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Alicia Alonso International Dance Photography Contest

Posted on July 21, 2021

Alicia Alonso Dance Photography Contest

A group of Cuban creative institutions has joined forces to launch the first international dance photo contest inspired by the legacy of prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso and the international prestige of its National Cuban School of Ballet.

MATRIA, the José Martí Cultural Society (SCJM) and UNESCO’s Cuban National Commission are calling for professional and amateur photographers anywhere in the world to submit digital works in different categories: stage, backstage, dance classes, studio, dance in landscapes, documentary series and portrait. Images should show the work of dancers, teachers, choreographers, born in Cuba, who practise both on the Island and/or in other countries. Each category will receive one prize, but there will be a Grand Prix for the best photo.

The international jury, headed by Cuban dance photographer Gabriel Dávalos, includes renowned professionals from the world of dance (photographers and art critics) such as Gene Schiavone (US), Mark Olich (Russia), Fátima Nollén (Argentina-UK), Yuris Nórido (Cuba) and the special participation of Pedro Simón, director of the Cuban Dance Museum, and Alicia Alonso’s biographer and widower.

Submissions are open until August 25, 2021. A pre-selection will be published in September. The Grand Prix of the first edition of the Alicia Alonso International Dance Photography Contest 2021, together with the winning works for each category and other distinctions, will be announced on October 28, coinciding with the 73rd anniversary of Ballet Nacional de Cuba. The winning photographs will be part of a large travelling exhibition in public spaces of several heritage Cuban cities, which will start in Havana on December 21, to commemorate the 101st birthday of Alicia Alonso. They will also be part of a limited edition catalogue of this contest. An awards ceremony will take place that day. For information and rules contact Or through Instagram @aliciaalonso.dancephotocontest.





Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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