Submissions are open for Athens Photo Festival 2016.

In Featured Events / February 27, 2016

Submissions are open until Monday, March 21, 2016, for Athens Photo Festival on the main theme [mis/dis]placed.

Athens Photo Festival is the leading international festival of photography and related media in Southeastern Europe. Exploring critical issues relevant to our times, the festival attempts to bring together a range of different perspectives from emerging and established artists and photographers from all over the world with the aim to raise awareness and foster an understanding of contemporary culture and society through photography in all its forms. The Festival works within an international, national and local context, encompassing a variety of activities designed to reflect the diversity of contemporary photographic practice, and to create opportunities for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and international engagement.

The 2016 main programme will take place during the months June and July 2016, at the Benaki Museum, one of the oldest and most prestigious museums in Greece. The exhibition programme will be comprised of a series of solo and group exhibitions, presenting a wide spectrum of works selected through an international open call for proposals in combination with invited artists. At the core of the festival is a range of events, including portfolio reviews, screenings, talks and discussions, workshops, and various participatory and ephemeral projects. In addition to the main venue-based programme, the festival encourages community involvement through satellite exhibitions in various locations in the city. This year’s main theme, under the title [mis/dis]placed, is aimed at investigating how collective consciousness and individual perception and position are shaped, in relation to the fast-changing global situation, intertwining both politics and poetics. In particular, it is interested in raising questions about the prevailing notions of place and memory as fundamental elements of identity formation while reassessing the role that the means of visualizing can play within these concepts. Athens as an emblematic place of the current global situation provides a significant artistic and intellectual context where questions about the complexities of today’s world can be raised and discussed. The festival continues to evolve with the times and looks forward to developing projects that open up new audiences for photography and exploring realms where photography intersects with other creative disciplines. At the same time, we work with partners across the creative and cultural industries in Greece, Europe and beyond. Athens Photo Festival is a member of the European Month of Photography (EMoP), a network comprised of photography festivals in 8 European capitals that aims to foster collaboration on joint projects within a European framework.

There are three main categories for international submissions: Main Exhibitions, Screenings, and Photobook Show, with an additional call for group exhibition dedicated to young Greek photographers. The Festival welcomes artists/photographers, collectives, curators, galleries and organisations from all over the world to submit their work to be considered for the main exhibition programme. The selected projects will be exhibited during June and July 2016. For complete information regarding submissions guidelines and submitting projects, please read below.

Why Should You Submit to the Athens Photo Festival 2016?

The mission of the Athens Photo Festival is to provide a platform for artists/photographers to make new connections and reach the widest possible audience for their work. Last year’s international open call attracted submissions from over 80 countries, with more than 80% of the submissions coming from outside of Greece. The final selection included 97 artists from 39 countries.

Athens Photo Festival is one of the most visited photography events in Europe. The evolution of the audience over the past editions proved an astounding success, attracting over 52.000 visitors. Over the past few years, the Festival has expanded steadily, with more international guests from more different countries attending each year. Among the guests are directors, artists, curators, and art professionals from all over the world. In addition, the festival’s website has become (according to Alexa Traffic Rank) the third most visited site from all the photo festival sites of the world. Athens Photo Festival is a member of the European Month of Photography (EMoP), a network comprised of photography festivals in 8 European capitals that aims to foster collaboration on joint projects within a European context.

A series of events and initiatives have been conceived for inspiring, stimulating discussion and exchange.

Portfolio Reviews: One-on-one with international experts. The Athens Photo Festival’s international Portfolio Reviews offer an opportunity for serious amateurs and professional photographers to meet with key industry specialists, get constructive critique of their work and career advice as well as to enhance networking and collaboration opportunities. Registration for this year’s portfolio review programme will open in late February, 2016.

Photo Voices: We Speak Photography. Considering the role of photography as a tool to stimulate cultural and social awareness, under the motto “We Speak Photography,” Photo Voices bring together internationally acclaimed photo practitioners and critical thinkers, whose work and thought stands out for their subject matter, process and critical insight. This year’s talk series will take place on Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Benaki Museum.

Photography as Performance: Where photography meets performance. Contemporary art encourages the interaction across conventional boundaries of expressive fields. Since 2009, Athens Photo Festival has been an excellent opportunity for experimenting with the ways through which an artistic medium between life and art (performance) and a major visual art (photography) can cross boundaries and create interesting hybrids.

Night of Photography: A one night photography and multimedia special event. The Night of Photography is a new one night event offering the audience multiple perspectives on the use of images – both moving and still – in contemporary culture that provoke or engage in conversations with other media, such as film, music and literature.

Athens Photo Marathon: We are all photographers. Over 1.000 contestants starting from the centre of Athens and using photography as a common language will be encouraged to participate in a “photography marathon,” to interact and to express themselves, by recording through their own lens and within six hours, four given subjects inspired by the urban life and its experience.

Professional Development Workshop: An intensive training programme for emerging photographers. Developed for national and international emerging photographers, our new Professional Practice Programme is an intensive 4 days workshop that focuses on essential career advice and professional development. The programme will be organised in close collaboration with various partner organisations and specialists from international photography community.

Family Photo Sundays: Enjoy photography with your family. Spark your imagination and creativity with a family visit to the main exhibition programme at the Benaki Museum. Throughout the summer, school-aged children and adults can discover and enjoy contemporary photography and image culture and participate in fun and playful learning experiences together.

