The Moscow Urban Forum is now accepting entries for its ”Moscow. Yours” photo contest. The prize for winners is the chance to exhibit their works in the Zaryadye Park QR dome from 17–22 July 2018.
The contest is held on Instagram, where all you need to do to participate is publish your work with the hashtag #moscow_yours. The preliminary selection of the top photos as decided by the organisers will be held from 1 May to 15 June, and finalists will be determined from 15 June to 30 June.
The contest is designed to use photos to draw attention to the changes taking place in the capital, and picture the past, present and future of this actively developing megacity, where the main focus is people.
In recent years, Moscow has experienced an unprecedented speed and scale of urban transformation, with the main goal of creating a comfortable environment for people. The city has become more friendly, greener, and is expanding its pedestrian boundaries and building public spaces for leisure activities. At the same time, this era of rapid change affects not just the face of the city, but also its relationship with residents. The typical lifestyle of someone living in a megacity doesn’t usually include spontaneous stops to admire the metamorphosis of their surroundings, while the growing popularity of handheld technology is also directing attention down to phone screens rather than the city around them. The organisers invite contest participants to capture these transformations artistically, to bring to life the place of modern man in a friendly megacity. To stop for a minute and enjoy a moment of harmony between one of the world’s largest megacities and the people who call it home.
photographer and artist
Petr is a Moscow-based photographer and artist. Using photography, Petr explores the visible manifestations of history and culture, as well as the boundaries of photography as an artistic method. Petr’s work has been exhibited in Russia and abroad, and won awards at Prix Pictet (2010), Paul Huf (2012), and PDN30 (2012). In 2016, works from his Ruins cycle were included in the short list of nominees for the Sony World Photography Awards.
photographer and artist
Alexander was born in Moscow in 1987. He is a graduate and teacher of the British Higher School of Design. In 2012, he won The Best of Russia award (Winzavod Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow) for his Sandman project. Experimenting with different techniques and approaches in his works, Alexander explores the principles of aesthetic formalism. He hosts personal and contributes to group exhibitions, in particular Young portfolio acquisitions 2017 (KmoPA, Japan, 2018), Stickers (Ruarts Gallery, Moscow, 2017), and Our Home (Lumiere Brothers Centre of Photography, Moscow, 2017). He works closely with publications like Port Russia, Numero Russia, vogue.ru, colta.ru, theblueprint.ru, and total football.
Ikuru was born in 1984 and grew up in Japan. He studied at the University of Missouri, Columbia, after which he lived in Romania, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia. In recent years, he has been working on documentary photo projects mainly in CIS countries. He has featured works in various group exhibitions: Boutographies (France, 2017), Fotografia Europea (Italy, 2016), between the lines (London, 2016), Venice Biennale’s Central Asian Pavilion (Italy, 2013), Reflexions Masterclass Group Exhibition (Arles, France, 2012), Noorderlicht (Metropolis – City Life in the Urban Age, Netherlands, 2011). His works have also been published in Le Monde, Newsweek Japan, Japanese and Romanian National Geographic, Russian Reporter, Forbes. The book Tundra Kids was published in Vienna in 2015. His new book I, Oblomov was published in Moscow in 2017.
Anastasia was born in Karelia in 1983. She graduated from the Department of Press Photographers in St. Petersburg. She is a prize-winner of the Silver Camera contest, and a finalist of the Kandinsky Prize. Anastasia’s works have been exhibited at personal and group exhibitions in Russia and abroad, including Russian Interiors (in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art as part of the Photobiennale 2014), Moskovia. Research (a joint project of the Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts and the Triumph Gallery), and the Rencontres d’Arles Festival (France).
curator, director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Moscow
He was born in 1977 in Trautmannsdorf an der Leitha, Austria. He studied art history at the University of Vienna and Pantheon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1. After graduation, he cooperated with the Austrian auction house Dorotheum and headed its Russian department. Since 2009 he has been the director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Moscow, and since 2011, he has organised exhibitions in his own apartment in the House on the Embankment. In 2013–2014, he was the head and coordinator of the Austrian cultural season in Russia. He is a collector of contemporary art.
Stage 1. Preliminary Selection
From 1 May to 15 June 2018
The contest organisers (Moscow Urban Forum) will judge and select the best photographs weekly and publish them on social media. A total of 5 to 10 will be selected per week.
Stage 2. Choosing the Finalists
From 15 June to 30 June 2018
The contest organisers send their selected photos to the jury to determine the finalists. The final list of participants who make it to the finals will be announced on 30 June 2018.
The exhibition of selected works in the Zaryadye Park QR dome from 17 July to 22 July 2018.
RULES OF PARTICIPATION
• The contest will be held on Instagram, where users publish photos with the hashtag #moscow.yours.
• Participants of the Contest must be citizens of the Russian Federation over 18 years old.
• Photographs taken at any time are eligible for the Contest, provided they were taken by the participant.
• Works are accepted regardless of whether they were published somewhere else or have been part of other previous competitions or events.
• Only individual works are eligible; serial photography is not considered.
• Participants must also send the photos selected by the jury via email.
• File format: .JPG, .JPEG.
• Image resolution: 200–300 dpi.
• Only photographs without additional inscriptions, frames, signatures or other elements added over the photo from the camera or after basic post-processing are accepted.