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10 remarkable African Photographers (Repost from PHmuseum)

Even if we are already halfway through the year, this article posted on May 25th at PHmuseum was called “10 African Photographers to Watch in 2020”.

So what? Let’s repost it anyways, because the timing could not be better …


On the occasion of Africa Day, we asked Africa is a Country‘s contributor Drew Thompson to highlight 10 artists from the continent we should follow and support this year.

Founded by Sean Jacobs in 2009, Africa is a Country is a site of opinion, analysis, and new writing started as an outlet to challenge the received media wisdom about Africa. Drew Thompson is the photography section contributor of the platform and Africana Studies Director at Bard College, read his words to discover more about the selected photographers and their practice.

Mónica de Miranda

Working between Portugal and parts of Portuguese-speaking West and Central Africa, the Lisbon-based artist uses photography and video installations to model and interrogate the complex historical and architectural spaces that the descendants of formerly colonizing and colonized populations in Africa and the Diaspora occupy. Through a combination of storytelling and reenactment, she introduces still and moving images that allow for a visualization of the transmission of history along with the forms of looking at self and others that mark documented spaces.

Fatma Fahmy

Currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa at the famed Market Photo Workshop, the Egyptian photographer uses a highly-trafficked tram in Alexandria as her photographic backdrop. In ways strikingly similar to the late South African photographer Santu Mofokeng’s 1986 series “Train Church,” she photographs the intimate spatial and personal relationships commuters enter in order to travel. Seemingly invisible to her sitters, she looks outside and through the tram’s windows, giving form to passengers’ stolen glances, unsaid thoughts, and the conversations overheard. Here, daily life is about onetime moments of escape and reprieve.

Rahima Gambo

How do you photographically tell the story of Nigerian female students who have been kidnapped by armed militias, and leave behind no visual trace. How do you photograph daily life within a space characterized by such violence? Elements of disappearance and recovery characterize the creative process of Rahima Gambo whose multi-media installation “A Walk” involves sculptures, collages, and still photographs. Drawings that resemble tree branches and plant stems provide new lines of sight by uniting and separating the torn photographs, thereby reinforcing the imaginative meanings mapped onto photographs and the memories that photographs impart.

Eric Gyamfi

Eric Gyamfi adamantly resists the notion that he photographs marginalized LGBT+ groups in Ghana. Instead, his photographs embrace and showcase highly-stigmatized and misrepresented aspects of sexuality and create a much-needed archive of people whose daily lives are cast to the shadows of history. His most recent work involves the layering of two photographs, one of himself and the other of the American composer Julius Eastman, and considers how the look and form of photographs change over time.

Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo

The childhood memory of seeing a dead body profoundly marked the South African photographer who grew up in shebeens, an informal social establishment. He disassembles and reassembles the photographic surface first by re-photographing elements of printed images, and by marking prints in obscuring and defacing ways. Aspects of his body appear intermittently throughout the series, thereby problematizing notions of self-portraiture. In the process, he mobilizes photography as a tool of healing and references personalized and fragmented histories of trauma and violence.

Delio Jasse

Born in Angola and having lived in Portugal without the privilege of citizenship, Jasse creates photographic archives out of largely found images with the aim of questioning the place of black populations in white settler rule. His experimentation with film printing processes and screen printing expose the gaze of colonizing populations and the normalizing effects of the images they viewed. His latest collages highlight the tensions between histories of colonization and independence in Congo’s Katanga province.

Gosette Lubondo

Photography is intensely personal for Lubondo whose father was a photographer. Coming off her participation at the 2019 Lumumbashi Biennale, she stages her own historical memories as well as those of the people of Congo. In “Imaginary Trips” (2016), she recreates the journeys of people and the activities they performed in specific spaces, like train cars and classrooms. Lubondo actively photographs herself as a participant in these explorations of Congo’s history, and, in doing so, offers a fresh and enlightening perspective on the moments of disappearance that are formative to the making of historical memories.

Barbara Minishi

Far too often, fashion photography is an underrecognized genre in African photography. Barbara Minishi takes her cues from carefully constructed sets in order to showcase her clients’ rich sartorial designs. Her deftness at photographing her sitters from striking angles under stark lighting makes fiction become reality. The stories she tells through her colorful pictures are playful and mystical.

Abdo Shanan

Exile is a condition in which a person is separated, or broken apart, from a place, and Shanan’s series “Exile” involves trying to catch glimpses of circumstances and possible feelings of exile in Algeria. While sentiments of alienation and displacement can be intensely felt, we cannot see how they appear in the moment; Shanan explores this concept. By picturing scenes people deem unworthy of photographing or are not in a position to photograph themselves, notions of belonging appear ambiguous and unclear.