PhotoConnections activities: Discover – Engage – Connect. PhotoConnections is a community-powered initiative. Our volunteers are encouraged through a series of networking and engagement activities to work together, letting them really get to know each other and form connections, while exploring their own unique ideas and projects.

Submit Your Project for the Exhibition Programme

Get Exhibited. The selected projects will be exhibited at the Benaki Museum during June and July, 2016. Get Published. The selected projects will be presented in the Festival’s catalogue as well as featured online. Get Connected. Selected artists will get their work in front of an international network of professionals.

The Festival welcomes submissions from emerging and established artists/photographers, curators, collectives, archives, galleries or organisations from around the world, for its Main Programme. Please read the Guidelines & Rules mentioned below in this section before submitting your work.

Entry Deadline
Proposals must be submitted no later than 21 March, 2016.
How to Enter
There are two ways in which you may submit:
– Apply through the online form and submit all required entry materials
– Apply by post or courier

Online Application Form
Guidelines & Rules

What Does the Submission Fee Include?
– Submission to the 2016 Festival for exhibition programming consideration.
– Contribution in the production cost of works included in the Main Programme.
– Accommodation for the international guests for two nights.
– 100 finalists will have the opportunity for a 12-month presence on APhF: International Connections, an online platform to showcase their work as well as introduce them to 80+ influential industry professionals from all around the world, who are always willing to discover ‘new’ photography from emerging or established artists. This is a non-official section, independent of the Festival’s curatorial team.
– 20 finalists will have the opportunity to participate for free to the International Portfolio Reviews 2016 in Athens.
– 5 finalists will have the opportunity to participate for free to the Professional Development Workshop 2016 in Athens, to further develop their practice and bring it with the help of international experts to the next level.

Entry Fee
Entry fee is 18 € per submission. Each applicant may submit up to three entries of up to 20 photographs per submission. All submission fees can be paid by PayPal via our online “Entry form”. The alternative is to pay by International Money Order, bank deposit (only in Greece) or web transfer.

Contact
For further information, please email at contact@hcp.gr

Submit Your Project for Young Greek Photographers 2016

Submissions Deadline
March 21, 2016

Venue
Benaki Museum, June – July 2016

ENTRY FORM

The Hellenic Centre for Photography invites submissions for the 23rd edition of the Young Greek Photographers 2016 exhibition. Young Greek Photographers is an annual juried exhibition that seeks to promote Greek talented artists, between the ages of 18-35, to be exhibited and introduced to a wide audience and network of photography professionals. Each proposal should contain a maximum of 15 images based on a particular idea or theme, not necessarily related to the theme of the Festival. The selected projects will be presented and exhibited during the Athens Photo Festival 2016 at the Benaki Museum.

Please read our Guidelines & Rules, before submitting your work.

Entry Deadline
Proposals must be submitted no later than 21 March, 2016.

How to Enter
There are two ways in which you may submit:
– Apply online through the online entry form and submit all required entry materials.
– Apply by post or courier.

Contact
For further information, please email at contact@hcp.gr

Submit Your Project for the Screening Programme

Multimedia
Submissions Deadline
March 21, 2016

Venue
Benaki Museum
June – July 2016

ENTRY FORM

Athens Photo Festival also welcomes multimedia submissions, featuring a variety of artistic perspectives that explores the interaction between different media (photography, video, audio). Please read the Guidelines & Rules before submitting your work.

Entry Deadline
Proposals must be submitted no later than 21 March, 2016.

Technical Specifications
Multimedia entries must be submitted on a CD or as a link to a file embedded in Vimeo or any other video sharing site. Your multimedia project must be maximum 10 minutes long (including credits). All projects with dialogues in a language different from English must be subtitled in English.

How to Enter
There are two ways in which you may submit:
– Apply online through the online form along with your multimedia web links.
– Apply by post or courier (at the sender’s expense).

Contact
For further information, please email at contact@hcp.gr

Submit Your Book for the Photobook or Main Programme

Photobook Exhibition
Submissions Deadline
March 21, 2016

Venue
Benaki Museum
June – July 2016

ENTRY FORM

In recognition of the increasing importance of the photo book in contemporary photographic practices, the Festival presents a specific exhibition dedicated to the form of book and welcomes artists and individual publishers worldwide to submit their self-published books for consideration. The selected books will be displayed during the Athens Photo Festival 2016 at the Benaki Museum in Athens, as well as featured on the Festival’s website to reach a wider audience. The aim is to show a wide variety of photobooks. We are interested in photobooks independently or commercially published and distributed, handmade, self-published, book dummies, exhibition catalogues, zines and limited edition photography books, etc. Books that feature the work by various photographers/artists are also eligible for submission.

All entries must be postmarked by 21 March, 2016. There is no fee for submitting your book.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND RULES
You can submit your book as an artist, photographer, self-publisher or publisher. We ask to see a physical copy of the book as the production and execution of the publication are aspects that will be taken into consideration for the selection process. In addition, please feel free to provide relevant information along with the book if you like. All book submissions must be shipped prepaid.

Please fill the online entry form and post your book to the following address:
Hellenic Centre for Photography
Tsami Karatasou 15
117 42 Athens, Greece

You may submit more than one book, however each entry must be submitted with its own completed submission form. If you would like your book to be returned to you, please supply a self-addressed envelope and International Reply Coupons. Because of the number of books we receive, we can not be made responsible for any shipping costs. Books may also be entered into the Hellenic Centre for Photography archive for future shows and as a resource for research.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at contact@hcp.gr

 

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