KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Winner – Maxime Matthys

On September 6, 2019, during the inauguration days of the 16th KAUNAS PHOTO festival, five parts of the exhibition “KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalists” were opened one after another in Kaunas old town. The exhibition openings were attended by the authors who presented their exhibited works and talked about their ideas and creative processes. At the end of the itinerary, the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award was disclosed – Belgian visual artist and photographer Maxime Matthys. His series  “2091: The Ministry of Privacy” is exploring the mechanism of facial recognition technologies used by the Chinese government to monitor and oppress the inhabitants of the Xinjiang region. This series reveals the intrusiveness and the danger of this invisible technology, while documenting and paying tribute to what remains of these communities’ vibrant culture, before its planned disappearance. The resulting photographs blur the borders between reality and virtuality, but also embody, in the same picture, a glimpse of the future and the ruins of the past. The Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR competition received a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and a 2500 EUR monetary prize.

Maxime Matthys. © Karolina Krinickaite

During the opening of the exhibition, Maxime Matthys expressed gratitude to the festival for the opportunity to present this little-discussed topic, shared his ideas behind the project “2091: The Ministry of Privacy” and related some of his experiences while developing it. While traveling and photographing in China, the author said that he was constantly tracked, arrested a total of 7 times, and his photographs were being inspected.

According to the author, for the past 2 years, China has been conducting a massive crackdown against Muslim-minority communities in its vast western Xinjiang region. Some of the most advanced surveillance technologies, such as facial recognition and DNA collection are being massively deployed in the region so as to monitor every aspect of the inhabitant’s life.

M. Matthys travelled to Kashgar, one of the last bastions of the Uyghur culture in Xinjiang, and probably the most monitored city of the region, to try to document the way the government turned technologies into tools of repression.

Prior to his departure, he developed a facial recognition software in collaboration with William Attache, a French IT engineer. The software they developed is similar to that used by the Chinese government, particularly in the Xinjiang region to track its inhabitants. They programmed the software to recognize the people in a photograph and to directly draw the biometric information about the faces of the people that appear in the photographs, exactly as it is happening inside the surveillance cameras. Depending on the technology, some are displayed using red dots — called facial landmarks — others using Delaunay diagrams, an efficient alternative for mapping faces.

M. Matthys then began to photograph the daily lives of the Uyghurs and the other minorities under threat, without having to focus on the surveillance system itself. Back in his hotel room, he uploaded the pictures into the facial recognition software, which automatically recognized and drew the respective biometric facial information of the citizens in the photographs.

Thanks to the sponsor Hikvision.lt, the exhibition “2091: The Ministry of Privacy” in Kaunas Photography Gallery features an installation similar to the surveillance system used by the Chinese government, and live footage can be seen on a big screen set up right among the photographs.

Maxime Matthys (Belgium) – the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Award. © Karolina Krinickaite

Maxime Matthys was born in 1995 in Brussels, Belgium. He studied photography at the Toulouse school of photography and design in 2015 and photojournalism in Paris in 2017. After working for the press industry, he realized he was more interested in including the viewer into a thinking process and allowing him to recreate his own story. His work focuses on the way technologies are affecting our daily life and are shifting our perception of reality. While exploring new forms of narrative in photography, he keeps documenting the important issues that are shaping our future. Winner of international awards, his work has notably been showcased at the European House of Photography (Paris), Camando Design school (Paris), at international festivals in Canada, Indonesia and France and published in Le Monde, Médiapart, Libération, Fisheye Magazine, amongst others.

The finalists of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 competition (from left to right): Paulo Simão, John Angerson, Samuel W. J. Fordham, Maxime Matthys (the Winner), Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (the founder and the director of the festival), Agata Wieczorek, Kai Löffelbein, Gintarė Krasuckaitė (the curator of Kaunas Photography Gallery). © Karolina Krinickaite

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR tradition started in 2010, awarding the best participant of portfolio reviews with a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and paying respect to a potential future star of photography. In 2018 KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award gained a new tradition of staging an exhibition of all Finalists, after selecting them by the votes of an international Jury panel. The works of the highest-ranked finalists are exhibited in a joint exhibition, and the winner – at Kaunas Photography Gallery. The winner also receives a cash prize.

Following the votes of an international Jury panel, 8 Finalists have been selected in KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 competition. Although KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award competition is open to a variety of themes, styles, genres and approaches to photography, most of the entries featured this year’s festival theme “Digital-Virtual-Real”. The prevailing documentary photography genre invites to focus on processes, consequences of digitized lifestyle, data flow, communication, cyber-crime and -security, machine learning, surveillance, automation, dangers and fragile borders.

