Local Testimony 2021

Photo: Vered Sadot | Local Testimony 2020

Local Testimony 2021 

Photojournalists and photographic artists are invited to submit entries for the photographic exhibition Local Testimony 2021.

Please note, the contest site will be open on 9 July 2021 and will close at midnight 24 July 2021. 

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 2021:

  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 2020 and 2021, that fall in line with the contest’s categories.
    Video creators should register for the contest by 24.7.2021. The deadline for submission is 7.8.2021. The films will be transferred through websites that transfer large files to: info@edutmekomit.co.il. or as a link.
    Make sure that the file name is your name in English, in Latin characters.


Cash Prizes for the Winners:

Prizes to a total value of ₪40,000 will be awarded to the prize-winning photographers, as follows:
₪10,000 for Photo of the Year
₪10,000 for Series of the Year
₪10,000 as the ‘Shomrim Prize’ for a photo expressing democratic values
₪10,000 for Video of the Year

--The ‘Shomrim Prize’ and Video of the Year are courtesy of Shomrim – The Center for Media and Democracy.

All participating photographers will receive a copy of the exhibition catalog and a certificate of participation.

Curator Local Testimony 2021: Galia Gur Zeevphotographer and curator

Local Testimony Team, 2021

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

Sandy Teperson, production manager

Anat Kleiman, graphic designer





Reli Avrahami, photographer and lecturer

Yuval Bitton, chief curator, Ashdod Museum of Art

Dr. Noam Gal, curator and researcher, Art History Faculty, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Galia Gur Zeev, photographer, lecturer, and curator, Local Testimony 2021

Ilan Itzhayek, journalist and editor, Yedioth Ahronoth Group, and head of the journalism course at Sapir Academic College

Guy Raz, photography curator, MUZA – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

Anat Saragusti, journalist, photographer, documentary artist

Dr Orly Shevi, lecturer in the Art History Faculty, Tel Aviv University and the Visual Culture Department, Bezalel Academy

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