New free photography open call for photographers

New photography open call about company towns
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Objective: Company Town

A free open call for photographers focused on company towns, the “factory-cities” born due to industrial development.

Deadline 5 May 2024

New photography open call about company towns
Photo by: Masala Orietta

Objective: Company Town

Join us to celebrate the historical and cultural events that led to the development and transformation of company towns around the world.
The cultural association Exhibit Around APS invites all photographers worldwide to participate in this new unique open call!

The project

“Objective: Company Towns” is the new open call on local and international company towns: a reflection on how these realities are mirrors of social changes, of coexisting cultures, of industrial history, and of the architectural heritage of places.
The photographic and editorial project will be presented at the 11th edition of the international photography festival Trieste Photo Days.

The theme

The open call aims to collect interpretations and testimonies from photographers all over the world on the phenomenon of company towns: through your eyes, we want to relive the events that led to their creation and transformation, and explore their social, economic, and architectural impact on the territory, peoples, and cultures. Join us on this exciting journey!

Who is it for?

Calling all photographers worldwide! Whether you have a single photo or an entire project/portfolio, we want to hear from you.
Selected photographers will have the chance to be featured in the photographic volume and to be part of a great photographic exhibition, all within the incredible framework of photography festival Trieste Photo Days, in the presence of important special guests and internationally renowned photographers.

The photos

Submitted photos must be able to explore the history of company towns and their social and cultural impact on the people who live or have lived there.
Each author will be able to address the theme through the photographic genre that best represents him: social reportage, documentary photography, urban architecture,street photography, portrait, creative photography, landscape, fine art, etc.
Join us on this exciting journey!

To get inspired

Document and celebrate the historical events that led to the creation and transformation of company towns: industrial revolutions, wars, population migrations, and social and cultural transformations.

Explore the architectural and social impact of company towns: historical sites and landmarks, residences, and the stories and personal experiences of those who live and have lived in them.

Highlight the elements of extraordinary innovation within company towns, such as work culture and corporate welfare, immigration and cultural diversity, collective memory and cultural identity, social changes, and economic challenges.


The call is open to everyone and registration is free, as is inclusion in the exhibition and book if selected. To submit photos, simply register or access the new Exhibit Around user area , select the call Objective: Company Town and follow the procedure for Single Photos and/or Projects/Portfolios .

We will select the works that will be part of the prestigious exhibitions of the project and which will be published in the photographic book dedicated to the project.



Following a careful selection, Exhibit Around APS will choose the Best Author, the Honorable Mentions and the best photographers of the project.

The works of best selected photographers, along with those of the Best Author and the Honorable Mentions, will be displayed in a series of exclusive exhibitions: at Trieste Airport in September and at Magazzino 26 during the Trieste Photo days.

The Award Ceremony will be held during the 2024 international photography festival Trieste Photo Days.

Best Author

  • A special and personalized trophy
  • Free 2-night stay:
    • a weekend in a local Winery, or
    • in a hotel in Trieste, during Trieste Photo Days 2024 (1-3 November)
  • 1 free copy of the book
  • A selection of free copies of Exhibit Around’s photography books

Honorable Mentions

  • Personalized medal
  • A selection of free copies of Exhibit Around’s photography books

Furthermore, a selection of the best photos will be displayed, together with those by the Best Author and the Honorable Mentions, in a large exhibition at one of the most important locations of the Festival.

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You may want to know...

The best selected photographs will become part of a series of international exhibitions as part of Trieste Photo Days 2024 and Photo Days Tour, the series of events and exhibitions taking place all around the Region (starting June 2024).

Is participation free?

Participation in the Open Call is completely free, as well as participation in the photographic exhibition and in the book.
We remind you that Exhibit Around is a no- profit social promotion association. Logistics, photo printing and exhibition organization expenses will be sustained by Exhibit Around APS and dotART cultural association.

What technical characteristics must the photos have?

A candidate photo will be selected as the cover. Authors wishing to submit their photo explicitly for the cover should add the word "cover" to the name of the uploaded file.
Photos must not contain signatures, watermarks, watermarks or frames. Images must be in '.jpg' format and the color mode must be RGB. The size of the single file must be less than 9 MB while the dimensions required for the photos are:

  • minimum 2000px short side
  • maximum 6000px long side

The file name must not contain special characters but only letters and/or numbers.

Who owns the rights of the candidate photos?

Each photographer retains the moral and intellectual property rights on their works submitted for the call. Each author grants the Exhibit Around and dotART association the non-exclusive right to use the winning / selected images to promote and/or advertise the association's non-profit activities, subject to official communication to the author (whose name will always be attributed to the 'Opera).