Romano Cagnoni Award 2024

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The Romano Cagnoni Award, international prize dedicated to photojournalism, was born in 2019 in memory of the multifaceted ability to narrate the world by the photographer Romano Cagnoni (1935-2018).

The Award is promoted by the Romano Cagnoni Foundation, in collaboration with Photolux – International Festival of Photography. The Romano Cagnoni Award, directed by Benedetta Donato, is held every two years with the aim of supporting photographers who investigate, with depth and participation, topics related to the human condition, social and environmental change, humanitarian crises and the violation of human rights in the world.

RCA24 CONCEPT is ROOTS

In ancient philosophy the root represents the beginning or the cause of all things. The four fundamental elements of nature are roots: earth, water, air, fire.
In the modern sense the term is borrowed from botany, where it is used in reference to plants that bind to a soil by putting down roots. From the latter, every living being becomes the bearer of a different experience and culture.

Human history is characterized by situations in which the roots can be compromised: the origins of a people that risk being denied, as well as the natural resources of a territory that are threatened; but also the roots can be the confirmation of belonging to something or someone and be synonymous with identity.
Current international events require a reflection also on the root, understood as the motivation triggering short circuits such as social inequalities and environmental crises, all elements generating conflicts.
At a time when the very roots of photojournalism are being challenged by new technologies, it is essential to enhance the photographic story as an authentic narrative on specific situations and events, it can illuminate circumstances and create awareness in public opinion on issues of fundamental importance.

The selected projects will be submitted to an international jury, composed of: Elena Boille, Internazionale Magazine, Antonio Carloni, Gallerie d'Italia Torino, Jim Casper, LensCulture, Gloria Crespo MacLennan, El Pais, Patricia Franceschetti Cagnoni, Fondazione Romano Cagnoni (RCA Jury President), Carol Körting, LFI – Leica Fotografie International Magazine, Steven Lee, Exposure Plus Photo Festival.

The experts will meet in order to determine the award winner and assign two special mentions.

Prize Summary: 
Win Euros 5000 cash prize
Prizes Details: 

The author of the project designated as winner will be awarded a cash prize of € 5,000.00 (five thousandeuros).

The winner project will be exhibited during the Photolux Festival in Lucca, as part of the edition 2024 - from 23 November to 15 December 2024 - with an exhibition produced by the Romano Cagnoni Foundation, curated by Benedetta Donato - Director of the Romano Cagnoni Award.

During the event, there will be a talk about the winning project in the presence of the author. The project will be included in the official catalog of the event.

The author of the winning project will also receive a sculpture symbolizing the Award realized by the internationally recognized artist and sculptor Armen Agop (Cairo, Egypt, 1969), which will be given in the presence to the author.

Event date: 
March 1, 2024 to May 5, 2024
Location: 
International Biennial of Photography in Lucca, from 23 November until 15 December 2024
Deadline: 
05/May/2024

Entry Fee:

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