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4th edition

PhMuseum Days 2024 Open Call

© Takako Noel

CLOSER

Present your work to exhibit at the 4th edition of PhMuseum Days, our International Photo Festival happening between September and October 2024 in Bologna, Italy.

The chosen theme is CLOSER: we live in an era in which it is not possible to imagine any objective detachment between us and reality. Observation itself touches and changes things, every story is contamination. The works we are looking for do not attempt to achieve an impossible neutrality, but accept the partiality that comes from looking closely. They make intimacy their strength: in interpersonal relationships as much as in that with the territory, with history, and with living beings. An invitation to open up, to share, to observe things more carefully, beyond prejudices and stereotypes.

We invite you to present your visual projects and share your interpretation of this year's theme. All approaches are welcome, you can also insert links to videos or installation shots in your applications. Through this open call we will select at least 4 projects for individual shows, up to 40 images for a collective installation, and up to 20 works for the projections. Plus, as applicant you can claim your free daily pass to attend the festival.

We look forward to reviewing your applications - together with a jury comprising photographers who were the protagonist of last year's edition - and to welcoming you to Bologna!

Earlybird deadline

18 April

7 days left!

Earlybird fee

$24

Regular fee

$30

  • Prizes
    • 4 Individual Exhibitions at PhMuseum Days 2024
    • Screenings at PhMuseum Days 2024 (Up to 20 works)
    • Collective Show at Archiginnasio di Bologna (Up to 40 images)
  • Judges
    • Brea Souders
      PhMuseum Days 2023 Exhibiting Artist
    • Leonardo Magrelli
      PhMuseum Days 2023 Exhibiting Artist
    • Felicity Hammond
      PhMuseum Days 2023 Exhibiting Artist
    • Giuseppe Oliverio
      PhMuseum Days Artistic Director
  • Regular deadline 09 May
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Prizes

  • 4 Individual Exhibitions at PhMuseum Days 2024

    PhMuseum Days Artistic Director Giuseppe Oliverio, counting on the advisorship of last year's exhibiting artitsts Brea Souders, Felicity Hammond and Leonardo Magrelli, will select at least 4 projects that will be granted an individual show within the main program of the festival. Each of the selected photographers will receive a production budget up to €2,000+VAT, plus an artist fee of €300 and a contribution to cover travel expenses and attend the inaugural weekend.

  • Screenings at PhMuseum Days 2024 (Up to 20 works)

    PhMuseum Days Artistic Director Giuseppe Oliverio will select up to 20 projects among all of the submissions to take part in a collective video projection that will be included in the festival's main program and screened in a dedicated area every day.

  • Collective Show at PhMuseum Days 2024 (Up to 40 Images)

    PhMuseum Director Giuseppe Oliverio will select up to 40 images for a collective installation that will challenge the main theme of the festival. Eligible for this exhibition are both applicants presenting a structured body of work and those applying with a selection of images.

    Like last year, the awarded artists images will be presented in a collective installation at the Archiginnasio of Bologna - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archiginnasio_of_Bologna - an iconic place that used to be the main building of the University of Bologna, and currently houses the Archiginnasio Municipal Library and the Anatomical Theatre, attracting thousands of visitors every week. The exhibition will run from 16 September to 30 October.

from Munirah Almehri's exhibition Umbai / PhMuseum Days 2022
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from Munirah Almehri's exhibition Umbai / PhMuseum Days 2022

“The festival offers a rich program of artists and publishers talks, interviews with special guests, and concerts by night. I am truly grateful for meeting so many interesting people, the creative exchange, energy, and just for having the best time. It was also a pleasure to be officially welcomed by the Cultural Department of the City of Bologna and enjoy the city's beauty.”
Ligia Popławska, PhMuseum Days Exhibiting Artist

Independent jury

  • Brea Souders
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    Brea Souders

    PhMuseum Days 2023 Exhibiting Artist

  • Leonardo Magrelli
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    Leonardo Magrelli

    PhMuseum Days 2023 Exhibiting Artist

  • Felicity Hammond
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    Felicity Hammond

    PhMuseum Days 2023 Exhibiting Artist

  • Giuseppe Oliverio
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    Giuseppe Oliverio

    PhMuseum Days Artistic Director

Collective Exhibition at Archiginnasio di Bologna / PhMuseum Days 2023
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Collective Exhibition at Archiginnasio di Bologna / PhMuseum Days 2023

How to apply

1. Create your PhMuseum account

Click on Apply Now button to start your submission and follow the guided process. You’ll be asked to create an account/login.

