Open Call

Gloria Oyarzabal, winner of Fotofestiwal Grand Prix 2019


Fotofestiwal Open gives you an opportunity to present your works to the audience of the International Festival of Photography held on 10-28 June 2020 in Łódź (Poland). We are looking for artists with exceptional personalities and projects which present bold visions. The call for entries is open – with no thematic or age limits. We invite specialists from the world's most important media and photographic institutions to join the jury. From among the submitted projects, the jury will select six which, in cooperation with the curators of Fotofestiwal, will be presented in the form of an exhibition.

What winners receive

  • Exhibition during FOTOFESTIWAL in Łódź (over 20.000 viewers) for 6 artists
  • Artistic fee 400 euro,
  • Accomodation for main weekend June 10-14 (4 nights),
  • Reimbursement of travel costs up to 200 euro,
  • Exhibition production budget 450 euro.


  • Submission opening: 20 September 2019
  • Submission deadline: 23:59 4 December 2019, CET
  • Finalists announcement: 14 January 21 January 2020 – shortlist on
  • Fotofestiwal Open Call 2020 exhibition opening during festival opening week: 10 June 2020

The open-call has launched! The submissions are hosted by Picter (link below)


  • Marina Paulenka, curator, Unseen Amsterdam, Netherlands and Organ Vida, Croatia
  • István Virágvölgyi, curator, Capa Center, Hungary
  • Krzysztof Candrowicz, curator, Porto Biennale, Portugal and Fotofestiwal Łódź, Poland
  • Marc Mouarkech, curator, Arab Image Foundation, Lebanon
  • Azu Nwagbogu, founder and director LagosPhoto Festival, Nigeria
  • Marta Szymańska, curator, Fotofestiwal, Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii, Poland

About the festival

    Fotofestiwal was established in 2001 as one of the first photography events in Poland. Since then it has grown into one of the most important and biggest photographic festivals in the Central Europe but its core mission has not changed: presenting photography in its various ways (via exhibitions, films, slideshows, workshops etc.) but also talking about important social issues and introducing the unobvious beauty and unique history of our city to the audience. For such reason we organize thematic exhibitions in various post-industrial spaces, which Łódź is well known for, we put stress on networking parties – (we are quite famous for those), but also every year we try to develop new ways of talking about photography: via events such as Photo-Match: Completely Different Portfolio Review, during which we focus on having equal status granted to the curators as well as artists, with formula of presentation that numerous festivals are applying worldwide now with a success. Since 2016 we work as a collective, with no board, developing a new way of cultural institution management.

    Edition 2020 will take place in Łódź, June 10-28.
Apllications are closed

Fotofestiwal Grand Prix 2019 Finalists


Azu Nwagbogu

founder and director LagosPhoto Festival, Nigeria

Marina Paulenka

curator, Unseen, Netherlands

Marc Mouarkech

co-director of the Arab Image Foundation

István Virágvölgyi

photo editor and curator, Capa Center, Hungary

Marta Szymańska

curator, Fotofestiwal, Archeology of Photography Foundation, Poland

Krzysztof Candrowicz

curator, Porto Biennale, Portugal and Fotofestiwal Łódź, Poland



Gloria Oyarzabal



Alexandra Polina

Masks, Myths and Subjects


Dominika Gęsicka

This is not real life


Patrick Willocq

I’m Walé, respect me


Karl Burke

The Harvest of Death, v.2


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