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Exhibition Program

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Open Call for Artists and Photographers

General

Objectives
Athens Photo Festival is accepting submissions from photographers and artists who use photography for its exhibition program. The Festival will feature the work of over 100 artists from all around the world selected through this international open call. Embracing a variety of cultural, artistic, social, and political perspectives, the Festival invites projects from the entire spectrum of the photographic medium, ranging from fine art, conceptual, documentary photography, and photojournalism to other media, including video, performance, and installation. In this way, we seek to create a critical dialogue open to a variety of expressive means, thematic areas, and approaches – from a traditional photography background to the most contemporary practices.

Main Venue
Selected works will be exhibited at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138, one of the most prestigious museums in Greece. The main program will occupy all the Museum’s exhibition spaces, covering over 3,000 square meters.

Dates
The upcoming Athens Photo Festival will take place from 4 June to 28 July, 2024.

Curatorial Approaches
The exhibition program is committed to a broad definition of photography, encompassing all the different forms that the photographic image can take, combining both traditional and digital techniques such as print, projection, photobook, texts, objects, installation, and more. Athens Photo Festival promotes diverse artistic positions and various curatorial approaches, producing high-quality exhibitions while respecting art, artists, and the ideas they represent. We handle all the curation, installation, and maintenance needed to bring this large-scale exhibition to life.

Diversity and Inclusion
Artists from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their career, are invited to submit their work. Committed to fostering equity, diversity, inclusion, and access to the arts and culture, the Festival welcomes applications from all sectors of the community, embracing individuals across various racial, ethnic, geographic, socio-economic, cultural, age, gender, and sexual orientation spectrums.

Collateral Events
The Main Program will be accompanied by a variety of activities, including guided tours, artist talks and immersive workshops, the content of which is closely related to the exhibitions.

Submission Deadline
The deadline for project submissions has been extended until 15 February 2024.

Benefits

• Submission review: Your work will be considered for exhibition programming by the Athens Photo Festival.
• Exhibition opportunity: 80 selected artists will have the chance to exhibit their work at the prestigious Benaki Museum / Pireos 138 during the Athens Photo Festival 2024.
Production support: The festival will cover the production costs for the selected works featured in the exhibition.
Accommodation: Free stay for two nights for participating artists.
• Screening: 20 additional artists will be invited to present their work at a dedicated screening event.
Portfolio reviews: 15 selected artists will have the opportunity to participate for free in the International Portfolio Reviews.
APhF Talent Lab: 5 selected artists will have the opportunity to participate for free in the Talent Lab, a professional development program for emerging artists.
• Digital showcase: Selected artists will be featured on the festival website, in the newsletter, and will be showcased on the festival’s official Instagram account.
• APhF Connect: 50 additional artists from the shortlist will have a one-year presence on APhF Connect, a by-invitation-only platform, showcasing their work and introducing them to 100+ influential industry professionals from around the world.
• Free Festival Admission: All submitting artists will receive complimentary entry tickets to Athens Photo Festival 2024.

Entry Fee

For each project submitted to the Athens Photo Festival selection, a registration fee is required to cover production costs for the benefit of all participants. The application fee is €25 for the first project and €15 for each additional project by the same applicant. Each project may include up to 20 images.

Entry fees can be paid using various methods, including credit or debit cards, PayPal, bank transfer, or international money order. For payment instructions, click here.

Submission Guidelines and Material

How to Enter
You are welcome to submit through our online entry form.

Multiple Entries
You may submit up to three projects. Each submission requires a separate entry form and payment of a separate fee. If you would like to submit another proposal, click here.

Entry Material
All entries must include the following:
• An official APhF:24 Entry Form properly completed.
• Images: A maximum of 20 images per project.

Specifications
Submit entries in a digital format with the following technical specifications:

SUBMITTING IMAGE FILES
• File format: JPG
• Resolution: Images should be saved at 72dpi
• Size: Images must be sized to 1500 pixels on their longest dimension.
• Image file names: The files must be titled with the photographer’s last name and a sequential image number. For example: yourlastname_01.jpg, 02.jpg etc. In case of multiple submissions, the photographer’s last name must be followed with a capital letter A, B etc, and then the sequential image number. For example: yourlastname_A01.jpg, yourlastname_A02.jpg etc for the first series, yourlastname_B01.jpg, yourlastname_B02.jpg etc for the second series.

Installation Notes & Images
Within your entry form you are welcome to include practical notes about how you like to present your work, such as technical requirements, production specifications, and installation methods.

Receipt Confirmation
A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of your entry. If you haven’t received confirmation within two days of submission, please contact us to verify the status of your entry.

Selected Projects

Selection
All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by the curatorial team of the Festival. We accept projects from all the image-based genres, whether considered completed or still in progress.

Status Notification
All artists will be notified of their submission status by Tuesday 5 March 2024. The invitation of a work to participate must remain absolutely confidential until the program is announced by the Athens Photo Festival.

Catalogue
The selected projects will be presented in the official Festival catalog. A printed edition of the catalog will be mailed to key industry professionals around the world, intended to be used as reference material. All the material required for the catalog of the Athens Photo Festival must be sent in digital format (images, credits, biography, and an artist statement of the project) as soon as possible, but no later than 31 March 2024.

Publicity
The selected works will be seen on all our channels. Each artist will receive a dedicated page on the Festival’s website and be part of the Festival’s international marketing and PR campaigns in print and online media, enhancing awareness of the selected works in the photography community. By participating in the Athens Photo Festival, each participant hereby grants the right to use photos with the names of the authors, and information relating to the work for promotional purposes in connection with the Festival.

Contact

For questions or comments related to the Open Call for Entries, please contact Athens Photo Festival at contact@photofestival.gr or call us at +30 210 9211750.

General Rules

Participation in the Athens Photo Festival implies acceptance of the present regulations.

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