Łódź Fotofestiwal 2020

9 Open Calls For Photographers Worth Applying For This Autumn (2019)

Open calls, grants, applications, contests, festivals – once you decide not only to create but also to show your work and get involved in  the world of photography, these terms will be accompanying you frequently.

Whether you find it a sad necessity or a thrilling opportunity, it is up to you: we  publish below a list of 201options that are available now and might be considered worth applying for.

Have your works published in printed magazines:

1. Der Greif

Der Greif is definitely one of the top well- known magazines dedicated to contemporary photography.

It relies quite heavily on open calls that are held regularly and reviewed/evaluated by invited, prominent artists and curators, such as Broomberg & Chanarin, Charlotte Cotton, Monica Allende and Matthew Leifheit.

Applying with a single image or a series, your work might be featured online, printed, but also incorporated into a group exhibition.

Application is free of charge or available with small contribution.

Definitely worth checking out!


Der Greif

2. Balam N6. MESTIZX

Balam is a contemporary photography magazine focusing on artists from Latin American, but also it is open to other interesting initiatives from the rest of the world

As Europe is a hub for contemporary photography, exploring and submitting to Balam can be an opportunityto look beyond the European network and to present your work outside the continent.

Balam is hosting an open call for its 6th edition. Submissions are open until November 03, 2019.


Revista Balam

Show off during international Festivals and events:

1. Fotofestiwal in Łódź

Since the Fotofestival in Łódźhas a long tradition, this year it decided to change its policy. Instead of choosing one Grand Prix winner, Fotofestival will select 6 artists and offer them: artist’s  fee of 400 euro, accommodation for the main weekend, i.e. June 4-7 (3 nights), reimbursement of travel costs up to 200 euro and exhibition production budget 450 euro.

Interested? You have time to apply until 4th December 2019.

Submissions are held via Picter.com platform.


Łódź Fotofestiwal 2020

2. Backlight 2020

Backlight Photo Festival is one of the oldest and largest international photography festivals in Northern Europe. This year, it invites artists from around the globe to explore the theme Related Realities. The submissions are accepted until 31st October 2019.


Backlight 2020

Photo: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

3. Rotterdam Photo

Rotterdam Photo is an event organised by a small independent organisation that consists of passionate photography freelancers, whose goal is to create a platform that caters to a wide spectrum of photographers.

Rotterdam Photo invites all photographers to submit their works for the next 2020 edition that will fit in with the theme  “Transitions”. If you are convinced your work fits in, you have time to apply until November 10th 2019.

Pleasenote that  although submission is free of charge, you will have to pay for the exhibiting space.

For the details, check Rotterdam Photo’s website.


4. The PEP project

The PEP is a short from Photographic Exploration Project – an organization that provides an opportunity for photographers to participate in a group exhibition in Lisbon and Berlin, as well as to be featured online and printed in a catalogue.

The theme for the 2020 open call is Public Space. The submission is free of charge and the deadline is 13th October 2019.


Photographic Exploration Project

If a photobook is a form that you prefer, here is an option for you:


The 2019 ARTPHILEIN PHOTOBOOK PROJECT CONTEST is launched by De Pietri Artphilein Foundation and itis a collateral event of the Bi11 – CRASH (11th edition of the Biennale dell’immagine, Chiasso, Switzerland). The theme of the contest is CRASH in every meaning of the word,  both negative (clash, breaking, etc.) and positive (rebirth, change, etc.). The contest is open to all artists and photographers with no restrictions based on age or nationality.

Deadline: 15th December 2019

De Pietri - Artphilein Foundation

Are you looking for something else?

1. Red Hook Labs

Red Hook Labs is an US-based platform that organizes multiple arts and photography associated contests and open calls. The main goal of these initiatives is to let the participants take part in the annual exhibition or subsequently held portfolio reviews and workshops that will help them move on with their projects and career.

All applications are hosted by Picter.com platform.


Red Hook Labs

2. GESTE Paris 2019

GESTE Paris is a small but intriguing gallery in the very heart of Paris. Based next to the Louvre, Geste Paris is run by a group of curators and collectors, who organize the annual open call for a themed exhibition. Although small, the gallery frequently involves prominent artists as judges as well as it comes to the exhibited artists. The last year’s edition was judged by Orlan, whereas the show included works from private collections: Brancusi, Pierre Molinier, Hiroshi Sugimoto among others.

 This year’s theme is ”The Truth in Disguise”. If it sounds like your cup of tea, do not hesitate and give it a try.


geste paris 2019

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