Call for entries : OPEN20 SOLO, Photo Fringe

  • South East, worldwide / online
  • photography
  • Claire Wearn, Festival Director


Solo digital exhibition opportunity for an early-career photographer. 

Photo Fringe invites emerging artists to respond to the question: “How can photography make a difference?” We encourage experimentation. Artists of all levels of digital experience are welcome to apply. Our web developers and digital mentors will work with the OPEN SOLO selected-artist to create their online exhibition.

The winner will be awarded:

  • the keynote solo exhibition for Photo Fringe 2020 (festival runs 3 - 31 October 2020) 
  • an artist’s fee of £750 plus production costs of up to £500
  • mentoring from Professor Steve Macleod, (Director, Metro), Sam Mercer (Digital Producer, The Photographers' Gallery) and Kay Watson (Digital Curator, Serpentine Galleries)

20 shortlisted artists will also have their work featured on the Photo Fringe Festival website.
Previous winners include: Sarah Howe (2018), Dana Ariel (2016), Peter Watkins (2014), Jinkyun Ahn (2012)

OPEN20 Selectors:

  • Monica Alcazar-Duarte (Multi-disciplinary Artist)
  • Mariama Attah (Curator, Open-Eye Gallery)
  • Helen Cammock (Artist, Joint Turner Prize Winner 2019)
  • Sarah Howe (Artist and Photo Fringe OPEN18 SOLO winner)
  • Steve Macleod (Director, Metro Imaging Ltd)
  • Sam Mercer (Digital Producer, The Photographers' Gallery)
  • Katrina Sluis (Curator and Writer

Submission deadline: 9am (GMT), 7 August 2020
Submission fee: 11 Euros (bursaries available)

Photo Fringe 2020 TAKE/MAKE will be a call to action, inviting artists and audiences to take photos and to make a difference. To make art and communicate our place in the world through it. To use photography to make change. To develop new ways of seeing together.

At this critical moment of historical change, the festival asks: “How can photography help us to see the world afresh and help us to envision a fairer, safer, greener world? How can it help us to understand global change? How can your photography make a difference?

More info and full eligibility criteria at