The Long List of Artist Opportunities: 2019

A selection of international open calls, competitions, art prizes, residencies, exhibitions and exhibition opportunities to submit your work to this month.

To submit your proposal or call for entries to this list, send an email to [email protected], with “Artist Opportunity” in the subject line.


MonoVisions Photography Awards: an international open call for photographers using black and white medium to express their visual language.

  • Deadline: 6 January 2019
  • Entry fee: $25-$30
  • Theme: Black and White

British Journal of Photography Portrait of Humanity Award 2019: 1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography, together with Magnum Photos, are launching Portrait of Humanity, a timely reminder that we are all united by our shared humanity.

  • Deadline: 8 January 2019
  • Entry fee: $15-35
  • Theme: Portraiture / Documentary

Fine Art Photography Awards 2019: The winners of the Professional and Amateur sections will receive the titles: Professional Fine Art Photographer of the Year, Amateur Fine Art Photographer of the Year and $5000 in cash prizes.

  • Deadline: 10 February 2019
  • Entry fee: Professional – 25 USD, Amateur – 20 USD
  • Theme: Multi-categories

Nikon Small World Competition 2019 – Photography through the microscope.

  • Deadline: 30 April 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Macro/Micro

2019 Sony World Photography Awards – Submit your best images.

  • Deadline: 4 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Multi-categories

Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019: supports photographers and filmmakers who wish to share important stories and influence the way people think through images.

  • Deadline: 31 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Other

BP Portrait Award 2019: A cash award of £35,000, plus, at the judges’ discretion, a commission worth £7,000, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.

  • Deadline: 21 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Portrait, People

2019 ND Awards: Choose your best work, upload photos and give yourself a chance to compete for prestige, fame and more than $ 7,500 in monetary award!

  • Deadline: 28 April 2019
  • Entry fee: $15 Amateur / $20 Professional
  • Theme: Multi

POY – 76th Annual Pictures of the Year International Competition: Each year, POY recognizes excellence in photojournalism, multimedia, and visual editing. $1,000 in cash prizes.

  • Deadline: 14 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Documentary, Photojournalism

Magenta Foundation – Flash Forward: Our emerging photographers competition supports all young photographers working in all forms of photography, and introduces four important special-interest topics.

  • Deadline: 15 January 2019
  • Entry fee: $25 USD
  • Theme: Racial Issues, Climate and the Environment, LGBTQ Issues, Female-identifying Photographers, Indigenous Photographers.

Open Calls

Magnum Photo Submissions 2019: Magnum Photos is a co-operative owned and run by its members/photographers. They meet once a year during the last weekend in June to discuss the organization’s affairs. One day of the meeting is set aside for looking at and voting on potential new members’ portfolios.

  • Deadline: 31 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Open

6th Open Call Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts: The 6th Open Call for Entries: – A Juried International Photography Exhibition
A juried open call for contemporary voices in photography

  • Deadline: 6 January 2019
  • Entry fee: $35 USD
  • Theme: Photography

Spectro: Past Present and Future: How do we process our past, capture our present, and envision our future? For the artist, these questions can lead to a plethora of subjects and explorations.

  • Deadline: 9 January 2019
  • Entry fee: $35 USD
  • Theme: Past, Present and Future

Call for Web Residencies by Solitude & ZKM »Planetary Glitch« This is a call for artists, designers, (bio)hackers, technologists, storytellers, writers, healers and shape-shifters to create new open–source strategies for undoing the trap of this planetary shift.
We accept text, performance, documentary video and fiction, 3D objects, net sculptures and installations, web archives, apps, and any other experimental mediums.

  • Deadline: 6 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Selected projects should be carried out in open-source formats that are well-documented, shareable, and consider the accessibility of its users, who may range in age, race, gender, economic class, and ability. 

LAB Opportunity: Beyond Queer – strategies for changing the world: In the face of continued austerity, over-population, mass migration, global warming, and famine we are told we are past the point of prevention, and now in the era of adaptation. So, in the face of catastrophe who might lead the way?

  • Deadline: 7 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Grant – Four day intensive LAB, hosted and facilitated by Lois Weaver and Scottee will create a forum for discussion and experimentation; a supportive and radicalised space to think the unthinkable. 

Rising Stars 2019 exhibition: Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion students and recent graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars aims to offer new makers their first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition:

  • Deadline: 17 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Exhibition opportunity.

NEWS – Seasonal School – The Domestic Landscape : Jupiter Woods welcome NEWS for its second edition, exploring the domestic landscape. Throughout history, we have considered Nature as an extension of our interior, a space we can order. How is order manifested in the household? Could we challenge the customs which dictate the ways we are looking after our interior? We make the assumption that cleanliness is the natural state of the house, but why should it be so? In the domestic premises of Jupiter Woods, an arts organisation housed in a semi-detached house located in the industrial neighbourhood of South Bermondsey, our aim is to run a series of practical experiments which use the states of chaos and order as a methodology to produce visual and critical responses. We welcome creatives from diverse backgrounds to submit their proposal.

  • Deadline: 12 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Artist in Residency.

Open Call: The Female Gaze: When popular media consistently portrays women through the lens of heterosexual cis men, how can we avoid internalising it? What effect does this have on our treatment of ourselves and others? We invite artists to submit pieces that eschew the ‘male gaze’ in favour of the female.

  • Deadline: 12 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Artist in Residency.

