Open Call for Photography (Contest Closed/ Convocatoria Cerrada/ Convocatório Encerrado)

We have now received 200 applications and are not accepting new ones.

The Harvard David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) is calling for submissions from established artists and photojournalists for the forthcoming digital exhibition Documenting the Impact of Covid-19 through Photography: Collective Isolation in Latin America.

A jury made up of Harvard-affiliated scholars, curators and artists will review all submissions and select the winners. The jury members will award a US $1,000 first prize, $600 second prize, and $400 third prize. In addition, the three awarded works will become part of the DRCLAS permanent art and photography collection (with the photographer’s consent) and the winners will be invited to participate in a virtual roundtable discussion organized by DRCLAS during the Fall semester.

In addition, the best works will be selected by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies to be part of the digital exhibition on view on its website during Fall 2020, as well as being published in a special digital supplement of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America. Photographs in the digital exhibition will be posted along with the photographer’s name and a link to their website.

The competition aims to create a critical visual record of our unprecedented times. 2020 will be remembered as a watershed year in which a pandemic laid bare the inequalities and fissures within our society and the relevance of living and participating in communities even while experiencing the pandemic in isolation. We hope to contribute to the documentation of these breathtaking times so they can be remembered by future generations. In addition, by curating photography from all over Latin America and the Caribbean, we hope to promote a regional perspective of the way collective isolation due to Covid-19 has affected our region.

Jury Members

Pablo Corral Vega, a 2011 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, is an Ecuadoran photojournalist who has published his work in National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Audubon, GEO and other international publications. 

Susan Meiselas is a freelance photographer and member of Magnum Photos, who is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. She has co-directed two films, Living at Risk: The Story of a Nicaraguan Family and Pictures from a Revolution with Richard P. Rogers and Alfred Guzzetti from Harvard's Visual and Environmental Arts Department. She was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal in 2011 and was a 2018-19 Radcliffe Institute-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow.

João Kulcsar is a Brazilian photographer, curator and academic who works on issues of citizenship and visual communication. Professor and photography coordinator at Senac University since 1990 and Director of the Photography Festival of Paranapiacaba. He has a master's in arts from the University of Kent, England, where he was a fellow at The British Council. He was a 2002-03 Fulbright Scholar at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and collaborates frequently with Project Zero.

Makeda Best is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums where she oversees the museums’ photography collections. Her scholarly interests focus on 19th- and 20th-century American photography, with a special interest in photojournalism, documentary, war photography, and text and image works. Prior to her appointment at the Harvard Art Museums, Best was assistant professor in visual studies at the California College of the Arts, specializing in the history of photography, and was an assistant curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. The artist has realized more than seventy public interventions around the world. Over sixty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. He received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2018 and the Hasselblad Award in 2020. He is Associate at the Harvard GSD Art and the Public Domain Program.

Submission Details

  • We have now received 200 applications and are not accepting new ones. 

  • Please note that the contest will be closed after the first 200 applications we receive, even if that date is before September 1. As of July 16, we have received 120 applications.

  • The contest is open to photojournalists and mid-career and established artists, citizens of any country, but the photographs must have been taken in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, between March 1 and August 30.

  • Single applications or series of up to seven photographs must be submitted with its longest side at a minimum of 3000 pixels in file format: JPG and Color: RGB. Photo manipulation is allowed but the content of the photo cannot be altered by adding, fixing, distorting, or deleting people and objects within the frame.

  • A statement of intention of up to 150 words must accompany the submission. The statement should be in PDF format and include title of each photograph, date, city/region and country where it was taken.  The PDF should also include three-line bio that demonstrates a history of professional dedication to photojournalism or art photography. We highly urge submitting the text in English; if not possible, please submit the Spanish or Portuguese version accompanied by a Google-translator English version.    

  • Submissions should be uploaded to the photographer’s Google Drive. The shareable link should be sent to jerlick@fas.harvard.edu before September 1 with the subject line, “Open Call” plus your first and last name

  • All photographers, by virtue of their submission, are attesting that the images are their own work and there has been no copyright infringement. DRCLAS will not be held liable for any infringement of rights that might surface during the jurying or displaying of any image. By submitting the photographer grant DRCLAS the right to use your image(s) for promotion and advertisement  as well as inclusion in the online gallery. The photographer retains all rights to the image.

  • There is no submission fee.

Detalles de postulación

  • Hemos llegado a las 200 aplicaciones y por lo tanto no estamos recibiendo aplicaciones nuevas.

