Photo: Michael Shvadron | Local Testimony 2018

Local Testimony 2020 

Photojournalists and photographic artists are invited to submit entries for the photographic exhibition Local Testimony 2020.

Please note, the contest site will be open on 26 July 2020 and will close at midnight 8 August 2020. 

The competition is open to photo-journalists, documentary photographers, and professional artists, who are holders of press cards or whose work has been published in print and/or online media during the last year. Artists who have exhibited their work in solo or group exhibitions in contemporary art museums or galleries during the last four years are also invited to participate.

The categories of Local Testimony 2019:

  1. News – Major current events covered in the main media channels.

  2. Religion and Faith – faiths, customs, rituals and ceremonies.

  3. Society and Community – ways of life and struggles of diverse communities living in the local reality.

  4. Urbanism and Culture – art, design, architecture and street photography

  5. Sports – professional, competitive and amateur sports – athletes and their fans

  6. Nature and the Environment – photographs of nature, flora and fauna, alongside issues that relate to ecology and preservation of the environment.

  7. Long Exposure – a photo-narrative which has had time and documentary depth dedicated to it, creating an individual, expressive visual language. A series in this category should include 15 photographs. This category is only open to photographers with press cards or artist photographers.

  8. Video – short video clips produced between 2019 and 2020, that fall in line with the contest’s categories.
    Video creators should register for the contest by 8.8.2020. The deadline for submission is 13.8.2020. The films will be transferred through websites that transfer large files to: or as a link.
    Make sure that the file name is your name in English, in Latin characters.


Cash Prizes and Exhibition Catalog:

A prize of ₪10,000 each will be awarded to the photographer of the Photo of the Year and the Series of the Year.
All participating photographers will receive a copy of the exhibition catalog and a certificate of participation.

Further Details

This year, the board of Local Testimony has joined hands with the organization Shomrim – The Center for Media and Democracy, a non-profit organization founded with the objective of strengthening Israeli democracy via media projects. ‘Shomrim’ aims to promote in-depth journalistic investigations and stresses visual documentary expression of these investigations.

The collaboration with ‘Shomrim’ has led to two new cash prizes:
This year, for the first time, a prize of ₪10,000 will be awarded to the photographer of the Video of the Year.
An additional prize, the ‘Shomrim Prize’, will be awarded to a series or single photo expressing a meaningful democratic issue at the heart of public discourse, in one of the exhibition categories.

Local Testimony Team, 2020

Dana Wohlfeiler-Lalkin, director
Vardi Kahana, photographer and curator
Ami Steinitz, curator

Sandy Teperson, production manager

Maya Katorza, production manager
Anat Kleiman, graphic designer
Curator: Eldad Rafaeli, photographer, artist, and curator

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