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Thanks to the thousands of photographers from all
around the world who have shared such incredible
images with photo lovers in 174 countries!

Round One of judging is in progress. Public online
voting remains open thru November 7. The 200
finalists will be announced November 15.

Click here to vote for your favorites or just check out
some great photography.

Developing nations

The Open recognizes that the economic playing field isn’t the same in every country. We also recognize the search for the hottest photographers would be incomplete without participation from all corners of our earth. For this reason, we happily offer residents from the following nations a 50% discount on entry fees.

Simply enter the coupon code WIDEANGLE at the point of purchase, the discount will be applied to your shopping cart. The coupon code is only valid for residents registering from the following countries.

If you are chosen as a Finalist, photographers from these countries will be asked to provide proof of residency, and falsifying primary residency will result in disqualification. If you have any issues using this coupon code, please contact us a [email protected].

 
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla 
Bangladesh 
Belize 
Bolivia
Bosnia Herzegovina 
Cambodia 
Chad 
Congo 
Cote D'Ivoire 
Cuba 
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador 
Estonia
Ethiopia 
Georgia
Ghana 
Guam
Guatemela 
Haiti 
Honduras 
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jamaica
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kyrgyzstan
Lithuania
Macau
Macedonia 
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta 
Mexico
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia 
Nepal 
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria 
Pakistan 
Panama 
Peru
Philippines 
Poland
Puerto Rico 
Romania
Rwanda 
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia 
Somalia
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Syria 
Tajikista
Tanzania 
Tonga 
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan 
Uganda 
Uruguay 
Uzbekistan 
Venezuela
Vietnam 
Yemen, Republic of 
Zaire 
Zimbabwe
 

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About The Open

THE OPEN is a worldwide search for the most inspiring photographers of our generation. It is an exposure powerhouse that connects photographers with a global audience. Photographers always retain 100% copyright control of their images.

THE OPEN was honoured to receive a very rare 'A' rating from PhotoShelter in 2013 and 2014, rising above National Geographic, PDN, Communication Arts and many more. It has been distinguished as “the most networked photo competition in the world” for its groundbreaking use of social media to give artists a global audience.

True to its name, THE OPEN welcomes all photographers. It is a search across six continents with a simple mission: discover the undiscovered; rediscover the established; bring the best photographers to the forefront.

Here’s how it works: all images are displayed in real time on THE OPEN’s gallery. Half of the 200 finalists are chosen by a judging panel comprised of some of the sharpest eyes in the photography business; the other half are chosen by open online voting fueled by the major social media platforms. From there, all finalist images are presented anonymously to a second panel of judges for a sealed-ballot vote for the category winners and Photographer of the Year.

THE OPEN is designed from the ground up to generate widespread exposure and business-building opportunities for photographers. It reaches photo lovers in 176 countries. It connects directly with 50,000+ creative industry professionals in North America, Europe, Latin America and Australia – art directors, photo editors, publishers and ad agencies – who tap into THE OPEN to discover new talent.

Come inside and be inspired by great photography from all around the world.

Featured Photographer

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Thierry Bornier is a French photographer specialized in china Landscapes who doesn’t came from a traditional path in this industry. Graded with an MBA in finance, he started his life working as a Chief Financial Officer in an international fashion company in New York from 2001-2008.

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