Aida Silvestri

In her early body of work “Even this will pass” (2013), Silvestri focused on the experiences of Eritrean migrants to Great Britain. Rather than showing the faces of her sitters, she blurs their images and maps the routes they travelled through dots and lines. Almost in complete opposition to the fear many of her sitters confront with being photographed, in the recurring series “the Black History Month” (2018 and 2019), Silvestri presents an untitled and collective portrait of black existence—the often undepicted side of migration that exposes the identities not afforded to black migrants by nationality or citizenship alone.

Drew Thompson is a contributor at AIAC and serves as an Assistant Professor and Director of Africana Studies at Bard College. He recently authored, Filtering Histories: The Photographic Bureaucracy in Mozambique, 1960 to Recent Times (University of Michigan Press, 2021), and is currently at work on a book about the history of the Polaroid in Africa.

This article is part of the work PHmuseum have started in the last few years to support and promote photographers from the African continent. A work that has included initiative as the Prize in collaboration with African Artists’ Foundation or the online exhibition in partnership with MFON.

OPEN CALL for Fotograf Festival and magazine. “Uneven Ground”. Deadline: June 21, 2020



FOTOGRAF issues an open call for professionals, amateurs and students who are invited to submit their photo projects. These projects may be related to this year’s theme of the Fotograf Festival and magazine Uneven Ground. Projects that are not related to the topic, but represent a distinctly defined project of an independent and non-commercial character will be accepted as well.

Two selected projects will be published in a printed issue of the Fotograf magazine in October 2020. The winners will be chosen by the jury whose members including professionals and experts on contemporary visual art.

Uneven Ground

Despite constant movement, networking, exchange and an abundance of information, we rarely come into contact with the really unknown, the unexpected. Medium of photography indicates closeness and at the same time it incites disaffection. Is it possible to share the same view when viewed from a different perspective? Who we are and who are the others?

The deadline for the competition submissions is June 21, 2020.

Submission terms and conditions:

  • CV (.pdf)
  • Portfolio (.pdf)
  • Project description + images (description maximum on one page A4, all in one file .pdf)
  • Any e-mail attachments must be properly identified – CV / Portfolio / Project / Name
  • Send your projects to email: info@fotografnet.cz and write “OPEN CALL” in the email subject line
  • The number of projects submitted by one author is not limited
  • The participation fee per project is CZK 450 / EUR 20


Please send the fee to the following bank account number: 2800358798/2010, IBAN: CZ8420100000002800358798, BIC code/SWIFT: FIOBCZPPXXX (please add “OPEN CALL_surname” in the note).

The winners will be chosen by the jury whose members including: Stephanie Kiwitt, Anna Voswinckel, Tereza Rudolf, Gábor Arion Kudász, Joanna Gorlach, Erik Vilím, Andreas Müller-Pohle and Kateryna Radchenko.

The winners will be announced till July 15, 2020 on www.fotografmagazine.cz and addressed by email.

For more information, please, contact us via e-mail: info@fotografnet.cz.



Fresh Eyes List.

FRESH EYES is proud to announce the 2020 Talents!

