Category Archives: Deadline 08/2015

Deadline approaching for Workshop: Photography and Knowledge. Joan Villaplana. Shanghai, 21-22 March, 2016

We continue our workshop program of IED-Madrid with Joan Villaplana, at the Central Studios in Shanghai, on March 21 and 22, 2016.


The more the new technologies get in our life, the more we relate with reality through images. Today, an important part of the knowledge we obtain comes from photographs. But, does Photography really provide knowledge through its visual language? What kind of reality does Photography create, or rather, recreate? Are we moving away from reality, or are the images our new reality?

As images are playing an ever more important role in our daily life, it seems an urgent matter to revisit, and to rethink existing relations between Photography and Knowledge.

This workshop proposes to discuss about existing relations between the photographer’s (artist’s) point of view and the reality of the spectator: What is the role of the photographic medium in this encounter between the image-maker and the observer?

During the first day, participants will learn about the abstract and controversial idea of “reality” and about how new technologies have managed to re-shape this concept, once and for all.

The second day will be used for a more profound immersion into the subject of reality and knowledge in photography. Using a wide selection of works from contemporary Western photographers as examples and embodiments, the workshop will update classical theories about photography and truth. New approaches towards a more suitable theory of photography aesthetics will be presented and discussed.



The workshop is addressed to both students and professionals in the field of photography: Photographers and artists in any field of photography or Publishing Sector. Graduates or students of Fine Arts, Audiovisual Communications, Publicity, Journalism, Art History, or Humanities who want to specialize in the theory and practice of Fine Art Photography.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce assistants to the contemporary aesthetic concepts and their applicability in non-Western contexts.

Date: March 21 & 22, 2015.

Duration: 2 afternoons


Minimum Participants required in each workshop : 7

Maximum Participants: 30

Tuition fee: 500 RMB

To participate please write to:



Joan Villaplana Casaponsa (Manresa, Barcelona, 1976) works in photography and video.

Graduated from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona in Humanities, he teaches aesthetics and Fine Art Photography in the European Master of Fine Art Photography at IED (Madrid), Elisava and IDEP (Barcelona). Guest lecture at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited in the China Pingyao International Festival of Photography, The Central European House of Photography (Bratislava), Lumen Foundation (Budapest), Fotofestiwal (Lódz), Kaunas Photo Festival and PhotoIreland.

Villaplana’s book Metropolis was a nominee for the best Photobook award in The New York Photo Festival, 2008.

He has also contributed in newspapers and magazines such as Le Monde Diplomatique, La Vanguardia, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Il Corriere della Sera, Prensa Libre, Surface, Etiqueta Negra and On Diseño.


Photo contest: sustainable growth and decent jobs. 1st. Deadline: August 30, 2015

June guest photographer contest topic: sustainable growth and decent jobs

Take part in our guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Until September we will be announcing different topics linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to do a photo reportage. 

How to take part: 

You can submit your photo and entry form by email.

The deadline for the sixth topic “Children and youth” is 30 August at midnight CET.

An editorial committee will select the ten best entries and then pick the best photo of the month. This will automatically make them a finalist for the jury prize. The ten best photos of each month are showcased on Parliament’s Facebook and G+ page where you can vote for your favourite. At the end of the contest, the most liked photo will be awarded the public prize. Both of these photographers will be invited to the plenary session in November 2015.

The best photo for the June theme – sustainable growth and decent jobs – was taken by Natividad Esmel Campos, a 61-year-old non-professional photographer, who was born in Catalonia but is now living in Portugal. The photo titled “framework” shows workers in a Brussels metro station.

Send your photo and application form to the following address:

For more details about the rules, photo requirements and copyright conditions, click on the links below:


GUP Magazine open call for submissions. Deadline: Aug. 31, 2015

GUP Magazine will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, in October. To celebrate the occasion, we’re announcing an OPEN CALL from photographers worldwide for issue #47, which will hit streets in November just after our anniversary date.

