The first edition of the Deloitte Photo Grant, a new international photography competition promoted by Deloitte Italia under the patronage of the Deloitte Foundation and in collaboration with 24 ORE Cultura, the artistic direction of Denis Curti and the BlackCamera team, is born. The contest offers to stimulate artistic production related to the world of photography and to promote the theme of Connections: in fact, photographers will be asked to give a narrative and interpretation through images of what it means to be connected on a human, professional, economic or environmental level. With this initiative, Fondazione Deloitte aims to concretely support the world of photography, which has always played a key role in contemporary artistic and cultural production, as a universal language capable of interpreting and narrating current events. This first edition of the photography competition makes available a total value of €60,000.

The Deloitte Photo Grant is structured in two categories: Reporting and Open Call.

In the first – ten personalities working in the world of international cultural production, referred to as Signallers – are called upon to submit two unpublished photographic works each, consisting of at least 40 images, by a photographer of their choice. The signalers include Renata Ferri, Nathalie Herschdorfer, Matthias Harder, Erik Kessels, Antonio Carloni, Andréa Holzerr, Elisabeth Sherman, Karen McQuaid, Horacio Fernández and Claudio Composti.

A jury – composed of critics, professional photographers, museum directors, photo editors, gallery owners – will choose the winner of the first edition of the Deloitte Photo Grant, who will be awarded with a solo exhibition at Mudec – Museo delle Culture in Milan, in December 2023, accompanied by a catalog published by 24 ORE Cultura, as well as a cash contribution of €40,000. The jury will include Guido Borsani (President Fondazione Deloitte), Brandei Estes (Head of Photographs Sotheby’s London), Laura Sackett (LensCulture), Rosy Santella (Internazionale), Federica Chiocchetti (MBAL Museum), Reiner Opoku (International Art Agent), Timothy Persons (Board Paris Photo), Javier Vallhonrat (Contemporary Artist) as well as Mudec curator Sara Rizzo and jury president Denis Curti.

The second, on the other hand, involves an open call open until April 30, 2023, for photographers under the age of 35, who are asked to submit a project idea on the theme of the prize, described both in its content and its cost of implementation. Participants should also submit a portfolio of ten images related to the project or other work of their choice. Those who win this section will get a mention within the review dedicated to the winner of Signaling. He or she will also receive €20,000 for the realization of his or her idea and will be able to organize his or her solo exhibition in 2024, on the occasion of the second edition of the Deloitte Photo Grant.

On March 23, 24, 25, 26 it will be possible to present one’s portfolio to professionals from the world of photography. Among the reviewers on March 26 will be MIA Fair director and creator Fabio Castelli.

The Portfolio Review is free of charge, upon purchase of a MIA FAIR ticket.

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