This year, PhotoVogue has become a global project that engages the entire network of Condé Nast worldwide. Being global will translate into more opportunities for artists to have their work published or commissioned by our brands across all 32 markets and commercial partners, and also more worldwide events, talks, exhibitions, and portfolio reviews to further conversations around and the promotion of creativity and diversity in image-making.
“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 a fashion image-maker with vibrant, impactful images and films to share, this is your sign to join us.”
“During the course of the pandemic, we saw the hunger to look within our shores in search of our very own top models that spoke specifically to a new generation of readers with our first open call back last December for our ‘Every Body’ issue,” states Vogue Singapore’s fashion director and judge of PhotoVogue, Desmond Lim. “And so, it felt like an apt time as any to extend this search and spirit of inclusivity to fashion’s next image-maker, too, with PhotoVogue’s Open Call.”
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. Today we are thrilled to launch our first Global Open Call in search of The Next Great Fashion Image Makers, which is endorsed by all our Vogues worldwide, and our first Local Open Call, Italian Panorama, which is dedicated to Italy as an homage to PhotoVogue’s origins. This will be the first of many local calls to individuate the most talented artists in specific regions of the world and give them the opportunity to emerge and work within the Condé Nast Global Network.
It is a natural step for PhotoVogue to launch its first Global Open Call in search of the next great fashion image-makers: There are 26 editions of Vogue worldwide, each with their distinct aesthetic and style, all united in pursuing excellence while creating timeless fashion images. Respecting this diversity and working toward a common goal is how Vogue secured a pioneering role worldwide in visual communication, and this first Global Open Call will be an ode to both our differences and common threads in approaches to fashion image-making.
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 aesthetics, from realist to fantastic, 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 2022 in Milan.