Open Call 2021 | CLOSED

A room to breath, speak & act.

For its 2021 edition, Rotterdam Photo is happy to announce the launch of the Single Image Open Call. In order to highlight the importance of this year's topic 'Planet Human', we invite professional and amateur photographers to reflect on the sub-theme 'A Room To Breathe, Speak & Act' which related to psychological balance, resilience, and creative adaptability that we all tried to find during these months of isolation this year.


Photographers can submit their work from November 15th until December 20th, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST. For the selected photographers, all production costs will be covered by the festival.



The outbreak of the Covid-19 disease and the further lockdown has posed great challenges, not only to the world’s economy but also to our daily lives. Millions of people faced different types of difficulties during this period, and social isolation only fostered stress, fear, and emotions of constant uncertainty. However, being locked in a ‘room’, many people had found new ways to express themselves – ‘breathe, speak, and act’. These months, we observed abundant creativity and innovation emerging at national, institutional, organizational, and individual levels. While experts had called the lockdown ‘the world’s biggest psychological experiment’ with tremendous negative psychological effects, we invite photographers and visual artists to submit the ‘bright’ side of this crisis, which also became a strong drive of creativity and innovation; helping people to express and regulate their emotions. What was the role of humor in helping people cope with stress and threats? How are we able to find a balance in our rooms between restrictions, stress, boredom, and creativity? Which personality factors, motivations, and emotions had led us to resilience and creative adaptability?

Application and selection


If you want to join our growing community, please submit a selection of your images inspired by the sub-theme A ROOM TO BREATHE, SPEAK & ACT before December 20th, 2020. Our committee will make a selection of participating photographers and invite them to showcase their work at Rotterdam Photo. As a small independent organization that consists of passionate photography freelancers, we want to create a platform that caters to a wide spectrum of photographers.

For more information on the submitting process and other relevant information, please check out the TERMS & CONDITIONS: Single entry/Container expo below or contact us:



This year Rotterdam Photo launched photography awards which welcome a wide range of photographs and exhibition projects to be considered for recognition in various categories. While some award categories will be judged by a panel of assigned judges, others will be voted for by the public through our social media profiles. The winners in each of these categories will receive a monetary remuneration.


More information about the variety of awards for the Rotterdam Photo 2021 you can find here.