The works of the 8 finalists can be visited until October 6 in the exhibition “KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalists” distributed across five venues in Kaunas old town:

  • Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus St. 2) – Maxime Matthys (Belgium) “2091 : The Ministry of Privacy”;
  • Gallery „Meno Parkas“ (Rotušės Sq. 27) – Kai Löffelbein (Germany) “Ctrl-X, a topography of e-waste”, Agata Wieczorek (Poland) “Simulation Centers” and Samuel W. J. Fordham (UK) “C-R92/BY”;
  • Kaunas City Museum Folk Music Branch (L. Zamenhofo St. 12) – John Angerson (UK) “On this Day” and Paulo Simão (Portugal) “Goodbye Pyongyang”;
  • Kaunas Public Library of Vincas Kudirka – Department of Youth, Art and Music (A. Mapu St. 18) – Marko Zink (Austria) “Mauthausen – The Eradication of Memories”;
  • Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations (Šv. Gertrūdos St. 58) – Christopher Sims (USA) “Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan”.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Kaunas city municipality.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual photographic festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Maintaining its strong international character, KAUNAS PHOTO is a platform of priemieres of emerging talents. Since its first edition in 2004, it’s been organized by the NGO „Šviesos raštas“ and is regarded to be one of the most important continuous art events in the country. KAUNAS PHOTO is a member of „Festivals of Light“ organization. The founder and the director of the festival is Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.




KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2018 Winner announced!

Since 2010 KAUNAS PHOTO festival KAUNAS PHOTO STAR, an open competition aimed at distinguishing tomorrow’s photography stars. KAUNAS PHOTO Open Call was a huge success bringing almost 300 proposals of photographers from 43 countries of the world. Based on votes of 10 international experts, 12 Finalists were identified. The committee of KAUNAS PHOTO festival and Kaunas Photography Gallery selected the Winner.

This year KAUNAS PHOTO STAR gained a new format staging an exhibition of all twelve Finalists. The exhibition is on display at three Kaunas old town venues: Kaunas City Museum, Folk Music Branch Department, “Meno Parkas” gallery and Kaunas Photography Gallery. The Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR competition received a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and a 2500 Eur monetary prize.

© Simon Menner “Camouflage”

On 1st of September, at 6 pm, together with life music played by quintet of The Lithuanian Air Force, the doors of Kaunas Photography gallery was opened. The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2018 Winner became Simon Menner (Germany) for a series “Camouflage”. The director of Mobilisation and Civil Resistance Department under MND Virginijus Vitalijus Vilkelis cogradulated the author and gave him a present – medal of the Ministry. Festival director Mindaugas Kavaliauskas emphasizes that “Camouflage” is special because it invites visitors to a gripping and interactive experience. It is not easy to find snipers hiding in the images on large format prints. The mission is almost impossible.

© Simon Menner “Camouflage”

Invisible due to their professionalism, hidden snipers are located in every of these images. They are aiming at the camera and therefore at the viewer. With a friendly support of the German, Lithuanian and Latvian Armies, Simon Menner was granted access to stage pictures of their snipers. The exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery is on display till 7th of October.

Simon Menner earned a Diploma and subsequently an MFA from the Universität der Künste Berlin, in both cases as a student of Stan Douglas. He has spent time as a student at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. Menner has exhibited his work in photography internationally and amongst other venues, participated in solo and group shows in the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Anchorage Museum, CO Berlin, Museum for Photography Berlin, NRW Forum Düsseldorf, Benaki Museum Athens, Bauhaus Museum Weimar, Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej Krakow and the Biennale de Lubumbashi. His work was featured widely by the Guardian, Der Spiegel, BBC, New York Times, The Independent, CNN, Frieze, Vice, Wired and many others. Menner has received a number of stipends and awards, such as a working grant by the Berlin Senate in 2015, a working grant by the German Stiftung Kunstfonds in 2014 and the Presidential Award of the Universität der Künste Berlin for the best Diploma in 2007. He is an appointed member of the German Photographic Association.

© Simon Menner “Camouflage”

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2018 Finalists:
Kirill Golovchenko (Ukraine/Germany) “Bitter Honeydew”, Mindaugas Ažušilis (Lithuania) “Accident”, Gloria Oyarzabal (Spain) “WOMAN GO NO’GREE”, Davide Monteleone (Italy) “A New Silk Road”, Federico Estol (Uruguay) “Shine Heroes”, Hester den Boer (Netherlands) “The Gulag Heritage”, Lynné Bowman Cravens (USA) “Works with different titles”, Alena Grom (Ukraine) “Medium of Instruction”, Gregoire Cachemaille (Switzerland/Germany) “Subsidences”, Hannes Jung (Germany) “How Is Life?”, Laurent Muschel (France) “Haircut – From Ethiopia to Cuba”, Simon Menner (Germany) “Camouflage”.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival invites to visit “Camouflage” by Simon Menner and other exhibitions!




KAUNAS PHOTO 2018 Open Call with the New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award

The call ended.
Thanks to all Photographers / Artists who submitted their works.
A total of 265 portfolios have been received.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the largest annual photographic festival in the Baltic States, based in Kaunas, Lithuania, since 2004. Maintaining its strong international character, KAUNAS PHOTO is a platform of priemieres of emerging talents. “Photo World” magazine (China) described KAUNAS PHOTO festival as a spot of the Europe’s Crossroads of photography. In the recent years, KAUNAS PHOTO took a direction to pursue an objective to be an audience and photographer -friendly festival. KAUNAS PHOTO program usually features works of 30-50 Artists, seen by 45000-70000 exhibition visitors.

On February 16, 2018, celebrating the Centenary of the Restored Independence of Lithuania, in collaboration with LensCulture, KAUNAS PHOTO festival, announces an Open Call for its 15th edition, offering an array of opportunities for photographers from inclusion to festival program, artistic residencies to the New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award, consisting of a solo exhibition at the largest photography gallery in the Baltic States, Kaunas Photography Gallery and a 2500 EUR monetary prize.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival opening events will be held between September 1-10th, 2018.

