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Photo: Oren Ziv, Local Call | Local Testimony 2022

Local Testimony 2023
Dear photographers,

We are happy to announce that the Local Testimony and World Press Photo exhibitions will open at Muza – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv on December 22 2022.

Local Testimony, the annual contest of photojournalism and documentary photography, is exhibited every year alongside the annual World Press Photo exhibition. It presents the best works of Israeli, Palestinian, and foreign photographers active in our region, chosen by an independent jury and the exhibition curator. The exhibition reflects the events of the past year and immortalizes human moments which bear cultural and social importance in different spheres of life.

This year’s curator is Leah Abir, artistic director of the Arad Center of Contemporary Art, founder and joint editor of the magazine “Tohu”.

Members of the Jury

Galia Gur Zeev, photographer and curator
Ilan Itzhayek, journalist and editor in the Yedioth Ahronot Group and head of the journalism track at Sapir College
Dr. Liat Lavi, researcher and head of the Masters degree program in visual communication at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
Maya Anner, curator and researcher in the field of photography
Dr. Rotem Rozental, CEO of the Los Angeles Center of Photography
Guy Raz, curator of photography, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
Gilad Reich, curator of photography, Israel Museum
Dr. Orly Shevi, lecturer in the Department of Art History at Tel Aviv University and the Department of Visual Communication at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
Dr. Housni Alkhateeb Shehada, head of the Department of Plastic Arts at Levinsky College of Education and lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

The curator and jury will select the images that will be included in the exhibition.


For your calendar –

The Local Testimony site will open for uploading photos on Monday, August 15th 2022, and will close on Wednesday August 31st 2022 at midnight.

Please prepare portfolios of photographs, video works and accompanying texts according to the guidelines in the Instructing Guide on the website.

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.


Exhibition categories:

News – Society and Community – Religion and Faith – Nature and Environment – Sports – Urbanism and Culture – Long Exposure – Video (including social networks)


Board Members:

Vardi Kahana
Ami Steinitz



Local Testimony 2022 team
Dana Wohlfeiler-Lalkin, director
Sandy Teperson, producer

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