New free photography open call for photographers

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Let the Game Begin!

Join the new free photography open call dedicated to the world of sport and all of its facets.
Submit your photos and win!

Deadline 29th February 31st March 2024

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Photo by: Antonella Platania

PLAY! - Let the Game Begin!

Join us for a visual celebration of Sports and Movement in our upcoming photographic project PLAY! - Let the game begin! Presented by dotART and Exhibit Around APS associations, promoters of the Trieste Photo Days international photo festival, we invite photographers from all over the world to participate in this exciting Open Call.

The project

Sport embodies movement, and movement is life. Engaging in sports - be it physical or mental activity - elevates our endorphin levels, bringing joy, contentment, and enthusiasm.
It connects us all, making us feel truly alive.
We are thrilled to unveil a new photographic and editorial project that pays homage to the vibrant world of sports.
The project will be showcased at the 11th edition of the International Festival of Photography Trieste Photo Days.

The theme

From the thrill of watching a game to the joy of playing chess with our children, from the Olympics to dog agility. Whether it's football ultras or ballet dancers, street workouts, luxury yoga retreats or kids’ school tournaments, we want you to capture it all! Our goal is to freeze moments of fun and hard work, celebration and dedication, sweat, muscles, tears of joy and despair, either on the field, on the street, or at home. Whether it's a professional event or leisurely time, we're eager to see your perspective.

Who is it for?

Calling all photographers worldwide! Whether you have a single photo or an entire photographic project or portfolio dedicated to sports and movement, we want to hear from you.
Selected photographers will not only become part of a great photographic exhibition inside the international environment of the photography festival Trieste Photo Days, but also have the chance to be featured in a photographic volume.

The photos

Each photographer is encouraged to interpret the theme through their preferred photographic genre - be it street photography, portraiture, social reportage, documentary photography, or fine art.
The key is to explore the relationship between humans and sport, the influence that sport has on society and all those typical aspects that make this world so unique.
Ready to capture the essence of PLAY! and share your unique perspective on the world of sports and movement? Join us on this exciting journey!


Adam Pretty special guest of "Play! - Let the Game Begin"

Meet the guest:

Adam Pretty

Adam Pretty began his career as a news photographer at the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia in 1997 and then moved to Getty Images driven by his desire to specialize in sports photography.
Adam has worked in Sydney, Los Angeles, Beijing and Tokyo and currently lives in Munich.
Photographer of 11 Olympic Games, he has worked all over the world for magazines such as Time Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire and many others.
In February 2024 he photographed the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Adam is an award-winning international photographer. Among his global awards we find 1st place in the Sports Picture category of the World Press Photo, 1st place at the Sony World Photography Awards in the Professional Sports category and many others for a total of 64 awards won.

Other than being the special guest of Play! -Let the Game Begin, Adam will be present as a guest at the Trieste Photo Days festival where he will award the winners of the call.

PLAY! - Let the Game Begin! follows the success of acclaimed Exhibit Around tribute projects, in which hundreds of photographers from the five continents participate every year. After the tributes to Martin Parr (Short Street Stories, 2019), to Alex Webb (Chromantic, 2020), to street photography (Tales of the Unwritten, 2021), to the female universe with Susan Meiselas (WOW - Worlds of Women, 2022), to Water with Kadir van Lohuizen (71% - The State of Water, 2023) the 2024 will be dedicated to Sports.


The call is open to all and registration is free. To submit photos, simply register or access the new Exhibit Around user area on, select the call PLAY! - Let the Game Begin! and follow the procedure for Single Photos and/or Projects/Portfolios.

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



Exhibit Around APS will select the Best Author of the project and the Honorable Mentions.

The award event will be held on the occasion of the Trieste Photo Days 2024 international photography festival and both best author and honorable mentions will receive an invitation as guests of honor at the Photographers' Dinner.

Best Author

  • Free 3-night stay for 2 in Trieste on the occasion of the presentation of the photographic volume PLAY! - Let the Game Begin! as part of Trieste Photo Days 2024 (end of October)
  • Special and personalized trophy
  • 25000 PhotoPoints worth 250€ in discounts (learn more)
  • 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 Mentions

  • Personalized medal
  • 10000 PhotoPoints worth 100€ in discounts (learn more)
  • 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 Rewards

  • Personalized medal
  • 5000 PhotoPoints worth 50€ in discounts (learn more)
  • Remarkable Rewards digital certificate


You may want to know...

The best photos will be exhibited in a dedicated exhibition at the end of October 2024 as part of the international photography festival Trieste Photo Days 2023.
The exhibition venue will be the Sala Umberto Veruda of the prestigious Costanzi Palace, a stone's throw from the central piazza Unità d'Italia in Trieste.

Is participation free?

Participation in the Open Call is free.
Exhibit Around is a social promotion association, therefore it is non-profit. The photographers whose photos have been selected will then be contacted by March 2024 with a proposal to contribute to expenses. The requested contribution will cover the costs of logistics, organisation, printing of photos and volume, merchandising, visual communication, transport, set-up and photographic reportages, which will be handled by Exhibit Around.

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).