The ShowOFF Section is one of the most important parts of the Krakow Photomonth Festival. Every year, out of over 600 submissions. ShowOFF gives you the opportunity to showcase your work before acclaimed photography and visual arts experts, as well the festival’s international audience. Additionally, the five selected newcomer artists will work on the final shape of their exhibitions under the watchful eye of the curators. A newcomer is an artist who has not yet had a solo exhibition at an authoritative art institution, i.e. a museum or an art gallery actively involved with promoting artists, who has not yet received a prize at a festival or another photography-oriented event. We’d like to receive submissions from photographers as well as artists involved with interdisciplinary projects. The submissions can tackle any subject you like—no restrictions apply.
We are also pleased to announce that ShowOFF will be partnering with the Museum of Photography in Krakow (MuFo), which will be hosting the exhibition of one of our laureates, to be prepared in cooperation with a MuFo curator. As the previous years the ShowOFF Section Partner is Lablab.
The Foundation for Visual Arts is a non-profit organisation established in 2001 in Krakow. Dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of visual arts in Poland, with an emphasis on photography, the Foundation has sought out new definitions of what photography is within the context of contemporary art, history, and social sciences. This mission is pursued during the Foundation’s key project—the annual Krakow Photomonth Festival. The Foundation for Visual Arts organises other cultural events in cooperation with many partners like Facebook or Vogue, publishes books, promotes young artists and new initiatives, as well as digitalises photographic archives, including documentary photographs of Wojciech Plewiński, Zbigniew and Rytka Zofia Rydet’s Sociological Record.
In 2021, the ShowOFF exhibition format will be modified. Instead of a group exhibition (the format for the past seven years), each of the five winners will have their work featured as a solo exhibition during Krakow Photomonth 2021. We believe that this refreshed format will allow each artist to especially stand out to our diverse and international audience.
Entrant must be a debutant. A debutant is an artist who has not yet had a solo exhibition at an authoritative art institution, i.e. a museum or an art gallery actively involved with promoting artists, who has not yet received a prize at a festival or another photography-oriented event.
Biography with up to 1500 characters
Country of residence
1 to 2 projects per submission
10 to 15 images per project
File type must be JPG
At least 1500px on the long edge
Image date (year)
Silvia Pogoda finished doctorate studies in International relations and politology at Matej Bel University at her home town Banska Bystrica. She studied at The Institute of Creative Photography in Opava and at the Academy of fine arts in Vienna where she lived. For many years living a nomadic life between three countries Poland, Slovakia and Croatia. Apart from her private projects she photographs commercially, illustrates for magazines, writes texts and holds lectures. Her works were exhibited on numerous exhibitions in Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Serbia and Romania.
Bartosz Flak is a museologist, cultural anthropologist, and an assistant in the Dissemination Department of the Museum of Photography in Kraków.
He has curated numerous exhibitions and coordinated both exhibitions and publishing projects. An author of essays on photography, he is also the co-author of a series of seminars on the medium entitled 'In the Shadow'. He won a Fotograf Residency in 2019 run by Fotograf07 Association, and was a recipient of a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Tomasz Lazar Born in Szczecin. An independent photographer, artist and teacher at the Academy of Art in Szczecin. Winner of photography contests in Poland and abroad, including the World Press Photo, Picture of the Year International, CHIPP, Sony World Photography Award, BZ WBK Press Photo, Grand Press Photo oraz Lumix Festival for Young Journalism. His works were published in prestigious newspapers and magazines like: the New York Times, Newsweek International, Sunday Times Magazine, New Yorker, Washington Post, New York Magazine and more. Projects that he has done were exhibited in countries likes USA, Germany, France, UK, Spain, China, Japan and other He is interested in long term projects focusing on social issues as well as the human mind.
Is it possible to submit more than one project?
Yes, you can submit 1 or 2 projects.
Is there an age limit?
No, there is no limit. If you are under 18, you must send a signed scan of a consent of the legal guardian to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to pay for the application to the competition?
Yes, the application ShowOFF Section is 15 euro for 1 project and 25 euro for 2 projects.
Is it possible to submit drafts of the video?
Yes. If you wish to enter a video, please upload the video on Vimeo, protect it with a password and provide us with both, the link and the password. Please enter link and password in the project description of your submission.
Can I apply to the ShowOFF Section in a different way than by Picter.complatform?
No, you need to create an account on Picter.com.
Who is a debutant?
A debutant is an artist who has not yet had a solo exhibition at an authoritative art institution, i.e. a museum or an art gallery actively involved with promoting artists, who has not yet received a prize at a festival or another photography-oriented event.