Who can submit? What works are expected? 

While celebrating the reestablished freedom of Lithuania, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is open to Photographers’ proposals on any subject, theme, topic, style of photography. Any solidly built photographic story or a robust conceptual, aesthetic work presentable in a series of 12-15 images is accepted. If video materials make inseparable part of a project, the set of 12-15 still images must be accompanied by links to youtube or vimeo addresses, included in the description of work. 1-3 views of exhibition installations, if necessary, can be among the 15 images of an entry. No single images, please.

All Photographers/Artists, regardless of their age, nationality and place of residence are invited to submit work. KAUNAS PHOTO festival is known for its focus on documentary, but all styles, genres and approaches to photography are accepted and exhibited. Both completed works and those in progress can are welcomed.

Photographers/Artists with KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award in focus, should ask themselves – “is my created body of work ready for a space of 200 square metres?”. “YES” means it is worth entering works to the Open Call.

Deadline April 4, 2018, 23:59 entrant’s local time. No extensions!

Photographers/Artists are encouraged to enter works as early as possible, since the festival curatorial team will be reviewing and studying submissions as soon as they will be arriving.

Entry consists of:

  • title of the work;
  • 12-15 images (2400 px on the longer side, JPG 90% quality);
  • short description of the work (up to 250 words);
  • short written BIO (up to 250 words), follwed by photographer’s contacts: email, phone number/s, mailing address.
  • Non-refundable entry fee of 29 EUR, per series entered, payable at the time of submission. No more than two series per artist.
    For the best of understanding, texts must be in English.
    Entries via LensCulture.com only. Direct link:
    https://www.lensculture.com/competitions/kaunas-2018/events

3 Types of Opportunities in one Call

There are multiple ways for Photographers/Artists submitting works to Open call can to be enrolled in Kaunas Photo 2018:

  • The New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award – Finalist’s and Winner’s exhibitions;
  • KAUNAS PHOTO festival program, including Outdoor exhibitions presented in squares in Kaunas, Exhibitions in galleries and Projection events;
  • Artist Residencies aiming to create works in Kaunas or other localities in Lithuania on topics proposed by the festival and accepted by the artists.

Last, but not least, is the team of decision-making curators on the Jury panel, who will review all entries and eventually give them exposure through their platforms, institutions and networks.

The New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award, updated with 2500 EUR prize

The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR tradition started in 2010, awarding the best participant of portfolio reviews with a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and paying respect to a probable future star of photography. In 2018, the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner will also receive a 2500 EUR prize.  Possible income tax obligations, eventually imposed by the country of citizenship of the Winner, will be his/her responsibility.

Open Call from KAUNAS PHOTO festival is followed by the Jury work that will select the shortlist of Finalists. All the shortlisted Photographers/Artists will have their exhibitions at the festival in 2018. The number of Finalists will be recommended by the festival and decided by the Jury. The Winner, selected from the Finalists by a joint board of curators of KAUNAS PHOTO festival and Kaunas Photography Gallery, will celebrate his/her exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and receive the monetary prize. The decision regarding the Winner cannot be appealed.

The exhibitions of both, Finalists’ and the Winner’s works will open on Saturday, September 1, 2018. The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2018 Winner is only revealed upon opening of the doors of Kaunas Photography Gallery.

Every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2018 Finalist agrees:

  • to provide the festival with a set of 30 – 40 digital files of print quality and additional materials, if needed: texts, materials for installations, etc. The materials will serve for detailed assessment of projects in the progress of selection of the Winner, as well as for the production of the exhibition, if such decision is taken between KAUNAS PHOTO festival and the Photographer/Artist;
  • to provide information about existing physical exhibitions of works submitted to the Open Call and technical data for logistics, insurance. Based on designated exhibition spaces and other criteria, the festival will either cover the transportation and insurance fees of existing exhibition or produce the exhibition in Lithuania from digital files, provided by the Photographer/Artist;
  • to propose possible ways of exhibiting his or her work, but accept the final decisions of the exhibition architects of KAUNAS PHOTO festival;
  • that no site-specific or content informtion about Finalists’ exhibitions will be disclosed until the date and hours of the exhibition openings.

Every Finalist is entitled to:

  • a travel allowance of up to 150 EUR, in return to proof of travel expenses, such as tickets, invoices, receipts of payment, bearing amounts paid, dates of travel, name of the traveller. The allowance is payable during / after the visit to Kaunas. Citizens of European Union countries will receive travel allowances via bank transfers;
  • a minimum of two nights of hotel accommodation in Kaunas at a hotel booked by the festival.

The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2018 Winner receives:

  • a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery (200 sq. metres), produced or, if exhibition exists and responds to necessary criteria, transported and ensured at expense of KAUNAS PHOTO festival;
  • a monetary prize of 2500 EUR, payable to the Winner’s bank account, after the opening of the exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery, but not later than October 31, 2018.

