Showcase of New Talents - Winners’ Exhibition of Passepartout Photo Prize in Rome

September 10th - 24nd, 2022

Tuesday to Saturday*: 11:00 - 13:00 / 17:00 - 20:00 Monday: 17:00 - 20:00
Closed on Sunday
*except opening day: 17:00 - 20:00

Opening event: 

September 10th, 2022 17:00 - 20:00 - Announce of the 5th edition winner


The second annual exhibition of Passepartout Photo Prize, an international photography contest organized by Il Varco, will be held at 28 Piazza di Pietra Fine Art Gallery in Rome this September. The exhibition highlights the best talents discovered among over 500 applications from all over the world in 2021. Winners of the 3rd and 4th editions of the contest and featured works are "AQNA" by Rigoberto Torres, and "Paradise" by Maxime Riché. The exhibition also includes selected works by: Parisa Aminolahi, Ludovica Bastianini, Steve Braun, Isabella Convertino, Austin Cullen, Sabrina Komár, Makis Makris, Diane Meyer, Valerio Polici, and Krista Svalbonas. The winner of the 5th edition will be announced during the exhibition on Saturday, September 10th.


12 artists, who have distinguished themselves for their approach to contemporary photography and their expressive capacity, are able to create a strong and deep emotional connection between the viewer and the subjects of the pictures. The collective exhibition is curated by Roberta Fuorvia - “at each edition, I am fascinated to discover the new languages that are making their way into the current photographic landscape with tenacity and ambition. It is interesting to observe images and photographic projects from all over the world and to note how the geographical and cultural origin of the authors is clearly reflected in the aesthetics of their works, creating a distinguishable and distinctive stylistic code.”

Passepartout Photo Prize is an open theme contest that aims to support the development of emerging artists. Not only this biannual contest provides monetary awards, winners receive various exposure through on-site exhibition, publication, feature in various magazines, online galleries, and more. The jury consists of photographers, editors, gallerists, curators and educators and the 2021 editions were led by American photographer Richard Tuschman.
What makes Passepartout Photo Prize unique from other thousands of photographic contests is its focus on “fine art photography” and creating physical exhibitions. The artistic director Olmo Amato described, “at a time in history when most photographic images created digitally remain in the virtual realm, we felt the need to create a contest that would give visibility to the authors with a real exhibition. A physical gallery where we could observe the photographs not as pixels but as printed images and art objects.”

This growing contest aspires to become more than just a contest - to create a hub for fine art photographers to be inspired and gain experiences in the art business. The new call for Passepartout Photo Prize 6th edition is also opening in September.

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