Adriana Ferrarese IT
Adrienn Józan HU
Alexandre Pruvost FR
Anabela Pinto PT
Anaïs Lesy BE
Andrea Re IT
Anna Twardowska PL
Annette Wijdeveld NL
Asiko UK
Benjamin Lindner DE
Bowen Fernie US
Camilla Rocca IT
Carlos Barradas PT
Cecilie Fang DK
Celine Croze FR
Chanel Irvine AU
Christelle Boulé CH
Christine Mooijer NL
Corinna Hopmann DE
Cristiano Volk IT
Daniel Heilig HU
Daniela Constantini MX
David Hummelen NL
Davide Cerretini IT
Diego Costantini IT
Dienie Brouwer NL
Djulita Hoeks NL
Elena Orta IT
Eliška Sky CZ
Elizabeth Alderliesten NL
Emma Scarafiotti IT
Ester Sabik SK
Ezra Bohm NL
Fred Mungo IT
Frédérique Dimarco FR
Giacomo Infantino IT
Greet Weitenberg NL
Guido Belli IT
Guillem Ayora ES
Hanciu Dragos RO
Hannah Oseid NO
Heiko Kienleitner AT
Helene Goedl AT
Hester Baars NL
Ioanna Natsikou GR
Ioanna Sakellaraki GR
Ivelina Bridges BG
Jackie Mulder NL
James Hensby UK
Jan Philipzen DE
Jann Höfer DE
Jensy Franco NL
Jeremy Knowles UK
Jesse Wallace US
Jildo-Tim Hof NL
Joan Alvado ES
Joep Hijwegen NL
Johanna Laleh von Holst DE
Johannes Bosgra NL
Joost Wensveen NL
Julija Goyd LT
Katerina Motylova UA
Klim Kutsevskyy UA
Laila Mubarak NL
Lars van Straalen NL
Lidewij Mulder NL
Linda Zhengová CZ
Lizzy Mooiweer NL
Lotte Ekkel NL
Lucia Sekerková SK
Marco van den Arend NL
Maria Munzi IT
María Viñas ES
Marivan Martins BR
Markus Korenjak AT
Martin Tscholl DE
Mateo H. Acosta CO
Maxime Puteaux FR
Mirka van Renswoude NL
Monika Jagusinskytė LT
Myriam Escudero Polo ES
Naïs Bessaih FR
Nanouk Prins NL
Niccolò Quaresima IT
Nosh Neneh NL
Nynke Brandsma NL
Romain Bagnard FR
Sandra Mickiewicz PL
Sara Punt NL
Sebastian Steveniers BE
Sergey Korovayny UA
Silvia De Giorgi IT
Snejana Barteneva BY
Sonya Mantere FI
Teiksma Jankava LV
Turkina Faso RU
Uma Damle PT
Victoire Eouzan FR
Vito Sardone IT
Yara Jimmink NL

DGPh Research Award. Deadline: 30 Sept., 2020

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (German Photography Society, DGPh) have joined forces to promote academic exchange in the field of photography. As part of their collaboration, the “DGPh History of Photography Research Award”, originally established in 1978, will be replaced by two separate awards for research and for innovative publications, awarded every two years.

Young researchers’ innovative power and creativity have a significant impact on how photography is perceived and reflected upon. The “Thinking Photography. DGPh Research Award” is awarded for approaches in the humanities, cultural or social sciences which make an exceptional contribution to photography research. Academic research projects as well as independent publications introducing fresh research perspectives to the medium of photography qualify for the €3,000 prize. Works committed to venturing beyond disciplinary or methodological boundaries and open to new methods and questions are of particular interest.

Photography is no longer debated and reflected upon exclusively in scientific publications – an innovative digital culture of discussion has permeated the field of photography. The second new award “Writing Photography. DGPh Prize for Innovative Publication” recognizes shorter formats such as blogs, columns and reviews, online publications and those creatively merging text and photographic material. The winner will receive €1,000 in prize money.

An international jury will select the awards’ recipients. The award ceremony will be held every two years as a joint public event organized by the DGPh and the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation.

We look forward to numerous submissions of digitally or analogously published articles from the past two years. The submission deadline for both prizes is September 30, 2020. Details on this and the application documents can be found here: www.dgph.de/preise

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation

Mergenthalerallee 61, 65760 Eschborn
T +49 (0)69-21 11 40 60



The Cologne-based Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie e.V. (German Photography Society, DGPh) works to promote and examine the cultural interests of photography and related imaging. Its activities are focused on the various fields of application in art, science, education, journalism, across industries and politics as well as their links and interactions. As the central authority for communicating ground-breaking achievements in the field of photography to the public, it awards several prizes and distinctions. More Information: www.dgph.de

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation is a non-profit foundation based in Frankfurt. It is responsible for the development of the Art Collection Deutsche Börse, a collection of international contemporary photography, whose works range from the mid-20th century to the present. In addition to collecting, exhibiting and promoting photography, the foundation’s central activities include awarding prizes and scholarships and fostering academic exchange. More Information: www.deutscheboersephotographyfoundation.org


Thinking Photography. DGPh Research Award
Writing Photography. DGPh Prize for Innovative Publication
Deadline: 30 September, 2020

Application: http://www.dgph.de/awards-and-prizes

Student Call – Generation Z. Deadline: June 1, 2020

In addition to the regular open call, Noorderlicht has launched an international Open Student Call for the upcoming festival ‘Generation Z’, to give the generation central to the festival a voice. Students who use lens-based media are asked to express their vision of the future in a single image, in the light of the crisis in which the world finds itself. These images will get a place in the festival.

In recent weeks we have seen a large dose of creative images pass, by people who give substance to their temporary quarantine, who are looking for activities to combat boredom or for ways to speak out. This special time brings to light an unprecedented inventiveness. Humour breaks through the tension, connects and gives us the mental space to put things into perspective.

