12 April 2022

April's Photography Awards and Opportunities

12 April 2022 - Written by PhMuseum

PhMuseum Days 2022 Open Call, PhotoVogue Open Call, and Kranj Foto Festival are only some of the open calls to accept submissions this month. Learn more about them and find out how they can help bring your career forward.  

PhMuseum Days 2022 Photo Festival Open Call  / Early Bird Deadline 21 April / Fee €18-25 

© Emilio Nasser

PhMuseum Days returns this year under the theme Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow. The festival will take place between 23 September and 2 October 2022 in Bologna, Italy at DumBO's Spazio Bianco. This opportunity offers various prizes to be part of the main program, among which 3 individual exhibitions, a collective show of 40 images, and feature in a collective projection of 20 works. All the applicants get a free daily pass. The Early Bird Deadline is 21 April, while the last day for submissions will be 12 May. 

The festival second edition wants to reflect on the strong moment of change we are living, the eternal return of history; the need to live the present while recognizing the power of actions and how the future depends on our decisions today; the different points of view we share and the speculative interpretation of reality. All angles through which to interpret this theme are welcome. The jury comprise PhMuseum Curatorial Team and photographers Silvia Rosi, Alejandro Chaskielberg, and Ligia Popławska who exhibited last year. Apply here to exhibit at an international event that counted 4,000 visitors last years in a single weekend, and aims for more with this coming edition.

PhotoVogue´s Global Open Call / Deadline June 25 / Free to entry

© Michael Pappas

PhotoVogue launches its first Global Open Call in search of The Next Great Fashion Image Makers. The aim is to improve the scouting objectives starting with the Italian panorama, where PhotoVogue’s origins are. This will be the first of many local calls to individuate the most talented artists in specific regions of the world and allow them to emerge and work within the Condé Nast Global Network. In the spirit of growing their community and including artists of all kinds, the call is open to all lens-based media artists that are over 18. Vogues worldwide will publish a portfolio of the best submissions (online and/or print), and some artists will also be selected to collaborate for an editorial (online and/or print), the most talented ones will be part of the main exhibition at the PhotoVogue Festival 2022 in Milan.

Submissions will be evaluated by Condé Nast staff from all over the world along with experts from the broader international visual community such as Adam Murray, Constanza Cavalli Etro, Azu Nwagbogu, Polly Irungu, Giuseppe Oliverio and many more. With this Open Call, PhotoVogue is looking for visions that push the boundaries of the current fashion landscape. Wanting to highlight the next generation of socially conscious fashion image makers, artists who are a driving force for change and whose work can engage in a dialogue with different genres, from documentary to art. It seeks artists able to tackle issues relating to social justice and sustainability in powerful, vibrant images and films. Find out further information on their website.    

InCadaqués International Photo Festival 2022 / Deadline 15 July / Fee 22 €

© Gabriel Dia

InCadaqués International Photo Festival 2022 takes place in the Spanish village of Cadaqués, which finds itself shielded by the surrounding mountain range at the heart of the protected natural park of Cabo Creus in Catalonia. It will take place from September 29 until October 9 and is now open for submissions until the 15th of July. This 6th Edition offers a first prize that consist in a selection of 10/15 photographs that will be exhibited at the Festival. Plus, a second prize, offered to 14 runners up, that consists in a selection of 3 images per author that will be also exhibited during the festival. This year the jury is composed of professionals from the international visual arts community, such as Valmont Achalme President of the Festival, François Bouchara, Head of Granon Digital (France), Tiggy Maconochie, Photographer agent (UK), and Giuseppe Oliverio, Founder and Director of PHmuseum (Italy). There are no age or nationality restrictions to participate in this open call, find out how to apply on their website.

ND Awards / Deadline 24th April / Fee: between $20 and $30

© ND Awards

This annual prestigious opportunity offers a chance to win over $7,500 in awards. With the aim to create valuable opportunities, ND provides various chances for photographers at different stages of their careers (professional and non-professional). Those participating in the Professional category might participate in the following themes: Architecture, Editorial, Fine Art, Nature, People, and Special. While those applying to the Non-Professional categories might participate in the topics: Architecture, Fine Art, Nature, People, and Special. Both sections will be elegible to receive the titles of ND Photographer of the Year and ND Discovery of the Year, plus cash prizes, and promotions. 

