GETXOPHOTO’s Open Call provides an opportunity for visual artists and photographers to exhibit their work in the Festival’s next edition, in September 2021. To Share will be the theme of GETXOPHOTO’s 15th anniversary, aiming to create and use non-conventional installations in physical and digital spaces.
10 February 2021
10:59 PM

By clicking "Start Submission", you agree to be contacted by the host regarding this opportunity.

About Open Call

The global development of transport and communication technologies has shaped an interconnected and interdependent world. Access to information and great migratory flows have created a planetary consciousness through a rapprochement between cultures and an establishment of new relationships and common goals. At the same time, they have also revealed growing economic inequalities, ideological prejudices and reactionary policies.

In this new scenario, a series of technological, social, cultural and environmental phenomena are updating the traditional notion of sharing. The idea of solidarity based on generosity and integration that presupposes hierarchies between communities is being replaced by movements that call for horizontal, respectful forms of movement, coexistence and celebration of difference. A complex scenario in which the liberalization of information on the Internet has fostered polarization, focusing the public debate on the limits of freedom of expression and surveillance capitalism. In a world governed by the individual accumulation of goods, the fear of the other in a context shaken by a global pandemic --which accentuates distances, moreover--, the right, the need and the responsibility to share things take on vital relevance.

In its 15th edition, GETXOPHOTO International Image Festival aims to use unconventional installations in the physical and digital space to explore the new meanings this idea of sharing has acquired. We therefore invite artists from all over the world to participate in this call with proposals that use photography, video, installation, performance, actions, digital art or any other means of visual expression.

Winners will be announced on March 4th and their work will be exhibited during the Festival, which runs from September 1st to 26th, 2021. GETXOPHOTO will pay a fee and assume the exhibition expenses. It will be designed under the criteria of the curator of the Festival in agreement with the artists.

All the information must be uploaded in English. The entrance fee is 20€ per project.

To carry out the Call, the Festival has partnered with Picter platform.

What winners receive

3 artists will benefit from (if the jury finds it convenient, the number of winners may be increased):

  • The production of an exhibition at GETXOPHOTO Festival alongside recognized contemporary visual artists
  • Fee of 400€ as participant of the Festival
  • Accomodation for 2 nights during the Opening Week.
  • Inclusion in the Festival’s programme and publication
  • Inclusion in the Festival’s communication marketing campaign
  • Dedicated entry on the Festival website
  • Being seen by a large number of visual arts and media professionals

About Getxophoto

GETXOPHOTO International Image Festival takes place in Getxo (Basque Country, Spain) during September for 14 years ago. The Festival brings different proposals from photographers and visual storytellers from all over the world to the city, setting a contemporary conversation about the theme proposed each year. It is conceived as a transmedia platform from which to affect and activate critical thinking.

GETXOPHOTO inhabits public space and continues on its stake of using formats and unconventional exhibition spaces to show different images and stories, creating an open dialogue with its audience, while filling their everyday world with images. Most of the exhibitions are designed as open-air installations, highlighting the dialogue between image and environment. This year, moreover, the scope has been expanded to the Internet as a space where visual culture takes place. For the first time, a specific online programme has been designed with podcasts, apps, 3D models or live broadcasts, among other digital proposals that only take place on the net.

The Festival will celebrate its 15th year edition following an impressive artistic trajectory showcasing critically acclaimed photographers including Alessandra Sanguinetti; Martin Kollar; Martin Parr; Martin Schoeller; Nadav Kander; Naomi Harris; Phil Toledano; Juno Calypso; Marcos López; Ricardo Cases; Joy Buolamwini; Wang Qingsong; Roger Ballen; Cristina De Middel; Thomas Mailaender; Vincent Fournier; Pieter Hugo; Maija Tami; Jacques-Henri Lartigue; Paul Fusco; Simon Norfolk; Zanele Muholi; Yann Gross; Mentalgassi; Ilyes Griyeb; Randa Maroufi or Michael Wolf, among many others, in approximately 20 annual exhibitions and under the curatorial vision of Alejandro Castellote, Frank Kalero, Christian Cajoulle, Monica Allende and Jon Uriarte. For more information about the Festival, visit


Call for entries open
15 December 2020
Submission deadline
10 February 2021
Shortlist announcement
1 March 2021
Winner announcement
4 March 2021



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Juror information

Cristina De Middel
Artist and Magnum associate
Her work investigates photography's ambiguous relationship to truth. De Middel produced the critically acclaimed series The Afronauts in 2012. With more than 13 books published, Cristina De Middel has exhibited extensively internationally and has received numerous awards and nominations, including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, the Deutsche Börse Prize, the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York and the Spanish National Award in Photography.

