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FOTOFILMIC17 is the 5th edition of the FotoFilmic International Traveling Exhibition Competition, world’s only global scale call for contemporary material photography presenting a unique and challenging worldview of 21st C. photographic arts rooted in analog, historical and film-based practices. FotoFilmic exhibitions all bring into sharp focus the ever-evolving relationship photographers negotiate today with reality’s finite time-space experience through material acts of photography, and how such grounding of their vision critically impacts their inspiration, meaning construction and overall interpretive discourse. As the collective weaving of these singular, emerging voices, the FotoFilmic17 Exhibition will signal yet again the central artistic importance and role of a world material practice of photography in the digital age.


For the next 6 months photographers of all nations aged 18+ are invited to submit their best work, and this year also photo book to the 3 FotoFilmic17 WINTER, SPRING & SUMMER SHORTLIST Calls each selecting & publishing 30 photographers every two months (Jan-Feb, March-April, May-June, 2017).

All photographs and books submitted must have been shot either on film in any format or captured analogically. This is an open theme call and submitters can enter up to 10 images (individual images or series) and 1 Photo Book per entry.

Submitters have the choice between 2 different entry types:

  • “EXHIBITION CALL” ENTRY: submit up to 10 photographs for consideration to be shortlisted for any ongoing SHORTLIST Call (WINTER, SPRING or SUMMER)
  • “EXHIBITION + BOOK CALL” ENTRY: same as “EXHIBITION ENTRY” + list 1 photo book to be automatically distributed at FotoFilmic//PULP Gallery and online as part of the FotoFilmic FotoBooks Collection. (all book submissions are directly accepted & published on a monthly basis)

FOTOFILMIC17 TRAVELING EXHIBITION New York//Vancouver//Paris//Thessaloniki

The FotoFilmic17 Traveling Exhibition’s roll-back-in-time itinerary will take the work of its 30 winners all the way to the origins across 4 world cities and as many nations: for this first time since its 2012 debut and following milestone presentations in Asia (Seoul, South Korea, FotoFilmic’15) and Australia (Melbourne, FotoFilmic’16), FotoFilmic will take its 30 final juried exhibitors across a longer 4-city itinerary spanning both the New World and the Old Continent rolling back in time from the west coast shores of Vancouver, Canada to New England’s Empire City New York, then across the Atlantic to the City of Lights Paris, France, and deep to the historical heart of Europe to Thessaloniki, Greece.


  • $1,500 Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation 1st Place Award
  • $500 BEAU Photo 2nd Place Award
  • 3rd Place Lomography Camera Kit & ADOX Film Kit Prize
  • 4th & 5th Place Honorable Mentions & ADOX Film Kit Prizes

See all FotoFilmic17 Exhibition & Publication opportunities available below (EXHIBITION, PUBLICATION & AWARD OPPORTUNITIES section)


Larry Fink is a professional photographer and teacher of over 55 years. He has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts. He has had one-man shows in the United States at the Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and internationally at the Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland, the Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi in France, the Andalusian Centre of Photography in Spain, and most recently the Musee de Arte Contemporaneo in Panama. His work is included in collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney among many others, and he was the recipient of the ICP Infinity Award for Fine Art Photography in 2015. Larry’s first monograph, the seminal Social Graces (Aperture, 1984) left a lasting impression in the photographic community. There have been twelve other monographs with the subject matter crossing the class barrier in unexpected ways. Two of his most recently published books were on several “Best Of” lists of the year: The Beats published by Artiere /powerhouse and Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation published by Aperture. His most recent published book is Opening the Sky (Stanley/Barker, 2015). With work previously appearing in Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Detour, and The New York Times Magazine, Larry now occasionally publishes portfolios with the New Yorker. He is currently working on a massive retrospective book to be published by the University of Texas Press. Grafiche dell’Artiere in Bologna will make the exquisite prints for the book.

Roger Ballen is one of the most important photographers of his generation. He was born in New York in 1950 but has been living and working in South Africa for over 30 years. Over the past thirty years his distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. In his earlier works his connection to the tradition of documentary photography is clear but through the 1990s he developed a style he describes as ‘ballenesque’. In his recent series he has employed drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques to create elaborate sets. Ballen has invented a new hybrid aesthetic in these works but one still rooted firmly in photography. His latest release is The Theatre of Apparitions. In a departure from his existing oeuvre, intricately layered images occupy a space between painting, drawing and photography linking image-making and theatrical performance.

Raymond Meeks (Ohio, 1963) has been recognized for his books and pictures centered on family and place. In November 2014, a mid-career retrospective of his books was organized by Light Work in Syracuse, NY. The exhibition featured more than twenty books, including self-published works and numerous volumes from a variety of publishers. In 2011, Meeks and publisher Kevin Messina (Silas Finch) co-founded Orchard Journal, which was established as a collaborative conversation between artist, subject and viewer. Featured artists have included Wes Mill, Deborah Luster and Mark Steinmetz. He is currently at work on a new set of Journals under the title Dumbsaint. Meeks is a 2016 recipient of the Siskind Fellowship Grant. “My work is concentrated and at play with memory and place; the way in which a landscape can shape an individual and, in the abstract, how a place possesses you in its absence. I continue to be inspired by book narrative and collaboration with writers of poetry and short fiction and the merging of visual and word narratives.”

