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last updated on the 6th of August 2022

Below you can find residencies, open calls, competitions, grants, exhibition, publication, mentorship and workshop opportunities suitable for emerging and early-career visual artists. Our selection focuses on opportunities available to UK-based artists, although not exclusively. In addition, we aim to select free opportunities and fully-funded residencies, but you can also find a selection of £££ opportunities at the bottom of the list.

Funzilla Summer Edition 2022 - no specified deadline [free]

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FUNZILLA is a festival dedicated to photographic fanzines; participation in the festival is open and free but subject to selection.
Publications with the following basic characteristics can apply:
  • a format comparable to a fanzine (not a book, not a magazine, read more What do we mean when we talk about photozine?)
  • having mainly a photographic content
  • self-published or produced by small publishing houses
  • a low and congruent selling price
  • produced (preferably) in the last year

The Festival will take place 2-4 September in Alfedena.

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio International Open Call AIR Program - 8th of August [free]

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This AIR program aims to support art collectives/groups creating and exhibiting new artworks/projects taking Sapporo/ Hokkaido as a starting point for various types of research; for example, learning folk knowledge, field research or engaging with local people.

The Lucie Emerging Scholarships - 1st of September [free]

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The Lucie Emerging Scholarships are open to emerging photographers 18 years and older, worldwide.
Our support of photography is broad, from Fine Art to Documentary and Photojournalism, to digital and film-based works. Our concern is to support emerging photographers producing work that is at once gripping, and original. The Lucie Foundation is proud to offer four cash grants to support the work of emerging and established photographers.

Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Award Scheme Call Out - 11th of September [free]

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The award offers recent graduates a fantastic, free opportunity to continue developing their practice in a 200ft studio based within our artist-led cooperative. The scheme encourages the selected artist to utilise our facilities, participate in and draw on our lively community to produce and present new work. Towards the end of the scheme, the awardee will be invited to share the outcomes of the residency in a form of their choosing (past awardees have hosted events, presented exhibitions, symposium and even organised gigs).

Noorderlicht Photo Festival 2023 - 19th of September [free]

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The Noorderlicht International Photo Festival 2023 takes place from 26 August to 26 November 2023 at various locations, primarily in the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Friesland. The theme REGENERATE will explore the increasing pressure of immense global challenges and the e!ect of these on our living together. The festival gives voice to artists who express this feeling of urgency and share stories of hope and a fresh start.

The Horizon Magazine - 30th of September [free]

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At The Horizon Magazine each edition is a combination of visual and literary media. We aspire to blend our submissions in a way that allow pieces to play off each other, complement, and contrast. We accept submissions of:
  • Art and Photography (suggested < 10 pieces)
  • Poetry (suggested < 10 pieces)
  • Short Fiction + Drama (3000 words max)
  • Essays (3000 words max)

Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust - 3rd of October [free]

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The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust provides small scale grants to British artists, designers, writers and performers over the age of 30 who are experiencing financial difficulties in the pursuit of their careers.

Yogurt Flavours Call for Entries - 15th of October [free]

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Wildness is an exploration of the relationship that has always connected us to nature. Throughout history, human beings have tried to contemplate or dominate, to understand or exploit it. In the next Yogurt flavour, we want to create a visual compendium that will stage this complex relationship. We, therefore, invite the artists to deepen the theme both from a historical and a contemporary point of view.
The call is open to all kinds of interpretations, iconographic investigations, and manipulations of the photographic medium or of already existing archives. Visual metaphors, nuances, documentary, or descriptive photographs. Everything can contribute to the construction of this collective reflection.

Mophradat Grants for Artists’ Practice - 25th of October [free]

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For each edition, the program provides approximately ten grants of either US$2,500 or US$5,000 covering periods of research, residencies, production of new work, curating and presenting shows, amongst other forms of artistic work. The program is only open to those interested in an ongoing conversation with the professional peers that Mophradat is engaging for this purpose.

Sony World Photography Awards: 2023 National & Regional Awards - 6th of January [free]

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Unique in its scale and influence, the National & Regional Awards programme celebrates and rewards local photographic talent across the world.
Expert judges uncover the best single images from each of the countries entered into the National & Regional Awards. Winners are given Sony digital imaging equipment as well as global and local exposure.

Sony World Photography Awards: Open Competition - 6th of January [free]

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  • Free to enter and open to anyone submitting single images taken in 2022
  • Ten diverse categories to enter
  • Awards for category winners plus up to 15 shortlisted photographers per category
  • One overall winner receives the Open Photographer of the Year title

Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund - on a rolling basis [free]

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Applications do not require project proposals. If you’re selected to work on commission, you’ll receive between US$500 and US$5000. The amount will be determined by the selection committee based on the length of the engagement and the scope of work. Commission opportunities vary depending on time of year and company focus. Selection is determined based on how well an applicant’s skills match the opportunities available.

