The famed awards, which come up in springtime, are eagerly anticipated, much talked about, and coveted all year round. To kick off the new season, we have handpicked a few of these must-enter contests!

1. The most prestigious: Grand Prix Images Vevey

This award aims to support contemporary photographic creation. It allows one artist to develop, during the award year, a project which will be featured at the next edition of the Festival Images Vevey in September 2020.

The jury includes such distinguished figures as Dayanita Singh (artist), Lesley A. Martin (Aperture Foundation), and Christoph Wiesner (Paris Photo).

To top it off:

• a prize of 35,000 euros

• an exhibition at the Festival Images Vevey.

Application deadline: February 28. Visit the website to apply!


Peter Puklus “ The Hero Mother. How to Build a House” Lauréat du Grand Prix Images Vevey 2017/2018 présenté lors du Festival Images Vevey 2018 ©Julien Gremaud

2. The hottest: the Picto Fashion Award

For its 21st call for applications, the Picto Award committee decided to change the dates and distribute awards in spring, to coincide with the Fashion Week in Paris.

The lucky prizewinners will be amply rewarded:

• exhibition-quality prints;

• access to a professional photo studio;

• presence in advertising spaces around Paris;

• entry into the public collection of the Palais Galliera—the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris and the Picto Foundation endowment fund.

Application deadline: February 28. Visit the website to apply!

3. The most exotic: Photography residencies at the Musée du Quai Branly

Since 2008, the Musée du Quai Branly–Jacques Chirac, has run a program of photography residencies which allows one, or several, photographers from any of the four continents represented in the museum’s collection (Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and Oceania) to develop an original project consistent with their personal aesthetic journey.

This program helps promote the work of artists who have had little visibility in France by financing a portion, or the totality, of a creative project. The prints produced as part of this program enter the museum collection at the end of the residency.

Application deadline: March 15. Visit the website to apply!


Emerging Adulthood © Pascale Arnaud -  Lauréate du Prix Picto de la Mode 2017

4. The most engaged: 2019 Fisheye – La Gacilly Photo Contest

For its new edition, the photo festival La Gacilly in Brittany joins forces with the Fisheye Magazine to launch a photo contest on the theme “New Frontiers.” The contest is aimed at young humanist and environmental photographers who examine the world we live in.

Generous awards go to 3 prizewinners who will be guided throughout the year by the Festival Photo La Gacilly and the Fisheye Magazine in marketing their work:

• a fully-funded and curated exhibition at the Festival Photo La Gacilly 2019, and an invitation to the inaugural weekend

• dissemination of the winning artwork throughout the year and an exhibition at the Fisheye Gallery at the Rencontres d’Arles

• publication in the Fisheye Magazine and a year-long subscription to the magazine

• regular showcasing of projects developed during the award year on the Festival La Gacilly and Fisheye websites

• a fully-funded and curated exhibition at the Festival Photo La Gacilly–Baden in Austria in 2020, and an invitation to the inaugural weekend

Application deadline: March 15. Visit the website to apply!


Kaelyn and the girls from the series Frères d'une île pas très proche, 2018 © Durimel - Exhibited in FOAM Talent

5. The coolest: FOAM Talent Call

The FOAM Museum of Photography in Amsterdam organizes a yearly competition aimed at supporting young photographic creation and making it known internationally. The prizes serve as a career springboard for emerging artists:

• publication in the FOAM Magazine

• international visibility thanks to participation in a variety of projects

• participation in the FOAM Talent Exhibition

• entry into the prestigious collection of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation

•  building relationships with collectors and key actors in the world of photography.

Application deadline: March 17. Visit the website to apply!

 

By Coline Olsina

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