  • Por favor tenga en cuenta que la convocatoria se cerrará una vez que se reciban 200 aplicaciones, aunque eso suceda antes del 1 de septiembre. Al día 16 de julio, ya hemos recibido 120 aplicaciones.

  • La convocatoria está abierta a fotoperiodistas y artistas de media carrera y consagrados, ciudadanos de cualquier país, pero las fotos deben haber sido tomadas en Latinoamérica y el Caribe, incluido Puerto Rico, entre el 1 de marzo y 30 de agosto de 2020.

  • Fotos individuales o series de hasta 7 fotos deben ser enviadas con el lado largo de mínimo 3000 pixeles en formato: JPG y color: RGB. La manipulación de la foto está permitida pero el contenido de la misma no puede ser alterado al agregar, arreglar, distorsionar, o eliminar gente y objetos dentro del encuadre.

  • Una declaración de intenciones  de un máximo de 150 palabras debe acompañar la entrega de las fotos.  La declaración debe estar en formato PDF y debe incluir el título, fecha, ciudad y/o región y país donde fue tomada la foto. Además debe agregarse  una pequeña biografía de máximo 3 líneas del autor que evidencie su dedicación profesional al fotoperiodismo o al arte.  Es fuertemente recomendado entregar el texto de la declaración en inglés, de no ser posible por favor entregue la versión en español o portugués acompañada de una versión en ingles realizada por medio de Google translator.

  • La postulación (fotos y PDF) debe ser subida a un Google drive personal del autor y el link de acceso a ese Google drive debe ser enviado a jerlick@fas.harvard.edu antes del 1 de septiembre 2020 detallando en el asunto del correo electrónico:  Open Call + el nombre y apellido del autor.

  • Todos los fotógrafos, en virtud de su postulación están certificando que las imágenes son propias y que no ha habido infracción de derechos de autor. DRCLAS no será responsable de ninguna infracción de derechos de estas imágenes que puedan surgir durando el proceso de jurado o muestra digital. Al entregar su fotografía(s) el fotógrafo le entrega a DRCLAS el derecho de usarla(s) para promoción del concurso y programa así como para incluirla(s) en la muestra digital. El fotógrafo conserva todos los derechos de autor.

  • La postulación no involucra cobros.

Detalhes da submissão

  • Chegamos ao limite de 200 inscrições e, portanto, não estamos aceitando novas inscrições.

  • Observe que o concurso será encerrado após as 200 primeiras inscrições recebidas, mesmo que seja antes do dia 1 de setembro. Até dia 16 de julho, já recebemos 120 inscrições.

  • O concurso é aberto a fotojornalistas e artistas estabelecidos e em meio de carreira, cidadãos de qualquer país, mas as fotografias devem ter sido tiradas na América Latina ou no Caribe, incluindo Porto Rico, entre 1 de março e 30 de agosto.

  • Inscrições de fotografias únicas ou em séries de até sete fotografias devem ser enviados com o lado mais longo no mínimo 3000 pixels no formato de arquivo: JPG e Cor: RGB. A manipulação de uma imagem é permitida, mas seu conteúdo não pode ser alterado adicionando, reorganizando, revertendo, distorcendo ou removendo pessoas e/ou objetos de dentro do quadro.

  • Uma declaração de intenção de até 150 palavras deve acompanhar a submissão. A declaração deve estar em formato PDF e incluir o título de cada fotografia, data, cidade/região e país em que foi tirada. O PDF também deve incluir uma biografia de três linhas. Recomendamos que você envie o texto em inglês; se não for possível, o texto pode ser enviado em espanhol ou em português, mas acompanhado por uma tradução em inglês do Google tradutor.

  • Os arquivos devem estar disponíveis no Google Drive da(o) artista. O link de acesso deve ser enviado para jerlick@fas.harvard.edu antes do dia 1 de setembro de 2020, o assunto do e-mail deve ser "Open Call" e incluir o seu nome e sobrenome. 

  • Todas(os) as(os) artistas, em virtude de sua submissão, atestam que as imagens são trabalhos próprios e que não houve nenhuma violação de direitos autorais. O Centro David Rockefeller de Estudos Latino-americanos da Universidade de Harvard não se responsabiliza por nenhuma violação de direitos que possam surgir durante o julgamento ou a exibição de qualquer imagem. Ao enviar, você concede ao DRCLAS o direito de usar suas imagens em publicações, divulgação e promoção, bem como inclusão na galeria on-line. A(o) fotógrafa(o) manterá todos os direitos sobre a imagem.

  • Não há taxa de inscrição para participar desta convocatória.

Questions?

Contact June Carolyn Erlick, Publications Director