Based on requests of numerous photographers, KAUNAS PHOTO 2015 announces an additional period of entries. The entries are accepted until 15 April, 2015, 11:59 PM GMT+2
Who can submit and what kind of works are expected to KAUNAS PHOTO 2015 edition?
The call to enter works to KAUNAS PHOTO 2015 is open to all photographers regardless of their age, nationality, country of residence, styles & genres of photography. All themes, styles, approaches are welcome, yet we expect series of photographs and picture stories only in sets of 12 images. Unshown and unpublished photography is a preference. The theme of KAUNAS PHOTO festival 2015, “Pursuit”, is discussed in the following chapter.
Works already submitted to the 3 in 1 Call earlier this year, folioPORT.org 2013 or earlier editions of KAUNAS PHOTO festival do not need to be resubmitted again. These works are considered during the selection process and are available for consulting to KAUNAS PHOTO curators.
“Pursuit“, the theme of KAUNAS PHOTO festival 2015
Our century can be identified as time of accelerated lifestyle. The quest for more pleasure, cheaper goods, higher buildings, bigger profits, ever-increasing data bit rate and resolution of images, etc. enqueue us in an endless quest. “Citius, Altius, Fortius” run to a mirage-like horizon might stimulate economic growth and feed the posture of temporary satisfaction. But does it earn the currency of happiness?
What are those little ideals, attachments, resources of midnight oil in the turmoil of stressful life that keep people going? What are the things people go for with passion and commitment? What undertakings change their lives and those of others? There is a saying that there is no emptiness in human heart and soul – it needs to be busy with reaching for something or someone.
The 12th KAUNAS PHOTO festival will pursue the theme of “Pursuit”. Would the subject be pursuit of happiness or just a survival, hobby or escape from boring reality, attachment to a value or a dedication to a trend, lonesome lifestyle or run after a crowd, chase for rarities or down-to-earth hobbies, the series of photographs or works of visual art that use photography must demonstrate the human desire for spiritual, material, economic, technological, ideological ideals in the making. Works that tell stories or rise discussion about intentional efforts of reaching goals of life and perseverance are welcome to be submitted for eventual inclusion of the program of the 12th KAUNAS PHOTO festival. “Pursuit” is a focus on journey, with a possibly visible blurry background of the destination.
Entries by email only, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
One photographer / artist can enter up to three portfolios.
An entry consists of the following:
1) filled out entry form (.doc) or entry form (.pdf);
2) artist’s CV (max 150 words, descriptive, .doc format);
3) artistic statement about the submitted work (max 150 words, .doc format),
4) up to 12 pictures in attachment (RGB, 90% quality JPG, longer side 1200 px; file naming: “Name SURNAME_Title-of-series_Individual picture title_01.jpg”)
Attachment: Loose files or zip, total not more than 10 MB.
5) entry fee payment.
Entrants will receive confirmations of entry receipt.
One submitted portfolio must be confirmed by an entry fee of 15 EUR, 2 portfolios – 25 EUR; 3 portfolios – 30 EUR.
1) bank transfer to
VsI Sviesos rastas; enterprise code – 236029130;
Bank name -Swedbank, AB; bank address – Konstitucijos pr. 20A, 03502 Vilnius, Lithuania; bank code – 73000; SWIFT – HABALT22, IBAN (account number) – LT397300010079629079.
If you choose the bank transfer, please email a scan / pdf of the transfer confirmation.
PayPal to email@example.com
If you choose PayPal, you do not need to send confirmations. PayPal sends official notifications.
Entrants are kindly asked to make sure that that the exact amount arrives to the bank account or PayPal account (transfer expenses on the side of the payment sender).
Author’s rights and other legal aspects
While submitting works for consideration to KAUNAS PHOTO festival 2015, photographers declare that they are the only owners of the economic author’s rights to the pictures submitted. They agree that in case the submitted works are selected for exhibitions or projections at the festival, they can be further reproduced in materials and forms of artistic or media presentation KAUNAS PHOTO festival, such as, but not limiting to: flyers, invitation cards, post cards, posters, catalogs, projections, slideshows, web sites, including but not limited to that of KAUNAS PHOTO festival for unlimited time in unlimited territory without any royalty payments. Typical examples of showing works outside Kaunas are slideshow taking place in a variety of partnering photo festivals worldwide – from Ireland to Argentina.
Entrants accept their responsibility for the right to the image of persons, models, places, objects or trade marks appearing in the pictures submitted to folioPORT.org on-line portfolio reviews.
Selection process and key dates in 2015
7 January – 3 March – 3 in 1 Call for entries (over)
5 March – 15 April – over 50 experts reviewing portfolios online (in progress)
10 April – Announcement of photographers selected for KAUNAS PHOTO festival from the main call, independently of TOP-20 or ratings in general.
16 April – Announcement of TOP-20 photographers of the folioPORT.org online portfolio reviews;
16 April – Announcement of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2014 Winner, chosen from the TOP-20 portfolios by the board of curators of KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY.
20 April – Announcement of results of the Additional call.
End of May – KAUNAS PHOTO festival kick-off
Between End of August – End of Mid-October – KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner’s exhibition at KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY and other KAUNAS PHOTO exhibitions, projections, talks, portfolio reviews and other events.
KAUNAS PHOTO festival – objectives and commitments
(Lithuania, since 2004) has been a festival of premières for future stars of contemporary photography. Being a part of Photo Festival Union and Festivals Of Light Organization, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is the longest-running photographic festival in the Baltic states. It serves as a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West.
Today, more and more competitions (even highly ranked ones), galleries and festivals practice requesting artists to pay for almost every aspect of participation and exhibiting their works – from high entry fees to production of works, travel, accommodation…
If selected to exhibit at KAUNAS PHOTO festival, photographers do not need to make huge investments. In most cases, the works are produced to match site-specific settings, at the expense of the festival. If the artists’ works are available to be transported, are in reasonable distance within the EU and match the general idea of exhibition and space in Kaunas, the festival covers transportation and insurance of works. Hotel accommodation for at least 2 days in Kaunas (at festival’s chosen hotel) is paid, if invited artists are available to be present at exhibition openings or purposely arranged guided tours, artist talks. The only promise the festival is unable to make, is covering the full travel bill. Therefore, a only modest contribution to travel costs is offered. Adapted in 2010, this formula has enabled most artists to be present at KAUNAS PHOTO festival exhibition openings or guided tours, artist talks.
KAUNAS PHOTO festival is in pursuit of perfection in building exhibitions, respect to artists and by welcoming artists, curators and audience, making world-wide photo exchange happen.
For references, please consult a friend of yours. You surely know someone who has exhibited in Kaunas and visited his / her show since 2010…