‘Pick your MuSA’ is a photography contest dedicated to excellence in manufacturing in the marble and artisan-artistic scenario of the Apuan-Versilia area, organised by MuSA.

The event invites photographers to portray the works and protagonists of the great feat that man has been performing in this area for centuries, shaping the material and turning it into art, industry, craft and architecture. An endeavour that admirably merges tradition and contemporary times and finds its synthesis in work, in the environment and in the many artworks present not only in Pietrasanta but also in the multitude of places in the world that host the production of this area.

‘Pick your MuSA’ opens on 18 July 2016 at 12 noon and closes on 18 October 2016 at noon. It is structured on the IdeaTRE60 pickyourmusa.ideatre60.it platform pursuant to the modalities specified in MuSA’s contest rules Regolamento_concorso-musa.

The initiative takes place during the opening of the museum’s permanent collection and is organised in collaboration with ‘Promo PA Fondazione’ and ‘Fondazione Italiana Accenture’ that hosts the contest on its ‘IdeaTRE60’ platform, and ‘Photolux’.
Participation to the contest is free of charge. Photos must be sent in during the period between 12 o’clock noon of 18 July 2016 and 12 o’clock noon of 18 October 2016, accessing the IdeaTRE60 portal and following the instructions.

Two are the steps for the selection. People’s Jury: the first phase on the ideaTRE60 Platform entails that all eligible photos are voted by the general public, i.e. they can be voted by all registered users or users who register on the IdeaTRE60 (Community) platform between 19 October and 30 October, 2016.  The rankings created by the Community’s preferences will yield a classification. The first 100 photos will then be assessed by the Technical Jury. The second selection will be performed by a Technical Jury that will compile the ranking of the top 10 photos on 3 November, 2016. The photos will be judged for their creativity and originality, for their technical and aesthetic quality and for their expressive, interpretive and evocative abilities, as well as for their intrinsic bond with the territory.

The prizes awarded are:
• MULTIMEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: The 100 photos selected through the votes of the People’s Jury will be featured in a large multimedia exhibition, to be inaugurated on 19 November 2016 at MuSA in Pietrasanta, and that will continue until 7 January 2017. The exhibition is part of the PhotoLux Festival circuit. Simultaneously with the inauguration, the awards ceremony of the finalists will take place.
The prizes for the top 10 finalists, according to the rankings of the Technical Jury, will be:
• first place: € 400 euro in cash (gross).
• second and third place: 2-day photography workshop. Period: November/December 2016, during the PhotoLux International Festival of Photography, organised in collaboration with Leica Akademie.
• from 4th to 10th place: 1 entrance ticket to Photolux exhibitions (November – December 2016).

The awards are personal and non- transferrable. Only one prize awarded per photographer.
Participation to the contest entails full and unconditional knowledge, accession and acceptance of all the conditions contained in the Regulations.
For any further information: concorsomusa@gmail.com

Good luck!

This contest is not subjected to Ministerial authorisation pursuant to Italian Decree no. 430 of the President of the Republic of 26 October, 2001, article 6.


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