Call for applications


Format19, Derby, United Kingdom
Deadline: 06 September 2018


Take part in the next edition of the FORMAT International Photography Festival

Under the festival theme FOREVER//NOW FORMAT19 welcomes diverse and imaginative proposals from international photographers, curators, artists and collectives in response to this exciting dual concept.

Selected entries will be given the opportunity to exhibit at FORMAT19 and a chance to receive one of the festival awards which include cash prizes, mentorship, printing services and magazine features.

A jury of international experts will view the submissions and will select 35 projects to be exhibited at FORMAT19 in the spring of 2019. Invited from around the world, the Advisory Jury includes: Erik Kessels (Netherlands), Gwen Lee (Singapore), He Yining (China), Sarah Allen (UK), Brian Griffin (UK), Sebastian Arthur Hau (France), Tim Clark (UK), Wang Baoguo (China), Yumi Goto (Japan), Huw Davies (UK), Louise Fedotov-Clements (UK)

The theme is divided into two parts, firstly looking at how the concept of FOREVER seems to be almost built into the very nature of humanity and the photograph as a recorded moment, manipulated memory or idea. Knowing that throughout history that all empires will fall, the theme also responds to major world events and the zeitgeist of the archive, past and present, found and lost; its history, purpose and uses. FOREVER is about memory and bearing witness, the theme touches on upon our obsession to record and share the continuous moment of ‘our’ lives.

The second element of the theme – NOW, asks you to look at your own contemporary work, interests and projects and send us the best of your current practice.

Format19 is looking for all kinds of work including long term researched documentary; multimedia; VR; moving image; installation; publications; web-based; interactive; performance; participatory; mobile; interactive; and conceptual.

Submission deadline: 6th September 2018 (11pm GMT)


FORMAT19 Opening Weekend, 14th -17th March
(including Conference, Portfolio Review and Photobook Market)



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