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KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 - Open Call

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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 premieres of emerging talents. “Photo World” (China) titled KAUNAS PHOTO as a festival on crossroads of European photography. The current objective is to become a friendly festival to its audience as well as to the participating artists.

In collaboration with LensCulture, KAUNAS PHOTO festival announces an Open Call for its 17th 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. Open Call provides opportunities to be selected to the festival exhibition and projection program. All exhibiting artists, selected via KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Open Call will be offered artist fees.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival opening events will start on September 3, 2020 with KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Exhibition. Festival’s events and outdoor exhibitions will run until the end of October.

Topic of the year: Peripheral Visions.

In 2020, KAUNAS PHOTO festival was planned to celebrate the periphery, the province, the outback, l’arrière-pays, the background of metropolis in a state of uncertainty, balancing between possibilities and neglect, prospering vistas for transiting commuters and struggling agriculture, remnants of local identities and the global odor spread by passing-by intercontinental flights.

Ever since image-making became possible, photographers were those who would disclose new territories and bring back images to the „civilised world“. In the 21st century, spaces, places, areas outside the big cities, countries of power, once unknown, now become either simply forgotten or are targets for visual investigation inspired by transformations.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the fight against it imposed new rules and conceptions of space for living or/and work, perceptions of spacious places we’d rather go, if we could leave the city, imposed limits and borders which were absent for decades. Unable to leave home, leave our own community limits, travel abroad, we are are internet users who are allowed to or would only agree to travel a small distance, remaining within our home country, rediscovering the niche pecularities or contemplating places that „normally“ would be unimportant, uninteresting simply because they’re just around the corner, and not in a reach of a long-haul flight.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s topic aims to look at what is on the margin, just across the window or the border that we can or cannot cross, to discover the spaces, places, lands, areas that usually were in the periphery of the vision. The thematic scope includes self-isolation and things it changed in our habits, attitudes, undermined topics around obvious things, trends beyond mainstream. The festival invites to rethink what in 2020 became important, what was less so, what was taken for granted or simply undermined until now. Both documentary and constructed, geography – based and idea-driven works, works produced during pandemic and in the recent years are welcome.

Let us rethink what in 2020 became important, what was less so, taken for granted or simply undermined until now.

Prize summary: 
The Winner receives a 2500 EUR monetary prize and a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery. All the shortlisted Photographers/Artists will have their exhibitions at the festival in 2020.
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Open Call Opportunities

Photographers/Artists submitting works to Open Call can be enrolled in Kaunas Photo 2020 in the following ways:

  • works can be included into KAUNAS PHOTO festival program, its indoor and outdoor exhibitions, presented in squares in Kaunas;
  • Projection events;
  • KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award – Finalist’s and Winner’s exhibitions.

The July panel of decision-making curators on the Jury panel, who will review all entries and eventually are potential providers of opportunities 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, and a joint exhibition of Finalists is held and opened on the same day. Possible income tax obligations, eventually imposed by the country of citizenship of the Winner, will be his/her responsibility. For a Lithuanian citizen, this prize would be tax-exempt.

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists exhibitions across the venues of Kaunas old town and the Winner’s exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery will open on September 3, 2020.  The Winner will be disclosed at the opening of the doors of Kaunas Photography Gallery.

Every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Finalist is entitled to:

  • participation in a joint KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award exhibition, that will be produced by and at the expenses of KAUNAS PHOTO festival;
  • Due to COVID-19 risks, complicated travel arrangements, eventual obligations of self-isolation resulting after travel, KAUNAS PHOTO festival will not undertake travel arrangements and accommodation, but will pay every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalist an Artist fee of 250 EUR against an invoice delivered by the Photographer/Artist or a contract. The Artist fees will be settled no later than until October 31, 2020.
Deadline: 
07/30/2020

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Fee Detail: 
25 EUR
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ARTCONNECT x WEDIO OPEN CALL | PASSION

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Open Call for photography or video projects on the topic of ‘Passion’. Free to Apply. Winners will receive equipment rental prizes from Wedio, get featured in ARTCONNECT Magazine and promoted extensively across both of our networks.

Creativity and passion go hand in hand. Passion fuels creativity and makes it possible for even the most challenging projects to succeed. In this call we would like you to submit a recent project that demonstrates what passion means to you. 

About Wedio:

ARTCONNECT is proud to partner with Wedio, the fastest-growing European sharing community for filmmakers and photographers. Wedio gives creators the opportunity to access their desired gear and financial flexibility in order to focus on their craft. 

Image Credit:

Artwork 'Melon,' featured in the open call picture, by Katharina Siegel, Visual Artist mainly focused on the medium of photography.

