INTERNATIONAL open call 2020 - now closed


The Exposure Photography Festival International Open Call is now open for submissions. Photographers will be selected to participate in next year’s festival, and accepted work will be shown in a feature exhibition hosted by Exposure Photography Festival in Calgary, Alberta. 

We are delighted to announce the Exposure Photography Festival 2020 International Open Call Juror is Travis Cole (Executive Director of Paved Arts, Managing Editor of BlackFlash Magazine).

Diverse international submissions from artists and photographers practising in photo based (2D) work is encouraged and welcomed. 

Deadline: October 20th 2019 5pm (Calgary/MST)

All applicants will receive:

The opportunity to be featured on the Exposure Photography Festival curated Instagram account as examples of strong applications and to promote the open call.
Visibility with the 2020 Juror, award selection committees and Exposure team.

All successful applicants will:

Exhibit their work in the Exposure Festival group exhibition as part of the 2020 programme.
Receive an artist fee of $115 CAD (in accordance with CARFAC guidelines)
Be featured on the Exposure Photography Festival website reaching audiences worldwide.

Here’s what you need to do:

Submit individual images or a thematically linked series of photographs or photo-based work, along with a written statement about your work, factual information about your images and/or project concept. You must submit a minimum of 3 images with a maximum of 10. 

Submission Deadline: October 20th, 2019 5pm (Calgary/MST)
Notification: November 15th, 2019
Fee: $35 for 3 images; additional images may be submitted for $5 each, up to 10 total.

2019 Open Call Juror: Travis Cole

Travis Cole is the current executive director of PAVED Arts, a Saskatoon based artist-run centre that focuses on new media practice, as well as director and co-curator of Saskatoon’s annual audio art festival, Sounds Like, currently in its 9th year. Previous to this, he was managing editor of BlackFlash Magazine, a national contemporary visual arts magazine with a focus on photography and new media. Prior to moving to Saskatoon, Travis lived in Winnipeg where he co-founded the micro-cinema collective Open City Cinema and helped launch the annual Winnipeg Underground Film Festival (WUFF) in 2013. He has also previously worked for WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Border Crossings Magazine, and Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

Luther Konadu,  Figure as Index

Luther Konadu, Figure as Index



What artforms are accepted as submissions?
Submissions can include photographs that have been made using any camera, analogue and digital and that incorporate a photographic process. Works that are photo-based and 2 dimensional such as photocollage are also welcomed, however if you would like to submit a 3D piece please contact to see if your work can be physically and logistically exhibited. There are no restrictions on when the submitted images were taken. 

What are the submission image file requirements?
Each image file can be a maximum of 5MB in size. All images must be submitted as JPEGs—files submitted in any other format (including TIFF, PDF, PSD, etc.) will not be reviewed. The file name of your image must be your first and last names followed by 01, 02, 03, etc. (e.g. RobertFrank01.jpg). Submit a statement accompanying your work. Your statement must be under 1500 characters in length (approximately 250 words).

What are the next steps if I am selected as an exhibitor?
Selected exhibitors must deliver or organise the delivery of their exhibition-ready works to Exposure, framed and ready to hang. Exhibitors (especially those based overseas) may choose to have their work printed and framed in Calgary. Our friends at Resolve Photo are master printers who produce exquisite fine art prints on a wide range of papers. Contact Resolve directly for more information on local printing/framing options. Notification will include specific instructions for delivery of accepted work. Exhibitors must make arrangement for the return of their work.

Please note that Exposure reserves the right to decline work that, in the juror's judgement, does not match the online image submission.

How will my work be used?
Digital files of the selected applicant’s work will be used for press and publicity purposes and will be potentially featured on the Exposure Festival website and related newsletters. A selection of images from the open call (from applicants both successful and unsuccessful) will be displayed and promoted on the Exposure Photography Festival social media and newsletters.

Exposure reserves the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media, any entry, without payment, for the sole purpose of the Exposure Photography Festival–this year and in future–and its promotion and publicity. No copyright is transferred to the Festival in respect of any works entered or accepted. Each entrant will be deemed to warrant they own the entire copyright for the work or that they have permission from the licensee and/or copyright owner(s) for the uses. All relevant clearances and/or model releases must have been obtained for the use of the photographs for publication and exhibition.

For more information and questions please send us an email.

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