Open Call for OSA – Outsider Scents Award 2018


We are pleased to announce the 2018 Open Call for OSA – Outsider Scents Award the competition that rewards the best unreleased olfactory compositions created by debutants.
Participants are invited to submit their creative interpretation of the topic of the Ninth Edition of Smell – Festival dell’Olfatto, which is “PLAYTIME“. The inspirational presentation of the topic of the year is available here.
Submissions must be received by the organizators before 4 March, 2018.
The prize ceremony will be held on May in Bologna (Italy).

OSA Outsider Scents Award is promoted by Smell Festival in collaboration with the perfume blogs La Gardenia nell’Occhiello and Bergamotto e Benzoino, and with Adjiumi, the Italian community of fragrance lovers.

The Judges commission includes professionals in the perfume field and olfactory culture experts such as: fragrance creators, evaluators, authors, critics. Every year the members of the jury changes and their names are keep confidential until the proclamation of the finalists.

The Award intends to encourage the experimental use of the language of perfume, acknowledging the role of handcrafting, self-production, and the work of those who feel they are outsiders to the composition of perfume, in stimulating an ever more popular olfactory expertise, innovation, and the birth of future excellence and creative talents.

The acronym for the Outsider Scents Award is “OSA”, which means “dare” in Italian. It is a call to overcome industry fences in the production of perfume, making room for the outsiders, often with skills that are synergic with the values and ideas in the market. It is a stimulus to dare to create perfume compositions regardless of the intrinsic limits related to the use of perfume as an expressive language, acknowledging the known problem of access to training and the tools of the craft. It is an invitation to dare to create a fertile context for comparison and exchange as much for aspiring perfumers as for operators.

>> go to 2018 OSA OPEN CALL