2. Fill out the form and pay the entry fee

Upload between 5 and 20 photos (JPG or PNG format, maximum 10MB each). The ideal resolution is 72dpi with at least 1000px on the shortest side. If you present more than a project, please create separate submissions.

3. Submit your work before the deadline

Check all the info and submit your project. If you apply before the Early Bird Deadline, you can modify it within 48 hours from that deadline. If you apply later, you can modify it until the Final Deadline. The results will be announced before June. To submit another project, click again on Apply Now.

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“We are looking for works who will inspire the audience to explore the theme of this edition from different angles, engaging people into constructive conversations beyond sterotypes and prejudice.”
Giuseppe Oliverio, PhMuseum Days Artistic Director

Past editions

PhMuseum Days 2023 Open Call

PhMuseum Days 2022 Open Call

PhMuseum Days 2021 Open Call

Artists' Welcome Reception in the City Hall / PhMuseum Days 2022
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Artists' Welcome Reception in the City Hall / PhMuseum Days 2022

FAQ

  • Do I retain full rights on my photographs?

    Yes, you retain full copyright at all times. By applying you just grant us a license to publish your work in the Open Call’s results page and for promotion of future editions of our Open Call program. In both cases, we will get in touch with you to check it’s all good and get a further approval on you end.

  • What is the Open Call's theme?

    The theme of this edition is CLOSER: we live in an era in which it is not possible to imagine any objective detachment between us and reality. Observation itself touches and changes things, every story is contamination. The works we are looking for do not attempt to achieve an impossible neutrality, but accept the partiality that comes from looking closely. They make intimacy their strength: in interpersonal relationships as much as in that with the territory, with history, and with living beings. An invitation to open up, to share, to observe things more carefully, beyond prejudices and stereotypes.

  • How many photos shall I upload?

    You should upload a minimum of 5 photos and a maximum of 20 photos.

  • What are the recommended photo dimensions and file sizes?

    The maximum size allowed is 10MB, yet we recommend you upload lighter files yet in a good resolution, as our website is programmed to automatically compress the photo in order to make the navigation faster. As a reference, we suggest you to upload a file where the resolution is 72 dpi with at least 1000px on the shortest side, and weighting around 2MB in order to speed up the upload process.

  • Which are the allowed photos' format?

    You can upload photos in JPG and PNG format. TIFF and other formats are currently not allowed.

  • Are collaborative projects accepted?

    Yes, collaborative projects are accepted. Just create a joint account and insert all the photographers names and surnames. If you have issues, drop us a line at support@phmuseum.com.

  • Can I present a work already submitted to a previous edition?

    Yes, the independent panel of judges has changed from the previous editions, and they will assign the prizes according to their own criteria. So you’re welcome to present again the same project.

  • Can I present a work in-progress?

    Yes, both finished and ongoing projects are welcome, and they will be judged in the same way. The goal of the open call is indeed to provide opportunities that could work both for ongoing and completed projects.

  • What do you mean for text? How shall I prepare it?

    The text shall be a description of your project in which you explain its concept/story and provide all the relevant information. There is no character limit, yet we recommend you to stay within 500 words. We also recommend you to explain briefly what the project is about in the first paragraph. Then develop the concept/story in the next 2-3-4 paragraphs, trying to be exhaustive yet clear and synthetic. The judges will review several projects per day, so helping their work will be an advantage for you.

  • How do I select the submission cover photo?

