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[Extended] KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 Open Call & KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award

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KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual photographic festival in the Baltic States, based in Kaunas, Lithuania, since 2004. Maintaining its strong international character, KAUNAS PHOTO is a platform of priemieres of emerging talents.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival announces an Open Call for its 16th edition, inviting photographers to propose their works and offering exhibiting opportunities as well as participation at New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award, consisting of a solo exhibition at the largest photography gallery in the Baltic States, Kaunas Photography Gallery and a 2500 EUR monetary prize.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival opening events will start on September 5 and 6, 2019.

Who can submit? What works are expected?

For inclusion into the festival, works on the theme “Digital – Virtual – Real”, exploring the lifestyles impacted by digital technologies, are welcome. All styles, genres of photography focusing on processes, consequences of digitized lifestyle, data flow, communication, cyber-crime and -security, machine learning, surveillance, automation, etc. Works created benefitting of digital technologies, such as VR, AR are equally welcome.

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Award is topic free. Any solidly built photographic story or a robust conceptual, aesthetic work presentable in a series of 12-15 images is accepted. If video, VR, AR materials submitted, or they are inseparable part of a project, the set of 12-15 staticimages must be accompanied by links to youtube or vimeo addresses, included in the description of work. Images can be screenshots or views of exhibition installations. No single images, please.

All Photographers/Artists, regardless of their age, nationality and place of residence are invited to submit work. KAUNAS PHOTO festival is known for its focus on documentary, but all styles, genres and approaches to photography are accepted and exhibited. Both completed works and those in progress can are welcomed.

Photographers/Artists with KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award in focus, should ask themselves – “is my work ready for a space of 200 square metres?”.

If Photographers / Artists wish that their works remain unpublished until the festival a „DO NOT SHARE ON SOCIAL NETWORKS“ note should be included.

Deadline EXTENDED – July 19, 2019, 23:59 entrant’s local time. No extensions.

Photographers/Artists are encouraged to enter works as early as possible, since the festival curatorial team will be reviewing and studying submissions as soon as they will be arriving.

Thematic program and a topic-free competition

Photographers/Artists submitting works to Open Call can be enrolled in Kaunas Photo 2019 in the following ways:

  • [entries on the theme “Digital – Virtual – Real”] can be included into KAUNAS PHOTO festival program: Outdoor exhibitions, presented in squares in Kaunas, Exhibitions in galleries and Projection events; the central thematic exhibition at the M.Žilinskas Art Gallery of the National M.K.Čiurlionis Art Museum and other museum/gallery spaces;
  • [theme not obligatory] KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award – Finalist’s and Winner’s exhibitions.
  • The team of decision-making curators on the Jury panel will review all entries and eventually give them exposure through their platforms, institutions and networks.

The New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award with 2500 EUR prize

The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR tradition started in 2010, awarding the best participant of portfolio reviews with a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and paying respect to a probable future star of photography. Since 2018, the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner also receives a 2500 EUR prize. Possible income tax obligations, eventually imposed by the country of citizenship of the Winner, will be his/her responsibility. In Lithuania, this prize is tax-exempt.

Open Call from KAUNAS PHOTO festival is followed by the Jury work that will select the shortlist of Finalists. All the shortlisted Photographers/Artists will have their exhibitions at the festival in 2019. The number of Finalists will be recommended by the festival and decided by the Jury. The Winner, selected from the Finalists by a joint board of curators of KAUNAS PHOTO festival and Kaunas Photography Gallery, will celebrate his/her exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and receive the monetary prize. The decision regarding the Winner cannot be appealed.

The exhibitions of both, Finalists’ and the Winner’s works will open on Friday, September 6, 2019. The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Winner is only revealed upon opening of the doors of Kaunas Photography Gallery.

Every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalist agrees:

  • to provide the festival with a set of 20 – 35 digital files of print quality and additional materials, if needed: texts, materials for installations, etc. The materials will serve for detailed assessment of projects in the progress of selection of the Winner, as well as for the production of the exhibition, if such decision is taken between KAUNAS PHOTO festival and the Photographer/Artist;
  • to provide information about existing physical exhibitions of works submitted to the Open Call and technical data for logistics, insurance. Based on designated exhibition spaces and other criteria, the festival will either cover the transportation and insurance fees of existing exhibition or produce the exhibition in Lithuania from digital files, provided by the Photographer/Artist;
  • to propose possible ways of exhibiting his or her work, but accept the final decisions of the exhibition architects of KAUNAS PHOTO festival;
  • that no site-specific or content information about Finalists’ exhibitions will be disclosed until the date and hours of the exhibition openings.

