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OPEN CALL for the International TIFF Festival of Photography


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Call for entries for TIFF Open 2021!

Submissions for TIFF Open 2021 start on April 14, 2021. TIFF Open is part of the 11th International TIFF Festival of Photography. Submission deadline: May 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm. 

TIFF Open is an open competition for artists using the medium of photography held in Wroclaw as part of the TIFF Festival. Aimed at students, graduates of art schools, amateurs and freelancers, first time photographers as well as experienced ones already acclaimed in Poland and abroad. 

Every year from among hundreds of the submitted projects we select and award people who present fresh, out of the box look at photography and the original, trademark artistic projects. There is no imposed theme – in many respects last year was difficult for all of us, thus we have decided not to make it thematic. 

We expect your finished photo projects that you have been working on over the past years. Send us what makes you proud – works that best represent you, your creativity and your fascinations.  

TIFF Open 2020, Justyna Górniak, Haytarma, ph. Jerzy Wypych

The 2021 Jury includes: Kamila Bondar (CEO of the ING Polish Art Foundation), Lukasz Rusznica (TIFF Festival, Miejsce przy Miejscu 14 Gallery) and Monika Muszynska (BWA Wroclaw Galleries of Contemporary Art, TIFF Festival).  

From among the submitted projects the Jury will select no less than three best series, whose authors will be invited to co-create a joint exhibition as part of the 11th TIFF Festival. The exhibition of this year’s TIFF Open will be held Sep 3 – October 3, 2021 at the Miejsce przy Miejscu 14 Gallery, a subsidiary of the Creative Arts Centre in Wroclaw. Winners will also partake in meetings with authors and guided tours taking place during the festival.

The winners while making their presentation ready for the festival (and in the course of it) will be provided with the full professional support during the implementation phase of their projects, in terms of content, promotion and production. The Jury will also select at least four distinguished artists whose artwork will be presented during the series of online meetings with experts accessible for the general public of the festival in September. 

Contest rules are available on TIFF Festival webpage. 

Submissions for TIFF Open have to include a project never before presented in the form of individual or group exhibition. 

Submissions are accepted until 11:59 pm on May 16, 2021 at TIFF Festival webpage:

Before you submit

Hanna Kantor, the Editor-in-Chief of OpenCall Magazine, in a conversation with Maciej Bujko, the Leader of the TIFF Festival: tips for photographers.

TIFF Open 2020, Basia Gryka, Słoneczne wzgórze, ph. Jerzy Wypych

About TIFF Festival 2021

This year is a renewal time. 

We know there is plenty of challenges and stress ahead of us – these factors have become the only constant aspects of our world. I am afraid, therefore I am. 

We know the new “normalcy”, to which we had to get used to so soon will give us hard time more than once. That is why, whenever we can – let’s relax. 

The pandemic deprived us of a sense of reality – time turned into an indefinable, stretchy substance, spontaneously accelerating and decelerating. Human relationships became a tiresome blend of Zooms and Google Meets – an endless screen presence torturing the head and eyes. 

We all longed for the real world. 

The freedom, given by the Internet, at the same time took away something we no longer were aware of – the physicality of the materials that constitute the impression created by photos, or more broadly, images. This seemingly innocent “what you can see” is an internally coherent system connecting an image interpreted by the eye with its physical components. In this system the frame (or lack thereof), the kind of glass, the structure of paper or the way the image is projected on the wall or fabric are important for a photo reception. The kind of experience and contact existent between the viewer and the photograph as an object becomes of importance. While the Internet limits the existence of an image to a screen, a CRT, a two-dimensional “picture” projected onto our pupils, this year’s TIFF Festival focuses on the physicality of the photograph. We want to celebrate the different ways in which photography manifests itself in reality. To appreciate and emphasize their existence.

We do not impose on ourselves and on you any themes and limitations. We will try to build a space to enable encounters and celebrate the photography, the togetherness space that we want to rebuild.

Keep calm. No tension. No pressure. No stress. 

We have time. 

Interview with the winner of the 9th editon of TIFF Festival OPEN CALL

Interview with Agnieszka Sejud about her project "Hoax".

We are the TIFF Collective and our focus is on activities promoting growth through art with a particular emphasis on photography. We are an open-minded group, working in collaboration with other entities, associations, initiatives and artists. We create the International Festival of Photography TIFF Festival and TIFF Center – a space for development supporting our actions. We also organize educational meetings, which function under the common name of TIFF Academy and the nationwide integration project Be Together – Integration and Art. Our mission is to design activities which, through confrontation with photography and other art disciplines, will encourage participation in local cultural life, involving ever-wider groups of recipients.

Organizer: TIFF Festival / TIFF Collective
Co-financed by: Wroclaw County 
Partners: BWA Wroclaw Galleries of Contemporary Art, OPT Wrocław Creative Arts Centre, Miejsce przy Miejscu 14 Gallery, The ING Polish Art Foundation,
Media Patronage:, Notes na 6 Tygodni, Fotopolis, Opencall magazine,
Hanna Kantor

Hanna Kantor

Founder of OpenCall Magazine. Fashion and commercial photographer. A graduate of Journalism and Photography at the University of Warsaw and Universita degli Studi di Milano. Sleeps long, works even longer.

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