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The Essence of monochrome 

(II. International photo contest)


The Stockholm Diary is delighted to announce its II. International Photo Contest, titled The Essence of Monochrome, following the success of the first edition of the contest in Sweden. The aim of the initiative is to collect the finest and most exciting moments captured by beginners or professional artists and to provide an exhibition opportunity for a number of participants who are selected by an international jury committee. This year's exhibition will be organized in the heart of Europe: Budapest, the mesmerizing capital city of Hungary.

As Baudelaire, the French poet, throught: not everyone has the capacity to see, but even fewer have the power to express.The Stockholm Diary believes it is the capacity to express emotions, feelings, and ideas that makes photography exciting.

The competition has a specific theme this year, the international jury is looking for snapshots in black and white, without any topical restrictions, that capture the essence of monochromatic moments. Black and white photographs require the viewer to use the power of creative imagination and interpret compositions individually. Relying upon pure emotions and constructions, the organizing committee believes in the power, the impact and the essence of monochrome photography.

The words of Robert Frank summarizes the selection of this year's theme: "There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment"

To see previous contestants of "Capture the moment" - our first contest - in January and event photos, please visit

Rules and Regulations

Open for: all amateur and professional photographers (beginners are highly encouraged)

Created by: The Stockholm Diary

Submission of photos: in e-mail

Deadline of submission: October 8, 2017.

All applicants are notified in e-mail maximum 8 days after the deadline

Exhibition: Budapest, Hungary // 2017. November // Gallery space to be announced

International Jury: full list of members to be announced in October, 2017.

  • Daniel Nagy, Founder of The Stockholm Diary
  • Alice Maselnikova, project manager of Supermarket Independent Art Fair
  • TBD


Application fee: 

Further information and questions: Daniel Nagy, email:

Submission details: 

  • The jury committee only grants exhibition opportunity to selected candidates
  • Paying the application fee does not guarantee inclusion into the group of selected candidates
  • The submission is only valid if the artist pays the application fee (no discount or grant is available)
  • The application fee is non-refundable
  • Applicants automatically accept the terms and conditions of the competition by paying the application fee
  • Applicants grant a nonexclusive right to use submitted photographs for promotional and exhibition purposes, of course with the indication of the artist and title.
    • All copyrights remain at the photographer, the organizers use submitted art works solely for the aforementioned purposes
    • The Stockholm Diary does not pay royalties or any forms of compensation for these purposes.
  • In case of the violation of the terms and conditions of this competition, the organizing committee reserves all rights to exclude any applicant from the contest
  • Submission package to be sent to
  • Submission package must include:
    • name and address
    • website (if available)
    • titles of the submitted photos
  • Please indicate your name in the submitted files


  • Selected candidates: 
    • Selected candidates will be notified in e-mail
    • Selected candidates will be required to pay a standardized 300SEK (approximately $30) for printing and mounting fees (Canson Lustre, 20x30cm, Kapa plast, hanger)
    • Since this is a contest, we aim at a standardized display of all art pieces, hence, giving everyone the same amount of space and exposure in the gallery