» Promoters
The cultural association dotART, promoter of Trieste Photo Days festival, launches the Trieste Photo Young 2021 photographic contest, with the support of Fondazione Pietro Pittini and in collaboration with Polo Giovani Toti / PAG – Progetto Area Giovani of the Trieste municipality.

» Requirements to participate
The contest is open to authors from all over the world that in 2021 are between 18 and 30 years old. Registrations is completely free, as is participation in the exhibition if selected.
The dotART association reserves the right to verify the participants’ age and to exclude participants who are not between 18 and 30 years old.

» Deadline and Registration
Registrations are open from the 4th of June to the 4th of July 2021 11th of July 2021 NEW DEADLINE!. Each author may participate with just one photography: one shot, one chance!
To upload your photo, you need to sign up on the association website
Please note: once logged in on the user area, you need to fill in all fields in your personal profile about your date of birth and place of residence, otherwise you will be eliminated from the contest.

» Themes and Style
The theme is adjusted to your liking. Each participant is free to add their own style to the work, as well as to choose the photo that suits them best. We prefer street photography, architectural photography and social reportage, but we also like quality photos characterized by an original and personal gaze on the urban environment.

» Jury
The competing photos will be selected by the dotART and PAG – Progetto Area Giovani staff and then judged by a renowned jury through the voting stages described in the following point.
The jurors will be divided into groups and each group will be assigned different rounds and photos.
The photos submitted to the jury will always be accompanied by the name of the author, the title of the work and a description if there is one.
The opinion of the jury is final.
The dotART association will contact privately only the authors selected for each voting phase, which will be announced in any case on the website

» Selection and Contest
The contest is divided into two parts:

  • Phase 1: Group stage
  • Phase 2: Knockout stage (along the lines of the World Cup)

You will be able to follow the evolution of the contest on the website, where the various stages of the competition will be published, and the rankings updated as the jury votes.

Phase 1
Group stage. A wide selection of photos, chosen by the dotART and PAG staff, will enter this phase.
The system will randomly distribute the photos into 16 rounds (if possible, the number of photos will be the same for each round and will vary according to the number of participants).
The jury’s vote in Phase 1 will take the first 2 photos in each group (32 photos in total) to the next phase.

Phase 2
This phase is a knockout stage along the lines of the World Cup. A series of matches will be played between the first and second placed photos of different groups, and the winner will be chosen by an ever-changing group of jurors.
The winning photos of each match will compete in the next phase, according to the grid: Sixteenth, Eighth and Fourth Finals.
Voting for the Semi-final and the Final will take place live during Trieste Photo Days, where the jurors will decide the winning photo in front of the audience and in the presence of the authors.
Date and place will be announced in the aftermath.

» Prizes
The Fondazione Pietro Pittini, supporter of the Trieste Photo Young project, is offering several prizes:

  • The four semi-finalists will be hosted for 3 nights in Trieste to attend the final.
  • The winner will be awarded with an Amazon voucher of 500 €. The other three semi-finalists will receive a medal as honourable mentions.
  • The 32 photos classified in the Sixteenths will be exhibited from the 26th of October to the 7th of November 2021 at the group exhibition.

Moreover, our partner will give away:

  • 4 of their pioneer course, the 365 Days of Photography Course, for a total value of € 1,460!

» Exhibition
The 32 photos classified in the Sixteenths will be exhibited from the 26th of October to the 7th of November 2021 at the group exhibition Trieste Photo Young 2021 in a venue to be defined.
The exhibition will also host a selection of works by authors under 30 from other photographic projects carried out by the dotART association.

» Timeline

  • 04/06/2021: opening date for registrations
  • 04/07/2021: closing date for registrations
  • 16/07/2021: publication of the Groups
  • 21/07/2021: publication of the final classification of the Groups and the bracket of the Sixteenth Round
  • 26/07/2021: publication of the Eighth-Round bracket
  • 31/07/2021: publication of the Quarters bracket
  • 26/10/2021: opening of Trieste Photo Young exhibition
  • (Date to be defined 27-31/10/2021): Semi-finals and Final live at Trieste Photo Days

» Trieste Photo Days Catalogue
A selection of the competing photos will become part of the Trieste Photo Days 2021 festival catalogue. Unless otherwise specified, there will be no free copies for the authors. All authors will receive a digital copy of the book in pdf format, which will also be published on Issuu.

» Photo guidelines

  • We accept both colour and black-and-white photos.
  • Post-production is allowed.
  • Photos with signatures, watermarks, frames, or markings visible on the image won’t be allowed.
  • Photos or images deemed offensive are not allowed, in accordance with the sensitivity and indisputable judgement of the jury.

» Technical characteristics of the images

  • Jpg format
  • RGB colour method
  • Each individual file must be less than 9 MB
  • Smallest side’s minimum size: 2000 px / Longest side’s maximum size: 6000 px
  • The file name (filename.jpg) must not contain any special characters (accent marks, apostrophes, symbols, etc.).

» Copyright
Each photographer retains the moral rights and intellectual property rights to their photos. Each author grants the dotART association the non-exclusive right to use the winning/selected images to promote/advertise the non-profit activities of the association, subject to official notification to the author (whose name will always be attributed to the work).