Every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalist is entitled to:

  • a travel allowance of up to 150 EUR, in return to proof of travel expenses, such as tickets, invoices, receipts of payment, bearing amounts paid, dates of travel, name of the traveller. The allowance is payable during / after the visit to Kaunas. Citizens of European Union countries will receive travel allowance payments via bank transfers;
  • a minimum of two nights of hotel accommodation in Kaunas at a hotel booked by the festival.

The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Winner receives:

  • a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery (200 sq. metres), produced or, if exhibition exists and responds to necessary criteria, transported and ensured at expense of KAUNAS PHOTO festival;
  • a monetary prize of 2500 EUR, payable to the Winner’s bank account, after the opening of the exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery, but not later than October 31, 2019.

Jury Members:

  • Fred Boucher – Photaumnales festival and Usimage Biennale (Clermont/Beauvais, France), Director
  • Claude Goulet – Photo Gaspésie (Quebec, Canada), Director
  • Ieva Meilutė-Svinkūnienė – Independent Curator (Vilnius, Lithuania)
  • Anna Dannemann – The Photographers’ Gallery (London, UK), Senior Curator
  • Grzegorz Jarmocewicz – InterPhoto festival (Bialystok, Poland), Art Director
  • Kristin Kern – Fotografisk Center (Copenhagen, Denmark), Director
  • Donatas Stankevičius – Kaunas Photography Gallery (Lithuania), Curator
  • Gintaras Česonis – Kaunas Photography Gallery (Lithuania), Director
  • Mindaugas Kavaliauskas – KAUNAS PHOTO festival (Lithuania), Founder & Director

Previous Winners of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award who have held their exhibitions at Kaunas Photography Gallery:

  • Simon Menner (Germany, 2018)
  • Mayumi Suzuki (Japan, 2017)
  • Julien Lombardi (France, 2016)
  • Jeniffer Thoreson (USA, 2015)
  • Andrejs Strokins (Latvia, 2013)
  • Andrei Liankevich (Belarus, 2012)
  • Luca Zanier (Switzerland, 2011)
  • Eric Lusito (France, 2010)

Simon Menner’s opening speech in his exhibition at KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY. September 1, 2018 © Gintarė Žaltauskaitė

Simon Menner’s opening speech in his exhibition at KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY. September 1, 2018 © Gintarė Žaltauskaitė

Inclusion into KAUNAS PHOTO festival program

If selected to exhibit at KAUNAS PHOTO festival, Photographers/Artists will be contacted personally. Their names will not appear on KAUNAS PHOTO web site until the announcement of the program of the festival.

In most cases, the works are produced to match site-specific settings at the expense of the festival. If the artists’ works are available to be transported, are in reasonable distance within the EU and match the general idea of exhibition and space in Kaunas, the festival covers transportation and insurance of works.

Non-Finalist artists, included in the KAUNAS PHOTO festival program, are entitled to a hotel accommodation for at least 2 days in Kaunas (at festival’s chosen hotel), only in cases when they are available to be present at exhibition openings or purposely arranged guided tours. A modest contribution to travel costs is offered to all participants of exhibitions, payable after the completion of the trip to Kaunas and based on invoices, receipts.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 Timetable

June 14 – July 19, 23:59 – Entrant’s local time – Open Call for entries;
July 16 – Announcement of the Shortlist of Finalists on KaunasPhoto.com and festival’s social profiles
July 26 – last day for Finalists to transfer 30-40 hi-res images to the festival for exhibition preparations;
From end of June – outdoor exhibitions across Kaunas;
September 5 – Openings of exhibitions on the topic “Digital – Virtual – Real”
September 6 – Openings of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 exhibition, including the Winner;
Until October 6, 2019 – Artist talks, screenings, educational events.

Author’s rights and other legal aspects

While submitting works to the KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 open call via LensCulture, a photographer declares that he/she is the only owner of the economic author’s rights to the pictures submitted. Photographer agrees that the pictures submitted can be reproduced in materials and forms of artistic or media presentation of KAUNAS PHOTO festival outcomes, such as flyers, invitation cards, post cards, posters, catalogs, projections, slideshows, web sites, including but not limited to that of KAUNAS PHOTO festival for unlimited time in unlimited territory without any royalty payments. Entrants accept their responsibility for the right to the image of persons, models, places, objects or trade marks appearing in the pictures submitted to KAUNAS PHOTO festival.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival does not limit the photographers’ /artists’ moral or economic rights to promote, broadcast, exhibit, publish and sell their works submitted to KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s Open Call.

