Submit Work to Photoville

Submissions for 2022 are now closed.

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Have a question? Please contact the Photoville team – [email protected]

Submission FAQ

What kind of work are we looking for?

We are looking for all types of photographic and lens-based work. We welcome everything from documentary & photojournalism to fine art & conceptual work. Alternative processes such as photo collage, tintypes, and cyanotypes are all welcome too!

The world is a complicated place so we will be looking for some specific work that addresses various issues we all face including immigration, healthcare, education, racial inequality, climate change, social justice, incarceration, women’s rights, youth, intergenerational stories, police reform, housing and so much more.

What makes the Photoville festival special is that it’s a celebration of photography and visual storytelling, in all its many forms. And there’s something for everyone at our festival. We encourage you to view some of our past exhibitions for inspiration.

We do ask you to remember that this is a public festival that will be on view in highly trafficked public spaces. This means they will be viewed by people of all ages (kids, grandparents, families, etc.) Please be civil and responsible. Please avoid images that may be shocking, particularly images of nudity, sexual intercourse, drug use, or depiction of violence.

Who Should Apply?

All photo-based artists (and collectives, organizations, and companies representing this work) are welcome to apply! There is no limit or prerequisite on artist age, professional qualifications, or time period the work was made in.

There are two applications — one for exhibitions (open to all photo-based artists, collectives, non-profits organizations and commercial entities), and one for public programming (for anyone interested in presenting a talk, workshop, or interactive experience). Please make sure to use the application that best matches your situation.

If I am selected, what will I be responsible for?

Selected artists will have a one-on-one virtual meeting with the Photoville team to discuss the specifics of their exhibition. This will include information about curatorial, technical, and financial elements.

All selected artists will be expected to work with the Photoville team to produce their exhibition. This may mean designing your own exhibition and working with the Photoville team to make sure it’s print-ready for a large-scale exhibition. Or this may mean providing high-resolution files and copy-edited text to the Photoville team to design, and then working with them to proof and finalize your exhibition.

I am an independent artist / artist-led collective. If selected, what will Photoville cover?

If you are a selected artist or artist-led collective that does not have any institutional support, we will cover the cost of printing, exhibition structures, installation, public liability insurance, publicity, and will pay a modest artist honorarium. The honorarium amount will vary and is dependent on the number of artists we will be supporting, the scope and size of the project, and the materials we will use to produce the exhibition.

I am a non-profit org / commercial entity. What does my contribution cover?

If you are a selected non-profit or commercial entity, your financial contribution will be assessed based on your exhibition proposal. Contributions will range between $3,000 – $20,000 or more. Limited subsidy and production support may be available for exhibitions on a case-by-case basis.

At a minimum, your contribution will cover the cost of printing, exhibition structures, installation, public liability insurance, and publicity. We can also discuss the cost of design, curation, and other services we can offer, if applicable, and ultimate contribution amounts will be negotiated in good faith upon acceptance into the festival.

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