GUP Magazine is printed with each issue centred around a theme, with photo series, books, interviews and articles chosen for the issue based primarily on their relationship to that theme. For this reason, submissions are typically not accepted for the print issue, which makes the anniversary issue’s open call a unique opportunity for photo-based artists who wish to see their images appear in a high-quality print publication. The open call does not require that photographers adhere to a given theme, but rather they are encouraged to submit coherent and well-developed conceptual photo series containing a minimum of ten images. Both established and emerging photographers are encouraged to submit, though preference will be given to series that have not previously been published.

Submissions are typically not accepted for the print issue, which makes the anniversary issue’s open call a unique opportunity

The submissions period opens on June 1, 2015 and will close August 31, 2015. Photographers worldwide of any age and professional stature are invited to submit their photo series. There are no requirements related to the theme of the submissions nor aesthetic style, the series should only be contemporary and conceptual art photography.

Up to 10 photo series may be selected for inclusion in GUP’s anniversary issue, depending on the quality of submissions. Artists who are selected for the issue will be notified by mid-October 2015.

Submission Instructions

Interested photographers are invited to send their photo series of contemporary, conceptual art photography projects to with the subject line “Submission – GUP Anniversary Issue” using the following guidelines:

Between 10 – 30 images should be sent as lo-res (72dpi) JPGs, at a minimum of 1280px width, as an email attachment (either single images or a zipped archive), or as a link to a specific URL which contains the series as a download. Transfer services (like wetransfer or dropbox) are also acceptable, assuming that the download does not have an expiry date.

High-res images should be available immediately on request.

Artists should include as an attachment (Word or PDF) a brief project statement (50 – 500 words) about the submitted series and a brief biography including birth year and country (50 – 250 words).

Please inform us if there are more images from the series on request.

Please inform us about any previous or upcoming publications of the submitted series.

Submission is free. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Artists who are selected for inclusion in the issue will be notified by mid-October 2015.

Curatorial research grants (Paris, France). Deadline: Aug. 31, 2015

The Centre national des arts plastiques (National Centre of Visual Arts, CNAP) is awarding two curatorial research grants in 2015. The purpose of these grants is to enable two curators to develop a research project around the CNAP collection over the course of a three month residency in Paris.

The Fonds national d’art contemporain is France’s state-owned collection of modern and contemporary art. Works have been acquired from living artists for more than 220 years. The collection has been expanded through purchases, gifts and commissions and currently holds over 95,000 works.

The CNAP manages and displays this collection. It also plays an active role in its constitution. Works are acquired not to form a collection in the museum sense, around a single historical period or theme. The purpose is instead to assemble a collection that is representative of contemporary creation in all its forms, and constitutes a narrative for our era.

The CNAP expresses the diversity of artistic practices today, across generations and nationalities. It seeks out and supports young artists, as well as adding to groups of works by established artists and creators through the acquisition of recent productions.

The collection is divided into chronological sections—historical (1791–1904), modern (1905–1960) and contemporary (post-1961)—and categorized by media (in particular, graphic art and post-1980 video and photography).

The collection is unique in Europe for its size and scope. It opens important possibilities to experiment with new curatorial strategies and to envisage the collection from its most experimental dimension, from its earliest to its most contemporary elements.

The grant invites candidates to conduct research on contemporary issues during a three month residency at the CNAP. Projects must demonstrate an experimental and innovative aspect. They can focus on a period, a geographic region or, alternatively, take an interdisciplinary approach. Projects will be judged for their originality and novel curatorial approach.

Selected candidates will be encouraged to work with the CNAP’s team, and will be given the opportunity to explore all available documentary resources.

At the end of the residency, candidates are invited to present the outcome of their research. This can be a publication, a symposium, lectures, workshops, an exhibition or take any other physical or virtual form. These outcomes will be the subject of exchanges with the CNAP’s team and receive specific funding.

Application requirements and conditions
The call for projects is open to anyone with experience as a curator.
The successful candidates will each receive a grant of 9,000 EUR covering travel, accommodation and living expenses.

