“Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work” – Martin Parr

We’re delighted to present the results of our third theme of Life Framer Edition V, judged by the celebrated British documentarian and past president of Magnum Photos, Martin Parr.

By removing the restrictions of any particular theme or narrative direction, an Open Call creates space for all sorts of strange and wonderful photography that might not find a home under a specific topic. But it also creates a challenge – how does a judge form their selection without the bearings of a theme to guide them? How do they arrive at a cohesive selection of images? The answer of course is to rely only on the universal qualities of good photography – technical execution, storytelling and originality – and to celebrate quite the opposite of cohesion: diversity. And so we find here a selection of 20 thematically and stylistically varied images that stand alone for their skilled production, interest and creativity, and that between them represent a thrilling collation of contemporary photography. Congratulations to the selected photographers and to everyone else: enjoy!

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