Prints produced by KAUNAS PHOTO festival, can be either left at the festival’s collection or destroyed after the exhibition, based on the decision of the Photographer/Artist.

In 2017, ”The Nemunas Journey” exhibition by Vitus Saloshanka (Belarus/Germany), partly created during two Residencies provided by KAUNAS PHOTO (2015 and 2017), after the first show during the festival in 2017, was presented at Prienai Cultural Centre and Prospektas Gallery of Photography in Vilnius, with artist being present to all opening events, trips & accommodation covered by the inviting parties. In 2019, this exhibition goes to “InterPhoto” festival in Bialystok, Poland. The artist is reinvited. This is just one example of works living on after KAUNAS PHOTO.

About KAUNAS PHOTO festival

KAUNAS PHOTO aims to be the stage for the future stars of photography. Being a part of Photo Festival Union and Festivals Of Light Organization, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is the longest-running photographic festival in the Baltic states is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West.

KAUNAS PHOTO is co-funded by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Kaunas Municipality.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR partners: Kaunas Photography GalleryLensCulture.

Enter works until July 19, 2019 (23:59 your local time) via LensCulture

LensCulture is a global community of photographers and industry professionals. As one of the world’s largest online destinations for discovering contemporary photography, LensCulture also provides some of the best opportunities for global exposure, international recognition, ongoing learning and creative development. LensCulture is committed to inspiring and empowering its thriving community of over 2.5 million, across 145 countries and in 15 languages around the world.

Deadline: 
07/19/2019

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25€
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16th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition & Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art

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The Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, presented by Main Line Art Center in conjunction with the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, honors approximately three artists annually with an exhibition in the Center's gallery and an award of $1000. This award and associated exhibition program is an effort to support talented contemporary artists, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement. Winners are selected by Main Line Art Center's Board of Artistic Advisors. All adult fine artists are eligible to apply. All mediums are welcome. Artists must attend the opening reception and be present for installation. The application deadline is June 25, 2019. Artists selected to receive the award will be notified in August 2019 and the exhibition will take place in November/December 2019.

© Hanna Vogel, Pyre (Safety), Recipient of the 15th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition and Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art

 

Deadline: 
06/25/2019

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$35
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Moho Art Prize

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MOHO ART PRIZE is an important award given to the best international talents in contemporary art.

Awarded categories: painting, sculpture and installation, photography, new media (video, digital, performance, other).

Applications are reserved for artists under 50 years old. Applications are open to artists of any nationality.

The prize awarded is of the value of 30.000,00 €.

Deadline for sending applications: 12 July 2019

 

WINNERS’ NOMINATIONS

For each of the 4 categories (painting, sculpture and installation, photography and new media) 2 winners will be nominated. One for the single project section and one for the entire production section.

The nominations will be announced on:

18 October 2019 | nominations for individual projects - all categories

25 October 2019 | nominations for the entire production - all categories

 

PRIZES

The total of prizes awarded is 30.000,00 €.

Painting category:

- 2.500,00€ prize for the single project

- 5.000,00€ prize for the entire production

Sculpture and installation category:

- 2.500,00€ prize for the single project

- 5.000,00€ prize for the entire production

Photography category:

- 2.500,00€ prize for the single project

- 5.000,00€ prize for the entire production

Other media category:

- 2.500,00€ prize for the single project

- 5.000,00€ prize for the entire production

The award is founded and managed by the MOHO organization.

 

The MOHO organization, over the years, has established collaborations and partnerships with galleries, foundations, public and private institutions. Collaborations that continue over time and to which are constantly added new and stimulating artistic realities.

MOHO organizes and manages collective and personal exhibitions every year, scattered in different cities in Europe and beyond. It creates new opportunities of collaboration for artists and stimulating work projects for curators and art spaces.

 

Deadline: 
07/12/2019

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Fee Detail: 
75€
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Grants for Artists | The Hopper Prize

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Grants for Artists 
The Hopper Prize is offering multiple individual artist grants totaling $5,000.00 USD awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators.