OF 2019: Green, Post-Human and AI Exhibition Opportunity : This year’s RIXC Art Science Festival 2019 is centered on the theme of green, providing a cross-disciplinary platform for the discussions and artistic interventions exploring one of the most pervasive and broadest topics of our times. The festival will feature the “Green” exhibition opening, taking place in the National Museum of Art, and the 4th Open Fields conference on “Green, Post-Human, and AI”.

  • Deadline: 15 January 2019
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Theme: Exhibition Opportunity
Image: Alice Donovan Rouse

Ongoing Call For Entries

Fotoroom: Seeking brand new, unpublished photography stories.

Humble Arts Foundation: Accepting submissions for online group shows, blog features, Instagram Residencies and Instagram Group Shows on an ongoing basis.

Feature Shoot Photo du Jour: All types of work, from fine art to advertising, student work, to work from the top photographers in the game.

Archive Collective Call for Entries: Entries in any medium, for publication on our digital platform.

Colossal: Accepting visual art, photography, sculpture, painting, installation, collage, paper, illustration or drawing, street art, architecture, industrial design, textile, animation, documentaries, and anything else involving a strong (generally non-digital) visual aspect.

Phroom Magazine: An international research platform dedicated to contemporary Fine-Art Photography and Video Art. Through our visual research we select and present the best projects from all over the world.

Self Publish Be Happy: Submit a self-published book. SPBH celebrates and promotes self-published photo books by featuring and selling them on the site, sharing them at art fairs, and running workshops on self-publishing. If your work is accepted in SPBH, it’ll be part of a whole self-publishing movement.

It’s Nice That: work from all kinds of creatives: photographers, illustrators, designers, and multimedia artists of all sorts are welcome to submit. Work featured here tends to have a contemporary, clean vibe.

iGNANT: iGNANT provides an established, professional platform to get your work noticed. Featuring groundbreaking new work in art, design, photography, fashion, and architecture.

Format Magazine: Accepting submissions in design, art, photography, or any other creative project.

Velvet Eyes: The purpose of Velvet Eyes is to provide emerging photographer an opportunity to share their work. We are looking for sensitive eyes with a poetic approach, don’t hesitate to look through the website to know more about the style of our selections.

Juxtapoz: Juxtapoz features fresh artwork with an underground style, often featuring graffiti art updates and unusual illustrators.

Contemporary Art Daily: Contemporary Art Daily asks that artists submit by sharing a press release of a current exhibition. Be sure to include installation views and images of individual works in the show in your submission.

Aint-Bad: An online platform highlighting contemporary photography with the aim of furthering an “ever-more urgent, critical conversation about the human condition.”

Of the Afternoon: Originally launched as a print publication, Of the Afternoon prints a biannual magazine.

LensCulture: LensCulture is interested in featuring new photographers on the site.

Fstoppers: This prominent photography community showcases a Photo of the Day on their front page, Twitter, and Instagram.

Feature Shoot: A wide rang of different photography styles, whether it’s fine art or product photography, coming from emerging or established photographers.

C41 Magazine: C41 Magazine is daily produced and created by an editorial team based in Milan – Italy – with content contributed by artists from around the world. We do accept unsolicited submissions and have outlined a few steps for those who are interested in getting involved.

F-Stop Magazine: A published bimonthly online, this photography magazine themes each issue around a different topic to create a dialogue among the artists featured.

Semizine: is a non profit, independently published online and annual print magazine championing new voices within the global art community.

Via Submittable:

Tea Roots, a San Francisco based arts and social justice nonprofit, is inviting visual artists to submit work for a Bay Area exhibition.

The Sun Valley Film Festival offers opportunities for storytellers, artists, and filmmakers, including the ‘1 Potato Short Screenplay Contest’ and ski and snowboarding film submissions.

For its Spring 2019 issueThe Sea Letter is currently accepting short fiction and poetry.

Palooka is an international nonprofit literary magazine seeking fiction, poetry, nonfiction, chapbooks, artwork, photography, graphic narratives, and comic strips.

The 55th annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Georgia Writers Association, are now accepting nominations for books and poetry chapbooks published in 2018 by Georgia residents.

Arts & Letters seeks fiction, flash, nonfiction, and poetry for its biannual print journal.

Creative Time is accepting proposals from NYC- based artists working in any medium for a new public artwork, to be exhibited in spring/summer 2019.

For its online journalOpen Arts Forum seeks original writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction), photography (collections preferred), and art (all styles and types).

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, welcomes submissions for its annual contests: a chapbook of poetry, a chapbook of prose, and a novella.

Each workshop season, Brooklyn Poets awards fellowships to promising students in need to take a workshop for free.

The Terry J. Cox Poetry Prize is awarded by Regal House Publishing to honor a poet’s first book with $500 prize and publication.

MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is accepting grant applications from Boston and Connecticut artists.

Every Day Fiction is looking for very short (flash) fiction of up to 1000 words.

Ishion Hutchinson will judge TheWell Review’s 2019 Poetry Prize.

Create! Magazine is hosting an international open call for women artists.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, North American Review will host a writing conference, April 19-21, 2019, on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Common Field is offering 25 national scholarships to support arts organizers with the costs of travel and attendance to the 2019 Common Field Philadelphia Convening.

The VICEFellowship for Collegiate Reporting connects the VICE digital newsroom with college journalists to publish content on a focused topic.

Providence’s RISD museum is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students for its Andrew W. Mellon summer internship program.

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