Open Eye Gallery Open Source - on a rolling basis [free]

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Open Source is a rolling submission-based open call, giving developing and early-career artists the opportunity to showcase their work digitally on the gallery’s exterior screen. A new photographer will show for the duration of a month, every month. We’re looking for photographic projects that connect to our exhibitions, offering new ways of looking at the issues we confront in the gallery. Open Source is part of our responsive programme, offering our on and offline resources for others to use. There is no theme and no limit to number of submissions, but we encourage projects that engage with themes explored in our exhibitions. The aim of the platform is to make lesser-known artists more visible.

L’Air Arts Solo & Duo Residency - no set deadline [free]

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The L’AiR Arts Solo/Duo Residency at Atelier 11 is designed to provide artists and cultural professionals with the opportunity to carry out artistic projects, develop their research, workshop new ideas, and build their international network. The residency is self-curated, participants are expected to work and develop their artistic projects individually, and are invited to present the results of their residency in various event-based formats, supported by the L'AiR Arts team.

The purpose of the residency is to foster cross-cultural exchanges and collaborations between the local art ecosystem, including Paris-based artists, scholars, curators, art critics, institutions, and galleries, and international artists and cultural professionals. Residents will have the opportunity to connect with other visiting and local professionals, exchange their ideas and skills, and present their work.

TPG Young Writers - no set deadline [free]

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An editorial programme for writers and photographers under 25. For those who enjoy the writing side of photography, we run two editorial programmes which explore photography in different ways. All articles have a 500 word count, and are uploaded to The Photographers’ Gallery website, as well as being included in the monthly newsletter to teachers and educators. We’ll also promote the piece through our Twitter.  For both articles types (A Young Person Recommends… and A Story Behind a Photograph) , we pay the writer £40 for the piece. For A Young Person Recommends, we can reimburse you for your exhibition ticket/book.

The Eaton Fund - no set deadline [free]

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This is a small charity and our grants are modest. At the moment our average grant is under £300 and not everyone is successful.

The Awesome Foundation Grant - no set deadline [free]

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Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn't be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don't want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen!

Catch 22 The Creativity Project - no set deadline [free]

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The Creativity Project will provide industry insight into the creative sector, along with access to creative professionals who will be sharing their experiences and teaching young people how to get a start in the creative world, including how to build a portfolio, how to create a creative CV and how to interview for those positions. We are aiming to support over 2,500 young people who are not in education, employment or training to get closer to a creative job by 2024. The programme will be delivered in cities and towns right across the UK including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Bishop Auckland, Peterlee, Great Yarmouth, Southend and Maidstone.

Tied to Light - no set deadline [free]

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To submit, please email us at with:

- A short statement about your practice (max 100 words).
- 5-10 images of your work (max 1MB per image).
- Any relevant hashtags or handles you would like us to include.

The Balkan Archive - no set deadline [free]

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Whether a single image or a series of photographs, you can send your contributions via DM or to

1525 Collective New Member Call Out - no set deadline [free]

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We strive to be a proactive collective in sharing resources, discussing ideas, and mutually supporting each other’s creative interests. We provide a space for critical engagement combined with invention and playfulness. We pledge to connect and respond to the issues that affect young people in the city. Together, we move to reimagine the arts in a broadening experimental practice.

Art Cry - no set deadline [free]

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Art Cry is a new fund supporting urgent artistic responses to current social and political event. We are interested in funding work which responds to events happening now and need funding immediately to make that possible. In a climate where 48 hours makes a headline old news and distraction politics are commonplace, we need to be able to respond faster. Artistic responses can challenge a narrative, provoke deeper conversation or capture the mood of a community in the moment.

The Moniker Foundation Digital Artist Grant - no set deadline [free]

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This is a no-strings attached financial support to help digital artists of all ages who are in the early stages of their careers. They can spend the grant on whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. Each month we will award a 500 GBP grant. To apply, you must be a digital artist, working with digital mediums.

Grand Plan Fund - running monthly [free]

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We’re a new charity offering three £1,000 grants a month for people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new creative project.

The Peter Hansel Scholarship Fund - no set deadline [free]

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The fund provides financial support for any person working in a programme of study or research in the field of illustrative documentation in medicine.

Re-Collective Call for Submissions - no set deadline [free]

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We are looking for artists who love nature and fight against climate change, or anyone who wants to take place in this activist project.

Photomeet x Northern Narratives - no set deadline [free]

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Photo Meet and Northern Narratives would like to help friends, colleagues and co-workers in the field offering the opportunity to access their online resources to expose and promote their projects with a series of features, interviews, and online chats.

The African Photobook - no set deadline [free]

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Publishers and photographers are invited to contribte by submitting books to be showcased on the TAP database. Get in touch with them about your books / suggestions.

Creative Debuts: Black Artist Grant - running monthly [free]

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The Black Artists Grant is £1,000 given out monthly to black artists in the UK, with each artist selected receiving £500 each. 

The BAG is no-strings attached financial support to help the selected artists in whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. This is specifically for Black artists; not politically black, not POC or BAME.  Recipients will be chosen monthly, and every few months this selector will change.

