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ONLINE COMPETITION CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS
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.

Pressroom

W1 has produced over 250 events.
Here’s what the critics had to say:

 
“THE OPEN is a very robust contest...has an interesting, very social aspect"
– PhotoShelter
 
“Stunning Photography”
– NEWS.COM.AU
 
“The Sundance Festival of Photography”
– TRANSWORLD MEDIA
 
“Every year they do this, it gets better”
– MTV
 
“The Hot Event”
– OUTSIDE MAGAZINE
 
“There is no question getting into the (Pro Photographer) Showdown can launch and cement careers”
– THE PROVINCE
 
“The Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler will have trouble matching the intensity of this (event)”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
“At the centre of what’s happening in the arts scene”
– CNN
 
“An impressive line-up of visual arts"
– CNN
 
“Visionary”
– THE VANCOUVER SUN
 
“A smorgasbord of art”
– MEN’S JOURNAL
 
“A mecca for the best of the best”
– THE PROVINCE
 
“An all-out assault on the senses”
– THE EDMONTON SUN
 
“A breathless mix of film and photography”
– THE TORONTO STAR
 
“I’m out of breath just writing about it”
– THE CALGARY HERALD
 
“A world-class event”
– INFAMOUS MAGAZINE
 
“Every year they make it better, always on the cutting edge”
– THE VANCOUVER SUN
 
“It blows the doors off anything else out there”
– SBC MEDIA
 
"An uncanny knack for featuring artists who have gone on to stardom”
– CANADIAN PRESS
 
“The most comprehensive street and action-sports cultural experience this side of the 49th parallel”
– The Globe & Mail

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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Goran started to regard photography initially through wedding events. Even so, he still found himself gravitating toward documentary photography

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