Candidates will implement their project over three months, between October 2015 and March 2016, as a consecutive period or in several sessions, as agreed with the CNAP teams.

Groups can submit a project but only one grant will be awarded.

Projects must be original and have never been previously published or produced.

The majority of documentation will be in French. Candidates must therefore be fluent in French. Selected candidates will be auditioned around mid-September by a jury comprising members of the CNAP scientific team and specialists in the fields of art and research.

Application documents
Candidates are invited to submit their project by post to the following address:

Bourse Curatoriale–Appel à Projet 2015
Centre national des arts plastiques
1 Place de la Pyramide
Tour Atlantique
92911 Paris La Défense

Applications must include:
–an outline of the project and the body of works involved (15,000 characters)
–a planned timetable
–a curriculum vitae presenting training, research and professional experience
–a representative selection of projects in the proposed field of research

The closing date for applications is August 31, 2015.

For any further information, please write to:

Unseen Photobook Dummy Award. Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015

The Unseen Dummy Award is back for its fourth edition! During last year’s fair, Swiss artist Simon Rimaz was announced the winner of the Dummy Award at Unseen 2014. His book Unusual View of Unknown Subjects, published by Lecturis, will be presented this September at Unseen 2015.

Unseen and Lecturis will continue their collaboration and join forces once again to showcase the work of exceptional photographers and designers from around the world and to give them a chance to realise and publish their photobook dummy. The Unseen Dummy Award will give the winning photographer an entry into the international photography industry. An esteemed international jury will come together at Unseen 2015 to select one photobook dummy as the winner. We will announce the jury shortly.

The winning photobook will be published by Lecturis in editions varying between 500 and 1,000 copies, depending on the book specifications. The artist(s) receives up to a 100 copies, while Lecturis makes the printing, sales and distribution of the winning publication possible. The launch of the publication takes place during Unseen Photo Fair the following year.

Unseen Dummy Award is open to all designers and photographers.

– Submission must be a physical photobook dummy. It can be a scrapbook or self-published book.
– Books with a registration number (ISBN) will not be considered.
– Self-published editions cannot be sold prior to Unseen.
– All image and text rights must be secured upon submission.
– There is a limit of one book-entry per submitter.

Submissions will be accepted by post starting the 1st of May 2015 up until and including the 1st of August 2015. Submissions arriving after this date will not be considered. Please note, due to the overwhelming amount of applications, an administration and return-postage fee will be charged beforehand.
For more information, please download the Terms & Conditions and the Submission Form. If you have any questions, please contact the Unseen Dummy Award Manager, Zhenia Sveshinsky, at

GuatePhoto Open Call for Photobooks and Portfolios. Deadline: August 21, 2015

There are 2 categories to participate in GuatePhoto, Guatemala’s International Photography Festival, which will take place in teh cities of Guatemala and Antigua Guatemala, during the month of November 2015.

You have to fill out an online form until August 21, and pay 25 US$, to participate in each of them. If you participate in the photobook category, you also have to send a physical copy of the book (until Aug. 31) to Guatemala.


1. Portfolio:
We are looking for a series of 10 to 15
images. These images can range in style,
categories include: artistic, documentary,
journalistic, personal images or the mix
of them. We are interested in bodies of
work that contain a narrative, tell a story
or convey a strong message. We accept
proposals that combine the image with
other visual arts such as videos and
installations that complement the work to
be presented.

2. Photobooks:
We are looking for finished photobooks
and dummies from individuals or publishers.
They may be independent, commercial,
published, self-published, or unpublished.
We are interested in original and
new approaches to photobook making.
A hard copy must be sent before August
31st, 2015 to the following address:
La Fototeca / “Open Call”
Via 6 3-56 Zona 4 Edificio OEG
Guatemala, Guatemala 01004
(502) 23368570


Online form at:

La Fototeca / “Open Call”
Vía 6 3-56 Zona 4 Edificio OEG
Guatemala, Guatemala

(502) 2336-8570

Clara de Tezanos – Directora

Karen Fuhlrott – Información General

Ana Estrada – Asuntos de Medios