Tour de Moon Opportunities - see platform for specific deadlines [free]

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Tour de Moon is a cosmic adventure, a nationwide large-scale public festival of immersive experiences and live events developed in collaboration with our “universal satellite”: the Moon, seen as a character, a landscape and a prompt for radical imagination. The festival, composed of 8 programming strands, aims to reach millions of visitors across the UK and the world in 2022, through live and virtual experiences, supporting youth, nightlife creators, scientists and digital creators through cooperation. With Tour de Moon, we seek new beginnings, to empower others to create, to initiate, to innovate with new thinking and pluralistic practices so that history does not repeat itself on and beyond Earth.Tour de Moon will be in Southampton(11th – 14th June 2022), Newcastle(27th – 30th May 2022) and Leicester(13th – 16th May 2022) in the summer 2022.

Inside the Outside Submissions - no set deadline [free]

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We are interested to hear from individuals and especially small collaborative groups (2+) who have either existing, in progress or ideas for new series of work for us to feature online and also possibly publish in print through our popular zines.

£ £ £

Circulation(s) Festival Open Call - 25th July [€10 early bird, then €20]

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Each year, the Circulation(s) festival presents a panorama of emerging European photographic creation. Its programme is partly organised by an annual call for applications from all photographers, without any age or background criteria. The next edition of the Circulation(s) festival will take place from 25 March to 21 May 2023 at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS.

Rotlicht 2022 Open Call - 31st of July [€15]

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The Rotlicht Festival is looking for artists who use the medium of photography, in which analog processes and elements play a crucial role.
Also welcome are analog works that are enhanced with digital techniques to create hybrid forms. We do not accept purely digital photographic works.

Source Graduate Photography Online 2022 - 6th of August (MA courses) [£33 per student]

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With Source’s 25-year track record of publishing, our established readership of industry professionals includes curators, picture editors and publishers. Create a permanent promotional platform for your graduate work on our website to ensure that it is seen long after the week of your degree show. Your individual web page can feature up to 8 images, your Artist Statement, contact details and a link to your website. Includes a free 1-year digital subscription to Source (worth £26.99) with access to our extensive back issue archive and our monthly e-bulletin which will ensure you stay informed with all the latest news and opportunities from the photography sector.

OD Photo Prize 2022 - 11th of August [£12]

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After the success of last year, the OD Photo Prize returns for its second edition. This prize is an exciting open call for emerging artists working within the first ten years of their practice, founded by Open Doors Gallery. For many years, OD has discovered and showcased artists working across all genres of contemporary photography. This prize is an extension of that philosophy, which looks to nurture long-term relationships with artists globally. The finalists will participate in a Winter group exhibition with Open Doors Gallery in London to celebrate their talent and work. Selected finalists are also eligible for a variety of prizes chosen by our panel of influential experts in the field of photography.

Unseen - GOST Books Publishing Award - 23rd of August [€35 / project]

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The Unseen - GOST Books Publishing Award is an open Award that aims to promote and publish the work of any photographer / artist, and to foster previously unpublished photographic work through the publication of a book by the Unseen / GOST imprint.

Format23 Open Call - 31st of August [€18 early bird / €23 after August 2nd; 10 bursaries available]

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We welcome diverse and imaginative proposals from international photographers, curators, artists and collectives that represent the state of photography as it is today. For FORMAT23 we are excited to see your views, imaginations and stories of this world and what will come next; what is important; what has gone unseen and what are we yet to discover? There are no limits… Selected entries will be given the opportunity to exhibit at FORMAT23 and a chance to receive one of the festival awards. All submissions will be seen by our FORMAT Curators and a longlist will be selected for final review by our panel of industry experts.

The 2022 Paris Photo–Aperture PhotoBook Awards - 9th of September [variable entry fee]

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The First PhotoBook Prize

A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) whose first finished, publicly available photobook is judged to be the best of the year. Twenty books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

PhotoBook of the Year Prize

This prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s), and publisher responsible, for the photobook judged to be the best of the year. Ten books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

Photography Catalogue of the Year Prize

Awarded to the publication, publisher, and/or organizing institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of the year. Five books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

The shortlisted books, accompanied by the jury’s comments, will appear online and in a special take-away catalogue, to be released at Paris Photo. An exhibition of shortlisted books will also travel internationally following their display in Paris.

Charta Award 2022 - 9th of November [€18]

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The Charta Award is open to artists who incorporate the photographic medium in their artistic practice and have produced a project that could be printed in the book format. The theme of the award is open. We are looking for projects that underline an original narrative and use of contemporary language. Artists are invited to send a folder consisting of a minimum of 40 images and a synopsis that includes the author’s name, as well as the title and the description of the project. The artists are encouraged to include an edited PDF that could help the jury to better understand the project. The winning project will be published, designed, and co-edited by Yogurt Editions and Zone Magazine in a 500-copy edition, printed by Ofset Yapimevi printing house in Istanbul.

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