Photo: Felix Lupa \ Local Testimony 2019

Dear photographers, 

We hope you are well in spite of the difficulties and upheavals caused by Corona.

The pandemic has brought on one of the most significant periods in world history. The present time is destined to become a hot topic for discussion, and its influence on our daily life will be with us for a long time to come.

The complex reality of existence that has been created, the stormy political events and unique natural phenomena have created a new and unprecedented challenge for documentary photographers in this year. Local Testimony will not fail to respond to this challenge. We are particularly happy to announce that the 2020 exhibition is on its way, and will appear alongside the World Press Photo exhibition, as it does every year.

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 ‘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.

Exhibition categories:

News – Society and Community – Religion and Faith – Nature and the Environment – Sports – Urbanism and Culture – Long Exposure (Photographed Story) – Video


Local Testimony 2020 Curator:  Eldad Rafaeli, photographer, artist, and curator

Board Members:

Vardi Kahana

Ami Steinitz


We will provide timely updates of the submission dates and other details.




Local Testimony 2020 team
Dana Wohlfeiler-Lalkin, director
Sandy Teperson, producer
Maya Katorza, producer

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