PhotoVisa Photobook Contest
June, 25 – September, 30
The 1st PhotoVisa International Biennale of Photography (which comes instead of the annual PhotoVisa festival, est. 2008) and LensCulture invite authors to participate in Photo book contest.
All authors who are willing to submit their new projects to the competition are invited to participate. The contest does not have any age limits or regional restrictions.
The judges of this nomination specialize in the artist’s book and author’s photo book. The applications are submitted to the competition in the form of a video file that gives an idea of the image of the book with the description of the project.
June, 25 – September, 30
Free open call from June, 25 to August, 15.
Application fee from August, 15 to September, 30 is 20 euro.
There are two nominations – Book Dummy and Published book.
In each nomination criteria of assessment include:
the idea assessment
content and its representation assessment
design and quality of manufacturing assessment
Books that were created with the participation of the jury members are not accepted to the contest.
Application should include:
1. Video demonstrating the pages of the book turned by the author. Duration no more than 5 minutes. Video files must be uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube platforms and presented as links for viewing by the jury.
2. 1 pdf file of the book. File size limit – no more than 1 Mb.
3. 10 images presenting a collection of photos included in the book and / or the layout of the photos on the page (author can choose). The size of each image is up to 1 Mb, jpg format only.
4. Technical description of the book: used materials, printing method, printing house, ISBN (if available), publishing house.
5. Description of the book in English.
6. Biography of the author in English.
According to the results of the competition, 10 shortlisted authors will be presented with their books as part of the festival's multimedia screenings and in the catalogue of the 1st PhotoVisa International Biennale of Photography 2020.
Winners of the title of PhotoVisa 2020 Best Photobook will be invited to participate in panel discussion and to send paper versions of their books to Krasnodar for display at the festival's photo book exhibition within the framework of coming PhotoVisa International Biennale of Photography.
The organizers of the contest have the right to non-commercial use of the submitted works for publications, exhibitions, advertising of the contest in the media, social advertising without payment of royalties, but subject to copyright.
The author, sending the photographs to the contest, is fully responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the persons depicted in the photographs, and assumes the risks associated with the claims for this permission.
All rights for the works submitted belong to their authors.
Beate Cegielska,director of Galleri Image and co-founder of Photobook Week Aarhus, Denmark
Since 1990 Beate Cegielska has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions by Danish and international artists and organised exhibitions in Europe, South Korea, China and India. For many years she has also participated as a portfolio reviewer at different international festivals of photography around the globe.
Galleri Image is a public gallery aiming at spreading knowledge of high quality photo-based art by showing Danish as well as international art photography and video art. Founded in Aarhus (Denmark) in 1977, Galleri Image is the oldest non-profit exhibition space for photographic art in Scandinavia. In fact, for many years it was the only photo art gallery in Denmark. Over the last 40 years Galleri Image har achieved international reputation thanks to its exhibitions and has contributed considerably to the recognition and understanding of photography as an important and independent genre in the world of visual art.
Beate is also co-founder of Photobook Week Aarhus festival. Since 2014, Galleri Image and the Aarhus School of Architecture have collaborated on organising Photobook Week Aarhus (PWA). PWA focuses on the rapidly growing international interest in photobooks in recent years.
Nadezhda Dorovskaya was born in Krasnodar. She graduated from the Krasnodar College of Arts and the Faculty of Art and Graphics of the Kuban State University, Krasnodar. Graphic designer and educator specializing in corporate identity and packaging. The author of the corporate identity of the International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa, the author and developer of visual communications of the Festival. The permanent designer of the catalog of the Festival, at the moment 10 catalogs created with her participation have been published. Lives and works in Krasnodar
Roberto G. Fernández-Ibáñez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1955. Photographer, writer, poet.He received the Morosoli Award in Arts in recognition to his trajectory and contribution to Uruguayan culture.
He exhibited in Uruguay, Argentine, Brazil, Colombia, USA, China, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Australia, and Portugal. His work is in The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA, Fototeca Latinoamericana FoLA, Argentine, and in private collections.
He gave lectures about his work and his creative processes in FotoFest Houston (USA), in the Sydney Town Hall and in Canberra (Head On Photo Festival, Australia), in the Municipal Palace of Montevideo (Uruguay), in Centro Cultural Ceará, (Fortaleza, Brazil), in Museum Enrique Larreta (Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires, Argentine), in Bienal Fotográfica Bogotá (Colombia), and in Glenn Echo Park Photoworks, Maryland, USA.
He was twice selected to FotoFest International Discoveries, and to the Biennial FotoFest, Houston USA.
He won twice the Discover Portfolio Review Award at The Festival de la Luz, Argentine.
First Prize in the FestFotoPoA Open Call, Porto Alegre, Brazil, and the Open Call Oporto, Portugal.
As a poet, he gave lectures at the International Poetry Festival in Lima and Arequipa, Perú, and in the Feria Internacional del Libro Caaguazú, Paraguay.
His work was published in USA, China, Colombia, South Korea, Argentine, Uruguay and Denmark.
He lives and works in Solymar, a seaside town near Montevideo where he has his home and darkroom.
Konstantin Eremenko is from Moscow, Russia. He graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts in 2007 with Master of Art. Since 2006 until 2013 he was co-founder and art director at Counterform studio. In 2015 he graduated from FHNW HGK Visual Communication Institute, The Basel School of Design with Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research. His creative direction covers a diverse range of fields including typography, packaging, posters and editorial design. Some of his projects were awarded at European Design Awards, D&AD, Red Dot Awards, German Design Award, iF Design Award, Joseph Binder Award, ISTD Typographic Awards, The Society of Typographic Arts, AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers, TDC
New York, TDC Tokyo.