Mariama Attah
Curator of Open Eye Gallery Photography Museum (Liverpool)
Photography curator, editor and lecturer with a particular interest in overlooked visual histories, and understanding how to use photography and visual culture to amplify under and misrepresented voices. She was previously Assistant Editor of Foam Magazine. Prior to this, she was Curator of Photoworks, where was responsible for developing and curating programs and events including Brighton Photo Biennial and was Commissioning and Managing Editor of the yearly magazine Photoworks Annual.

Jon Uriarte
Artist, Digital curator at Photographers' Gallery and curator of GETXOPHOTO
He studied Photography in Barcelona and ICP NY and holds a master in Projects and Artistic Theories by PhotoEspaña and the European University of Madrid. His work has been exhibited in collective and individual exhibitions at different galleries and art centers in Madrid, San Sebastian, New York, Berlin or Barcelona. Founder of the independent platform Widephoto and former coordinator of DONE by Foto Colectania, he is currently the digital curator of The Photographers' Gallery in London.

Gwen Lee
Director and co-founder of the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF)
Director of SIPF, she built DECK, an independent creative container art space for photography with residency for photographers, library, and programmes for youth. She was the co-founder and managing director of 2902 Gallery in Singapore until 2013. Lee has curated various photography showcases in Asia including Flux Reality - Chinese Contemporary Photography, Margins: drawing pictures of home or the first solo exhibition of Daido Moriyama in Singapore.


Do I have to be a qualified visual artist to participate?

No, you don't have to be qualified in order to participate. GETXOPHOTO Open Call is open to all emerging and established visual artists worldwide. We encourage applications from all individuals and/or collectives who meet the criteria.

Is there a theme for the GETXOPHOTO Open Call?

Yes. The submitted works must correspond to the topic of this year's festival, To Share. We are looking for works which challenge the way we think and question established ideas of engagement.

When is the deadline?

The deadline is February 10, 2021, 11:59 pm, UTC +1, Spanish time CET.

How much does it cost?

€20 per project.

How many projects can I submit?

You can submit a maximum of 3 projects.

What are the age requirements?

All the participants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission.

Can I send my submission by email?

We do not accept entries by email as an alternative to digital uploading. Please register on and upload your entries online.

Can I submit video stills or installation shots with my submission?

Yes, you can submit video stills and/or installation shots as part of the images for a series. Make sure to explain that these are stills from a video or installation shots in the series description. It's not possible to upload the video itself, but in both cases you may provide a link in the description.

My work has been awarded in other competitions. Can I still submit them?

Yes. There is no restriction to submitting work that has been part of other photo competitions or prior exhibitions.

Can I enter as a duo or collective?

Yes, duos and collectives are more than welcome.

Can I submit using an artist name?

Yes, but you must include your real name on the application form as well.

Will my images be sold?

No. You retain copyright to your work and your images will not be sold or used for commercial purposes.

If I win, will I have to send in high-resolution files of my work?

Yes. Once the jury has made its final selection, we will contact you to request high-resolution files to produce the exhibition.

Who will decide which works are selected?

A select group of internationally renowned jurors from around the world will select the winning entries.

When will I know if I have been selected?

A shortlist will be announced on the Festival website as well as social networks on March 1st, 2021.The winners will be announced on the Festival website and its social networks on March 4th, 2021. If you have not been notified that your work has been selected by 1st March 2021, please assume your application has not been successful.

If my work is not selected, will I receive feedback about it?»

Due to the high number of submissions to the Open Call, it is impossible for the jury to provide personalized comments to the participants.

Got a question not covered by this FAQ?

Get in touch with a member of our team via email, and we'll be more than happy to answer your questions!

10 February 2021
10:59 PM

By clicking "Start Submission", you agree to be contacted by the host regarding this opportunity.