Different Worlds 2022 Open Call

10th International photo competition for young photographers from the Central and East Europe (CEE).

Organised by Photon Gallery, the competition for young and emerging artists in the field of contemporary art photography celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Over the past decade, it has evolved from a national programme to an international competition involving 18 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, with a high number of entries each year. In the second half of next year (2023), Photon Gallery also plans to publish a jubilee publication featuring the selected finalists from all ten editions of the Different Worlds competition. With this in mind, it is all the more exciting to apply for the 10th edition, and all the more promising to be among the selected ten.

The call is open to artists up to 35 years old (including those born in 1987) working in the region CEE (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia) and Austria or originating from these states and working abroad.

With this open call we would like to promote artistic photography. Therefore, the jury will give preference to works that show originality, unconventionality and innovation both in their formal approach and in relation to the selected themes and concepts. There is no set theme for the call for entries. We accept work from the broad spectrum of photography and related practises (photography, photomontage, photocollage, photographic installation, appropriation of found photographs, etc.).

The first prize is €1,000 towards the production costs of a solo exhibition at Photon Gallery in 2022. The 10 best applicants will be rewarded with € 200 for production costs and their work will be exhibited in a group exhibition in Ljubljana, Vienna and elsewhere.


The selection of artists and works will be decided by a three-member international jury consisting of Emese Mucsi, curator at the renowned Robert Capa Centre in Budapest, Sabina Salomon, curator at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, and Metka Zupanič, representative of Photon Gallery.


The author’s portfolio with a maximum of two completed projects or projects in progress, each of which can contain a maximum of 10 photos with a resolution of at least 1,800 pixels on the long side in PDF or JPG format.
The description of the projects and concepts (in English) with a maximum of 1,500 characters.
A brief biography of the applicant.
Additional technical information: Format and dimensions of the works, optimal way of presentation in an exhibition format.


The complete application should be packed in a zip file and have the following title:
Please send the zip file along with the application form at: https://bit.ly/DW_2022
If you have any problems submitting your application, please contact us at info@photon.si.


Applications should be submitted by midnight on Monday, 26 September, 2022.
Applicants will be notified of the results of the call by Friday, 7 October, 2022.


The works of the selected artists will be presented in a group exhibition at Photon Gallery in Ljubljana, which will open on Thursday 3 November 2022. The exhibition, which will be accompanied by a small catalogue, will then travel from Ljubljana to Photon Gallery in Vienna and also to other cities where the partners of the project are located. The exhibition Different Worlds 2021 travelled to Vienna and was included in the programme of the Foto Wien photo festival.


For more information contact us at info@photon.si and phone number +386 59 977907 (Monday to Friday from 12 to 18); contact person: Špela Pipan.

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