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Contests and Open Calls Offer Awards and Prizes

June 2020

Christina Santucci
Christina Santucci
+June 19, 2020

For photographers seeking to showcase their work and earn recognition as well as monetary prizes, there are a number of open call opportunities and competitions currently open for submissions.

The Tbilisi Photo Festival, in partnership with Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum, is holding an open call for women photographers from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Five entrants will be selected to receive a four-month mentorship -- from July until October -- and €400 to work on long-term projects. Applications are due June 25.

Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) has extended the deadline for two of its photo competitions. The organization’s Annual Photography and "State of the World" contests will both close to submissions on June 30. Entries into the Annual Photography competition have the chance to win up to $11,500 in cash prizes, exhibition in the PX3 show in Paris and inclusion in the annual PX3 book. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, PX3 also pledged in March to match all cash prizes that it awards this year with donations to charities selected by the winning photographers in their communities.

Thirty stories submitted to the “State of the World” contest will be selected by Hossein Farmani, founder and president of the Lucie Awards in New York City, to be shown as part of the Paris Photo Prize before being exhibited in a traveling show around the world. Organizers wrote that the aim of the competition is to “bring uncensored news, directly from photographers witnessing events with the guarantee that they are not manipulated by the mainstream media or sensationalized for profit.”

The International Center for Photography has been collecting and sharing images that Instagram users have posted with the hashtag #ICPConcerned to create an archive documenting the coronavirus pandemic. In recent weeks, images posted on the ICP’s Instagram page and stories have also shown protests held in response to racial injustice and police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Submissions can also be sent to socialmedia@icp.org, and a variety of media types - singles, photo stories, images combined with text, and videos - are being accepted, according to the New York Times.

Aesthetica Magazine is accepting entries until August 31 for two competitions, and the winners of the main prize and the emerging prize, for students and recent graduates, receive €5,000 and €1,000 respectively. The work of awardees will also be displayed along with that of finalists in a group exhibition, publication in Aesthica’s Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists issue and €250 for art supplies.

Photographers located throughout the world have been invited to submit images using any photographic process related to the theme of “Street Photography” as part of a competition run by The New York Center for Photographic Art. Winners will receive a total of $4,000 in cash awards -- with a grand prize of $1,100 awarded to one photographer. In addition, selected work will be featured in the NYC4PA Online Gallery and in the STREET PHOTOGRAPHY catalog.

For photographers whose debut photo books have recently been published, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards offer an opportunity for further recognition. The contest, which is open until September 11, awards a $10,000 prize to the photographer or artist whose first finished and publicly available book is judged the best by the photo jury out of 20 shortlisted nominees. Additional prizes are given to the photobook selected as the best of the year and for the photography catalogue of the year.

Additional competitions have been compiled by LENSCRATCH.

Christina Santucci
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