Category: Opportunities With Submission Fees

Open Call | Firecracker Photographic Grant 2017 (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 1 August

The Firecracker Photographic Grant is an annual award providing funding for a female photographer to aid with the completion of a documentary photographic project.

Through a combination of self-initiated fundraising and with the generous support of Genesis Imaging, the Grant fund is a minimum financial contribution of £2,000 plus credit of professional printing, mounting and framing services from Genesis Imaging.

Applications are open to women photographers born or residing in Europe and submissions are judged by an independent panel of industry specialists from a cross section of disciplines and sectors, including picture editors, commissioners, art buyers and gallerists.

Submissions are subject to a £10 application fee, with all funding contributing to the Grant total.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | Residencies at Thalie Lab, Belgium (Submission Fee)   Recently updated !

Application deadline: 31 October

Based on an examination of artisanal practices and new forms of food production, the Thalie Art Foundation invites visual artists, curators, designers and chefs to submit a project on the theme of deceleration in our overly consumerist world, that explores concepts for the collaborative economy (recycling, textiles, 3D creation, food…) and has a social impact.

The two laureates will receive a production grant up to 10,000 euros depending on the project, workspace and residential accommodation at ThalieLab in Brussels.

Depending on the nature of the project, the final product will be presented either in the foundation’s exhibition space and/or a public space.

The aim of the residency is to offer a different approach to contemporary art creation, by taking the following criteria into account:
• Involving the community in the development of the artist’s project
• The support of an institutional partner
• Diversity in the type of end results generated (film, performance, visual or audio creation, publication, exhibition, workshop)


Visual artists, designers, chefs or curators of all nationalities who speak French and/or English. Minimum age: 30


  • Artistic ambition
  • Innovation
  • Social impact
  • Uniqueness

In order to cover the processing of application forms, a participation fee of €12 must accompany the application. This fee is non-refundable.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | Neutral Design Photography Awards 2017 (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 24 September

ND (Neutral Design) Magazine is currently accepting entries for 2017, for its annual international photography competition, the ND Awards.

Choose your best work, upload photos and give yourself a chance to compete for prestige, fame and more than $7,500 in monetary award.

The competition for 2017 includes the categories: Abstract, Architecture, Cityscapes, Fine Art, Portrait, People, Photojournalism, Nature, Landscape, Nudes, Seascapes, Street, Travel, Underwater, Urban and Wildlife.

The jury includes a group of highly respected industry professionals, including gallery owners, publishers, editors and acclaimed photographers.

The total cash prizes for 2017 are divided as follows:

Photographer of the Year – $2,500
Discovery of the Year – $1,300
6 x Pro category winners – $500 each
5 x Non-Pro category winners – $300 each

ND Awards 2017 Entry Fees
$20 per single entry – Non-professional
$25 per single entry – Professional

For more information and application details:

Open Call | Annual Residency Competition at Stiwdio Maelor, Wales (Submission Fee)

Closing date: 15 July

In 2015, Stiwdio Maelor started an annual competition, the aim of which is to enable an artist to win an opportunity to complete a residency at Maelor. Each year a different technique/medium is chosen. The competition for this year is Multimedia. The award is a two week residency at Stiwdio Maelor with gift vouchers from local businesses plus a £200 voucher from Great Art. Travel costs are the responsibility of the artist.

There will be an online exhibition on Maelor’s website of all submitted entries. The winning work will be selected from JPEG’s submitted. Artists can submit up to three jpegs per work if 3D. Work can be offered for sale via the website. A 30% commission will be charged on sold works.

Please note there is an entry fee of £10 per work.

For more information and to download application form:

Open Call | IMMA 1000 Residencies (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: Friday 7 July, 14:00 hrs GMT/Irish time

The Open Call deadline is approaching for three new residencies supported through IMMA 1000, a fund specifically created to support IMMA’s work with Irish artists.

Two of the three new IMMA 1000 Residencies are open to professional visual arts practitioners of all disciplines. The third residency is the IMMA 1000 Photography Residency for which applicants must demonstrate a priority towards the use photography with their practice.

