Profesional Ballet Photography Contest 2022 Edition

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Ballet Photography professional photo contests main objective is to help photographers from all over the world not only connect with fellow photography enthusiasts, but also to hone and improve their skills.

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International historian and critic of dance and ballet
Michele Olivieri is registered with the National Association of Theater Critics (ANCT) and the Association Internationale des Critiques de Théâtre (AICT) and collaborates in Italy with the magazines "Sipario" and "L’Ape Musicale". Since 2019 he is Director of the Teatrino Nino Rota Tersicoreo in Milan. He is an Honorary Member of the "Dance Project Charles Jude" Association at the "International Exams of Classic Dance", Ambassador of the National Historical Dance Company and Honorary Member of the "Enrico Cecchetti National Dance Association" and artistic consultant of the "International Ballet Festival of Rapallo". He has published the books like “La Danza alla Scala”, “The dance in traditional theaters”, etc.
Classical Dance and Repertoire Teacher at "Floria Capsali" Choreography High School
Graduate of the "George Enescu" High School in Bucharest, choreography section, Marialis Karda class, of the "Gheorghe Cristea" University of Sciences and Arts - Performing Arts - Choreography, Master of Psychopedagogical Training - UNATC. Classical dance and repertoire teacher in the Municipal and National Conservatories of Paris. Founding member, ballerina and choreographer in the "Les Elans" Company - Paris. Classical dance trainer at "Centre des Arts Vivants" and "Choreia". Invited teacher in juries and internships in Paris, Bordeaux, Nancy. Teacher at the department of classical dance and repertoire, at the "Floria Capsali" Choreography High School. Direction and choreography for Gala performances at the Bucharest National Opera, performances at the Romanian Athenaeum. Career as a soloist and first soloist in numerous roles on the stage of the Bucharest National Opera. Awarded, in 2004, with the Order of "Cultural Merit" in the rank of "Knight".
International ballet photographer
International ballet photographer based in Moscow, Russia. Since 2016, Daria has been shooting only ballet. She works with artists from the best theaters in the world, including the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg. Daria is also trusted to take photographs of the students of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Vaganova Academy. She has done a lot of shooting in Europe (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Finland, Armenia, Georgia). In her works, she underlines the grace of the ballerina's lines, as well as the lightness and romanticism of ballet. Daria Chenikova is the winner of the special prize for the most professional photo awarded by the jury, on the Professional Ballet Photography project, 202 Edition.
Ballet and repertoire teacher & international artistic director
Lorelei Bari is the International Artistic Director of the Dance World Cup Competition (DWC) and founder of the “La Sylphide Academic Ballet School” Ballet Academy. On her prestigious career as an International dance artist and practitioner, Lorelei has presented ballet and repertoire master classes and residencies all over the world. For her work Mrs Bari’s has received many national & international awards; among them: in 2022 – “Outstanding teacher Award”, awarded by the jury of Youth America Grand Prix; in 2018 – “Excellence Award”, offered by the Union of the Choreography Arts Romania; in 2015 – “Great pedagogic work”, awarded by the European Dance Union during the competition Dance Star, and “Best teacher Award”, offered by the World Ballet Competition, in 2014.
Ballet dancer of Ankara State Opera and Ballet
Lagun Sengelen was born and educated in Turkiye, where she graduated Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory as a high honor student. She performed many roles in both classic and contemporary performances as a Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Harem, Gala Ballet, Turandot and Aida in Ankara State Opera and Ballet. In addition to her artist personality, Lagun established her own dancewear brand in 2019, where she sells her designs. Lagun Dancewear, Turkey's first and only dancewear store founded by Lagun, design products for all dancers from A to Z. Today, products designed under the roof of LDW are delivered all over the world.
Principal of "Octavian Stroia" Choreography and Dramatic Art High School
As a principal (headmaster) of "Octavian Stroia" Choreography and Dramatic Art High School of Cluj-Napoca, since 2015, he ensured the application of the curriculum for the specialized training of future ballerinas, completed with professional certificate level 4 (ballerina/dancer). He also organized public representations of ballet and contemporary dance performances which highlighted future ballet dancer’s artistic and technical skills. Professor Doctor Mariana Pintilie is one of the most important supporters of the choreographic art at the Ballet School in Cluj, but also at the national level, for more than two decades.
International Dance Photographer Nikki Roberts (Nikita Alba), owner of “Nikita Alba Photography” is a trained dancer and now an award-winning dance photographer working with Dancers and leading dancewear brands across the UK & Europe. Nikki’s highly acclaimed work has been published in Dancing Times, Dance Europe, Inside Dance Magazine and many other leading dance publications worldwide. Her ability to capture movement and emotion in a still image whilst paying attention to correct lines and technique defines her photographic style. Most recently Nikita Alba was awarded 1st prize winner of Ballet Magazine Romania’s ‘Photographer of the Year’. Nikki is delighted to be on the next instalment judging panel and excited to see all the beautiful “ballerinas in red” entries!
Ballet critic and historian
After having graduated from the State Ballet School in Bucharest, studied languages at the University, got a Master’s degree in cultural management in France and a doctor’s degree in Theatrology, Vivia Săndulescu-Dutton shared her activities between teaching and writing. She has been teaching a variety of subjects related to dance in schools and universities in Bucharest, Constanta and Iassy, and has translated books from English and French. She also works extensively as a ballet critic and historian, as materialized in books such as „Choreographic records. The Ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera”, „Six decades of ballet at the Iassy Romanian Opera”, and the articles collection „Pixels on the dance screen”.
International ballet photographer
Lorenzo Gatto has turned his passion for photography into a profession in 2006, when he started work as a photographer for a dance company. Since 2009 he has collaborated with the Omonia Contemporary Arts dance company. He has artistic projects with various dancers and choreographers of the Italian contemporary scene. His focus on the contemporary dance led him to produce projects in which dance has been photographed on the streets of Palermo. Since 2015 three photographic works are on permanent display at the Roberto Bilotti Ruggi d’Aragona museum and since 2017 at the MACS contemporary art museum. In 2010 Lorenzo Gatto founded Palermo Photo World.

