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Lugano Award 2021

The traditional photo contest dedicated to reportage photography is reconfirmed. To participate in the contest it will be necessary to send a series consisting of 6 to 12 photographs (it is possible to submit more series), by going to the "Competition" section of the web page.

The jury is composed by: Elizabeth Krist (National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years), Pascal Maitre (National Geographic photographer), Marco Pinna (photo editor of National Geographic Italy).




The Lugano Award 2020 will elect the absolute winner among the first places in each categories "Reportage & documentary", "Wildlife & nature" and "IBSA Foundation - Covid-19", who will receive, in addition to the category award, also the "Lugano Award 2020 ”Cash prize consisting of CHF 3000.- in cash offered by the City of Lugano.

The jury that will award this prize will be made up of the nine jurors from all the three competitions.

The three winners of the individual sections, in addition to participating in the selection for the Lugano Award 2020 above, will receive a prize of CHF 750.- in cash each.


The contest is open to all photographers (professional and non-professional) who have reached the age of 18 on the closing date of the contest, irrespective of sex, nationality or residence. Employees of LuganoPhotoDays and of the sponsors, the members of the jury, as well as relatives up to second-degree and partners are not permitted to enter the contest.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The participant declares to be the sole and exclusive owner of the uploaded photographs and to detain, if necessary, the lawful releases from the photographed subjects and is solely responsible in the event of a claim by the photographed subject or, in general, by third parties.

The photographs remain the exclusive property of the author who authorises the promoter to use, reproduce and publish them by any means, free of charge (with the exception of commercial purposes) and without time limit; in particular, but not as a limiting factor, on the promoter’s website, social network, printed material (flyer, posters, catalogues, …), etc.. The authors are not entitled to economic compensation for the publication of the photographs on magazines, newspapers, website and/or social networks. The prints from the photographs used for the exhibitions will remain the property of the promoter.