Jury Members

  • Fred BoucherPhotaumnales festival and Usimage Biennale (Clermont/Beauvais, France), Director
  • Elena BoilleInternazionale magazine (Rome, Italy), Deputy editor-in-chief and photo editor
  • Lydia Dorner – Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne, Switzerland), Assistant Curator
  • Bettina Leidl Kunsthaus Wien (Vienna, Austria), Director
  • Kristin Kern – Fotografisk Center (Copenhagen, Denmark), Director
  • Ângela Ferreira Independent Curator. Artistic advisor of Photography Museum of Fortaleza (Brazil)
  • Alessandra CapodacquaIndependent Curator and Professor at New York University Florence (Italy)
  • Donatas Stankevičius Kaunas Photography Gallery (Lithuania), Curator
  • Gintaras Česonis Kaunas Photography Gallery (Lithuania), Director
  • Mindaugas KavaliauskasKAUNAS PHOTO festival (Lithuania), Founder & Director

Previous Winners of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award

The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winners have held their exhibitions at Kaunas Photography Gallery (exhibition year follows the year of the title):

  • Mayumi Suzuki (Japan, 2017)
  • Julien Lombardi (France, 2016)
  • Jeniffer Thoreson (USA, 2015)
  • Andrejs Strokins (Latvia, 2013)
  • Andrei Liankevich (Belarus, 2012)
  • Luca Zanier (Switzerland, 2011)
  • Eric Lusito (France, 2010)

Artist Residencies @ KAUNAS PHOTO

In recent years, KAUNAS PHOTO festival started making stronger emphasis on inviting Artists to create works using their developed style in Kaunas and/or smaller Lithuanian towns and villages. In 2017, six Artists were invited to realize works about water-based subjects or community related projects in small Lithianian towns or villages.

Duration of the residency 7-21 days. The festival engages in paying an international return trip costs of up to 250 EUR, accommodation (up to 14 days in Kaunas or up to 21 days in small towns of Lithuania), an Rights fee for the created work of 750 EUR, payable against an invoice, delivered by the Photographer/Artist, and securing the KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s right to exhibit or publish the works created during the Residency. Additional costs for special purposes of a project, might be considered to be covered by KAUNAS PHOTO.  The Photographers/Artists selected for Residencies, are expected to deliver a minimum of one public artist talk and produce a body of work of 30-45 images, in case of traditional photography, on agreed subject.

Works involving and studying communities will be of particular interest for choosing the candidates for Residencies. Their selection will be based on the existing work, style, topics, which could be adapted to Kaunas or partnering small towns. Candidates will be contacted for availability and interest to undertake the project proposals. The choice of candidates for Artist Residencies is independent of the Jury vote and the Shortlist, and can start before the Open Call deadline. Therefore, Photographers/Artists aiming at residencies are encouraged to enter works as early as possible.

Inclusion into KAUNAS PHOTO festival program

If selected to exhibit at KAUNAS PHOTO festival, Photographers/Artists will be contacted personally. Their names will not appear on KAUNAS PHOTO web site until the publication of the program of the festival.

Photographers/Artists do not need to make investments. In most cases, the works are produced to match site-specific settings at the expense of the festival. If the artists’ works are available to be transported, are in reasonable distance within the EU and match the general idea of exhibition and space in Kaunas, the festival covers transportation and insurance of works.

Non-Finalist artists, included in the KAUNAS PHOTO festival program, are entitled to a hotel accommodation for at least 2 days in Kaunas (at festival’s chosen hotel), only in cases when they are available to be present at exhibition openings or purposely arranged guided tours. A modest contribution to travel costs is offered to all participants of exhibitions, payable after the completion of the trip to Kaunas and based on invoices, receipts.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2018 Timetable

February 15– April 4, 23:59 – Entrant’s local time – Open Call for entries;
March 20 – April 10 – Jury reviewing portfolios;
April 20 – Announcement of the Shortlist of Finalists on KaunasPhoto.com and festival’s social profiles
April 30 – last day for Finalists to transfer 30-40 hi-res images to the festival for exhibition preparations;
From the second part of May – outdoor exhibitions across Kaunas;
September 1 – Openings of exhibitions of Finalists and the Winner;
September 1 – 10 – Openings of other exhibitions;
Until the end of October – Artist talks, screenings, educational events.

Author’s rights and other legal aspects

While submitting works to the KAUNAS PHOTO 2018 open call via LensCulture, a photographer declares that he/she is the only owner of the economic author’s rights to the pictures submitted. Photographer agrees that the pictures submitted can be reproduced in materials and forms of artistic or media presentation of KAUNAS PHOTO festival outcomes, such as flyers, invitation cards, post cards, posters, catalogs, projections, slideshows, web sites, including but not limited to that of KAUNAS PHOTO festival for unlimited time in unlimited territory without any royalty payments. Entrants accept their responsibility for the right to the image of persons, models, places, objects or trade marks appearing in the pictures submitted to KAUNAS PHOTO festival.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival does not limit the photographers’ /artists’ moral or economic rights to promote, broadcast, exhibit, publish and sell their works submitted to KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s Open Call.

Prints produced by KAUNAS PHOTO festival, can be either left at the festival’s collection or destroyed after the exhibition, based on the decision of the Photographer/Artist. In 2017, ”The Nemunas Journey” exhibition by Vitus Saloshanka (Belarus/Germany), partly created during two Residencies provided by KAUNAS PHOTO (2015 and 2017), after the first show during the festival in 2017, was presented at Prienai Cultural Centre and Prospektas Gallery of Photography in Vilnius, with artist being present to all opening events, trips & accommodation covered by the inviting parties.

