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PhotOn International Festival of Photojournalism 2017


March 31, 2017


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About the contest

From it’s creation back in 2011, the PhotOn Festival has made an effort to dedicate a very important part of its program to support the works done by the novel authors, photographers who are not known by the public, through the PhotOn Grant, and which covers different activities such as the Portfolio Reviews of the 10 finalists and their Multimedia Screenenings.

In the seventh edition of Photon we have the support of Olleros Abogados, #OllerosAwardPhotonGrant, and La ImprentaCG as sponsors of the #EditorialAwardPhotonGrant. And we added a #OneShotPhotonGrant with 500€ as economic prize and European promotion prize, #PHENAwardPhotonGrant, thanks to being members and co-founders of PHEN (photo european network).

Among this new scenario, we launch the Open Call VII PhotOn Festival Grant with the following rules to participate.


Those who aim to participate in the Open Call must meet the following requirements:

1. Only the Novel Authors over 18 years old will be allowed to participate in the competition. An author is considered a Novel Author regardless of age (above 18 years old), nationality or residency, whose career has not yet been consolidated, has received no major award and has not seen his work published in the major media. The organization will check the biography of the author and the public information available, and all CVs of the finalist works.

2. Only unpublished work will be accepted; works that have not been communicated through publications nor exhibitions. No works with more than two years will be accepted unless they are still in the process of creation. Those works published in the author’s website for self promotion will be eligible.

3. The author is responsible for all liabilities arising from potential claims by third party rights related but not limited to intelectual property and rights over the images and/or claims from the people pictured on the stories, whether natural or legal persons exonerating the organisation of PhotOn Festival from any responsibility derivative thereof.

Documentary photojournalism or social work will only be accepted, so those which do not meet this important and essential requirement will be immediately excluded.

All the participants accept to be part of the PhotOn Newsletter to keep them informed of the latest news and informations about the festival. PhotOn Festival agrees not to sell the data to third parties.

The 10 finalists accept to grant the use of 4 of their images presented to the PhotOn Festival Organisation in order to use them in media and all kind of communication and saying always that it has to be published in the context of the Festival and to promote both the autor and the festivalsocial media, promotion of the authors and self promotion of the Festival.


Submissions must be done through the form 

The deadline for submission will end at 23:59:59 on March 31, 2017 Spanish Time (GMT +1).

The author has the possibility to submit a single photographic series or a story. · Digital files must match jpeg 1500 pixels on the longest side. 15 images max, and 10 images as minimum all belonging to the same story or series. Brief bio of the author and CV, as well as a brief text about the work is needed. If applicable, indicating at least the title of the series. No submission will be accepted on video format or any other format not described in these terms.


Once the deadline for registration is completed, the organization will select 10 finalists who will participate in the days of Portfolio Review and Multimedia screening. They will have the opportunity to edit and discuss their work with the members of the jury, leading experts and professionals from the photojournalism industry. They will also take part in the night time shows while screening their work for the public as part of the screening session of Photon Festival 2017. Communication and publication of the finalists participating in the Portfolio Review and evening screenings will be April 15th, 2017.
The selected authors for Portfolio Review (10 finalists) must bring a copy of the pictures that attend this call, limiting the number of images to a maximum of 30 photographs from the same series or thematic unity. If they wish to showcase their work on a computer, they must come equipped with laptop for proper viewing.

During the Portfolios Review the organization shall ensure that each of the selected dispose of while viewing your project and thus can be properly reviewed by all the jurors.


Submission format for Portfolio Review: Number of pictures: 30 images maximum from a series or thematic unit either in paper or files. In case of bringing files, the finalist must bring his/her own laptop.

During the Portfolios Review the organization will ensure that each one of the finalists will have the same time with all the professionals so their work can be properly reviewed by all members of the jury.


The finalists will also have to make a multimedia of the work submitted to be showcased in the Night Screenings inside the program of the festival.

The format for the multimedias for the screening has to be a video in .avi format with a máximum length of 4:00 minutes

The deadline  for the presentation of the multimedia for the Night Screenings will be 25th April 2017.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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March 07, 2017


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