Dear photo friends,
at this year’s competition, as of March 31st, over 2900 photographs by authors from 16 countries were sent in and, as expected, photographers from the region preceded the number of entries.
This year, amongst the finalists were six authors from Croatia, five authors from Serbia, two authors from Slovenia, and one author from Iraq, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovakia each.
Due to the epidemiological situation in the country and the world, this year’s Rovinj Photodays festival did not take place as scheduled, but despite the changes, the finalists exhibition is available for viewing to everyone on the festival’s website, and this year’s Grand Prix has been announced!
“In the pandemic year of 2021, a large number of photographers applied for the Photodays competition. This year too, the attention was drawn by the younger generation. The quality of works varied, but the jury received more than enough artworks, artworks that really stood out, so the process of selection was not easy. In many of the works, authors explored the topic of the present time, and not just in the category of documentary photography, to which the jury paid special attention.
A great emphasis was also placed on the artworks from the region, which dealt with topics specific to this area. At the same time, in the category of landscapes we devoted particular attention to city landscapes or ‘cityscapes’, where we selected two excellent series. In the categories of nudes and portraits, where the concepts of time and space are harder to convey, we mostly looked for originality and modern approach.
There were a lot of submissions that met that criteria, and among them a series that exceeded that criteria to such an extent that we decided to award it the highest prize.”
– said the jury president, Dejan Sluga.
GRAND PRIX 2021
The winner of the Grand Prix wins a cash prize of 2,000 EUR, a solo exhibition with a catalog in the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka during the autumn of 2022, a solo exhibition with a catalog in Rovinj during the Rovinj Photodays festival in 2022 and a weekend stay in Rovinj!