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Announcing the Shortlist for “PLAY! Let the Game Begin”

9 July 2024

We are thrilled to announce the Winners’ Shortlist for the PLAY! Let the Game Begin” photo book. This Shortlist consists of 54 exceptionally talented photographers who have been chosen as finalists for the special Open Call Awards: Best Author, Honorable Mentions, and Remarkable Reward. All 208 photographers selected for their outstanding work are already winners in our minds, as their photos will be published in the book and exhibited – a significant achievement!

However, these 54 finalists have impressed us even further, representing the best of the best by showcasing the highest quality and closest alignment with our theme and vision.

Here’s an overview of the prize pool for these awards:


Best Author

  • Free 3-night stay for 2 on the occasion of the presentation of the photographic volume PLAY! as part of Trieste Photo Days 2024
  • Special and personalized trophy
  • 25000 PhotoPoints worth 250€*
  • Digital certificate of victory
  • 1 free copy of the original volume of PLAY! – Let the Game Begin!
  • 1 free copy of the Trieste Photo Days 2024 catalogue
  • 1 free entry to a photography masterclass with special guest during the Trieste Photo Days 2024

Honorable Mention

  • Personalized medal
  • 10000 PhotoPoints worth 100€*
  • Honorable mention digital certificate
  • 1 free copy of the original volume of PLAY! – Let the Game Begin!
  • Photo and author shared on our social networks for visibility

Remarkable Reward

  • Personalized medal
  • 5000 PhotoPoints worth 50€*
  • Remarkable Rewards digital certificate

*What are PhotoPoints and how can they benefit your photography? Find out here!


It is important to note that while all 54 finalists have reached an exemplary standard, only a few will receive one of these 3 prestigious accolades. The final rankings and assignment of awards will be announced soon, celebrating the exceptional talents and diverse interpretations of our theme by these finalists.

The shortlisted photographers are listed alphabetically:
Alain Schroeder, Almando Reggio, Amit Moulick, Ana Puit, Anna Wojciechowska, Antonella Spina, Antonio Aragon Renuncio, Benjamin Tankersley, Benjamin Lau, Boštjan Imperl, Cenk Erdoğan, Costas Delhas, Doron Talmi, Edoardo Agresti, Evgeniy Turkov, Gasper Butina, Geert Lommers, Giuseppe Ippolito, Giuseppe Sabella, Hector Rodrigeuz Del Oro, Julie Kerbel, Kaushik Majumder, Keijo Laitala, Maria Pansini, Mariolino Laudati, Marylise Vigneau, Mathias Wasik, Natalia Gorshkova, Olga Ivanova, Paolo Manca, Paolo Tinti, † Patricia D. Richards, Pia Parolin, Piotr Dziurman, Samuel Zuder, Saurabh Sirohiya, Segalen Benoit, Suzana Ursic, Tiago Magalhães, Toby Binder, Vitaly Medvedev, Walter Fogel

And for the SportsPro section:

Adriano Boscato, Ali Sharifzade, Andrew Moss, Iris Van Den Broek, Klemen Razinger, Maja Prgomet, Marcelo Guelber Góes, Mark Edward Harris, Paolo Furlan, Paris Sarrikostas, Rachel Wright, Robert Szaniszló

Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their wonderful work. Stay tuned for the announcement of the final winners!

And finally, presenting the newly unveiled book cover of the photographic volume! Congratulations to the author Rachel Wright, for their captivating the essence of PLAY! with her photo Grand Final Jubilation.

PLAY! Let the Game Begin

Title: Grand Final Jubilation

Photo by: Rachel Wright

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