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Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2019

About open call

Grand Prix gives photographers an opportunity to present their works during Fotofestiwal. We award artists of exceptional personality and projects that present daring ideas. The submission is open and does not impose any restrictions related to topics, age or place. The jury consists of experts from the greatest photography media and institutions.

What winners receive

About Fotofestiwal

Fotofestiwal was established in 2001 as one of the first photography events in Poland. Since then it has grown into one of the most important and biggest photographic festivals in the Central Europe but its core mission has not changed: presenting photography in its various ways (via exhibitions, films, slideshows, workshops etc.) but also talking about important social issues and introducing the unobvious beauty and unique history of our city to the audience. For such reason we organize thematic exhibitions in various post-industrial spaces,put stress on networking parties – (we are quite famous for those), but also every year we try to develop new ways of talking about photography: via events such as Photo-Match: Completely Different Portfolio Review, during which we focus on having equal status granted to the curators as well as artists, with formula of presentation that numerous festivals are applying now worldwide with a success. Since 2016 we work as a collective, with no board, developing a new way of cultural institution management.

Timeline

Call For Entries Open
9 October 2018
Submission Deadline
2 December 2018
Date of shortlist announcement on fotofestiwal.com
11 January 2019
Winner Announcement and prize ceremony at the opening of Fotofestiwal
13 June 2019

Requirements

Submission Requirements

  • Up to 15 images per project
  • Up to 2 projects
  • Image size: min. 3000px on the long side, sRGB
  • Project description with up to 1500 characters
  • Biography

Entrance Fees

  • 15€ per project

Jury

Evita
Evita Goze
Franek
Franek Ammer
Marta
Marta Szymanska
Julia
Julia Bunnemann
Kim
Kim Knoppers

Evita Goze

Evita Goze is a photographer, curator and writer, based in Riga, Latvia. She is currently a project manager and a curator at the ISSP Gallery and of the photobook festival Self Publish Riga. She received a BA in Photography from University of Brighton, UK, and an MA in Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia. In 2012 she received a grant for exchange studies at the Nagoya University of Arts, Japan. She is also a contributing writer for Latvian magazines “IR” and “Kultūras Diena”, websites FK Magazine, arterritory.com, and The British Journal of Photography and Tjej Land, focusing on photography and contemporary art.

Franek Ammer

Curator of Fotofestiwal International Festival of Photography in Lodz. Before joining Fotofestiwal, he co-founded TIFF International Photography Festival in Wroclaw with which he cooperates to this day. He devoted a large part of his work to bringing up aspects related to the photobooks and popularizing them in Poland. This interest resulted in several exhibitions, lectures and cooperation with prominent figures from the world of photography and the publishing scene of photobooks. In the Fotofestiwal collective he is responsible for the festival program, coordination of exhibitions, events and publications. He is also a co-founder of the Przestrzeń Robocza (Working Space) – a place dedicated to artists talks, workshops and experimental work in visual arts and multimedia.

Marta Szymańska

Marta Szymańska – author, curator and coordinator of photography exhibitions and educational projects. She has been creating Lodz Fotofestiwal since 2004, as a programme director between 2010-2014 and now as the co-curator. She used to work as an editor of photography books and catalogues and project manager for Union of European Photography Festivals, among others. Marta is also a vice president of Archeology of Photography Foundation since 2014 – the organization that takes care of Polish photographers’ archives.

Julia Bunnemann

Julia Bunnemann joined Photoworks UK as a Curator in October 2018. Having obtained her MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, she previously worked for Triennial of Photography Hamburg as assistant curator, where she organized the festival centre international artists, such as Mandy Barker, Mathieu Asselin or Salvatore Vitale among others. She recently curated the show “The ones and the others” at Kunstquatier Bethanien Berlin with postgraduates from prestigious Ostkreuz School of Photography Berlin. Prior to Triennial of Photography Julia was assistant curator at House of Photography Hamburg, where she worked with artists like Viviane Sassen, Andreas Mühe, Jeffrey Silverthorne, Ken Schles or Sarah Moon among others.

Kim Knoppers

Kim Knoppers is an arthistorian (University of Amsterdam) and curator at Foam. Since 2011, she has worked on solo exhibitions by Melanie Bonajo, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Anne de Vries, JH Engström and Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs and group exhibitions like RE-Search: Alumni Rijksakademie, Collaborate: On Artists’ Collectives and Back to the Future. The 19th century in the 21st Century. She is is interested in a wide range of photography: from conceptual documentary photography to artists working with documentary strategies, and from archival material to photography as a research tool. She is also interested in artists’collectives and DIY strategies. Kim is the founder of Artists’ Recipes, which explores the intersection of art and food. She contributes regularly to Foam Magazine and enjoys writing for catalogues. lives and works in Amsterdam.

Previous winners

Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2018
Alexandra Polina - Masks, Myths and Subjects
Alexandra
Alexandra Polina - Masks, Myths and Subjects
Alexandra
Alexandra Polina - Masks, Myths and Subjects
Alexandra
Alexandra Polina - Masks, Myths and Subjects

Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2017
Dominika Gęsicka - This is not real life
Dominika
Dominika Gęsicka - This is not real life
Dominika
Dominika Gęsicka - This is not real life
Dominika
Dominika Gęsicka - This is not real life

Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2016
David Fathi - Wolfgang
David
David Fathi - Wolfgang
David
David Fathi - Wolfgang
David
David Fathi - Wolfgang

Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2015
Patrick Willocq - I am Walé Respect Me
Patrick
Patrick Willocq - I am Walé Respect Me
Patrick
Patrick Willocq - I am Walé Respect Me
Patrick
Patrick Willocq - I am Walé Respect Me

Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2014
David Favrod – Gaijin
David
David Favrod - Mishiko
David
David Favrod - Bombardements
David
David Favrod - Vent divin

Fotofestiwal 2017

Edition 2018

Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2018