However, visualizing what this crisis means for us, what it does to us mentally and how it affects our vision of the future is of a completely different order. By letting lens-based students from all over the world reflect on this, we hope to gain insight into the future expectations of a generation. The submitted images will be presented as a futurama in the festival.

Please note: this is about a single shot futurama. You are asked to make one image, that reflects what the current situation in the world personally does or mean to you. Participating in the call also means participating in the festival. By submitting an image, you give Noorderlicht permission to use your image on its website and social media, of course with credit lines.

Send your submission to pandora@noorderlicht.com before 1 June 2020 and use a file service such as WeTransfer if the image is too large to send as an email attachment.

File format: maximum (native) resolution of your camera, so we can print in large format. RGB, high res JPEG or TIFF, ready to print. The file name contains the name of the author, a title and / or a caption.

What else?
– a brief summary (about 50 words) on the image
– your name and year of birth
– your nationality
– where you currently study visual media
– links to your social media channels
– URL of your website (if applicable)

The Noorderlicht Internationaal Fotofestival 2020 takes place from 18 July till 20 September 2020. The theme of the festival is ‘GENERATION Z’. Dates subject to change.

Noorderlicht Futurama – Open Student Call GB – pdf

A New Normal Call. Deadline: May 17, 2020

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with our good friends at Junior Magazine and PhotoIreland to bring you an exciting call for images.

A New Normal calls for photographers to respond to our current climate by using their medium to find joy, hope and beauty in times of stress, anxiety, and boredom. We want to see your best images made within a 2km radius of your house. Beyond that, the criteria are open to your interpretation.

Our favourite images will be paired with a commissioned piece of poetry and published in an online gallery on the District website as well as being featured in a printed zine as part of PhotoIreland’s TLP Editions.

Submissions are open now and will remain open for two weeks. If you have any questions please email us at submissions@districtmagazine.ie

Submission Guidelines:

Photographers can submit up to 5 photographs to submissions@districtmagazine.ie

Images must be submitted as a WeTransfer link (anything else will not be considered)

Images must have been made following the beginning of quarantine

Images must have been made within a 2km radius of the photographer’s home

Images must be JPEGs, sRGB, 2000px on their longest side, 72dpi (anything else will not be considered)

Photographers must have access to high quality versions of their submitted files (A4 size (minimum) TIFF, Adobe RGB, 300dpi)

Deadline: Sunday 17 May

Athens Photo Festival 2020 Call. Deadline: May 14, 2020


Submit your work to the Athens Photo Festival 2020

Athens Photo Festival 2020 is accepting submissions from artists and photographers for its exhibition program. The selected works will be exhibited at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138, one of the most prestigious museums in Greece.The Festival will feature the work of emerging and established artists from all over the world, with the aim to reflect the diversity of photography and visual culture today. Exploring diverse cultural, artistic, social and political perspectives, Athens Photo Festival is committed to offering a dynamic platform for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and engagement with photography in all its forms.

The call is open to all the image-based genres, ranging from fine art and conceptual to documentary and photojournalism, installations, interactive and multimedia works. This year’s exhibition program will be composed of a diverse selection of over 80 image-based projects, selected through this international call for proposals.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the deadline to submit your work to the Athens Photo Festival has been extended until Thursday 14 May.

Learn more and submit your work here

Call for Artists and Photographers. Deadline: May 7, 2020

Call for Artists + Photographers – $550.00 Innovate Grants

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We’ve simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

How to Apply:
Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Innovate Grant Winners

Lynnea Holland Weiss
Winter Grant Recipient – Art

Dylan Hausthor
Winter Grant Recipient – Photography

Christine Atkinson
Fall Grant Recipient – Art

Brendon Kahn
Fall Grant Recipient – Photography

Joe Hedges
Summer Grant Recipient – Art

Leafy Yeh
Summer Grant Recipient – Photography

Margaret Jacobs
Spring Grant Recipient – Art

Ceaphas Stubbs
Spring Grant Recipient – Photography

Taylor O. Thomas
Winter Grant Recipient – Art

Shane Lavalette
Winter Grant Recipient – Photography

Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
Deadline: May 7, 2020
Region: US & International
Awards: $550.00 Grants

Apply Online

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PHOTO IS:RAEL Call. Deadline: Apr. 6, 2020

