Last year, PhotoVogue launched a global project that engaged the entire network of Condé Nast worldwide—in search for fashion’s next image-makers. Going global meant more opportunities for artists to have their work published or commissioned by our brands across all 32 markets and commercial partners, and also gave way to more worldwide events, talks, exhibitions, and portfolio reviews—furthering conversations around the promotion of creativity and diversity in image-making. Today, we are thrilled to announce our plans for our second Global Open Call, titled ‘What Is Beauty?’. As the title suggests, we are embarking on the search for artists who can go against the grain and boldly challenge traditional notions of beauty.
“There’s power in the visual stories we tell. For this Open Call, we’re thrilled to invite visionary photographers, artists and creatives from Singapore and Southeast Asia that push boundaries and captivate the imagination. We want to know how you’re using your platform as a positive force for change and what moves your heart where important issues of social justice, sustainability are concerned,” shares Vogue Singapore’s beauty director and judge of PhotoVogue, Alli Sim. “If you’re an image-maker with vibrant, impactful images and films to share, this is your sign to join us.”
PhotoVogue’s mission is always to champion talent, reach into historically excluded communities, and improve visual literacy; it also aims to shape a more just, ethical, and inclusive visual world. To make our scouting objectives more effective, PhotoVogue will promote Open Calls by theme or within specific regions of the world. There are 27 editions of Vogue worldwide, each with their own distinct aesthetic and style, all united in pursuing excellence while creating timeless yet experimental images of what the spheres of fashion and beauty represent in the current day and age. Respecting this diversity and working toward a common goal is how Vogue secured a pioneering role worldwide in visual communication, and this second Global Open Call will be a clear celebration of both our differences and common threads in beauty standards and creative representation.
We want our community to grow and include artists expressing themselves through all kinds of media, therefore the call is multimedia: We are looking for artists who express themselves with photography, video, or both, and everyone can apply—the only requirements are to be over 18 years old and have talent!
The submissions will be evaluated by Condé Nast staff from all over the world along with experts from the broader international visual community. With judges from as many different backgrounds as possible, PhotoVogue will build an inclusive, diverse vision with space for every kind of visual aesthetic, from realist to fantastical, from documentary-inspired to glam and dreamy. Not only will all the Vogues worldwide publish a portfolio of the best submissions (online and/or in print), but some artists will also be selected to collaborate for an editorial (online and/or print), and the most talented ones will be part of the main exhibition at the PhotoVogue Festival 2023 in Milan come November.