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Open Call

for the creation of an experimental photobook

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We invite our entire international community to participate and collaborate in this call to publish an experimental photobook. In these years of work, we have seen how complicated it is to publish photobooks with experimental proposals. To resolve this gap, we have decided to create this call with a clear community will: with everyone's support we will make it possible to publish a photobook each year.

The winners of this call last year were:

-Ed Back - 100,000,000 Years

-Max VanderWal - ID

-Morgana Costa Ucher - Shadow of the universe

-Maria Antonella Calcagno Pueyo - Not street photography

These projects are being edited and will be presented in the month of March and during the Experimental Photo Festival 2023.

Bases of the open call:

  • Individual or collective projects of all types and states of preparation are accepted until December 31, 2022.

  • Participation has a price of 25 euros as a pre-purchase of the final book. This means that all participants will receive a copy of the edited book, whomever the winner is, without paying shipping costs.

  • The jury is made up of the Experimentalphotofestival Association, Aida Navajas and Sergio Lairisa and their decisions will be final.

  • It is possible to send more than one proposal but each has to be presented and paid individually.

  • All participants agree, by submitting their proposal, to actively participate in the process of creating the final photobook and respecting the proposed production schedule. The Experimentalphotofestival Association reserves the right to revoke the award and select another project if a winner does not meet the agreed conditions.

  • All participants in this call declare to be authors and owners of the rights and content of the submitted project (texts, images and graphic design).

  • Experimentalphotofestival Association will be in charge of the creation, production and dissemination of the photobook, as well as its international distribution from our platforms.

  • The final price of the published photobook will be 25-35 euros (+ shipping)

The selected ones will:

  • Receive free access to all courses of the Agora, school of experimentation, from the period September 2023-June 2024 (valued at 200 euros).

  • Receive 10 books, shipping included, as copyright of the first edition. The rights of the images included in the book will belong at all times to their author or author, ceding their use for the publication of the book and for communication and dissemination.

  • Participate in the book presentation during Experimental Photo Festival 2024, in Barcelona, Spain.


  • December 2022, this open call is carried out;

  • As of February 15, 2023, presentation of the 6 pre-selected finalists;

  • Experimental Photo Festival 2023: presentation of the finalist projects and selection of the winner;

  • September 2023-March 2024 preparation of the photobooks;

  • Experimental Photo Festival 2024: presentation of the definitive photobook.

by Belen Vilanova


Our first project:  Para Adentro | Into of Belén Vilanova

designed and conceptualized by Aida Navajas

This book is a laboratory on self-image. It is an introspective game, a record of processes that show a way of operating on my own memory, on the changes and fragility of life. 

This book is divided into four chapters, one for each stage lived:

C1. Solidifying Childhood;

C2. Youth is Boiling;

C3. Incinerating Adolescence and;

C4. An Evaporated Present