How do I enter the New East Photo Prize?
Please enter through the submission form on the website. You can submit a project made within the last two years in the New East countries. Entries may include moving image. Each submission must be accompanied by a photographic statement of up to 600 words long and a short biographical note up to 200 words. Full Terms and Conditions here.
Am I eligible to enter?
The New East Photo Prize is open to nationals of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia. The eligible countries are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
If I live outside the New East region, am I still eligible for entry?
Citizens of countries in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia or Russia resident anywhere in the world are eligible for entry. See the complete list of eligible countries above.
I am not a professional photographer. Does that matter?
No. Entries are welcome from anyone from the New East who works with photography and/ or moving image. The prize is inclusive and selected work will be chosen based on the artistic merit of the submission rather than the status of the photographer.
What do you mean by a project?
This can be a body of images or a motion picture produced in the New East exploring a particular theme or topic. The subject matter is at the discretion of the photographer. Practitioners working in a range of photography fields such as portraiture, landscape, documentary, contemporary art and architecture are welcome.
How many images can I submit to the competition?
For each project you may submit up to fifteen images. Series will be judged as a whole.
Can I submit a moving image project?
Yes, moving image works may be submitted providing they are no longer than 5 minutes in length. The submitted pieces may be short films, slideshows etc and may include dialogue and/or music.
How should I digitally prepare my images for entry?
The image preparation specifications can be found here.
Each image should be 72 dpi and between 1MB and 3MB, RGB mode, JPEG format maximum quality.
Moving images should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo in HD without any passwords. Each video should be no longer than 5 minutes. You should submit the URL link of the video page.
What are the judges looking for?
The judges will select work based on artistic merit.
The New East Photo Prize recognises practitioners offering representations of the social, cultural and physical landscape of the New East and other perspectives on that region.
Can a submission be considered for both the main competition and the Special Prize?
No. The main competition welcomes a wide array of completed photography and/or moving image projects. The Special Prize is designed to support an unfinished documentary photography project. The winning project of the Special Prize will be selected by Bird in Flight’s editorial team rather than the judges of the New East Photo Prize.
Can I submit more projects to the New East Photo Prize main competition?
No, each entrant can submit one project only, be it a series of images or a moving image project.
I create work as part of a team or collective. Can we enter our work as a collective?
Yes, as long as you make that clear in the statement accompanying the submission.
What happens to work that is shortlisted?
Once an entrant has been shortlisted, that person will be contacted by The Calvert Journal staff. Shortlisted works will be displayed in a two-month group exhibition at Calvert 22 Foundation’s space in London, opening in November 2016.
Shortlisted entrants and the winner of the prize will receive significant international coverage through the online (e-newsletters) and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) of The Calvert Journal and Calvert 22 Foundation, with a combined monthly reach of over 800,000 worldwide readers interested in the New East region.
The winner will be announced in December 2016.
The winner of the New East Photo Prize will be offered the opportunity to publish a body of work as a new photo book, produced on their behalf by Calvert 22 Foundation.
If I am not shortlisted will I receive feedback and suggestions for my work?
Due to the large number of entries it is not possible to provide personalised feedback for entrants. Please follow us on our social media channels to find more information about folio review opportunities, including networking events and other competitions and awards.
What if I run out of time?
No exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow for enough time to complete your entry. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on Friday 19 August 2016.
- I need more information. Who can I contact?