Should you be eligible to apply for the IMMA 1000 Residencies and the IMMA 1000 Photography Residency two separate application processes are required. An administration fee of €5 applies for each application received.

IMMA encourages you to submit 1 single PDF document by way of application through file sharing programmes such as Dropbox, We Transfer or Google Drive to
IMPORTANT: Please title your email IMMA 1000 Application 2017 OR IMMA 1000 Photography Application 2017

You will need a PayPal account for the €5 application fee. Send your PayPal payment to Select Send Money and select For a Good / Service, enter IMMA 1000 Residencies or IMMA 1000 Photography Residency for Add Note.

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Open Call | Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 1 July

Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Over 360 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program, and many of them have gone on to achieve international acclaim.

The residency includes a $5,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Artist-in-Residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work. Work by former Artists-in-Residence is also part of the Light Work Collection.

Our international residency program is open to all artists working in photography or image-based media, from any country. While submissions are open throughout the year, our main selection committee review is in late summer for early fall notifications (by October). Applications must be submitted by the posted deadline.

There is an application fee of $10.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | InktoberFest, Visual Arts Festival, Wicklow (Submission Fee)

Submission deadline: Friday 1 September 2017

Submissions are now open second annual InktoberFest visual arts festival in Wicklow Town. The project will take place from the 6th – 8th October, 2017.

InktoberFest is a new contemporary art festival in Wicklow, which in its first year (2016) exhibited 26 Irish and international artists over four spaces. We are looking to build upon the successes of the 2016 event while also trying some new things out, all with the hope to expose, challenge and enlighten people to the joys of contemporary visual art.

As in 2016, the festival will be formed by an arts trail of exhibitions in varying spaces through Wicklow town. Beginning in a large hall and moving on to various other venues and vacant shops.

The Hall will act as typical gallery white space and host most of the selected work. The vacant shop spaces are intended for individual artists/ groups to create autonomous exhibitions. We are seeking work and proposals for both types of spaces.

All submissions via website-

InktoberFest is a new festival and has limited financial means. In order to sustain and grow this event it is required we charge a €10 application fee. This will be used to directly subsidise the administrative costs, IT resources and space to process applications. Any surplus in this fund will be diverted into the practical installation costs of InktoberFest. All work for the festival is done by volunteers.

There will also be a 25% commission on any work sold through the festival. All funds raised through this will go directly towards
InktoberFest 2018 as means to perpetuate the Festival as an annual event.

Open Call to UK Based Artists | Griffin Art Prize 2017 (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 3 July

Griffin Gallery calls for entries to the sixth edition of the Griffin Art Prize, an exhibition and studio award in painting and drawing open to UK based artists graduated since 2010.

Designed to have a meaningful impact on the career of one emerging artist, the Griffin Art Prize provides the time, space and materials from Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris to create new work in 2018, culminating in a showcase at Griffin Gallery, London in November.

The judges of the Griffin Art Prize 2017 are: artist Ansel Krut, Lindéngruppen owner and chairman, Jenny Lindén Urnes, Griffin Gallery head curator Becca Pelly-Fry, Elephant magazine editor Robert Shore.

The judges will be looking for excellence and innovation in painting and drawing. Twenty long listed artists will be announced in August and have their work featured on The judges then select ten short-listed artists to exhibit in a group show in November 2017 at Griffin Gallery, a high profile exhibition visited by collectors, curators and other art world professionals.

New for 2017 one outstanding candidate will benefit from the Griffin Art Prize at their location of choice within the UK. The winner will receive:

  • a cash stipend of £5000
  • £2000 of studio rent
  • Materials of choice from Winsor + Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris up to value £3000
  • A showcase of new work at the Griffin Art Prize shortlist exhibition at Griffin Gallery in November 2018
  • A professional support programme including; mentoring from an arts professional, technical advice from chemists in the
  • Innovation and Development laboratory, studio visits from head curator Becca Pelly-Fry and the Griffin Gallery team.

The prize is open to UK artists practicing in painting and drawing and graduated since 2010. Artists have until July 3rd 2017 to submit their applications of four recent artworks, artists’ statement and CV.

