Open Call 2021 – First edition

TheOpen Call of Photo Open Up aims at promoting contemporary photography, with the final goal to present in the context of the Festival an exhibition project, published or unpublished.
The participant works will have to interpret the 2021 Festival edition theme: Inferno, Inferni (Hell, Hells).

La prima edizione della Open Call di Photo Open Up è stata vinta dal giovane artista londinese William Lakin, con il progetto Five Minutes After Birth.

Why participate?

The winning project will be exhibited in the Festival circuit
The author will receive a budget of 2.500 euro (VAT included) that can be used for the production of their exhibition with the technical partner Fineart Connection.
The project will be published on the Festival catalogue.
The selected projects will be published online and shared on the social channels of Photo Open Up.


The contest is open to all contemporary authors, of any nationality and without age limits.
The Open Call is addressed to authors using the photographic medium, meant in all its variations and contemporary visions.
The call will be open from the 24th May to the 18th July 2021. The results will be published by the 28th July.

How to participate

The application has to be sent in a pdf file containing:
- A selection of up to 20 images of the project, stating which works the author means to produce and exhibit;
- An explanatory concept of the project, max 2000 characters including spaces;
- A short author bio, max 2500 characters including spaces;

Authors can submit their application to the Festival secretary: Email subject: “OPEN CALL 2021”

The Jury

The contest jury consists of the members of the Festival promoting committee and chaired by Carlo Sala, artistic director of Photo Open Up.

More info

Two photographies of the winning project will be onated to the Festival, the author will retain the rights for the remaining ones.
The participants to the Open Call authorise the Festival to treat their personal data according to the Italian Privacy Law (legge 675/96, and amendments D.lgs.196/) and GDPR (reg.UE n. 679/2016 with amendments d.lgs. 101/18).
The participants grant the Photo Open Up Festival full free permissions to reproduce the works and texts for the website and other promotional material.
The registration implies automatic acceptance of all the articles in this Call.

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