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FESTIVAL 2024 aug 21 — sept 28
kranj, slovenia
FESTIVAL 2024 aug 21 — sept 28
kranj, slovenia
FESTIVAL 2024 aug 21 — sept 28
kranj, slovenia

Call 2023 for Solo and Group Exhibitions

The Kranj Foto Fest is excited to announce its Open Call for Exhibitions 2023 on the theme of HUMAN — NATURE. We seek visually powerful and thought-provoking stories that showcase the relationship between humanity and the environment.

Whether you are a professional photographer, an emerging talent, or an amateur enthusiast, this open call is your chance to have your work seen by a global audience and to contribute to a larger conversation about the interplay between humans and nature. Submissions can include documentary photography, fine art photography, and any other form of contemporary photography that explores the theme in a meaningful and impactful way.

The jury will select ONE WINNER who will receive a 1000 EUR cash prize and have a solo exhibition in Kranj, Slovenia, at the program of Kranj Foto Fest 2023 (from August 23rd to September 23rd 2023), and will shortlist a number of photographers for group exhibitions all around the picturesque alpine town of Kranj.

For a whole month, at the warm height of European summer, the old town of Kranj will once again be transformed into an exciting hub of contemporary photography bringing together emerging and established photographers from all over the world. The city becomes an open-air gallery with photo exhibitions happening in the streets, at historic landmarks, in art centres, galleries, forests and by the river. 

Submit your work and get the chance to be part of this experience at the international festival of contemporary photography Kranj Foto Fest. By exhibiting at the festival, you’ll get an amazing opportunity to show your work to a qualified audience consisting of art critics, curators, photo editors, gallery owners and publishers from Slovenia and abroad.

We welcome submissions from photographers of all levels and backgrounds, and we look forward to seeing the diverse and imaginative ways that the theme of HUMAN — NATURE will be explored through photography. 

The submission to this Open Call is free of charge. Applications must be sent to the email by 30th March 2023. Only series (not single images) will be accepted.


We expect to see photo stories referring to the relationship and interplay between humans and the environment, from documentary photography showing the impact and the consequences of human actions on nature and the ways in which nature affects humanity to a more contemporary, conceptual and imaginative language, exploring the relationship between humans and nature.

This Open Call seeks to understand the ways in which photographers have approached Human — Nature and to explore the relationship between human experience and the natural world in photographic practice. 

It is an opportunity for photographers and visual storytellers to share their perspectives on the theme, and to contribute to a larger conversation about the relationship between humans and nature. The contest will also consider the ways in which these photographers depict issues such as environmental degradation, sustainability, and the impact of human activities on the environment.



A solo exhibition at Kranj Foto Fest 2023 with all production costs covered by the festival

+ 1000 EUR prize 

+ travel expenses of up to 400 EUR and lodging for 4 nights (from 23rd to 27th August 2023) in Kranj during the Festival’s Opening Week


Shortlisted photographers

Participation in group exhibitions at Kranj Foto Fest 2023 with all production costs covered by the festival 

+ lodging for 4 nights (from 23rd to 27th August 2023) in Kranj during the Festival’s Opening Week

What will the festival offer?

  • Exposure at the Kranj Foto Fest’s main gallery venues all around the old historical centre of Kranj as well as in green areas with all the production expenses covered by the organiser;
  • Your application will be handled and judged by a team of experts in photography;
  • A network of curators and publishers and the possibility of your work getting exhibited and published on the festival partners’ platforms/at their venues as well;
  • Inclusion in the festival’s marketing & PR campaign + printed and digital publications.

What should I send?

  • A series (not isolated images without any connection) from 6 to 20 photos in jpg format with 1200 pixels on the longest side. Single images should not exceed 500 kB.;

  • A short description (max 800 characters) in English about your project, including information about its title and the year in which your series or photo story was developed;

  • Your bio with up to 1500 characters in English, including your personal info (email, phone number, country of residency and date of birth);

  • Save all images and documents in only ONE ZIP file under the title Name_Surname. Send this ZIP file to the email by 30th March 2023.

  • Please note that due to the high volume of emails we receive, we regret that we are unable to confirm receipt of individual submissions. However, rest assured that we review all applications carefully and will be in touch if we require further information.

What are the requirements?

  • Photographers, visual artists, and visual storytellers (individuals or collectives) older than 18 years old, from all over the world, can apply to this open call;

  • The photo story should follow the theme of HUMAN / NATURE;

  • Photographers should guarantee that they have the same photos in high resolution which is ideal for exhibition printing. These hi-res files will be required if your work is selected;

  • By being selected to participate in the Kranj Foto Fest 2023, the photographers understand that their images can be used to promote the festival in digital and printed materials, press and on social media;

  • Individuals working for the festival 2023, as well as their immediate family members, are not eligible to apply for the Open Call for Exhibitions 2023;
  • The winner understands that, at the end of the festival, one of their printed photographs is incorporated into the festival’s collection, and a second print is donated to the festival’s main sponsor.

What are the organiser’s commitments?

  • Kranj Foto Fest undertakes the responsibility of curating, printing the photos, and producing and promoting the exhibitions in the locations chosen by the organiser in the city of Kranj, Slovenia;
  • The organiser will be responsible for disposing of the received materials (online and printed) after the end of the festival;
  • Kranj Foto Fest reserves the right to cancel the festival (or some of its activities) at any time due to any reason.

How much should I pay?

  • Nothing. Participation in the Kranj Foto Fest Open Call for Exhibitions 2023 is free of charge.

When is the deadline to send my material?

  • The deadline to send your application is 30th March 2023.

When will the results be published?

  • The results of this open call will be published on this website and on our social channels in April 2023.

Meet the 2023 Open Call's Jury

Ciril Jazbec

Ciril Jazbec

Documentary Photographer

Barbara Čeferin

Owner of Galerija Fotografija

Fernanda Prado Verčič

Director of Kranj Foto Fest

Michael Famighetti

Editor at Aperture, USA

Dominique Hildebrand

Photo Editor at Nat Geo, USA

Bertan Selim

Founder of Vid Foundation, Netherlands

Michaela Bosáková

Independent Curator, Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia

The photo on the top of this page was made by Luka Dakskobler at the exhibition Locals from Katerina Kouzmitcheva, shortlisted on the Open Call 2022.

International Festival of Contemporary Photography

Kranj, Slovenia