About KAUNAS PHOTO festival

KAUNAS PHOTO aims to be the stage for the future stars of photography. Being a part of Photo Festival Union and Festivals Of Light Organization, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is the longest-running photographic festival in the Baltic states is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West.

Today, more and more competitions (even highly ranked ones), galleries and festivals practice requesting artists to pay for almost every aspect of participation and exhibiting their works – from high entry fees to production of works, travel, accommodation. The recent objective of KAUNAS PHOTO is to implement measures that would allow it to be a more and more artist-friendly festival.

For references, please consult a friend who has exhibited in Kaunas and visited his/her exhibition, especially after 2010.

KAUNAS PHOTO is co-funded by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Kaunas Municipality.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR partners: Kaunas Photography Gallery, LensCulture, EPSON.

Enter works until April 4, 2018 (23:59 your local time) via LensCulture

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Artist talk by Mayumi Suzuki (Japan)

5pm Artist talk. Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus str. 2) Mayumi Suzuki (Japan).




Mayumi Suzuki (Japan) „The Restoration Will“ exhibition opening

On 1st of September, at 6 pm., at Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus st. 2), will be the opening of the exhibition “The Restoration Will” by Mayumi Suzuki (Japan).




KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 Open Call !

KAUNAS PHOTO is the largest annual photographic festival in the Baltic States, based in Kaunas, Lithuania, since 2004. Maintaining its strong international character, KAUNAS PHOTO is a platform of priemieres of emerging talents. “Photo World” magazine (China) described KAUNAS PHOTO festival as a spot of the Europe’s Crossroads of photography. Being the prime event of art photography in Lithuania, KAUNAS PHOTO pursues an objective to be both audience and photographer -friendly festival.

In 2017, partnering with LensCulture, KAUNAS PHOTO festival announces an open call for its 14th edition, offering an array of opportunities for photographers from inclusion to festival program, KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2017 Award (solo exhibition at the largest photography gallery in the Baltic States) to paid residencies.

Theme “WATER
In 2017, photographers are invited by KAUNAS PHOTO festival to submit a series of 12-15 works on the themes related to water. What should the works speak about?
Anything imaginable: lack & excess, drought & flood, rain & snow, chemistry and biology, life & death, surface & depth, economy & ecology, adventure & accident, seas & oceans, coastlines & islands, rivers & lakes, fear & relaxation, work & holidays, resorts & harbors, glaciers & icebergs, pollution & treatment, extinction & conservation, connection & separation, bridges & ferries, energy & aesthetics, health and harm.
You name it in your works!

Who can submit? What works?
All photographers, artists, regardless of their age, nationality and place of residence are invited to submit work. KAUNAS PHOTO festival is known for its focus on documentary, but all styles, genres and approaches to photography are accepted and exhibited.

Deadline: April 1, 2017, entrant’s local time.

Entry consists of:

  • title of the work;
  • 12-15 images (2000 px on the longer side, JPG);
  • short description of the work (up to 250 words);
  • short written biography (up to 250 words), follwed by photographer’s contacts: email, phone number/s, mailing address.

Submission fee: entry 29 EUR, payable at the time of submission. Entries of multiple series allowed.
First 50 applicants will receive a free catalog of KAUNAS PHOTO 2016 by post.

Jury Members (the list is growing):

  • Hannah Frieser – Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY, USA), Executive Director
  • Andrius Pukis – POST Gallery (Kaunas, Lithuania), Founder and Director
  • David Bram – Fraction Magazine (Albuquerque, NM, USA), Publisher
  • Jean-Marc LacabeLe Château d’Eau gallery, (Toulouse, France), Director
  • Kristina Juraitė – Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania), Head of Mass Communications Department
  • Julia Durkin – Auckland Festival of Photography (New Zealand), Founder & Public Participation Director
  • Maira Dudareva – Latvian Museum of Photography (Riga, Latvia), Director
  • Enrico Stefanelli – PhotoLux Festival (Lucca, Italy), Founder and Director
  • Laura Toots – Tallinn Photomonth contemporary art biennial (Estonia), Artistic Director
  • Nestan Nijaradze – Tbilisi Photo Festival (Georgia), Artistic Director
  • Maciej Jaźwiecki – Gazeta Wyborcza and Duży Format Magazine (Warsaw, Poland), Photo Editor
  • Donatas Stankevičius – Kaunas Photography Gallery and KAUNAS PHOTO (Lithuania), Curator & Exhibition Architect
  • Mindaugas Kavaliauskas – KAUNAS PHOTO festival (Lithuania), Founder & Director

3 Types of Opportunities in One Call
There are multiple ways in which artists submitting works to Kaunas Photo Open call can be enrolled in Kaunas Photo festival 2017:

  • KAUNAS PHOTO festival program, including Outdoor exhibitions presented in squares in Kaunas, Exhibitions in galleries, Intro Exhibition at M.Žilinskas Art Gallery of the National M.K.Čiurlionis Art Museum and Projection events, among them one open-air night with screens in the center and old town of Kaunas, inspired by the Nuit de l’Annee in Arles. Dates to be precised;
  • KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2017 – solo exhibition at the Kaunas Photography Gallery;
  • Artist Residencies in Kaunas of 7-14 days aiming to create water-related works in Kaunas.