Please note: there is a £15 application fee.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | Aesthetica Art Prize 2017, UK (Submission Fee)

Application Deadline: 31 August

The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is Now Open for Entries. Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.

The award attracts thousands of entries in a range of innovative media from locations as diverse as Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. 2016’s finalists include Rachel Ara, founder of the artists collective [ALLOY]; Liz West, recipient of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award; and Ellie Davies, who has since shown new and recent works in the exhibition Into the Woods at Crane Kalman, London.


There are two awards for entry: the Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize. The Emerging Art Prize is open to current students and artists who have graduated within the last two years. The Main Art Prize is open to all, including those eligible for the Emerging Art Prize.

Main Art Prize

  • £5,000 prize money for the winner
  • Group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists
  • £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton
  • Art books courtesy of Prestel

Emerging Art Prize

  • £1,000 prize money for the winner
  • Group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists
  • £150 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton
  • Art books courtesy of Prestel

Please note there is a submission fee of £24 (GBP) for one entry. If you are shortlisted or longlisted for the Prize you will be asked to supply a high resolution image of your artwork for inclusion in the accompanying publication. If you are shortlisted for the Prize, you will be asked to supply your artwork for the exhibition in York, UK. Artists selected for the exhibition will be responsible for all transportation (delivery and collection) and insurance costs of artworks.

For more information see:

Deadline Extension | Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 2017 (Submission Fee)

Deadline Extended to 30 June 2017

This year’s Annual Exhibition will be held at the Ulster Museum, Belfast from 6th October 2017 to 7th January 2018 and will once again be sponsored generously by KPMG, the leading Accounting and Professional Advisory Firm. The exhibition will showcase original works across the disciplines of the visual arts by emerging and established artists.

Over £7,000 in prize money will be awarded to exhibiting artists of merit. Independent adjudicator Arthur Watson PRSA, will select recipients of the Academy’s gold, silver and bronze medal prizes. All other prizes will be awarded by the prize sponsors.

Entry to the exhibition includes an online short-listing process. Artists can enter a maximum of 3 works in any medium. Submitted work must be for sale, with the exception of one portrait piece per artist.

These works will be reviewed by a selection panel and results circulated by 18th August 2017 (please note that short-listing does not guarantee final selection).

Please Note: Fees are £15 per artwork for the first two works and £10 for the third work entered. Students are offered a reduced rate of £10 for the first two works entered and £7.50 for the third work. Your student number must appear on your online entry form for this reduction to apply.

To enter the exhibition please visit:
If you need help and assistance during your application process, please call +44 (0)28 90320819 or email

Open Call | Skerries Artwaves Exhibition 2017 (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 18 August, 5pm

Open to artists of all levels living/working in Fingal

Artists and designers are invited to submit up to 3 works under the following categories;

– Fine Art
– Design
– Applied Arts

Within those categories there will be the ability to further select sub-categories from the following visual arts disciplines that best describe the artwork(s) which may be submitted.
Performance; Sculpture; Painting; Drawing; Installation; Site Specific Film/Video; Illustration; Photography; Artist books; Graphic Design; Product Design; Furniture Design; Interactive; Jewellery/Silversmithing; Textiles; Print-making; Animation; Ceramics; Glass; and also a catch all ‘Other’ option as well.

Exhibition runs from 11 to 24 September at various locations around Skerries.

Transport of works is the responsibility of the artist. The opening reception, installation of works is covered by ArtWaves.
Although we have our own festival insurance we have advised all artists to have their own insurance also.

Artwaves aims to:

Provide a platform for artistic engagement between local artists and the community.
Promote audience participation inclusive of multi-cultural and multi-disciplined artistic practices.
Develop a strong artistic vision that is key to sustaining art at a local level for the community.

Please Note: There is a €5 submission fee – this is for printing professional quality mounted information to be placed beside each work exhibited around the town. Work sold during and as a result of this exhibition is subject to 15% commission on the selling price. For full terms and conditions see:

For more information and application details:

Open Call | SURVEYOR Exhibition, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: Friday 9 June, 4pm

Solstice Arts Centre would like to invite artists living in or from County Meath to submit works of all disciplines for inclusion in our sixth SURVEYOR open exhibition. SURVEYOR serves to support value and encourage artists in the development of their practice and creative career. This exhibition presents a selection of current contemporary visual arts practice throughout the county.

