Entries are now open for the 2022 edition of the international UNPUBLISHED PHOTO contest. Young photographers born between 1986 and 2004 have the chance until 10th April to submit their portfolios. The contest is promoted by the Fondazione culture e musei and MUSEC Lugano, in collaboration with the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery in Milan and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice.

Unpublished Photo is a contest aimed at young contemporary photographers between the ages of 18 and 36. Its aim is to promote and enhance the photographic art form through an initiative that seeks to support creativity without limits, for this reason the contest does not impose any particular theme and welcomes works made using any technique.

Initiated in 2018 and now in its fourth edition, the contest attracts a growing number of young artists from all over the world every year. The initiative was launched initially by the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS Gallery and was then embraced in 2020 by the Fondazione culture e musei and MUSEC in Lugano, with the aim of strengthening cross-border collaboration and supporting the promotion of young artists' work.

A jury composed of major personalities from the world of culture and photography will select four finalists from the international photographic scene.

Thanks to the partnership of the De Pietri Artphilein Foundation, the UP22 contest is able to award a cash prize of 2,000 swiss francs to the first prizewinner, 1,500 swiss francs to the second prizewinner and 1,000 swiss francs each to the third and fourth finalists.
A selection of UP22's works will be published in an elegant photographic booklet that will further enrich the project.

In addition, Artphilein Editions, will also produce and publish an entirely dedicated, fine limited edition catalogue of the one of the young finalists and the overall project.
As in 2020 and 2021, this year MUSEC will present the works of the finalists to the public in a temporary exhibition from 20th October 2022 to 12th February 2023 at its Villa Malpensata venue in Lugano.

The exhibition is an opportunity to attract collectors and photography enthusiasts and to allow the public to discover new trends and expressive languages of the contemporary scene.

At the end of the exhibition in Lugano, the works exhibited will become part of the MUSEC collections, thus enriching a photographic heritage that now counts over 40,000 works from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.

All photographers born between 1986 and 2004 can participate.




The winners will receive the following cash prizes:
1st place: CHF 2.000
2nd place: CHF 1.500
3rd and 4th place: CHF 1.000

De Pietri Foundation Special Prize
The De Pietri Artphilein Foundation with Artphilein Editions of Lugano will award a special prize to one of the four winners, consisting in the publication of a prestigious monographic art catalogue.


under 36 year olds

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

By taking part in this contest the authors of the photos automatically declare that they are responsible for the submitted material. Therefore, they commit themselves to exclude any responsibility of the organisers towards third parties, also towards any subjects depicted in the photographs. The participant declares that he/she does not infringe the rights of third parties and, if he/she depicts subjects, that he/she has the relevant authorisations or consent. The participant must inform any interested parties (portrayed persons) in the cases and ways envisaged by current legislation, and obtain consent for the dissemination of the images. Under no circumstances may the images submitted contain data that can be qualified as sensitive. Each participant also declares that he/she is the sole author of the images submitted and therefore the sole holder of all rights. The organisers also reserve the right to exclude from the contest any photos that do not comply, in form or subject, with the provisions of this notice or with the generally recognised rules of public morality, ethics and decency. Therefore, images considered offensive, improper or harmful to human and social rights will not be admitted.

The rights to the photographs remain the exclusive property of the author, who authorises their use free of charge for events or publications and merchandising related to the contest and for other activities related to the institutional or promotional purposes of FCM Lugano.
Each author is personally responsible for the works submitted, and by participating in the contest he/she permanently and expressly authorises the FCM to use the submitted images free of charge, for the purposes described above. The FCM commits itself to always cite the name of the author as foreseen by the regulations in force.
We inform you that the personal data provided by the competitors will be used for the activities related to the realization of the contest according to the regulations in force. Submitted material will not be returned.
The photographs of the winners printed by and at the expense of the FCM become part of the FCM art collections and are the property of the FCM, which may use them in the future free of charge for any total or partial reiteration of the exhibition.