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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.

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some great photography.



This site is home to the online SOLO competition and gallery of single images. It is a $25,000US search for 5 category winners and Photographer of the Year.

The SOLO competition is open to any photographer in the world. It doesn’t matter whether an artist has hundreds of cover shots or whether they are as yet completely undiscovered – it’s about appreciating great photography. [There are reduced entry fees for artists from developing economies.]

The Open is designed around the artists. It exists to generate exposure and business-building opportunities for photographers by connecting them to a massive global audience of photo lovers and creative professionals.

Entry into the SOLO competition gives each photographer their own Artist’s Page. Photographers upload their bio and contact info, website link, social media links, Flickr and Behance links and other portfolio images into one central place. From the moment an artist enters, they are networked through layers of social media and digital marketing platforms. Each photographer retains 100% copyright control over their images.

Aside from drawing millions of page views (3.4million in 2012), The Open connects to 50,000+ professionals in the creative industry – from art directors to photo editors and publishers to ad agencies around the world.

New submissions are unveiled on the The Open’s home page and the viewing public is invited to click the heart to Like their favourites. The most loved images are continually pushed to the forefront, expanding their visibility.

Half of the 200 finalists are chosen by public voting, the other half are chosen by The Open's judging team. From there all finalist images are presented anonymously to a second judging panel for a sealed-ballot vote for category winners and Photographer of the Year.

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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.

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At just 13 , Slovakian born, Katarina Benzova would leave home on an international modeling contract, sending her to live in all of the major fashion cities around the globe.

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