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A prestigious jury, 1000 EUR in cash, professional feedback! Get regional exposure & professional feedback! Promote your work & models ballerinas by sharing in our social media feeds!

A unique professional photography competition and a renowned platform for discovering and exhibiting the most exiting ballet photographers. Gain widespread exposure, promote your ballerina models, get professional feedback, have fun and win cash prizes along the way.

“PROFESIONAL BALLET PHOTOGRAPHY” is the most famous ballet photo project in Central & Eastern Europe that promote ballet photography and artists with works in this field, and is addressed to any photographer who has in his portfolio works that illustrate the beauty of ballet art. The best works selected will receive special prizes totaling about 1000 Euros.


The project is open to any photographer who has in his portfolio representative works for the art of ballet. The project will take place between November 1 2022 and February 28, 2023.

The photos will be uploaded on the dedicated platform, on the Ballet Magazine website.

To enroll the photos in the project, each photographer will have to open a participant account, by filling in all the required fields in the registration form.

For each photo enrolled in the contest, all the required fields in the registration form will be filled in.

Within 24 hours the photos will be verified by the Ballet Magazine team. If all the conditions are met and they comply with Ballet Magazine Romania community standards, they will be published.

All the photos enrolled in the project may be distributed by the Ballet Magazine team for marketing and advertising purposes by sharing them on any of the electronic channels and social media accounts managed by the magazine.

Also, in order to carry out marketing and advertising actions, photos enrolled in competitions may be used in any other type of printed materials or in electronic format.


If your entry is published, you automatically agree to give Ballet Magazine non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide rights to use your name and the photo(s) in connection with the competition as Ballet Magazine sees fit.

You certify and warrant that you hold the rights to grant such permission and agree to hold Ballet Magazine harmless in any disputes that arise out of photo ownership/rights.

Photo copyright remains the property of the contestant even though permission to use the photo is given to Ballet Magazine.


The contest will take place in 2 steps:
1. 2022 November 1 - 28 February 2023, uploading participating photos & votes
2. 2023 March 1 – 2023 March 31, jury’s vote

Thus, the photos entered in the contest will be submitted to the public vote. It will take place November 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023.

The first 22 works in the order of the number of votes given by the public will enter the second stage of the contest, for the jury vote.

Conditions for participation and validation for enrolment in the “PROFESIONAL BALLET PHOTOGRAPHY”

In order to be published, the uploaded photos have to meet the following requirements:
- The participating photographer own the legal rights for the photos
- Suggested maximum upload size is 2000 pixels & 500Kb
- The photo should be digital (black & white or color)
- Photos should be in .jpeg format
- Photos can be processed (levels, contrasts, saturation, vibrance, color balance, etc.) but collages are NOT accepted.


Ballet Magazine reserves the right to change any of the coordinates of the project, at any time during it, for good reasons.

Ballet Magazine reserves the right not to publish images that do not comply with the conditions of participation and Ballet Magazine community standards, and not to honor requests from participants who violate the rules of participation by an act of bad faith that can be considered fraud, attempted fraud or abuse.

Ballet Magazine will monitor the progress of the project and, if it notices fraud attempts or behaviors that affect the smooth and correct conduct of the project, it will be able to permanently exclude any participant involved in such practices.


After the end of the public voting period (February 28, 2023), the 22 most appreciated photos, in ranking of the number of votes received (exclusively!) in the platform dedicated to the project on the Ballet Magazine website, will be analyzed by a jury.

If 2 or 3 works by the same author are included among the 22 photos with the most votes received from the public, only one work will be selected for the stage of the jury vote, respectively the most voted one!

The Jury Commission will select from them the three most artistically successful works for the prizes I, II & III

For the awarding of prizes, the jury’s appreciation will be made exclusively from an artistic point of view.

Each of the 22 works will receive a score from 1 to 10 from each of the members of the commission and the first three photos, according to the sum of the points obtained, will be awarded as follows:
First prize – EUR 300, and winner of Ballet Magazine Romania’s “Photographer of the Year” title
Second prize – EUR 200
Third prize – EUR 100

The composition of the jury that will be announced on the Ballet Magazine website.

The winners will be announced by publishing the jury’s decision on the Ballet Magazine website.

The jury will be able to award additional 4 SPECIAL PRIZES worth EUR 400, in 100 EUR each!


By uploading the photos, Ballet Magazine assumes that the participants owns all the legal rights for use and publish the works.

Where the subjects of the submitted photos are minors, the participant (respectively the photographer and / or the studio that submitted the photo) must have the consent of the parents or guardian in order for the photos to be made public and used for advertising purposes.

By enrolling for this project, participants expressly agree that the photos submitted for participation in the project may be made public and used for advertising purposes by Ballet Magazine, including on its social media accounts.

The author fully and exclusively assumes the obligation to have a legal contract with the model, which allows the author to offer the photographs for publication to third parties (natural or legal).

Ballet Magazine may use the photos with the legal responsibility for any of the elements mentioned above exclusively on the photographer.

Ballet Magazine is not responsible for the payment of taxes, duties, social insurance contributions or other fiscal and financial obligations related to the prizes.

*VERY IMPORTANT! For any cash prizes, the winner has to contact project organizers (by all the emails mentioned bellow, and make the proof of identity to the project organizers!

There is also MANDATORY to provide a valid PayPal account for cash transfers!

The prizes the will not be claimed until July 31 2023, will be canceled!