Program Highlights
$5,000.00 USD in total awards for visual artists
+ 5 artists will each receive $1,000.00 USD in unrestricted grant awards
+ 30 artists will have their work archived at hopperprize.org
+ Early applications will be reviewed for possible nstagram artist features @hopperprize (https://www.instagram.com/hopperprize/)

Connect with Curators
We collaborate with contemporary curators holding prominent positions at major institutions in order to select our grant winners. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward thinking exhibition makers. Jurors for the Spring 2019 awards are:

Leilani Lynch
Curator
The Bass Museum of Art Miami Beach

Rachel Adams
Chief Curator & Director of Programs
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Our jurors will be selecting 5 artists from our open call who will each receive $1,000. The jurors will also select a shortlist of 30 artists who will have their work archived at hopperprize.org.

Grant awards are unrestricted and may be used any way the recipients choose.

Additionally, when submitting, you will have the option to opt-in to be considered for possible Instagram features on our feed @hopperprize, where we currently reach an audience of over 17K. Our editors will be featuring select submissions daily prior to the application deadline.

Eligibility
The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. We accept submissions in all media.

We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply.

Recent Winners
We support artists working in all media, from diverse backgrounds, in wide-ranging geographic locations. Recent grant recipients include:

Alex Callender, Northampton, Massachusetts
Alicia Eggert, Denton, Texas
Daniel McCarthy Clifford, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Juan Giraldo, New York, New York
Maja Ruznic, Los Angeles, California
Letitia Huckaby, Benbrook, Texas
Tracy Kerdman, Saugerties, New York
Lebohang Kganye, Johannesburg, South Africa
Christopher Meerdo, Chicago, Illinois
Erik Parra, San Francisco, California

Simple Application
We made our grant application simple to reduce the stress of submitting your work and save you time. The application is short and can be completed in under 20 minutes.

To apply for a grant, you only have to submit this information:

• Name & Email
• Instagram Username (optional)
• Up to 10 Image or Video attachments
• Artwork captions
• Artist Statement & Biography (optional)
• $40 application fee

 

Deadline: 
05/21/2019

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$40 for 10 images
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Refresh Art Award

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A fresh new art competition giving representation to everyone who enters. 

A snapshot of the true face of contemporary art now.

Are you a practicing artist? 

Have you entered art competitions and failed to make the final shortlist? 

Are you inspired by the real 21st Century world around you only to find that fruit bowls, floral patterns and hyperreal portraiture are the only thing that sells?  

We've got a new deal for you with a new kind of art award. 

It wouldn't be an art award without a big prize to help support your future practice. We've got that covered with £3000 for the main award. 

It wouldn't be an art award without the chance to exhibit in a final show. We've got that covered with our Refresh Art Award exhibition, showcasing our favourite 24 entries in June 2019 at the 5th Base Gallery in London. 

In addition, EVERY SINGLE artist who enters will be showcased in our online gallery for the month of the show and beyond.

Deadline: 
04/05/2019
Fee Detail: 
From £10
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VOIES OFF AWARD

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At the heart of Les Rencontres d’Arles
From July to September, the Voies Off Festival proposes an alternative programme focused on the new generation of artists and photographers. The Voies Off Festival is an event committed to supporting the authors. The goals of its programmation is to support the new creation, to present the works of photographers, with the highest rigour and the best quality, to offer the best conditions for the selected photographers to enjoy our very large expert network. 
Selected photographers for the Voies Off Awards, enjoy many benefits:: their works are reviewed in one of the most reputable photography festival, they meet some of the best experts, and can develop their networks while living an extraordinary experience, of friendly meetings and exchanges.

The Voies Off Festival
An international photographic awards open to all
One of the best photography places that supports its most current forms
Very nice evenings of photography screenings to present the selected artists
An annual selection noticed by professionals
An appointment not to be missed to show his work
Portfolio reviews and very successful meetings with the Voies Off network
The most beautiful parties in the region !

50 selected photographers

6 screening nights before an audience of international experts

We propose to artists and photographers who wish to show their work to participate to one of the most reknowned photography awards. The Voies Off Festival discovers, among the new generation, the best photographers in the world, and present their series to a public of experts and professionals during Voies Off Festival’s screenings nights, the first week of July. 

Every year, we produce very high quality slideshows for the screening nights, during which are revealed the Voies Off Awards selections. The public discovers an exigeant creation, delivering an uncompromising message 

At the heart of Les Rencontres d’Arles, benefit from an international visibility for your images

For more than 20 years, the Voies Off Festival is a major event in photography. This international dimension makes it the meeting place for hundreds of experts and a large audience.

By participating to the Voies Off Festival you will give your work all the visibility it deserves!

Deadline: 
04/15/2019

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
34 $
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