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last updated on the 23rd of May 2021

You can find below residencies, open calls, competitions, grants, exhibition & publication opportunities specifically directed towards emerging and early-career visual artists. Our selection focuses on such available to UK-based artists, but not exclusively. In addition, we only feature opportunities without a fee or with a very small entry fee / or such used towards the production of the suggested project or supporting a charity cause. This list is hand picked and updated weekly by Laura Bivolaru & Krasimira Butseva. 

Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award - 24th of May 2021 [free]

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The Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award of £2,000, facilitated by FotoDocument and generously supported by Nikon UK, is granted annually to a professional woman photographer towards the completion of a compelling and cohesive documentary photo essay, which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, whether local or global that has a focus on positive solutions. Submissions close on Monday 24 May 2021.

Grain: Picturing England’s High Streets - 26th of May 2021 [free]

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Apply here (Coventry)

The residency is a major new opportunity for a Photographer as part of the national Photographer-In- Residence Programme ‘Picturing England’s High Streets’.  Artist Fee – £6,000 over 2 year period (Stoke); Artist Fee – £4,000 over 1 year. (Coventry)

VOLT 2021 Eastbourne Open - 31st of May 2021 [free]

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2021's Eastbourne Open is the first in a series of open-call exhibitions that will occur regularly at VOLT. Up to 10 artists will be selected by a panel of judges (to be announced shortly) to exhibit at VOLT later this year.

BECA Photo Award - 31st of May 2021 [free]

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BECA Photo Award 2021 is one of the largest photo contests in Bulgaria organised by BECA Before Creating Academy. It is aimed at encouraging and supporting Bulgaria-based photographers.

The Pupil Sphere Graduate Showcase 2021 - 31st of May 2021 [free]

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As part of the Graduate Showcase, 10 submissions will be chosen to be featured in our ‘Spotlight Artists’. This is a series of feature interviews to highlight exceptional work further and will be chosen by both The Pupil Sphere team and a range of industry professionals.

ONE WORK – Arts Writer Open Call - 30th of May [free]

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Prospect Art is seeking arts writers for the ONE WORK series. The ONE WORK series is dedicated to a critical dialogue that focuses on one specific completed work by a contemporary artist. The series unites visual artists and critical writers through a monthly online publication.

This open call is for any writer enthusiastic about art that would want to write a short piece about a specific work from a contemporary artist that you will be paired with from our open call artist pool. We know that people wear many hats in the art world, so we are open to curators, writers, or artists who desire to be part of this project and write an article.

Arles Les Rencontres de la Photographie Book Award - 31st of May 2021 [free]

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Application is open to all photography books and catalogs that have been published between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. Applicants must forward one application form completed for each book by categories, together with one copy of each book submitted.

AND 2021 open call - then there was us [free]

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AND is a free to enter yearly competition. An annual showcase of some of the most interesting and distinctive photographic works in a multitude of styles and disciplines from across the globe. With a free open submission to all, the best stand alone images are carefully selected by our team and published in our yearly home exhibition publication.

Joan Wakelin Bursary - opens 1st of June [free]

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The Joan Wakelin Bursary offers £2000 for the production of a photographic essay on a social documentary issue.

BHM Live: Launchpad - Mentoring, Networking and Commission - 1st of June 2021 [free]

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Our annual invitation, addressed to artists using contemporary visual language, to join us in contaminating public space: with signs and imagery, provocations and projects translated into posters. Beginning with this edition, the format has become bigger and color has joined black and white. We ask what awaits us beyond capitalism, after the next climate crisis, what happens after we turn 30, after we turn 90, after the downfall of patriarchy, after disease, after empire, after punk, after tomorrow. We want to know how you imagine the end of democracy and what utopia may follow it, how you represent a community that has moved beyond gender and gender violence, how you envisage the posthuman landscape, the postcoital temperature, the features of a new posterity.

Depict Short Film Competition - 14th of June, 5pm BST [free]

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We want to see great films – it doesn’t matter what your budget is or what genre you’re working in. The competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world. Your film MUST be 90 seconds or less in duration.

The Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary - 14th of June [free]

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As part of The Society’s remit as an educational charity we offer an annual bursary of £3,500 in support of a postgraduate student.

MADE IT North West Graduate Art Prize 2021 - 15th of June 2021 [suggested donation]

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MADE IT is a selected showcase of North West graduate talent from the class of 2021.

Photo Vogue: Reframing History - 25th of June [free]

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REFRAMING HISTORY - PVF 2021 will explore the projects that have reclaimed an alternative, different way of telling a story.

46 Space BA / MA Graduate Open Call 20 / 21 - June 25th [free]

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If you graduated, or will graduate from a BA or MA photography or visual arts course in 2020 or 2021 you are encouraged to submit a project for consideration to be in an online group exhibition taking place this summer.

Charta Dummy Award 2021 - 9th of July 2021 [free]

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Charta Dummy Award is open to visual artists who use the photographic medium and have already made a book dummy of his/her project. There are no restrictions related to the theme. Artists are invited to submit a physical copy of their dummy. The final shortlist will consist of a selection of 25 book dummies to be exhibited in Rome during the Charta Festival 2021. One of the shortlisted dummies will be awarded the Charta Prize and will be published by Yogurt Editions with a production worth 5.000€.

The Photographic Angle x The Royal Photographic Society Environmental Bursary - 30th July [free]

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Applications are invited from anyone living or studying in the United Kingdom with a talent for taking photographs and an interest in the environmental concerns that we face today.

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.

Photograd Opportunities for Graduates - no set deadline [free]

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Photograd calls for graduate works, photobooks and features. 

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 offeringthe 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.

Museum of Contemporary Photography: Portfolio Review 2021 - 1st of January 2022 [free]

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The Museum of Contemporary Photography reviews portfolios from national and international artists on a bi-monthly basis for consideration for exhibition and acquisition.

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