See more of her work here

Prize summary: 
win up to 200 euros in equipment, feature in our magazine and platform
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AWARDS

1 First prize winner will receive:

1 x 200 euro worth of equipment rental from Wedio

1 x Feature in ARTCONNECT Magazine (200k views/month)

1 x Feature in Wedio’s blog 

1 x Announcement on both Wedio and ARTCONNECT’s website and social media

 

1 Runner up will receive:

1 x 100 euro worth of equipment rental from Wedio

1 x Feature in ARTCONNECT Magazine (200k views/month)

1 x Feature in Wedio’s blog 
 

Honorable Mentions

3 x Honorable Mentions, to be published in ARTCONNECT Magazine and shared on our social media channels. 

Deadline: 
07/19/2020

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Call for Entries: JUSTICE

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Call to Artists: JUSTICE, Online Juried Competition and Exhibition

Deadline: August 3
On view: August 27 – September 12, 2020
Artists Awards & Reception: August 27, 7:30 pm

The Art Guild invites all artists, high school and older, to submit artworks for consideration for “JUSTICE” a Juried Competition and Exhibition. Artwork can say what sometimes words cannot. During these difficult times, we have been inspired to look within ourselves, find ways to “speak out,” and express solidarity and compassion. Show us those emotions and what has empowered and inspired you to address social justice.

CRITERIA All styles from abstract to realism are welcome. All works must be original and have been created in the last five years. References used in the creation of the submitted work must be the artist’s own, or copyright-released for use in this work. The curating committee’s decision is final.

DEADLINE: AUGUST 3

MEDIUMS Including but not limited to photography, acrylic, oil, watercolor, digital art, pastel, mixed media, collage, encaustic, etching/prints, or sculpture. (NO MASTER COPIES OR FAN ART)

Prize summary: 
Win up to $300 cash prizes
Prizes Details: 

1st Place $300 • 2nd Place $200 • 3rd Place $100

Deadline: 
08/03/2020

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$20 for up to 2 entries
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Send me your cloudy sky

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SEND ME YOUR CLOUDY SKY

A participatory art project open to everyone. Your photo will be part of a limited edition published book.

How to take part?

Lift your head and catch a cloudy sky.

Send one high definition image (landscape oriented) with: 1- your first name, 2- the name of the place, 3- the date the image was taken,

The objective is to create a book with a collection of images from around the world. Cloudy skies can be beautiful, a promise or a threat, hiding something, or triggering the imagination. On a symbolic level, a clouded mind can signify confusion or a fleeting interior state. 
I'm looking forward to receiving your cloudy sky.

All published participants will receive a series of five postcards including their own as a thank you gift. 

Deadline: 
07/18/2020
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NYC4PA CALL FOR ENTRY - LUMINOSITY - THE IMPACT OF LIGHT

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Light and its quality is the basic element of photography. There is an iconic photograph of Grand Central Station with streams of sunlight filling the airspace as it reflects off dust particles in the air. In photography the same subject, nothing more than a snapshot at one time of day, becomes an impactful image at another.  Sunsets are beautiful and midday sun is harsh. A strategically placed light can create amazing portraits; late afternoon is a world of shadow and light that warms everything it touches. 

For this call we are looking for images where the presence, absence, and/or the location of light made the difference. Glare, flare, shadow, fill light all work as do lampshades aglow from an inside bulb, night lights in a city, streaming rays of sunlight on a floor or as seen passing through a dusty atmosphere.  There are examples everywhere. Show us your shots where light is a key element.  All 2D photo mediums are welcome.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Prize summary: 
$4000
Prizes Details: 

GRAND PRIZE - $1100

FIRST PRIZE - $400 X3

SECOND PRIZE - $325 X3

THIRD PRIZE $250 X3

Deadline: 
06/23/2020
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NYC4PA CALL FOR ENTRY - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY 2020

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Vivian Maier, an unknown, left behind a treasure of images she took while walking outside on time off. Cartier-Bresson, Frank, Meyerowitz, Arbus, Evans, the list of accomplished street photographers goes on. Their work captured a special essence of life, not posed, not set up but there in the streets, yards, avenues, porches... we pass every day. Images as compelling surround us as we walk or ride in the streets of our lives. The challenge for this contest is to shoot those street images that set them apart from snapshots.  Again - opportunities abound. Take your camera or phone outside with you and capture the odd juxtaposition of a passerby and a window decoration, a special look, a special split second moment of communication, a scene that conveys a message or feeling.  The examples are too numerous and varied to list.  All 2D photography is welcome.

Prize summary: 
$4000
Prizes Details: 

Grand Prize, $1100

First Prize - $400 x3

Second Prize - $325 x3

Third Prize - $250 x 3

Deadline: 
09/09/2020
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