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Photo: Lior Horesh \ Local Testimony 2020

Local Testimony 2021
Dear photographers,

As we prepare the system for uploading entries to the 2021 contest, this would be a great time to start selecting photographs in the different categories. A careful selection accompanied by a succinct verbal description will increase the quality of your submission and make it easier to stay on schedule.

The Local Testimony team is working to strengthen the position of documentary photography within local art and culture and increase recognition of those working in the field. The “Long Exposure” category and the series in the other categories require meticulous editing and precise selection of the photos comprising the narrative.

The link for uploading photos to the Local Testimony website will open on July 9th 2021 and close at midnight on July 24 2021.

The categories are as follows:

  1. News – major current events covered in the various media channels.

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

  3. Society and Community – different communities’ ways of life and struggles.

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

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

  6. Nature and the Environment – photographs of landscapes, flora and fauna, alongside issues connected 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 – short video clips produced between 2020 and 2021, that fall in line with the contest’s categories, to be selected by the curator.


Further details can be found in the instructing guide.


Again this year cash prizes to a total of ₪40,000 will be awarded to the photographers of the winning works.

Prizes will be awarded to the photographers of Photo of the Year, Series of the Year and Video of the Year. Also awarded this year will be the “Shomrim Prize” for a series or photo expressing significant democratic values in one of the exhibition categories.
Each prize will be to the sum of ₪10,000.


Best wishes and good luck,

The Local Testimony 2021 team

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