Open Call 2019

Photo © Elena Parris

Searching for beauty?

Searching for Beauty is the theme of the second edition of the FFL.

The urge to take photographs arose from the personal and artistic need to depict that which is beautiful, and to capture and preserve the moment so it is readily available later on.

Our everyday lives are shaped by images and by messages of war, grief, sorrow, and violence. So focusing on beauty is all the more necessary and an invocation to highlight the harmony that exists in the world. Commercial images drive our notions of body care and fashion styles, whatever age we are. Nowadays, being beautiful is a social must, which once again raises the question of the role that photography plays in our everyday lives. What are the new models setting the tone? What new idols are influencing our society and young people in particular? What are the ideals of beauty in our age? What form of beauty is now most widespread?

The second edition of the Lenzburg Photo Festival gives photographs as much scope as possible. The images selected by the jury made up of internationally renowned experts are to be showcased in Lenzburg’s historical town centre. The town itself is to be turned into an open photo gallery.

Participation in this particular edition is possible either with an individual photograph or an entire project. The three projects selected by the jury will be realized and exhibited during the Festival. With all the other participants in the photo competition an individual photograph will be selected and displayed in the shop windows of stores and outlets in Lenzburg.

The Festival aims to draw everyone’s attention, experts and laypeople alike, to a theme that can be expanded in many different directions and then give pause for thought.

So why not take part and help us set up a photography festival that lovers of photography will not want to miss?

This is how it works:

  • From 19 December 2018 to 28 February 2019 you have the opportunity to submit a maximum of ten photographs on the theme of ‘Searching for Beauty’. Either as individual photographs or as a project or series.
  • The jury of experts will assess the photographs.
  • Three projects will then be produced and put on show. The best project, according to the jury, will be awarded the Festival’s special prize.
  • The individual photographs selected by the jury of experts will be put on show in the display windows of shops and stores in the old town centre of Lenzburg, as an open-air gallery, for the entire Festival run from 17 May to 17 June 2019.
  • During that month the public will be called on to vote for its favorite photograph.

Here’s what you stand to win:

  • Prize awarded by the international jury of experts: CHF 1,500.--
  • People’s Prize, sponsored by Hypothekarbank Lenzburg: CHF 1,000.—
  • Several other prizes awarded by our technical sponsors.


  • 1-3 Photos: EUR 13
  • Photoproject (8 bis 15 Photos): EUR 22

Details of the international jury of experts will follow.

If you have any questions please get in touch at


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Monica Pozzi

EVERYTHING IS POZZIBLE - Monica Pozzi graduated with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the ETH Zürich. After five years of managing construction sites and a stint of odd jobs as a door girl, DJ or lingerie store manager, she gave in to her obsession with all things visual and left to study film and photography in New York. Until 2002 Pozzi called the legendary Chelsea Hotel her home. Post 9-11 she returned to Zürich to launch PORTFOLIONIGHT, a professional photographers’ platform and WORDLESS, Switzerland’s first Street Art exhibition. Pozzi was part of the creative teams launching SI STYLE and FRIDAY magazines in Switzerland. In 2008 she was appointed head of the photo department of Switzerland’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazine ANNABELLE where she later launched A POZZIBILITY, annabelle’s first blog format in English. Through her non-profit skate project OBODNY Pozzi supports children and young adults in the USA, Ghana, South Africa or Jamaica. Today Creative Consultant Monica Pozzi shares her time working between Switzerland and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. @pozzible

Polaroid by Glenn Glasser © 2019

Francesco Zanot

Curator of Camera – the Italian Centre for Photography, Turin, from 2015 to 2017, Francesco Zanot has edited books dedicated to artists such as Boris Mikhailov (Diary, Walther König, Cologne), Mark Cohen (Italian Riviera, Punctum, Rome), Francesco Jodice (Panorama, Mousse, Milan), Takashi Homma (Widows, Fantombooks, Milan), Linda Fregni Nagler (The Hidden Mother, MACK, London), Domingo Milella (Steidl, Gottingen). His essays have been published in books on the work of Erik Kessels, Ettore Sottsass, Luigi Ghirri, Guido Guidi, Joel Meyerowitz, and, together with Alec Soth, he is the author of the book Ping Pong Conversations (Contrasto, Rome). Director of the Master in Photography organised by NABA in Milan, he gave lectures and seminars in various institutions worldwide, such as the Columbia University in New York, ECAL in Lausanne, IUAV in Venice. Associate editor of curatorial platform Fantom ever since its foundation, he curated the inaugural exhibitions Give Me Yesterday, and Stefano Graziani: Questioning Pictures at Fondazione Prada Osservatorio in Milan.


Sascha Renner

Sascha Renner (b. 1973) is a Zurich-based curator and writer. Since 2012 Director of COALMINE Forum for Documentary Photography, Winterthur. Since 2016 Curator and Head of Communications, since 2018 Deputy Director of Fotostiftung Schweiz (Swiss Foundation for Photography), Winterthur, Switzerland. He received his Master of Arts degree in History of Art and Ethnology from the University of Zurich. 2001–2010 Art Critic and Editor at the daily newspaper „Tages-Anzeiger“ and „züritipp“. 2010–2013 Art Editor at Swiss Public Radio „SRF 2 Kultur“. His work has been recognized by the City of Zurich Award for Art Mediation. His interests lie in storytelling, curating photography, documentarism, and visual cultures. He has widely published on photography and fine art in catalogues, magazines and newspapers, and serves as a juror, portfolio reviewer, teacher, and presenter.

Photo © Philipp Ottendörfer

Margherita Guerra

Director of the Photo Festival Lenzburg, she has been working in the field of photography for 20 years, after her studies in theology, multimedia publishing and photography in Milan. She has worked as manager and photo editor in various publishing houses and ten years at Alinari photo archives, Florence. In 2015 she founded in Switzerland Yourpictureditor, international network of picture editors which provides consultancy and support for photo projects in various countries. In 2017 she co-founded the Photo Festival.

Photo © Pino Stranieri