Open Call


OPEN CALL FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM 2021

Transitions II

For the 2021 edition of FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM we will be reflecting on the meaning of conflict while focusing the festivals theme on its aftermath, the consequences caused by it and the reconstruction of dialogues in post-conflict period. We would like to explore the emergence of new situations, ideas, relationships, struggles and tensions which reframe a broken discourse giving way of new possibilities.

We are aiming to explore not just the external post conflict struggles between characters and characters with nature and society, but also looking into internal conflicts affecting peoples within themselves and their surroundings. The conflicting needs and principles within or among organisations, the impacts emerging from the technologies, structures of power and beliefs, conflicts of the natural world and with other species, ideologies and lifestyles, the misunderstanding within generations, traditions colluding with the modern world or gender conflicts.

FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM is open to visual representations using different mediums, photography, archive, installation, performance, intervention, digital art, fictional narratives and documentary works. We are looking for works which challenge the way we think and questions established ideas of engagement.

In the end, it will be a new edition following the discursive line of the theme Transitions, which was started last year with great shows from Magnum photographers, Sarah Maple and many more. It will tackle key contemporary issues through the narrations of visual storytellers from all over the world.

 

Introduction

In july 2021, Foto Festival Schiedam will take us on a journey of contemporary photography. With its theme Transitions ll , the festival presents a wide range of perceptive photographers who observe and question our constantly changing visual culture. The 8th edition of the festival is characterized by the refreshing combination of various genres within photography. The photos are shown at a special location in the historic city center and presented in spatial installations that ignore the typical one-dimensional photo on a wall.

 

About our Open Call

We invite our applicants to present one image within the context of our theme. We invite any artist that works in the realm of visual culture to apply for the upcoming edition of the festival. We welcome manifold interpretations and opinions that express all the different shades of grey that exist within the theme. You can apply in one of our subthemes or in all 3 of them if your fits within this them!

If you want to join our growing community, please submit your images inspired by the theme Transitions ll Our committee will make a selection of participating photographers and invite them to showcase their work at Foto Festival Schiedam. If you are selected we will offer a professional print a blow up (1,5 x 1,0m) of your photo on forex and present the photo within our exhibition. After the event you can take this print back home.

We want to give the independent photography community an opportunity to exhibit during our festival As a small independent organization that consists of passionate photography freelancers, we want to create a platform that caters to a wide spectrum of photographers. However, we cannot make it work without your financial contribution as we are only partially funded. With your contribution, we cover organizational, productional and promotional costs to make sure your work is facilitated and promoted in the best way possible. For each submission we ask a ‚ 19,- fee.

We will launch 3 open call all reflecting on a sub theme of Transitions. You can submit your work to all 3 subthemes if you think your work fits the subtheme.

 

What is in it for you:

The first price of the Open Call is a 200,- cash prize!

All submitters get a free entrance ticket for the festival!

Your work will be exhibited next to the greatest photographers of today

You receive personal invitations with your own artwork to invite your audience.

You will be promoted on our online and offline channels

You receive your original print at the end of the festival

 

3 subtheme Open Calls:

OPEN CALL 1: 1st November/ 21st December. Post Homo Sapiens

OPEN CALL 2. 10th January/ 28th February. co-evolution between humans and nature

OPEN CALL 3. 26th April/ 6th June. After the Deluge

 

FFS OPEN CALL 3. 26th april / 6th june

For its 2021 edition, Fotofestival Schiedam is happy to announce the launch of the new international Open Call. We invite professional and amateur photographers from all over the world to reflect on the theme ‘After the Deluge’ which is related to the ecological effect we have on our planet.

You can submit your work from the 26th of April till the 6th of June 2021.

After the Deluge

Quite apart from the fact that we want to show who we are and leave a lasting impression of all the good and all the beauty that mankind has created, there is no denying the ecological effect we have on our planet. The effects become more visible day by day. Just look at the current climate change and the increasing temperatures on earth. The melting ice caps are changing our planet just as definitively as the former ice ages.

The American ecologist Eugene Stroemer was the first to come up with the idea of characterizing the effect of mankind as a measurable, powerful biological and geological change. Stroemer advocates a geological epoch of his own called ‘Man’, just like the Tertiary and the Holocene, but geologists disagree. Our impact is now threatening our existence, but will the rise in sea level and the remnants of plastic in the great timescale of our planet still be noticeable in a thousand years? Doesn’t nature just take over our place again as if we never existed?

Apply today and do not miss the chance to be exhibited together with winners of the World Press Photo and National Geographic photographers such as Lori Nix & Kathleen Gerber, Alain Schroeder, Ralph Pace, Jo-Ann Macarthur, Bence Mate, Luis Tato, and others.

Due to the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the festival will take place in the historical city center of Schiedam from July 2nd to July 18th 2021. In case of further aggravation of the epidemiological situation, the festival will be postponed to October 2021.

 

All 30 winners (10 of each call) will be on show at FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM june 2021. For each open call we have 1 overall winner chosen who gets 200,-

if you would like more information about Fotofestival Schiedam, dont hesitate to contact Marcel Kollen (managing director):marcel@fotofestivalschiedam.nl.