PHOTO IS:RAEL invites artists to submit proposals for participation in the central exhibition at the 8th International Photography Festival, taking place in Tel Aviv in November 2020.
10-20 artists will be invited to present their work in the festival’s central exhibition, and will also be featured on the website and in the festival catalog.
The selected artists’ works will also be published online and in the festival’s catalog.
The artist ranked in the next 50 spots, who will be present in the festival will be invited to present their works in front of an audience of professionals in a special screening event during the festival.
This year’s topic will be: TRANSFORMATION
Photographers as well as video, performance and interdisciplinary artists from around the world and at different stages of their career are all welcome to submit their existing works, or proposals for new work on the topic.
Submission deadline: April 6, 2020
Submission fee: $15.00, including a free entry ticket to the Photography Festival for all submitting artists.
PHOTO IS:RAEL is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue via research and the highlighting of artistic and social issues through the language of photography.
For further details: http://www.photoisrael.org/opencall

Helsinki Photo Festival Call. Deadline: Mar. 30, 2020

About Call

Helsinki Photo Festival is pleased to announce their third open call! Everyone from all over the world is invited to submit their work(s) in the festival theme of 2020: Trust.

We challenge photographers and artists of all ages to share with us the connections you see with our theme, in imaginative, creative expressive interpretation. Artists will need to write as part of their submission an explanation of how their work fits with the theme.

Trust is essential to life, it opens up new and unimagined possibilities. Trust is one of the most prevalent topics in our society.

What is Trust? How can Trust be perceived in visual language? How can we consciously feel Trust? What do we consider trust to be and can it be regained? Can Trust change our life and how would such a transition affect our existence? How can communities acknowledge differences while building unity? As prejudices continue to divide us, how can Trust encourage accountability and solidarity? As institutions lose credibility, the environment is changing critically, what do people do to build and rely on their promises to be taken seriously? What role does truth play to Trust in friendship, family or love? What happens if you lose Trust in society or humanity? In fact, there are many examples, how to interpret and associate with Trust.

We aim to select +50 artists works to exhibit in solo- and group exhibitions during the festival period, July 7th-September 9th 2020. Entries are handled by photography professionals and curators enhancing the programming, aesthetics, artistic and cultural expressions as well as the quality of the overall production.

What winners receive

As a selected artist/photographer of the Trust theme, your work will be exhibited at Helsinki Photo Festival 2020 (7th July to September 9th). The exhibitions will take place in historic landmarks, warehouses, libraries, art centres, galleries, parks and waterfront areas in Helsinki. In addition, we will produce a Nordic Village supporting emerging Nordic photographers and also, will include popup projects at numerous cultural events around Helsinki. All selected photographers have the great opportunity for being promoted to a broad, dedicated audience, critics and curators at the newest photo festival in Northern Europe.

Selected artists/photographers will benefit from:

  • exhibition exposure at the Festival’s main gallery held on 2000m2 in Helsinki’s historic landmark, the Katajanokka Old Customs House and at outdoor locations all around the capital including popup events
  • nordic photographers to be part of a Nordic Village outdoor exhibition at the National Museum of Finland
  • opportunities offered for exhibition and publication through festival partners
  • inclusion in the Festivals marketing & PR campaign
  • inclusion in Festival catalogue
  • long-term Festival representation and promotion
  • an opportunity to participate in an Instagram Residency
  • publication and inclusion in the Festival programme
  • dedicated feature on the Festival website and online gallery
  • international press exposure

Finalists will be selected to have their work produced by the Festival for exhibition indoors and/or outdoors.

The Nordic Village at Helsinki Photo Festival is a concept with the focus to support emerging Nordic photographers and their work(s) to a broad audience. Until now, the Nordic Village has nominated and showcased +20 artists from all five Nordic countries and arranged artist-talks, nordic exhibitions and seminars with support of Nordic embassies.


Helsinki Photo Festival, is a non-profit association, created to disseminate information about photography and visual media and to attract and maintain interest in them in Finland and internationally by presenting, developing and promoting these forms of art. We help artists to hook up with audiences and experts in the field of photography. We give artists access to an international network to enable them to find new ways to work, get published and exhibit abroad and in Finland.

Helsinki Photo Festival connects contemporary fine art photography and street exhibition. The contest is judged by a jury of leading professionals. The program includes artist-talks, workshops, seminars, photo walks, portfolio reviews and outdoor photo installations inviting residents, tourists and all photo enthusiasts of any age. All outdoor exhibitions can be enjoyed at any time of the day, free of charge!



Call for entries open
23 December 2019
Submission deadline
30 March 2020
Shortlist announcement
April 2020
Winner announcement
May 2020
Helsinki Photo Festival opening
7 July 2020
Night of the Arts
15 August 2020