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2017 Award
The winner of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2017 title will be one of the TOP-4 photographers / artists. The TOP-4 positions will be determined by the mathematical calculation of the online votes of Jury Members. The choice of the Winner, since 2014 is done by a board of curators of KAUNAS PHOTO festival and Kaunas Photography Gallery , the host of the exhibition.
The winner receives:

  • a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery (200 sq. metres);
  • accommodation in Kaunas for up to 4 days at festival’s designated hotel in Kaunas;
  • international return trip allowance of up to 250 EUR, based on real travel tickets, invoices;
  • coverage of transportation or production costs of the exhibition based on mutual agreement.

The other portfolios of TOP-4 will be exhibited in the festival, in general order applied to other participants: exhibition or transportation of works at festival expense, up to 2 days coverage of festival-designated hotel, partial travel allowance of 100 EUR, based on real travel expenses, paid upon arrival in Kaunas and presentation of travel tickets, invoices.

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR exhibitions at Kaunas Photography Gallery, same as other festival exhibitions tend to have a site specific character, therefore, every exhibition is regarded as individual. Its implementation requires a common work between the photographer / artist and the exhibition curator and architect.
Winners of previous KAUNAS PHOTO STAR award, who have held their exhibitions at KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY (exhibition year follows the year of the title):

  • Julien Lombardi (France, 2016)
  • Jeniffer Thoreson (USA, 2014)
  • Andrejs Strokins (Latvia, 2013)
  • Andrei Liankevich (Belarus, 2012)
  • Luca Zanier (Switzerland, 2011)
  • Eric Lusito (France, 2010)

Artist Residencies @ KAUNAS PHOTO
In the recent years the festival started inviting artists to create works in Kaunas using their developed style. In 2017, several artists will be invited to realize a work about water-based subjects.
Duration of the residency 7-14 days. The festival engages in paying the international return trip, accommodation in Kaunas, an artist fee of 500 EUR, payable against an invoice. Additional costs of creation might be covered by KAUNAS PHOTO. The works created during the residency are to be exhibited and published by the festival. The artists selected are expected to deliver one public artist talk. The selection will be based on the existing work the style, topic of which could be adapted to Kaunas. Candidates will be contacted for availability and interest to undertake the project proposal.

Selection process: Jury Members, Curators and their votes
A panel of invited Jury members will be reviewing the portfolios as soon as they are submitted for review. After the end of the submission period, a list of rated portfolios will be generated. Based on this list, TOP – 4 will be designated. In case of equal ratings of the neighboring standings, the top circle may be enlarged.
Exhibitions, Projection events, Residencies – picks by the festival curators, considering the portfolios’ messages, suitability to specific urban spaces, artistic and thematic uniqueness of water narratives.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2017 – solo exhibition at the Kaunas Photography Gallery, experts votes to generate TOP-4, winner’s choice by festival and gallery curators.
All the photographers from the TOP-4 positions will be invited to exhibit in either outdoor, public space or the central exhibition. One will be selected for KAUNAS PHOTO STAR award.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 Timetable
March 2– April 1, 23:59 – Entrant’s local time – Call for entries;
March 20 – April 7 – experts and festival curators Reviewing portfolios;
June 1Intro exhibition at M.Žilinskas Art Gallery of the National M.K.Čiurlionis Art Museum & outdoor exhibitions across Kaunas;
June 1 – announcement of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2017 TOP 4 artists and participants of KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 exhibitions, residencies;
June 1–End of October – outdoor exhibitions in squares of Kaunas;
September 1 – Openings of exhibitions of TOP 4 and KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner’s exhibition;
September 1– 14 – Openings of exhibitions, artist talks, portfolio reviews.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival
(Lithuania, since 2004) has been a festival of premieres for future stars of contemporary photography. Being a part of Photo Festival Union and Festivals Of Light Organization, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is the longest-running photographic festival in the Baltic states is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West.
Today, more and more competitions (even highly ranked ones), galleries and festivals practice requesting artists to pay for almost every aspect of participation and exhibiting their works – from high entry fees to production of works, travel, accommodation.
If selected to exhibit at KAUNAS PHOTO festival, photographers do not need to make investments. In most cases, the works are produced to match site-specific settings at the expense of the festival. If the artists’ works are available to be transported, are in reasonable distance within the EU and match the general idea of exhibition and space in Kaunas, the festival covers transportation and insurance of works. Hotel accommodation for at least 2 days in Kaunas (at festival’s chosen hotel) is paid, if invited artists are available to be present at exhibition openings or purposely arranged guided tours. The only promise the festival is unable to make, is taking the full travel bill. Therefore, a modest contribution to travel costs is offered to participants of exhibitions. Adapted in 2010, this formula has enabled most artists to be present at KAUNAS PHOTO festival exhibition openings or guided tours, artist talks.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival is in pursuit of perfection in building exhibitions, respect to artists and by welcoming artists, curators and audience, making world-wide photo exchange happen.
For references, please consult a friend who has exhibited in Kaunas and visited his/her exhibition, especially after 2010.

