Jurors are voting LuganoAward 2020 More than 5000.- Swiss Francs in cash prizes and work series exhibited in Lugano (Switzerland)
Deadline: February 28th, 2021
Contest closed.
Apply now © Mattia Vacca, winner LuganoPhotoDays 2018
Alain Schroeder LuganoAward 2019 winner with the project "Saving Orangutans"
for the category Wildlife & Nature
is the overall winner of Premio Città di Lugano 2019
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congratulations to Enrico Carpegna
category winner 2019
Reportage & Documentary with the project "Balcanica" Look at the photos
congratulations to Alain Schroeder
category winner 2019
Wildlife & Nature with the project "Saving Orangutans" Look at the photos
Countries of origin
Projects received since 2014
Photos exhibited since 2012


International photo contest by LuganoPhotoDays


LuganoAward 2020

Sergio Pitamitz

National Geographic contributing photographer (Italy / France)

Javier Aznar

National Geographic photographer and biologist (Spain)

Magdalena Herrera

director of photography of Geo (France)

Roberto Burioni

professor of Microbiology and Virology (Italy)

Marco Pinna

photo editor for National Geographic Italia (Italy)

Andrea Frazzetta

documentary photographer (Italy)

Pascal Maitre

National Geographic photographer (France)

Elizabeth Krist

National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years (USA)

Francesca Nava

journalist, writer, documentary director and reporter for the Italian TV program “Presa Diretta” Rai3 (Italy)

What do the people say about

the photo contest

We asked the winners of past editions to tell us what they think

I chose LuganoPhotoDays to propose the work on the Balkan route because I was impressed by the quality of the previous editions and the authors who had participated and won.
It was gratifying to receive the first Reportage prize, to be hosted, to have the exhibition, the catalogue and also the Fujifilm prize.
The award opened up further possibilities for me to continue my work on the infrared border in Mexico, and to exhibit a future exhibition in Turin (Italy) and various publications.

Enrico Carpegna

Enrico Carpegna

winner LuganoPhotoDays 2019

Winning the LuganoPhotoDays photo contest was a great early-career opportunity to have my work exhibited and to meet professionals in the delightful setting of Lugano. Thanks for everything!

Thomas Brasey

Thomas Brasey

winner LuganoPhotoDays 2014

The victory in 2015 with project named “Kopankas”, gave me new energy and motivation to deepen the history of the Donbass coal miners

Giorgio Bianchi

Giorgio Bianchi

winner LuganoPhotoDays 2015

It was a very nice surprise because I thought I had only won the “Wildlife & Nature” category, but then the jury selected me as the overall winner of the Premio Città di Lugano⁠. The group exhibition was great with fellow photographers Pablo E. Piovano’s series, “The Human Cost of Agrotoxins” and “Balcanica” by Enrico Carpegna, winner of “Reportage & Documentary”. Congratulations to the festival for putting Lugano on the international photo map.

Alain Schroeder

Alain Schroeder

winner LuganoPhotoDays 2019

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