Open call 2021



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 Earthlings. 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 September 2021. Fotograf magazine is one of the leading global magazines devoted to photography and contemporary art. It is distributed to 25 countries around the world. The winners will be chosen by the jury whose members including professionals and experts on contemporary visual art.

Earthlings: How can we, in Central Europe, depict the climate crisis and speak about it using a language other than that of science? 

The eleventh edition of the Fotograf Festival and the fortieth issue of the Fotograf magazine, with its theme of „Earthlings”, tasks itself with showing the traces, perspectives, and communication channels offered by the planet itself, thanks to which we can start becoming terrestrials – competent observers of the changes taking place in our immediate surroundings, changes that cannot be understood without understanding broader planetary contexts (depletion of water reserves, devastating floods, soil erosion, agricultural problems, unbearable summer heatwaves, and forest disasters).

The deadline for the competition submissions is May 31, 2021.

Submission terms and conditions:

  • CV (.pdf)
  • Portfolio (.pdf, max 10 MB)
  • Project description + images (description maximum on one page A4, all in one file .pdf, max 10 MB)
  • Any e-mail attachments must be properly identified – CV / Portfolio / Project / Name
  • Send your projects to email: 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: Franek Ammer, Lukáš Likavčan, Emese Mucsi, Michaela Pašteková, Kateryna Radchenko, Lea Vene.

The winners will be announced till June 30, 2021 on and addressed by email.

For more information, please, contact us via

Jury introduction:

Franek Ammer
artist, curator and co-founder of TIFF International Photography Festival in Wroclaw. He is currently a curator at International Festival of Photography, Fotofestiwal in Lodz. Ammer was also co-founder of Przestrzeń Robocza (Working Space) – place dedicated to experimental work in visual and multimedia arts.

Lukáš Likavčan
theorist and researcher focusing on the philosophy of technology and political ecology. He teaches at the Center for Audiovisual Studies at FAMU in Prague, the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow and the New Centre for Research and Practice. Likavčan is a member of the Prague-based collective Display – Association for Research and Collective Practice, and also collaborates with the Dutch residency programme Digital Earth.

Emese Mucsi
curator of the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest since 2018. Emese is a Ph.D. student at Eötvös Loránd University’s Film, Media, and Cultural Theory. Between years 2014–2018 she was the Editor-in-Chief of Artmagazin Online ( 

Michaela Pašteková
curator and art theorist. At the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, she currently leads seminars and lectures in the fields of photography theory, aesthetics, and consumer culture. She is the chairwoman of the Slovak Aesthetics Association, a member of the socially engaged monthly newspaper Kapitál, and a dramaturg at the Kiosk festival of theatre and dance.

Kateryna Radchenko
curator, artist, photography researcher and founderf of the international festival Odesa Photo Days and a head of the NGO “Art Travel”. She participated on many fellowship programs as Villa Arson (Nice, France), Gaude Polonia program (Warsaw; curator – Adam Mazur), the Museum of Photography (San Diego, USA), Intercult organization (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Curator’s Platform project at PinchukArtCenter (Kyiv, Ukraine). 

Lea Vene
independent curator and cultural anthropologist. Since 2015 she curated several different exhibition and conference programs for International Photography Festival Organ Vida. She is a lecturer in fashion museology and anthropology at the Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb.


Author of the photography on side:
Edgar dos Santos, “Inventory of bridges and viaducts of the Spanish high-speed (AVE) Madrid-Barcelona line”, 2020

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