Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2019

Alexandra Polina, Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2018 winner


Grand Prix gives photographers an opportunity to present their works during Fotofestiwal. We award artists of exceptional personality and projects that present daring ideas. The submission is open and does not impose any restrictions related to topics, age or place. The jury consists of experts from the greatest photography media and institutions.


  • 10.000 PLN (~2500 euro) – MAIN PRIZE,
  • exhibition of 6 finalists’ works during FOTOFESTIWAL in Łódź (over 20.000 viewers),
  • Accomodation for the opening weekend of the festival: June 13-16 (3 nights)
  • Travel expences reimbrusement (up to 800 PLN)
  • slide shows of special mention works during Fotofestiwal and partners international photography festivals


  • Date of submission opening: Oct 5, 2018
  • Date and time of submission deadline in this format: 23:59 Dec 2, 2018 CET
  • Date of shortlist announcement - 12:00 Jan 11 – shortlist on
  • Date of winner announcement - Winner announcement and prize ceremony - June 13 – at the opening of Fotofestiwal

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


  • Franek Ammer, curator, Fotofestiwal, Poland
  • Julia Bunnemann, curator, Photoworks UK
  • Evita Goze, independent curator, writer, Riga (Latvia)
  • Kim Knoppers, curator, Foam, NL
  • 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,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 now worldwide with a success. Since 2016 we work as a collective, with no board, developing a new way of cultural institution management.

    Edition 2019 will take place in Łódź, June 13-30.

Open-call is closed

Fotofestiwal Grand Prix 2018 Finalists

Alexandra Polina

Masks, Myths and Subjects

Diana Lelonek

Center For Living Things

Dieter De Lathauwer

I loved my wife (killing children is good for the economy)

Farshid Tighehsaz

From Labyrinth 

François Vermot

Palais des Nations

Jaakko Kahilaniemi

100 Hectares of Understanding 

Miia Autio

Variation of White

Natan Dvir


Franek Ammer_GrandPrixFotofestiwal2019_Jury

Franek Ammer

curator, Fotofestiwal, Poland

Julia Bunnemann_GrandPrixFotofestiwal2019_Jury

Julia Bunnemann

curator, Photoworks UK

Evita Goze_GrandPrixFotofestiwal2019Jury

Evita Goze

curator, ISSP Gallery, Self Publish Riga, writer, Latvia


Kim Knoppers

curator, Foam, Holandia

Marta Szymańska

curator, Fotofestiwal, Archeology of Photography Foundation, Poland



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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