Curiosity: the compass to our passions
14 August 2020
10:59 PM

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Curiosity, looking without judgement. The urge to understand the world and other people better. It’s a mindset deeply needed in a world of constant change. And a climate in which polarization seems so much more common than building bridges.

The LGBTQI+ Community is by nature curious about differences. Confronted with ‘being different’, the first phase for many of us was to resist or deny our uniqueness. We needed to be curious about ourselves to come to terms with who we are. Curiosity helped us to question our convictions and assumptions. This curiosity is something we can offer to the world. But is also something we need from the people around us. Because curiosity sparks question marks and makes one inquisitive, whilst at the same time stimulating knowledge and human development further, which creates a more inclusive world.

We are looking for artists and images that will trigger curiosity about the LGBTQ Community. Pictures that makes us want to know more about what we see. Images that make you stop to actually look and see what is going on. Iconic glimpses in a reality that will question and challenge our present view of the world and others. Ideally, they will create a dialogue to open up about our fears and dreams. To learn, be intrigued about what we see and be more curious about sex, gender and sexuality.

Do you have (a series of) images that will suit this quest? We invite you to answer to our open call. Follow your curiosity and read more about the terms and conditions for our expo to be held in November 2020 in Amsterdam.

What winners receive

  • The production of an exhibition by Pride Photo, starting in Amsterdam (and with the possibility of the exhibition to travel)
  • Travel & accommodation for 2 nights for the Opening Ceremony (depending on travel regulations due to COVID-19)
  • In the event of travel restrictions, the prize might include a monetary reward (with a maximum of €1.000,=) or photography equipment
  • Being seen by a substantial number of visual arts professionals, photography lovers, thousands of visitors and in the media
  • Dedicated entry and special mention on the Pride Photo website, as well as inclusion in Pride Photo PR & marketing campaign

About Pride Photo

Pride Photo is a platform for inspiring stories about sexual and gender diversity. Through the medium of Photography, we strive to show images and portray the stories behind them, in order to create a safe place for dialogue and intriguing presentations for the LGBTQI+ Community.

The artistic ambition of Pride Photo results in the annual international photo contest. The selected images will be included in the popular Pride Photo Exhibition, held yearly in Amsterdam and that will travel afterwards to several locations.

Submissions can come from all photographic disciplines and from people from all walks of life, regardless of gender, sexual preference, race, political beliefs, religion or nationality, as long as the photos represent sexual and gender diversity.

Pride Photo, which is based in Amsterdam, is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 and that is unique in its kind.


Call for entries open
15 June 2020
Submission deadline
14 August 2020
Winner announcement
1 November 2020
Award Ceremony and opening Pride Photo Exhibition.
1 November 2020



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Juror information

Micha Bruinvels, Former director of contests at World Press Photo
Former director of contests at World Press Photo. A driven connector and innovator at the interface of history, journalism & storytelling.

Jessica Gysel, Editor & Strategist
Jessica Gysel works as a creative strategist and copywriter for both commercial and cultural clients, with a focus on LGBTQ visibility. She is the founder and chief editor of Girls Like Us magazine and has lived most of her professional life in Amsterdam and Brussels.

Arthur Kibbelaar, Diplomat and art aficionado
Involved in various international (African and Caribbean) art foundations and platforms. Member of the international jury of the 12th edition of the Bamako Encounters African Biennial of Photography (December 2019) and with vast experience in international diplomatic affairs.

Viviane Sassen, Artist | photographer
Vivianne Sassen studied fashion design, followed by photography at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) and Ateliers Arnhem. She is known for her use of geometric shapes, often abstractions of bodies. She has been widely published and exhibited. She was included in the 2011 New Photography exhibit at the MoMA and has won numerous prestigious international prizes, including the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography.

Bertan Selim, Curator & Program Coordinator at Prince Claus Fund
An experienced manager in the arts, specialized in (documentary) photography and visual arts, as well as in international grantmaking


Do I have to be an established artist/photographer to participate?

No, you don't have to be qualified in order to participate. The Open Call of Pride Photo 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 Pride Photo Award Open Call?

Yes. The submitted works must correspond to the topic of this year's edition, being: Curiosity. Furthermore, we are looking for works that challenge the way we think and question established ideas of engagement.

When is the deadline?

The deadline is Friday, the 14th of August 2020, 23:59, CET.

How much does it cost?

€15 per category, depending on the number of projects.

How many projects can I submit?

You can submit a maximum of 2 projects per application, however you are free to register more than once.

How can I pay for my inscription?

The payment for your participation goes through Picter and the payment is limited to credit card. If you don't have a personal credit card, see if someone you know could make the payment for you. If this is not possible, as a last result you could send a message to Pride Photo, to see how we could resolve this issue.

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 to participate.

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. In the event that your work is selected for the final exhibition and a viewer likes your work, we will redirect the potential buyer to you.

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 selection of international professionals working in the field of Arts & Culture will view all the images submitted and select the winning entries. For more information, see the names and bios of the jurors on this page.

When will I know if I have been selected?

A shortlist will be announced via our website as well as social networks and notified to all the participants on the 30^th^ of September 2020. The winners will be publicly announced at the opening of the exhibition on the 1^st^ of November 2020. If you have not been notified that your work has been selected by the 18^th^ of October 2020, unfortunately 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 all the participants.

If you have a question that was not covered by this FAQ, please get in touch with a member of our team via email ( and we will be more than happy to answer your questions!

14 August 2020
10:59 PM

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