Author’s rights and other legal aspects
While submitting works to the KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 open call, photographers declare that they are the only owners of the economic author’s rights to the pictures submitted. They agree that the pictures submitted can be reproduced in materials and forms of artistic or media presentation of KAUNAS PHOTO festival outcomes, such as flyers, invitation cards, post cards, posters, catalogs, projections, slideshows, web sites, including but not limited to that of KAUNAS PHOTO festival for unlimited time in unlimited territory without any royalty payments. Entrants accept their responsibility for the right to the image of persons, models, places, objects or trade marks appearing in the pictures submitted to KAUNAS PHOTO festival on-line portfolio reviews.
KAUNAS PHOTO festival does not limit the photographers’ /artists’ economic rights to promote, broadcast, exhibit, publish and sell their images submitted to KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s open call for works.

Enter until April 1, 2017 (your local time) via LensCulture

Link address:
https://www.lensculture.com/competitions/kaunas-2017/events

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Feature picture: © Vitus Saloshanka “The Nemunas Journey”. Lithuania, 2016, realized during a residence @ KAUNAS PHOTO.




19/08/2016 exhibition opening Julien Lombardi “Unfinished” /Kaunas Photography Gallery

On 19 of August, at 6:oo p.m., at Kaunas Photography gallery, KAUNAS PHOTO festival opened an exhibition “Unfinished” created by French artist Julien Lombardi, who became KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2o16.

Exhibition will be on display until 18  of September.

 

 




3 in 1 Call from KAUNAS PHOTO open until June 17

KAUNAS PHOTO festival has been a festival of premières for future stars of photography since its launch in 2004. The festival is organised every year in Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania. Being the longest-running photo art festival in the Baltic States, KAUNAS PHOTO is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West. While being the prime event of art photography in Lithuania, KAUNAS PHOTO does not solely focus on Lithuanian photography. Its programs and projects, such as exhibition and book “Generation ’74. 11 European Photographers born in 1974” feature a vast menu of internationally acclaimed photographers.
In 2016, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is back with an open call, offering three opportunities in one call for photographers from Europe and beyond.

1/3.Visibility of works on the database of urban photography, folioPORT for Flâneur.

folioPORT for Flâneur is a platform of call-for works for the KAUNAS PHOTO 2016, at the same time serving as a public resource of photography, related to street, urban life and public space. Once a photographer applies for participation for KAUNAS PHOTO 2016, his / her works will be visible to the international image community and researchers.

2/3. Inclusion in the KAUNAS PHOTO festival program

In 2016, the entire KAUNAS PHOTO festival adopted the topic of Flâneur: new urban narratives.
The EU co-funded project of the same title has enabled the festival to re-engineer its application platform folioPORT to match this particular purpose and its functionalities.
While photographers from all over the globe can submit their work, some parts of the KAUNAS PHOTO program will only consist of works by European photographers.
KAUNAS PHOTO 2016 events will start from June to the end of October, with the main week between September 6 and 11.

Works submitted to folioPORT for Flâneur can be selected for the following:
Outdoor exhibitions in KAUNAS PHOTO festival, presented in squares in Kaunas, running from the mid-June to October;
Exhibitions in galleries from August 19 to mid-October;
Central exhibition at M.Žilinskas Art Gallery of the National M.K.Čiurlionis Art Museum (photographers from geographical Europe), from August 19 to September 19.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2016 – solo exhibition at the Kaunas Photography Gallery from August 19 to September 15.
Projection events, among them one open-air night with screens in the center and old town of Kaunas, inspired by the Nuit de l’Annee in Arles. Dates to be precised.

3/3.  KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2016 Award

The winner of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2016 title will be one of the TOP-4 photographers / artists. The TOP 4 positions will be decided by the mathematical calculation of the online votes of experts. The choice of the winner, since 2014 is done by a board of curators of KAUNAS PHOTO festival and Kaunas Photography Gallery, the host of the exhibition.
The winner receives:
– a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery at a date proposed by the festival and the gallery,
– accommodation in Kaunas for up to 4 days at festival’s designated hotel;
– return trip allowance of up to 300 EUR, based on the travel expense proofs tickets, invoices;
– coverage of transportation or production costs of the exhibition based on mutual agreement. KAUNAS PHOTO STAR exhibitions at Kaunas Photography Gallery tend to have a site specific character, therefore, every exhibition is regarded as individual. Its implementation requires a common work between the photographer / artist and the exhibition curator and architect.

Winners of previous KAUNAS PHOTO STAR award, who have held their exhibitions at KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY (exhibition year follows the year of the title):

 

Who can submit? What works?

All photographers, artists, regardless of their age, nationality and place of residence are invited to submit work.

Theme “Flâneur: New Urban Narratives”

In 2016, photographers are invited by KAUNAS PHOTO festival to submit a series of 12-15 works on the theme Flâneur: new urban narratives.

What should the works speak about?
The subject is vast, but to be sure not to distance from it, photographers must have in mind the following:
Flâneur – could be synonymous to “street photographer”. The French noun flâneur, means “stroller”, “lounger”, “saunterer”, or “loafer”. Flânerie refers to the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations. Source – Wikipedia.
New – the work must be created in of after the year 2000 and deal with contemporary lifestyle. Both finished and works in progress are welcome;
Urban – the work must deal with the city, urban culture, civilization.
Narratives – the work needs to tell a visual, conceptual, documentary, story based on a phenomenon, location, person. It should reflect upon aesthetic, social, political, moral, economic or other types of issues.