Visionary, Founder and Artistic Director of the Vancouver Biennale, a not-for-profit charitable organization, created in 2004, Barrie Mowatt has a history for initiating public and community projects and has been the recipient of several awards, including Business and Arts, the Friend in Deed Award & the Socially Conscious Entrepeneur of the Year Award. Philanthropist, educator, psychologist, entrepreneur, art collector, and former contemporary art dealer/gallerist, Barrie Mowatt has integrated his passion for education, learning, the Arts and community involvement into the creation of the Vancouver Biennale / the Biennale de Vancouver. His vision includes the celebration of the public space of the Cities in Metro Vancouver via a biannual 24 month OPEN AIR MUSEUM exhibition of the world’s finest public art installations, including sculpture, New Media, performance, and film, free for all to enjoy where they live, work, play and transit. Additionally, he has helped to create an unparalleled legacy for the Province and Region by facilitating the donation of major public art installations by many of the most renown artists of the 20th and 21stCentury as well as via numerous cultural and educational programs that invite the world to Vancouver to celebrate its architecture, public space and cultural diversity.

Director Valerie Cazin has managed Galerie Binome since its launch in 2010. Located at the heart of Paris’ famed Marais historic art district just steps away from the Maison européenne de la photographie (MEP), Galerie Binome has quickly grown under Ms. Cazin stewardship into a most notable programming and presentation space of contemporary photography at the forefront of its many evolutions both in France and internationally. A private law graduate having worked for 12 years for lawyers at the Court of Cassation and specialized in copyrighting, Ms. Cazin  was schooled in Visual Arts & Scenography and is today a regular reviewer at major photography festivals such as Rencontres d’ArlesFestival Circulations and Voies Off while also jurying for the Bourses du Talent and Les Nuits Photographiques competitions and sitting on several national photography & design school graduation committees. Most recently Ms. Cazin was also President of the Jury of the 2017 edition of Les Boutographies Festival in Montpellier, France. A highly collaborative venue well regarded on the national scene, Galerie Binome is a Member of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art, a Mois de La Photo du Grand Paris exhibitor and takes part to international contemporary art and photography fairs such as Paris PhotoArt Paris, or Photo Basel. Ms. Cazin’s annual monographic and group exhibition programming at Galerie Binome focuses on emerging visual artists from a wide variety of backgrounds and practices exploring new forms of photography challenging the medium’s conceptual and formal boundaries. Galerie Binome’s ultimate vision and core research mandate is to redefine photography’s domain, scope and limits as related to the post-photographic condition.

Kosmas Pavlidis is co-founder and academic director of Stereosis photography school. Stereosis, created at Thessaloniki Greece in 2004, on the education and promotion of contemporary photography. Its graduates include many emerging and awarded photographers internationally. Kosmas has more than 15 years of educative experience in the technical field, theory, history of photography and portfolio building and editing. Moreover ha has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions, projections and publications for emerging lens-based artists. At the same time he remains an active and passionate large format photographer and his photographs are part of several public and private collections.

Ashlyn Davis is the Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography, a nonprofit offering year-round exhibitions, workshops, publications, community education programs, lectures, and classes. In her role at HCP, she is focused on balancing work by regional and internationally acclaimed emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Ashlyn is also the editor of SPOT, a bi-annual magazine about photography that includes artist portfolios, exhibition and book reviews, and interviews. In addition to her work at HCP, she is also a published writer and recently co-edited a book of 19th-century photographs, Islands of the Blest, now in its second edition. Ashlyn is interested in a broad range of photography, but is particularly passionate about work that intervenes in cultural or historical narratives in thoughtful ways.


FOTOFILMIC17 EXHIBITORS (30 photographers worldwide)

  • International Juried Touring Exhibition in New York (USA), Vancouver (Canada), Paris (France) & Thessaloniki (Greece) (framed museum prints)
  • FotoFilmic17 Exhibition Catalogue Publication (full page format)
  • Online ShortList Feature Publications (3 photographs + short interview)
  • 1 Photo Book presented alongside the FotoFilmic17 Traveling Exhibition in all 4 opening venues in New York (USA), Vancouver (Canada), Paris (France) & Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • $2,000 in cash prizes + 3 Lomography Camera & ADOX Film Kits
  • Eligible for inclusion in all future FotoFilmic Retrospective Exhibitions (See The New Face of Film 2013-2015 FotoFilmic Retrospective Exhibition)

SHORTLIST PHOTOGRAPHERS (90 photographers worldwide)

  • 3 FotoFilmic17 SHORTLIST Shows (WINTER, SPRING & SUMMER) at FotoFilmic//PULP Gallery in Vancouver (10 exhibitors per show, custom matted prints)
  • Online ShortList Feature Publications (3 photographs + short interview)
  • ShortListed Work reviewed by international jury (7 Jurors)
  • 1 Print collected online + at FotoFilmic//PULP as part of the FotoFilmic’17 SHORTLIST Collection

ALL PHOTOBOOK FOTOFILMIC17 ENTRANTS (unlimited number of photographers)

  • 1 Photo Book published & promoted both online + at the FotoFilmic//PULP Gallery in Vancouver as part of the FOTOBOOKS Collection (3 book copies consignment)


For fast answers to any FotoFilmic17 question visit the “FOTOFILMIC17 SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINE, RULES & FAQS” page.