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Local Testimony 2023

Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg, Haaretz | Local Testimony 2022

Local Testimony 2023

We are happy to announce that the Local Testimony and World Press Photo 2023 exhibitions will open at Muza – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv on December 5 2023.

Please note, the contest site will be open on 13 August 2023 and will close at midnight 31 August 2023. 

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.


For the Instructing Guide click here

The categories of Local Testimony 2023:

  1. News – Major current events covered in the main media channels. This category is only open to photographers with press cards. In this category 12 single photographs may be submitted.

  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. 

  8. Video video works and short video clips that have appeared on social networks, produced between 2022 and 2023, that fall in line with the contest’s categories. The length of a submitted video should not exceed 7 minutes, and the file’s weight should not exceed 200 MB.
    Video creators should register for the contest by 31.8.2023. The deadline for submission is 5.9.2023.
    The films will be transferred through websites that transfer large files to: or as a link. The participants will add a short description of the video that will not exceed 30 words.
    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’
₪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 2023: Anat Saragusti, journalist, photographer and documentarian.

Local Testimony Team, 2023

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

Sandy Teperson, production manager

Anat Kleiman, graphic designer





Maya Anner, curator and researcher in the field of photography

Oded Balilty, photojournalist and director of the photography department of the AP news agency in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Eddie Gerald, documentary photographer and lecturer at the Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem

Ilan Itzhayek, journalist and editor in the Yedioth Ahronot Group and head of the journalism track at Sapir Academic College

Menahem Kahana, photojournalist at the AFP news agency

Vardi Kahana, photographer, curator, and Local Testimony board member

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

Anat Saragusti, journalist, photographer, documentarian and curator of Local Testimony 2023

Osnat Trabelsi, producer and documentarian

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