Experts, Curators and their votes

A panel of invited experts will be reviewing the portfolio as soon as they are submitted for review. After the end of the submission period, based on calculation of votes for every portfolio, a list of rated portfolios from best to least well rated will be automatically generated. For certain aspects of the festival program, the expert’s votes will be of high importance.

Roles of experts votes and festival curators in selection of works for the specific parts of the KAUNAS PHOTO 2016 program:
Outdoor exhibitions – picks by the festival curators, considering the portfolio’s message, suitability to specific urban spaces, suitability for exhibition in public space, etc.
Exhibitions in galleries – festival curators’ decisions will be based on ratings and variety of urban narratives.
Central exhibition at M.Žilinskas Art Gallery of the National M.K.Čiurlionis Art Museum – festival curators’ decisions will be based on ratings and variety of urban narratives.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2016 – solo exhibition at the Kaunas Photography Gallery from August 19 to September 15 – experts votes to generate TOP-4, winner’s choice by festival and gallery curators
Projection events – Picks by the festival curators.

All the photographers from the TOP-4 positions will be invited to exhibit in either outdoor, public space or the central exhibition. One will be selected for KAUNAS PHOTO STAR award.

Entry stages, fees

Stage 1 – Registration of photographer’s profile; When signing up, photographers agree with the Guidelines and Terms.

Stage 2 – Uploading of portfolio and submitting for review;

Stage 3 – Approval of the admittance of a portfolio is sent within 24 hours after submitting a portfolio. More about approval on “How It Works”.

Stage 4 – If a photographer chooses to participate in KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Competition, the entry fee of 15 EUR to be paid per every portfolio, proposed for the competition.
PayPal: festival@kaunasphoto.info
Details accompanying payment: “Name Surname_Name of the Series”.

Stage 4A – When fee transfer received, portfolio is qualified for KAUNAS PHOTO STAR.

 

Time table

May 18 – June 17 – Call for entries

May 25 – June 27 – experts and festival curators reviewing portfolios. 

June 17Deadline / last date to submit works until 23:59 Entrant’s local time.

June 30 – announcement of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2016 Winner and Participants of KAUNAS PHOTO 2016 exhibitions

June – October  – outdoor exhibitions in squares of Kaunas , featuring works of photographers, from folioPORT for Flâneur database

August 19 – September 19 – exhibitions in museums / galleries, including the main exhibition and KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner’s exhibition

Author’s rights and other legal aspects

While submitting works to the folioPORT for Flâneur (folioport.eu) platform for KAUNAS PHOTO festival open calls, photographers declare that they are the only owners of the economic author’s rights to the pictures submitted. They agree that the pictures submitted can be reproduced in materials and forms of artistic or media presentation of folioPORT and KAUNAS PHOTO festival, “Flâneur: new urban narratives” project outcomes, such as flyers, invitation cards, post cards, posters, catalogs, projections, slideshows, web sites, including but not limited to that of KAUNAS PHOTO festival for unlimited time in unlimited territory without any royalty payments. Entrants accept their responsibility for the right to the image of persons, models, places, objects or trade marks appearing in the pictures submitted to folioPORT for Flâneur on-line portfolio reviews.

folioPORT.eu and KAUNAS PHOTO festival are not agencies or stock photography sites and exercise no activity of direct sales or licensing of the submitted works. All arrangements resulting from on-line portfolio reviews are to be done between photographers or their representatives with the interested parties. folioPORT.eu and KAUNAS PHOTO festival do not limit the photographers’ /artists’ moral or economic rights to promote, broadcast, exhibit, publish and sell their images submitted to the folioPORT.eu & KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s open call for works.

 

KAUNAS PHOTO festival

(Lithuania, since 2004) has been a festival of premieres for future stars of contemporary photography. Being a part of Photo Festival Union and Festivals Of Light Organization, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is the longest-running photographic festival in the Baltic states is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West.

Today, more and more competitions (even highly ranked ones), galleries and festivals practice requesting artists to pay for almost every aspect of participation and exhibiting their works – from high entry fees to production of works, travel, accommodation.

If selected to exhibit at KAUNAS PHOTO festival, photographers do not need to make huge investments. In most cases, the works are produced to match site-specific settings, at the expense of the festival. If the artists’ works are available to be transported, are in reasonable distance within the EU and match the general idea of exhibition and space in Kaunas, the festival covers transportation and insurance of works. Hotel accommodation for at least 2 days in Kaunas (at festival’s chosen hotel) is paid, if invited artists are available to be present at exhibition openings or purposely arranged guided tours. The only promise the festival is unable to make, is taking the full travel bill. Therefore, a modest contribution to travel costs is offered to participants of exhibitions. Adapted in 2010, this formula has enabled most artists to be present at KAUNAS PHOTO festival exhibition openings or guided tours, artist talks.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival is in pursuit of perfection in building exhibitions, respect to artists and by welcoming artists, curators and audience, making world-wide photo exchange happen.

For references, please consult a friend who has exhibited in Kaunas and visited his/her exhibition, especially after 2010.

http://folioPORT.eu
www.KaunasPhoto.com

Organiser of the festival: VšĮ Šviesos raštas

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Entries accepted until June 17, 2016
via folioPORT.eu