This year will see the continuation of the ‘Solstice Visual Arts Award’ which has a value of €1500. This will be awarded to a work of distinction in any medium.

Entry fee is €10 (per artist). There is a limit of 3 submissions per artist.

All application forms must be completed and returned to Solstice. Address soft copies to clearly titled “SURVEYOR Application 2017”. Alternatively, hard copies can be addressed to: Surveyor, Carol O’ Connor, Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland.

Work will be selected by an independent curator. This year’s curator is Artist Dr. Brian Fay, DIT.

Opening of Exhibition will be on Saturday 1st July at 2.30pm.
The drop off date for work is 11am- 4pm Saturday 24th June.

For more information and to download application form:

Open Call | National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 30 June

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is open for entries for 2017 and photographers in selected countries are invited to participate.

The organizers are looking for images that show us the world: its people, places, and cultures. Photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that reveal what inspires you.

Photos can be entered to three categories—Nature, Cities, People—for the chance to win amazing prizes and be named the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year — winner will be taken to a Galápagos expedition for two with National Geographic Expeditions.

Each category will feature three winners:
• First place $2,500
• Second place $750
• Third place $500

Contest is open only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and who reside in the 50 United States, India, Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Indonesia, Spain, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sweden, Turkey, Switzerland and Taiwan.

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017 – Entry Fee
The entry fee in 2017 is $15 per entry.

For more information and to apply online:

Open Call | Sunny Art Award 2017, London (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 20 June

Sunny Art Centre is accepting submissions for 2017, for its international art competition – the Sunny Art Award.

The competition is open for a variety of submissions which can range from two-dimensional works such as paintings, drawings and photographs, to three-dimensional sculptures, ceramics and jewellery.

A total cash fund of £6,000 is awarded to the art prize winners, £3,000 of which are reserved for the First Prize winner. Group exhibitions will also be held at the Sunny Art Centre in London, as well as at the Haidian District Art Centre in Beijing, Chen Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing, the AIP Art Centre in Guangzhou or the Blanc Art Gallery in Macau.

The competition is open to all artists from around the world, aged 18 years or over as of 10th April 2016. Each artist is allowed up to four (4) entries.

The Sunny Art Award 2017 exhibition will run at Sunny Art Centre, London (near the British Museum, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Museum of London) from 1st August to 31th August 2017.

Sunny Art Centre is dedicated to fostering an understanding of fine art from various perspectives and social viewpoints.

Sunny Art Award 2017 Entry Fee
The entry fee for this competition is £25 for one artwork, £32 for two artworks, £40 for three artworks and £45 for four artworks.

All artists are responsible for delivering their artwork to Sunny Art Centre; artists must also arrange collection of art works from Sunny Art Centre after the exhibition period. Alternatively Sunny Art Centre can arrange the return of artworks to the artist for an agreed upon packaging and delivery fee. If at any time during the exhibition period the artwork requires shipping to another location, Sunny Art Centre will cover all costs.

For more information and application details see:

Open Call | Cairde Visual 2017, Sligo (Submission Fee)

The deadline for receipt of applications: 12 June

Submissions are now being accepted for this year’s Cairde Visual. In 2013, a group of established Sligo based artists came together with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival with an aim to create a significant, international open submission exhibition for the North West. Cairde Visual was born and the first annual submission took place in The Hyde Bridge Gallery in 2014.

The move of Cairde Visual to The Model for 2017 is an exciting development for all concerned. Director of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Tara McGowan, believes that the collaboration with The Model will further enhance the reputation of the annual exhibition.

Guidelines and submission forms are available at and also at The Model reception desk.

Please Note: Submission fees are €10 for one piece, €15 for two pieces and €20 for three.

Cairde Arts Festival takes place from 9 to 15 July.

