Deadline: 6 September 2021
Open to: any photographer or artist using the photographic medium on a regular basis.
Benefits: first prize winner get EUR 5000 paid by direct electronic bank transfer and a Certificate
212 Photography Istanbul is an annual cultural and educational international photography event, featuring an array of exhibits, workshops, film screenings, lecture/panels, portfolio reviews and more.
Emerged as a product of 212 Magazine, planned and executed as a comprehensive photography event, the main goal of the organisation is to bring together various artistic minds to showcase their talents.
The 212 Photography Competition is a fully independent body, run by 212 Photography İstanbul and showcasing the best up-and-coming talents of the year from the country, region and around the world. Our team administers a series of photography prizes that call for the very best in photography.
However, the photography competition is only half of the story. While highlighting the photographer’s art through this event, we also produce an international biannual arts and culture magazine, 212 Magazine. With these two entities hand in hand, funded by 212 Studio, the premier boutique photography and production agency in Istanbul, we aim to be as challenging as we are influential – to provide an inclusive space for ideas and perspectives to mix without prejudice and better interrogate social, artistic and cultural phenomena from the region and around the world.
IN SHORT, THE CONCEPT IS A HYBRID OF AN INCLUSIVE, CREATIVE COMPETITION TWINNED WITH A PASSION FOR INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING AND PHOTOGRAPHY.
By choosing to enter the 212 Photography Competition, you gain the benefit of the prestige and international exposure that comes from entering a competition of this scope. Our aim is to transform the competition into a cultural and artistic tradition that comes out of Istanbul.
First things first. You are able to submit up to ten photos. Although it is encouraged that the images be selected from 1 or 2 distinctive series, it is not mandatory.
After you enter, the 212 team will sort through the photographs, and present the judges with a shortlist.
THE COMPETITION IS DESIGNED TO WELCOME WORK FROM PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS OF ALL AGES AND ALL NATIONS, TAKEN ON ANY CAMERA.
The competition is open to any photographer or artist using the photographic medium on a regular basis. No age or nationality restrictions apply.
- The competition does not distinguish according to genre; portraits, landscapes, still life, fashion, etc. are all admissible.
- In pursuit of the newcomers of the year, only photographers/artists who have not had a major exhibition in a gallery or cultural institution of international importance may take part.
- Please note that collective submissions – made by two or more artists – are acceptable providing the authors work on a regular basis together and have built a body of work together.
First Prize: EUR 5000 paid by direct electronic bank transfer and a Certificate, letter of thanks from the 212 Committee, a professional portfolio review of your work, exposure on 212 Magazine.
How to apply
The competition consists of 2 rounds of evaluation:
First round: Entries must be submitted by email at the latest on September 6th 2021 23:59 +3 GMT (see details below). Following this first round, the festival committee will make an initial selection of 10 participants to deliver to the jury. On September 20th, 2021 at the latest all entrants will be informed whether they have been selected for the second round, or not.
Second round: 10 selected participants will be evaluated by the jury. Results are going to announced on October 1st, 2021 during the festival.
For more information, please visit the official webpage.