A Guide to December 2023 Photo Awards & Opportunities

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    5 Dec 2023
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Fotofestiwal, Arab Documentary Photography Program, Landskrona Foto Festival, BredaPhoto Festival, Rencontres D’Arles Curatorial Research Fellowship and Innovate Grant Fall Cycle are among the opportunities we selected this month.

Fotofestiwal Open Call 2024

Deadline 15 December / Entry fee €15

The Fotofestiwal Open Program is looking for bold visions to be shared with the audience of the International Festival of Photography, taking in Łódź (Poland) in June 2024. The jury formed by Ilaria Campioli (Musei Civici in Reggio Emilia, Giovane Fotografia Italiana), Emmanuelle Halkin (Fetart collective), Fernanda Prado Verčič (Kranj Foto Fest), Franek Ammer (TIFF International Photography Festival) and Krzysztof Candrowicz (Lodz Fotofestiwal) will select six authors, in cooperation with the curators of Fotofestiwal, that will benefit from an exhibition with a 500€ exhibition production budget, a 400€ fee, accommodation and reimbursement of travel costs. Plus, at least one artist will be nominated for the FUTURES program.

Applications are open until the 15th of December, with an entry fee of € 15. Find out more on their website

Arab Documentary Photography Program

Deadline 20 December / No entry fee

In partnership with the Magnum Foundation in New York City and the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam, the Arab Documentary Photography Program is addressed to photographers from the Arab region, or living and working there. The program is committed to funding projects that transmit critical, socially engaged, and local stories through documentary approaches. The eight selected photographers will be awarded a $7.000 grant to work in their country of residence over a period of 10 months, either beginning a new project or completing existing work. In addition, ADPP grantees will benefit from mentorship and will be required to attend specialized workshops on development and production.

You can apply by December 20th, with no entry fee. Find out more on their website

Landskrona Foto Festival 2024 Open Call

Deadline 19 December / Entry fee €15

With no thematic limits, Landskrona Foto Festival is seeking proposals for photography projects to be presented outdoors, welcoming already produced, ready-to-be-installed work as well as new ideas. Including experts such as Lisa Springer (Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum), Karin Andreasson (Picture Editor News, The Guardian), Jenny Lindhe (Curator, Landskrona Foto) and Jenny Nordquist (Artistic Director, Landskrona Foto), the jury will select works to be exhibited during the next edition of the festival, 6-22 September 2024. Prizes include an artistic fee of 400€, travel costs of up to 300€, accommodation during the main opening weekend of the festival and the production costs for the exhibition. 

You can apply by December 19th, with an entry fee of € 15. Find out more on their website

BredaPhoto Festival Open Call 2024

Deadline 17 December / No entry fee

The Dutch photography festival is seeking works fitting their 2024 edition's theme: Journeys. Meant with a symbolic value, "Journey" may encompass a personal search for one's own identity as well as a collective journey towards freedom and space to breathe. After a two-round selection process, winners will be invited to showcase their works in a solo show during the BredaPhoto Festival 2024. Additionally, selected artists will have the opportunity to participate in a programme of talks and tours and networking events.

You can apply by December 17th, with no entry fee. Find out more on their website

The Rencontres D’Arles Curatorial Research Fellowship

Deadline 8 December / No entry fee

Supported by Jean-François Dubos, the Rencontres d'Arles curatorial research fellowship is intended for curators wishing to lead an original image/photography project. To apply, curators must present their proposal with a text, the body of works and involved artists (it is strongly advised to include visuals), plus provisional schedules and budget both for research and production. The selected work will be developed in two stages: first, a six-month period of research supported by an initial contribution of €5,000, which will end with evaluation by Les Rencontres d’Arles. In case of approval, the project will be included in the Festival's program, and undergo the production phase with a €15,000 budget.

Applications are open until the 8th of December, with no entry fee. More information on their website

Innovate Grant Fall Cycle 2023

Deadline 14 December / Entry fee €33

Visual artists and photographers from all around the world can apply to access the two Innovate Grant quarterly prices of $1,800.00, aimed at supporting creative development. The prizes will be awarded to one visual artist and one photographer, with 6 honourable mentions being assigned. All of them will have featured profile pages and interviews highlighted in the Innovate Grant's website.

The deadline for applying to the call is on November 14th with an entry fee of € 33. More information on their website

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Other Deadlines

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023 / Deadline 7 December / £30 entry fee

The mission of The Natural History Museum in the UK aims to showcase the very best nature photography and to use it to empower people to protect the planet and the species we share it with. The competition consists of 16 categories listed on their website. Applicants can submit a maximum of 25 photographs in total regardless of how many of the categories they submit entries for.

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© Ngadi Smart, winner at Fotofestiwal Open Call 2023
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© Ngadi Smart, winner at Fotofestiwal Open Call 2023

© Hicham Gardaf, winner at Arab Documentary Photography Program
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© Hicham Gardaf, winner at Arab Documentary Photography Program

© Elena Subach, winner at Landskrona Photo Festival 2023
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© Elena Subach, winner at Landskrona Photo Festival 2023

© Arguiñe Escandón & Yann Gros, Breda Photo
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© Arguiñe Escandón & Yann Gros, Breda Photo

A Guide to December 2023 Photo Awards & Opportunities
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© from Pedro Costa Caderno Casa de Lava, curator: Matthieu Orlean, winner of the 2021 Rencontres d'Arles Curatorial Research Fellowship

© Glauco Canalis, winner at Innovate Grant
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© Glauco Canalis, winner at Innovate Grant

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