Bird in Flight Prize ¦
¬ international ¤ award for innovative approach to telling a story through a phÞtograph
The Call for entries is closed.
The concept of the Bird in Flight Prize is to support photographers who think outside the box of traditional artistic standards. Our contest is not about photoprojects that cater to the existing general demand. It’s about discovering new ways to tell a story using the means and tools of photography. We encourage artistic freedom and diversity therefore we don’t impose time constraints upon our participants. We do not limit them in their choices of subjects and creativity methods. We also allow image editing as well as the usage of other images [as long as the copyrights are being observed].
The jury of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘20 includes curators, photographers, artists, and photo editors from the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, and Sweden.
First prize is €2000
The jury selects one winner out of the ten participating photographers from the shortlist.
Nomination Samsung Readers’ Choice Award
This nomination will consist of 30 photoseries selected by the editorial board of Bird in Flight. A winner will be chosen by open voting through the contest website.
The prize is a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone.
Twenty five participants will receive reviews of their works by the jury board members [online].
Bird in Flight photo editor, curator
artist, Bird in Flight editor
curator at Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography
- We only accept photoseries of 5-12 photographs. If needed, authors may choose to Upload any other media file [Up to 40 megabytes each].
- Photographers from all over the world are welcome to participate.
- All are welcome to apply more than once or as many times as you’d like.
- We accept applications in English only.
- Technical requirements: we accept images of up to 5 megabytes in size, formatted as .jpg or .png.
- Photos, collages and all other images must be copyrighted by the applicant [or a copyright should be duly acquired in a legal manner].
- Application fee is 15 euros.
- Submission for the portfolio review selection costs extra 10 euros.
- To apply, please sign up and fill out the form.
30 August 2020
deadline for applications
shortlist announcement and its publication on Bird in Flight
30 October 2020
Early November 2020
Online educational program
The winner will be announced online on the 30th of October, 2020.
Online lectures and a portfolio review featuring jury members Emma Bowkett, Colin Pantall, Ari Versluis, Arianna Rinaldo, Misha Pedan, Shadman Shahid, and Agnieszka Olszewska are also on the roster.
Primary partner of the prize is Samsung.
- The rules state that the choice of theme is unrestricted. Does this imply an absolute thematic freedom?
Yes. The goal of the award is not just to highlight a certain topic of your choice. First and foremost, the jury will be focusing on the form which a photographer utilizes to emphasize the content.
- According to what principles will the judges evaluate the pieces?
According to the principles of their personal choosing.
- Is it okay for a participant to apply more than once, with various photoseries?
Absolutely. There will be a fee of 15 euros for each application.
- The contest rules say that participants grant Bird in Flight rights to use photographs. What does it mean?
Bird in Flight will get rights to publish projects on its website and other online platforms, use works in promo materials [e.g. banners, posters, videos], exhibitions that may take place on locations with paid entrance, and printed catalogs that may be distributed on a paid basis. All images submitted to the contest will remain the property of an author, Bird in Flight will get no right to sell them.
- How will the authors be informed about making it to the shortlist?
Official letter will be mailed to the email given by the applicant on the initial application. Also, an informational roster about the finalists and winners will be posted on the website and the Facebook page of Bird in Flight.
- Who will take part in the portfolio review?
Twenty five Applicants whose projects will be selected by the editorial board of Bird in Flight.
- I still have questions. Who should I contact?
Feel free to email any questions about the contest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bird in Flight doesn’t edit project descriptions and is not responsible for the content.
Previous Bird in Flight Prize
Bird in Flight Prize has been held annually since 2018.
The winner of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 is Shadman Shahid with “No Quarter” project.
The winner of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘18 is Valentine Bo with “Your next step would be to do the Transmission” project.
The Award is organized by Birg in Flight, magazine about photography and visual culture.