Call for entries 2016


FOTODOC Center for Documentary Photography at Sakharov center is pleased to announce our second annual international Direct Look photo contest.

Contest theme: problems pertaining to relations between individuals, society and state, as well as ways of addressing these problems.

The goal of the contest:

• Facilitate growth and promotion of independent journalism.

• Support authors who research issues addressing the relationship between individuals and society and state.

• Support photo projects based on respect and advocacy for human dignity, fundamental principles of the Russian Constitution and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


The contest is held in three distinct categories:

The Problem

Issues, friction, disagreements or discord that arise within society between individuals, communities, civic institutions, and states.

The Conflict

The most heated methods of solving issues: disagreements or discord within society between individuals, civic institutions and the state. It manifests itself in parties acting against each other and is often accompanied by negative emotions that extend beyond existing norms and rules.

The Compromise

Conflict resolution through dialogue, social change or reform.


All entries must depict history or be part of a long-time project.

The panel 2016: Svetlana Bachevanova, publisher of FotoEvidence and documentary photographer. Emma Bowkett, photo editor at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine. Harald Menk, international photo editor at STERN Magazine. Yumi Goto, independent photography curator, editor, researcher and consultant. Andrei Polikanov, photo editor, visual director at «Takie Dela» project.


*** Announcement! You can submit your digital images for preliminary consideration and Jury voting until 23:59 MSK, June 30, 2016

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