The Independent Photographer

The Independent Photographer

Deadline: January 31, 2021
Entry Fee: from $15 to $40
Prizes: $400, $600, $1,000, publications and exhibitions

2021 Visual Storytelling Award

“Photography is by nature a documentary art.” – August Sander

The art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities with at its heart, the will to tell a story.

From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling: this month we are seeking visual artists aiming to captivate and share their stories with conviction.

Portrait, street, documentary, landscape: All approaches are valid. Enter now and show us YOUR stories!

The Judge: Nichole Sobecki

Nichole SobeckiRepresented by renowned photo agency VII, Nichole Sobecki is an American photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. She began her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. Nichole aims to create photographs that demand consideration for the lives of those represented – their joys, challenges, and ultimately their humanity. Amidst our fractured present existence, she believes that a well-told story can cut through the noise, deepen empathy, and inspire a more conscious world.

Nichole’s photography has received countless awards and has been exhibited worldwide including The United Nations Headquarters in New York City and the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris. A passionate teacher, workshop leader, and speaker, she is also a contributor to Everyday Africa, and her work is regularly published in National Geographic.


  • 1st Prize: $1000
  • 2nd Prize: $600
  • 3rd Prize: $400

An International Panel of Experts

The photo competition jury is comprised of internationally acclaimed artists from prestigious agencies such as Magnum Photos, VII Agency, National Geographic, Agence Vu’, Vogue & GEO.

  • Steve McCurry
  • Alessia Glaviano
  • Peter DiCampo
  • Ed Kashi
  • Maggie Steber
  • REZA
  • Carol Körting
  • Nikos Economopoulos
  • Magdalena Herrera

Competition Info

Each month the competition winners and finalists are rewarded with $2000 cash prizes and direct online exposure. At the end of the year, all images are published in the ‘Talents of the Year’ book and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners are printed and exhibited during our annual group shows in Berlin and Milan.

Entry Fee

  • 1 image – $15
  • 3 images – $30
  • 6 images – $40
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