    You can select the cover photo of your submission at the moment of uploading the photos of your submission. Please notice that the cover photo is horizontally oriented, as you can see from last years awarded projects.

  • Do I need model releases for my photos?

    That passage of the T&C is necessary to point out that we are not liable in case one of the subjects portrayed in your work complains and/or even starts legal actions against us because he/she did not consent to that photo. For this reason, we will not ask for model releases, unless those kinds of situations arise. Bearing that in mind, please feel free to apply, unless you think there might be any risks in that sense. For more info, please read our platform Terms and Conditions.

  • Why is there an entry fee? How much is it?

    As an independent organisation with no donors and no sponsor behind, we need the entry fee to run the open call (human resources, technological infrastructure, judges, etc…). The entry fee also invites applicants to take the submissions seriously. For this edition, the entry fee is €25, yet you can benefit from the Earlybird discount with the entry fee being€18 until 18 April at 11:59 pm GMT. The entry fee will go up in case of an Extended Deadline.

  • How can I pay the entry fee?

    Currently, the accepted methods are Credit cards, Debit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal.

  • How do I know my project was successfully submitted?

    You will see a confirmation message just after completing the payment, and receive a confirmation email at the email address you signed up with. You can also check the status of your submissions clicking on Submissions from your personal PhMuseum's menu.

  • Where can I download the invoice for my submission?

    You can always download it from the link you will find in the submission confirmation email. Otherwise simply select Orders from your personal PhMuseum's menu.

  • How many projects can I submit?

    You can upload as many projects as you want, yet one at a time.

  • Do you allow diptics, triptics. or multiple images layouts?

    Sure, you are welcome to upload diptychs, triptychs, and multiple images. The important thing is to respect the limit of 20 uploads/files per entry.

  • Can I edit my application after submission?

    Yes, you can with certain limitations. If you apply before the Early Bird Deadline, you can edit your application until the 3rd days after the Early Bird Deadline. If you apply after the Early Bird Deadline, you have time until the Final Deadline. To edit your submission just click on Submissions from your personal PhMuseum's menu.

  • What happens if I edit the project in my profile, after having submitted it to the Open Call?

    When you successfully complete your application, we store it in the judges’ review system. At the same time, we create a copy into your PhMuseum profile. You can edit the latter, yet those changes will not affect your submission. To edit your submission just click on Submissions from your personal PhMuseum's menu.

  • Can I make my submission private?

    Your submission is already private and visibile to the judges only. For what concerns the copy automatically saved in your profile, you can edit its privacy settings anytime. Just click on Posts from your personal PhMuseum menu. Then click on Edit and scroll down until you see the privacy options.

  • How do I recover my password?

    In order to recover your password please go to Forgot Password. Enter your email and click Email Password Reset Link. Go to your email account, open the email from PhMuseum and follow the guided process. Please notice that the Reset Password link expires after 60 minutes for security matters. If you do not click on the link you receive via email within an hour, you will need to ask for a new one.

  • Is the online payment procedure secure? Do you store any credit card details?

    We do not take or store any payment details on our servers. Our payments are securely processed via Stripe or PayPal, both widely recognized services through which we accept payments. Here you can learn more about their security procedures: Stripe or PayPal.

  • What shall I do if I can’t login to my account?

    Please double check your email and password combination. If your browser automatically fills your username, please insert the email address associated to your account instead. Should you still have issues, drop us a line at support@phmuseum.com.

  • Can I submit AI-generated images, and mixed media projects in general?

    You are welcome to submit mixed media projects as long as photography and its language are at the core of your submission. If you use generative AI programmes you must mention so in the project text and refer to your working process and possibly the archive you are employing. As references, you can check The Book Of Veles by Jonas Bendiksen and POST by Sander Coers.

  • Are collaborative projects accepted?

    Yes, collaborative projects are accepted.

left Brea Souders' Another Online Pervert, center Penelope Umbrico's Out Of Order / PhMuseum Days 2023
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left Brea Souders' Another Online Pervert, center Penelope Umbrico's Out Of Order / PhMuseum Days 2023

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