The ND Awards count with a judging panel consisting of highly acclaimed industry professionals, including gallery owners, publishers, editors, and renowned photographers. These prestigious awards offer opportunities to all photographers across the globe, with the mission to create a global center of photography that ushers the gathering of outstanding artists together, promotes their art, and yields unique opportunities for professionals and amateurs to showcase their skills. Learn more about how to participate here

Kranj Foto Fest / Deadline 3th May / No Fee

© Kranj Foto Fest

Using photography for bringing forward the current crucial topic of housing, this edition of Kranj Foto Fest deals with the theme of Home: a State of Transition. It aims to touch upon subjects such as the displacement caused by climate change, natural disasters, wars, and unaffordable rents. Kranj Foto Fest will be accepting submissions until the 3rd of May, offering the winners solo and group exhibitions, as well as full coverage of production. The program also includes exhibitions, talks, workshops, masterclasses, projections, and portfolio reviews taking place in the scenic old town in the summer.

This festival has a remarkable historical background. It was in this city that in 1842, Janez Puhar – a priest, poet, scientist, and the first Slovenian photographer – created a unique process of photography on glass. Kranj Foto Fest has been created to celebrate photography and its significance. Participation in the open call is free of charge and all perspectives are welcome, whether you are an emerging or an established photographer. The festival will be held across public spaces, art centers, galleries, forests, and waterfront areas of Kranj, Slovenia, from August 24th to September 25th, 2022. To learn more see their website.


Lens Culture Critics' Choice 2022 / Deadline 20th April / Fee: between free and $45

© Louise Coghill

Up to 60 photographers can be recognized with this year’s honors at Lens Culture Critics' Choice 2022. This opportunity offers up to $10,000 in cash awards, solo exhibition online, and global media coverage. Furthermore, there will be an exhibition in Paris during Paris Photo 2022. The show will be followed by an opening reception for LensCulture artists, media, photo editors, and industry insiders for a night of art appreciation and networking during the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to photography. All Critics’ Choice 2022 winning photographers will be prominently featured in the permanent online gallery on the platform's site. This year's Lens Culture Critics' Choice counts with a large international jury of acclaimed professionals from institutions such as the Victoria and Albert's Museum, The Singapore International Photography Festival, and PhMuseum's Director Giuseppe Oliverio. Free entry for single image entries, find out more on their website



Passepartout Photo Prize 5th Edition / Deadline 25 April / Fee €18-22

Passepartout Photo Prize is an international photography contest born to promote and widen the exposure of emerging photographers. It aims to support the development of talented photographers from all over the world by awarding 1,000 euros in cash every year, organizing exhibitions in a fine art gallery in the heart of Rome, publishing annual catalogs, and providing other opportunities for emerging artists to be discovered by international audiences. Find out how to participate here

The Beauty in Madness Praxis Photo Arts Centre / Deadline 17 April / Fee $35

Praxis Gallery seeks the submission of photographic art that explores ideas linked to mental health, be it conflict or humor, fiction, fact, or any other literal or ephemeral lens-based investigation. Up to 36 images will be selected by the jurors for an exhibition at Praxis Gallery. Find out more here

Getty Images #ShowUs Grant / Deadline 29 April / Free to entry

Getty Images’ is partnering with Dove to promote diversity within creative commercial photography and videography, elevating the work and the voices of women, femmes, and non-binary artists. The #ShowUs Grant provides financial support and mentorship to artists that are committed to authentically representing women, femmes, and non-binary individuals in commercial photography and videography. Find out how to apply here

Global Photo Awards / Deadline 17th April / Fee: between $15 and $30 

Global Photo Awards aims to create a platform where everyone that takes pride in creative photography can submit their photos with the opportunity to receive recognition. There are two categories: “People” and “Nature”. The prizes are $10,000 total in cash. The application fee is between $15 and $30; active students are eligible for a discount. Find out more on how to apply on their website.  


Visit our awards page to get a complete view of the best photography opportunities that are currently open for entry.

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