Sackheim
UNSEEN

“There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche. Inspired by the visual aesthetic of Film Noir, this series explores isolated fragments of subjects once there but now gone, as a means of shining a light on what is hidden, if only for an instant.

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3RD PLACE

IRAN
Karim Mottaghi
DEATH COMES HOME WITHOUT KNOCKING

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, a grim specter swept across the globe, leaving no country unscathed. While first-world nations implemented stringent measures to combat the virus, the situation was markedly different in some developing countries.

Honorable Mentions

Each member of our esteemed jury panel has selected one photographer for a special commendation. Here are the jurors’ distinguished mentions for the Eyeshot Open Call 2023.

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KYRGYZSTAN
ILIA DENBROV

Selected By TRENT Parke

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.

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INDIA
Abhishek Singh

Selected By Narelle Autio

Each year, something extraordinary unfolds at Manikarnika Ghat and Harishchandra Ghat, Varanasi’s revered cremation grounds. Through this singular festival, the essence, vitality, and time-honored custom come vividly to life.

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BANGLADESH
PROSANJIT KUMAR

Selected By Kitra Cahana

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.

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CYPRUS
Katerina Churbakova

Selected By LAYLA Amatullah Barrayn

Nestled within Valaam Island and its surrounding islets, an ancient complex of churches and sketes stands as one of Russia’s largest male Orthodox monasteries. Far from conforming to monastic stereotypes, life on Valaam mirrors broader society in miniature.

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JAPAN
YOSUKE SHIMIZU

Selected By ISADORA KOSOFSKY

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?

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BANGLADESH
Md. Zobayer Hossain Joati

Selected By emin Özmen

Originating during the British colonial era, martial arts fighting techniques initially served to safeguard villagers from oppressive Zamindars (landowners) and their tax-collecting enforcers. Today, the art form wears many hats.

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United STATES
BRAD JONES

Selected By mark abramson

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GREECE
Spiros Loukopoulos

Selected By RICHARD Koci Hernandez

The series presents classic photography with a fresh twist, embracing the freedom to explore and question our surroundings. A NEW BEGINNING focuses on the ethereal and spiritual aspects of life and aims to remain a lifelong quest for understanding and expression.

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SOUTH KOREA/USA
Argus Paul Estabrook

Selected By Marco Savarese

In the bustling arenas of greater Seoul, two pioneering organizations—the Pro Wrestling Society (PWS) and the World Wrestling Association (WWA)—aim to popularize the high-octane drama of professional wrestling.

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POLAND
PAWEL KOSICKI

Selected By DILEK F. YURDAKUL

Homework in Cemetery, Mexico.

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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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