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International photography contest French Alliance in Spain and EFTI

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Dates: 21/05/2017 - 30/09/2017

Call for application
International photography contest
French Alliance in Spain and EFTI


The French Alliance in Spain and EFTI international photography contest, international photography and cinema center, is looking for excellence in terms of international modern photography and aims to discover gifted photographers and support the development of their photography projects. Three prizes of over 12.000€ are to be distributed.
In addition to a financial support for the three finalists, the French Alliance in Spain and EFTI will organize a touring exhibition through the network of French alliances in Spain to show the laureate’s work. This exhibition will be along with a catalog of 8000€.


The contest’s call of application is open to every professional author photographer in the whole world.


The topic is free. The candidate will propose a homogeneous and coherent series of 8 to 12 photographs about the chosen theme.


• First prize.
2000€ offered as a formation by the EFTI.
Exhibition and monographic catalog.

• Second prize
2000€ offered as a formation by the EFTI.

• Third prize
2000€ offered as a formation by the EFTI.
The offered formations as part of the prizes distributed are dispensed by the EFTI. They cannot be exchanged with monetary value. The winners will imperatively have to obtain a subscription number before 09/30/2018.


• June 2017: call for application.
• From June 21st to September 30th: dispatch of application forms to the French Alliance in Spain.
• September 30th (midnight): deadline to submit application forms.
• October 2017: designation of winners by the contest jury.
• December 2017: awards ceremony at the Résidence de France en Espagne.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Résidence de France en Espagne in the presence of the ambassador of France, Mr. Yves Saint-Geours. The winners commit to attending to the awards ceremony. Organizers will be able to bring a financial support for the travel.


The three winners are designated by an international jury composed of seven eminent personalities from the art scene.
• François HEBEL: Les Rencontres d’Arles manager from 2001 to 2014, Le Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris 2017 artisticdirector and artisticdirector at FotoIndustriaBologna 2017.
• Carlos GOLLONET: photography chief conservator at the MAPFRE foundation.
• Jean-Paul LEFEVRE: Madrid French Alliance manager and executive officer of the French Alliance in Spain foundation, starting 09/01/2017.
• Jean-Louis AMORES: EFTI photography school manager.
• Pilar CITOLER: art collector.
• Maria SANTOYO: exhibition commissioner, Madrid.
• Lucia CASANI: cultural center La Casa Encendida’s manager.
The selection committee draws the candidates attention to some principles that might guide their choices:
• The originality of an author’s vision.
• The artistic quality of the project.
• The thematic coherence of the presented project, the wealth, the complexity and the depth of possible interpretations of their work.

Every member of the jury has one voice. The contest jury will make a decision before October 30th 2017. The jury’s decisions are without appeal. The winners will be informed personally of the jury’s results through email. These results will be published on the French Alliance in Spain and EFTI websites.


The international photography contest accompanies the first prizewinner thanks to:
• Publishing a monographic catalog.
• Organizing a touring exhibition at the Madrid EFTI as well as several French alliances in Spain.
Every exhibition will last approximately 30 days both at the EFTI and in the French alliances in Spain. The contest organizers reserve the right to choose the photos that will be exposed in order to adjust the laureate’s work with the exhibition spaces. Furthermore, the organizers reserve the right to ask the laureate for an ampler selection of their photographical artworks.


An application form with the candidate’s name containing:

1. A subfolder “photography project” with the proposed series images. (min. 8 – max. 12 photographs). The submitted images must be:
• In JPEG format.
• Without margins. Without signature.
• Resized to 40 centimeters format (1150 pixels) maximum width or height.
• In JPG at 72ppp for a compression of 8.
• Numbered from 1 to 12 in the wished order.
• Every photograph must have the project’s title.

2. A subfolder “approach” with a PDF document having the same title as the photographical work as well as a short text explaining the author’s artistic approach and their professional career (education, work completed, exhibitions, publications, observations, etc.).

3. A subfolder “exhibition” with a PDF document using the photos’ size, the staging and the used support for the exhibition if the author’s work needs a specific montage.

4. A subfolder “Author” with a PDF document including their full contact information: full name – address – phone number – email address (important since every communication will be using emails).

5. An ID or passport photocopy.

Only complete application forms will be taken into consideration.


Participation and submitting applications will be necessarily on line at the following address: secaf@alliancefrancaise.es
Date and deadline: from June 20th to September 30th 2017 at midnight.
We strongly advise not to wait until the last minute to submit your photographs.


• The author affirms having read and taken into consideration the whole regulation and commits to complying with it. In case of unforeseen circumstances, only the organizers competence can be engaged.
• With participating, the author affirms that every presented image is their own original work. Candidates will have to make sure themselves and ensure the organizers that the selected artwork do not present nor directly neither indirectly any case of copyright issues, or that they have the necessary authorizations for reproduction or exhibition and are able to present them if needed.
• The author of a selected or winning photograph allows the organizers to reproduce and to diffuse their artwork in the only framework of the promotion of the next contest. This includes the publication of the results on the internet and on medias and the promotion of the 2018 contest. Organizers commit not to transferring these exploitation rights and not to use the artwork in any other way without the author’s authorization.
• The laureate commits to giving two signed photographs to the French Alliance in Spain and the EFTI.
• The dispatch of sexual/pornographic, violent and racist photographs is strictly forbidden. Images containing this kind of connotation will be deleted.
• Photographers ensure organizers that they own the proposed art works.
• The laureate commits to signing a contract with the Henri Cartier-Bresson foundation, following the elements listed above, during the awards ceremony at the Embassy of France in Spain.
• The selected work remains the property of the laureate, only if the prize French Alliance in Spain is mentioned during future exhibitions or publications.

Download the rules here: rules