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CNN Pitch&Look

Introducing a unique merit-based open call for an exclusive opportunity to publish your work with CNN. During the month of February, Visura's Editorial Department is selecting 12 unpublished projects per week to present to the CNN Photos team for consideration. Submit directly below.
Accepting submissions: January 6 to December 31, 2016
Visit: CNN Photos

Status: Closed

Applications are currently closed.

Application procedure

Your application must include the items listed below. There is no entry fee during the application process.  

How to submit:
All submissions are made via a “Project” created from your Visura’'s dashboard. 

Who can submit:
Photographers worldwide, who have worked on or are working on a photography project that has not been published in a major media outlet (online or print).  All Applicants must have an active PLUS, PRIME or GUILD membership account to submit for consideration.

What to submit:
Each Entry consists of an ongoing or recently completed unpublished project made up of a series of images (minimum of 15 images, maximum 40) with caption information, a short synopsis (300 words), when the photos were taken, and a long written reflection about the project.


  • Image size: minimum 1600px on the longest dimension(22.5 inches @ 72 dpi, JPG format). Each image must have a caption. Do not include your name in the caption.

  • Written Statements:

  • 1. Include a short synopsis: In 300 words describe what the Project is about, including location, timeframe, and any information that is pertinent to the Project. Make sure to include when the photos were taken.

  • 2. Include a written statement (minimum 800 characters, max 3500 characters) that describes what the long term Project is about, where does it take place, what is the purpose of the project, why is it important to you.  

An unlimited number of projects per photographer may be submitted under the categories listed above. Do not submit a project that has already been rejected in another CNN Open Call. Projects may be ongoing or recently completed unpublished projects. You may submit a project that is 'published' or 'private' within the Visura system.

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Terms & conditions

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open only to individuals who are Visura Annual Members with a PLUS, PRIME, or GUILD annual membership, have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction at the time of entry, and DO NOT RESIDE WHERE PROHIBITED. Employees of Foto Visura Inc., and related parties are ineligible. Each entry consists of a project entry form, a series of photographs, a project summary, and a first-person narrative related to ...

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December 31, 2016 (11:59pm, EST)


If a project is selected, CNN will contact the photographer, who will be paid the standard rate for the selected feature. Visura does not charge the talent a finder's fee. 


Submission fee

Submission to Visura Grants and Open Calls is free for our members. While we encourage new members to join Visura (review costs), we actively discourage photographers from joining for the sole purpose of applying to a contest.

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