Please direct Further Enquiries to:

Water | International Photography Call for Entry, US (Submission Fee)

Deadline: 28 June 2017

Theme: Water
Water is a prominent theme in the art of photography both visually and conceptually and across a multitude of photographic genres. We welcome images about water issues and images of water in all it’s many forms, e.g. fog, oceans, snow, drought, etc. All artist renditions on the water theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for the exhibition.

Juror: Jennifer Murray
Jennifer Murray is the Executive Director of Filter Photo where she directs the planning of Filter Photo Festival as well as programming at Filter Space gallery. She is a founding member of the Chicago-based curatorial collective The Exhibition Project, which curates photography related exhibitions engaging new audiences with emerging artists. She was Director of Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, at Columbia College Chicago for eleven years where she organized a broad range of exhibitions in art and design.
Jurors Award: $400
Director’s Award: $200
Honorable Mention Awards: 1-year membership and submission to a Call for Entry.


Open Call | Claremorris Open Exhibition 2017 (Submission Fee)

Deadline: Friday 9 June 2017

The Claremorris Open Exhibition is accepting applications for new and site specific works for COE 2017: Celebrating 40 Years, adjudicated by Tom Morton, contributing editor of Frieze. Applications can be downloaded directly from the home page of our website:

Artists working in any medium are encouraged to apply, including: painting, print, sculpture, installation, photography, video, light, sound, performance and multimedia.
Works will be sited in a range of public spaces and venues in Claremorris. These sites will include gallery spaces, disused and operational business premises, public and private venues in the town centre. Appropriate locations for general submissions will be
identified after the initial selection process


Small Works Exhibition | Photographic Call for Entry, US (Submission Fee)

Deadline: 31 May 2017

THEME | Small Works
We love small presentations that become coveted art objects. All works chosen for this exhibition, must be presented at 12 inches or less. All genres, subjects, capture types and photographic processes both historic and modern as well as mixed media and unique presentations are eligible for selection by the juror, Kat Kiernan.

JUROR | Kat Kiernan
Kat Kiernan is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography publication Don’t Take Pictures. Kiernan’s writing has been published in many books and publications including Art New England Online, Feature Shoot, Big, Red, and Shiny, and Lenscratch. In 2015 she received the Rising Star Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2012 Photoboite Agency named her one of 30 emerging women photographers under 30 to watch.


EP’17 Call for Entries | Exchange of Prints 2017, Galway Print Studios (Submission Fee)

1 August 2017

Galway Print Studios annual Print Exchange is back. EP’17 is a unique opportunity for artists to connect with other artists and printmakers across Ireland. It is an exciting way for you to grow a collection of contemporary fine art while also promoting your work. Participants will produce an edition of twelve prints in any theme. You will then receive ten randomly selected prints from other participants in the exchange. Galway Print Studio will retain one print for our archive and one print to be exhibited in The Black Gate Cultural Centre Galway, in August of 2017.

The cost of taking part in the Print Exchange is €16 and if you have any questions please email the EP’17 team at
For full details visit

Open Call | Sonic Reflections, New Adventures in Sound Art, Canada

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme Sonic Reflections for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2018 programming.

Sound by its nature reflects in different ways depending on the environment in which it is experienced. These reflections help to give a place its character but they also can obscure elements of an environment. NAISA would like to celebrate the opening of its new facility – NAISA North Media Arts Centre – in South River Ontario with programming that is reflective of the past as well as using that reflection to inform future possibilities. For its 2018 programming, NAISA is interested in submissions that address the notion of Sonic Reflections and creative ways that this can be shared.

Preference in programming will be given to works that respond in some way to the theme Sonic Reflections. Individual interpretations or variations on the theme are encouraged, but should be realized with sound as the primary component. NAISA would also like to encourage artists to submit works on the theme for performance, interactive installation exhibit, audio-visual screening, radio or internet broadcast, telematics, VR/gaming, mobile experiences and any other emerging or alternative formats that include sound as a primary element. Please complete in full the online submission form and upload your audio by midnight on June 30, 2017.

Please Note: there is a $5 submission fee in order to defray the cost of processing the submissions. All works chosen for presentation will receive an artist fee. Only those artists being considered for presentation will be contacted.

Go to for full information and on-line application