2023 OPEN CALL

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE LENS OF A CAMERA -
AN ARCHIVE OF EVERY DAY LIFE

The world is in flux - everything is changing at almost every level of our daily lives. The jurors are looking for work that documents ‘personal inventories of experience’ which ties in with the Festival’s theme - ‘The Hidden Power of the Archive’.We want to see how the world looks to you right now. Fresh, energetic and connected to the great themes of our age: identity, climate change, Covid, sexuality, the domestic landscape, work (or lack of it), inflation, power (and shortages of it) and democracy for starters. But what is in your ‘personal inventory’ that speaks to your recent experience? We want to see tomorrow’s archives being formed today.You can enter a single image or a series of between 5 and 15 images. Submission cost: 23.We are welcoming work from photographers, curators, collectives and artists from around the world. Our stellar panel of jurors are ready to engage with new and refreshing visions of life and personal experience expressed through photography.

MEET THE JURORS

Phillip Roberts
(Bodleian Library, Bern and Ronny Schwartz Curator of Photography)

Phillip is the Bern and Ronny Schwartz curator of Photography at the Bodleian Library. He is a writer, an artist and a media historian. His work is all about the ways that life is captured and recorded by media technologies, and what is lost.

Jermaine Francis
(Photographer)

Jermaine Francis is a London based Photographer and Artist who’s practice works within the disciplines of Book, Gallery & editorial, primarily in the discourse of the Photo Document.He contributes projects to magazines such as I-D, Autre Magazine, Beauty Papers, Boy Brother Friend. His most recent project ‘A Storied Ground’ which ask the viewer to consider the Black figures complicated relationship with the English Landscape & Nature, is exhibiting at Galeriepcp Paris 2022. He will also be making a new work for the Oxford Photo Festival in april 2023.

Alicia Colen,
Director, Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC)

Alicia Colen serves as one of the directors of Howard Greenberg Gallery. Having been with the gallery since 2007, Alicia is responsible for client relations, artists relations, and has organized numerous exhibitions for the Gallery including William Gedney, All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries (2016); One Third of Nation: The Photographs of the Farm Security Administration (2020); and Baldwin Lee (2022).

Matthew Finn
Photographer, winner of the 2017 Photo Oxford Open Call)

Matthew Finn (b. 1971, UK) explores personal relationships both within the corpus of the family as well as the wider stage of personal relationships through long-term photographic projects.

He is the recipient of the Jerwood/Photoworks Award 2015 and has published 2 monographs; Mother (Dewi Lewis, 2017) and School of Art (Stanley/Barker, 2019).

Emily Graham
(Magnum Cultural Commissions and Partnerships; Photographer)

Emily Graham is an artist and photography consultant based in London. She also works as a photography consultant, working on exhibitions and cultural programming with partners including Magnum Photos, Saatchi Gallery, American Museum in Bath.


She has exhibited internationally, most recently at PhotoEspaña 2022 (Spain). Her first book The Blindest Man was published in July 2022 by VOID.

Kalpesh Lathigra
(Photographer)

Kalpesh Lathigra was born in London, England, in 1971 and studied photography at the London College of Printing. He started life in photojournalism at The Independant newspaper in 1994 where he won 1st prize in World Press Photo competition.


Kalpesh now works in long term projects as well as magazine and editorial assignments. He has been awarded both the W. Eugene Smith and Churchill Fellowships and has received numerous awards including The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and PhotoEspaña Descrumbientos. And he has been exhibited widely including shows at; Jen Beckman Gallery New York, Johannesburg Photo Umbrella, Taylor Wessing, London and Sifest Italy.

WHAT WINNERS RECIEVE

The series winner:

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Prominent inclusion in an dedicated exhibition of up to 8 of your winning series images
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Prominent inclusion on the Festival website and social media
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A 30 minute Zoom meeting with the juror of their choice.
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10 day Jury Curated Instagram Takeover of Photo Oxford IG account

Single Image winner:

- Prominent inclusion in an Open Call winners exhibition during Photo Oxford
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Prominent inclusion on the Festival website and social media
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3 day Instagram Take Over of Photo Oxford IG account

Runners Up:

10 Runners up will be featured in the physical and online exhibitions.

PREPARING YOUR IMAGES

File type

Images should be saved as jpegs at the highest quality available, with a colour profile attached. Either the RGB or sRGB colour profiles are recommended. Digital scans from film are also eligible providing they meet these technical guidelines.

Image size and resizing

Whilst no image sizes will be rejected at upload, winning images will be required to be printed, and so must be of sufficient quality to allow this. It is therefore advised that images measure a minimum of 1500 pixels on the longest side after any cropping. Where images submitted are smaller than this, it will be assumed that this is the largest image size available to the photographer, and may affect that image's chances of winning. The submission of larger file sizes is encouraged if available.

There are Photoshop and other image software tutorials online that show you how to best resize an image.

Image Manipulation

There are no restrictions regarding the manipulation of images using software or other techniques, provided that all imagery is the exclusive work of the submitting photographer and does not include any element that is the copyright of another.

Image sharpening, noise reduction and colour saturation

Excessive sharpening, noise reduction and colour saturation techniques should be avoided. We appreciate that entrants will attempt to prepare their entries to optimise appearance and appeal on screen, and this may include these techniques. Excessive use of any or all of them can result in an entry that will be unsuitable for printed media and therefore become invalid as a result.

Image descriptions

We encourage photographers to include a description about their work during the upload process. This is a great way to tell a story or other interesting facts about your image. The judges and the crowd will be able to read this while rating to give them insight into how you came about the shot.

Metadata

We would advise all entrants to add copyright information in the metadata of all submissions.

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS HERE