Calls Deadline 04/2021 English Exhibitions Festivals Photography

Call for Proposals PHOTOVILLE 2021

DEADLINE: April 30, 2021

Have a great idea for our 10th Annual Photoville Festival?
Celebrating our ten-year anniversary,  Photoville will once again combine online gatherings and outdoor exhibitions presented across New York City’s five boroughs.
Since our very first festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park, back in 2012, we have prided ourselves on bringing exciting and challenging stories by thousands of photographers, curators, and organizations to New York City audiences annually.
This year, working with Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC Parks, and city officials and partners, we plan to once again safely install exhibitions throughout parks and public spaces citywide. The exhibitions will remain on view for several months so that communities can enjoy them while using these open spaces as a place to recharge, exercise, and relax.
Our ever-popular talks, workshops, and community events will take place online this fall, and we have decided that if we do host any in-person gatherings, they will be announced later in the summer pending City guidance on COVID protocols for events.
Last year, over 500,000 visitors engaged with our public exhibitions in the five boroughs.  This year, we hope to grow even further. Even though there will again be no shipping containers, we look forward to fostering this expanded opportunity for connection and public conversation.
The deadline to submit a proposal for Photoville’s 10th-anniversary edition is April 30, 2021. We do encourage early submissions, as we are already starting to discuss and lock in projects and spaces.
We can’t wait to see what you all have in store for us, and can’t wait to present it to the public in the Fall!

Photographers & Artist-Led Collectives 

This application is for independent photographers, visual artists, and artist-led collectives (who are not associated with any organizations or companies) who would like to present their work outdoors. For those selected, Photoville will produce their exhibition, in addition to providing a modest honorarium. 

Non-Profit Orgs & Commercial Entities

This application is for organizations who would like to present photographic work outdoors and have a budget that can contribute to their activation’s operating & presenting costs for this free public festival. 

Talks, Workshops, Experiences 

This is for photographers, visual artists, organizations, and artist-led collectives who are interested in showcasing an exciting and insightful talk, workshop, or experience. 

A few F.A.Q’s & answers…

What kind of work is Photoville looking for?

We are looking for all types of photographic and lens-based work. We welcome everything from documentary & photojournalism, to fine art & conceptual work. Alternative processes such as photo collage, tintypes, and cyanotypes are all welcome too!
The world is a complicated place so we will be looking for some specific work that addresses various issues we all face, including immigration, healthcare, education, racial inequality, climate change, incarceration, women’s rights, youth, intergenerational stories, police reform, housing and so much more.
What makes the Photoville festival special is that it’s a celebration of photography and visual storytelling, in all its many forms. And there’s something for everyone at our festival. 
What are the locations for the festival?

Just like last year, we will be spreading out exhibitions throughout the five boroughs of New York City – Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx. Many of our exhibitions will be in our long-time home of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and we’ll be returning to many of the locations we introduced in 2020 – as well as adding some new public spaces to our roster. It’s going to be an exciting year!
We will be working with local organizations and artists to present their work in their respective neighborhoods. We look forward to reviewing all of your proposals with a keen eye to make sure we can match host our locations with exhibitions that address and explore issues that are relevant to the local communities.
Who should apply? 

All photo-based artists (and collectives, organizations and companies representing this work) are welcome to apply! There is no limit or prerequisite on artist age, professional qualifications, or time period the work was made in.
There are two applications — one for photographers and artist-led collectives, and another for organizations (non-profits organizations and commercial entities). Please make sure to use the application that best matches your situation.


Applications are due by April 30, 2021, but we encourage early submissions as proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If your proposal is accepted, the Photoville team will schedule a time to discuss the next steps (between now and May 30, 2021). All applicants will receive a notification by early June.

For all information and to learn more about logistics, financial considerations and more, please head to our website.