Why Enter?

OpenWalls Arles is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. 

All entrants have been emailed with their status in the competition and the shortlist will be announced in April / May 2019.

The 50 winning images will be exhibited at Galerie Huit Arles to coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles 2019.

This year, we invited you to be part of a groundbreaking new awards series. Opening up the walls of an internationally renowned gallery in Arles, to coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles 2019, we asked you to submit images that responded to the theme ‘Home & Away’. We wanted you to interpret this theme freely, and to show us images that capture your sense of belonging, escapism or identity.

50 successful images will be part of a month-long exhibition at Galerie Huit Arles, a remarkable 17th century mansion and gallery space that has been at the heart of photography in Arles for over a decade.

By exhibiting your work at Galerie Huit Arles during Les Rencontres d’Arles 2019, one of the world’s most established photographic festivals, the shortlisted images will be seen by thousands of industry experts, peers and visitors from across the world.

Receive extensive press coverage

Through international press coverage, OpenWalls Arles provides a platform for successful photographers to gain tangible exposure and opportunities.

Three finalists will also receive dedicated features on BJP -Online, reaching the magazine’s global audience of millions.


  • 50 shortlisted images will be exhibited in a month-long group show during Les Rencontres d’Arles 2019
  • 3 finalists will receive return flights & accommodation to attend the opening event of the exhibition
  • Overall winner will be chosen & announced at the opening event of the group show
  • International Press Coverage

Get your images judged by key industry leaders

Entries are currently being judged by a board of photographic experts.

Our judges this year include:

Julia de Bierre

Gallery Director, Galerie Huit Arles

Author, curator and heritage-conservationist Julia de Bierre was born in Malaysia and was educated at Uplands School on Penang Hill and at Bristol University in the United Kingdom. For many years she has lived and worked in 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites - the ancient Provençal town of Arles in France and multi-ethnic George Town on the island of Penang, Malaysia.

Vignes Balasingam

Founder and Director, OBSCURA Festival of Photography

Vignes Balasingam is the founder and director of the OBSCURA Festival of Photography. Through the 5 editions of the festival, he has curated over 40 exhibitions featuring international and Malaysian photographers, including works multi-award winning photographers. Vignes was also a guest curator for the Chennai Photo Biennale 2016, Photo 17 Zürich 2017 and Jeon-ju International Photo Festival 2017, in South Korea.

Genevieve Fussell

Senior Photo Editor, The New Yorker

Genevieve Fussell is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker, where she commissions and produces a range of photography for the magazine as well as contributing to the curation of Photo Booth, The New Yorker's photography blog. Before joining The New Yorker, Genevieve worked as the archivist for VII Photo, the international collective of photojournalists based in New York and Paris.

Clement Saccomani

Managing Director, NOOR Images

Clément Saccomani has over 15 years of international experience in the photography industry. He began working in the field as a press photographer for several years covering news, conflict and violence against women, represented by Gamma Agency. In 2009, Clément joined the staff of Magnum Photos and in 2011, he was promoted to Editorial Director - developing strong, innovative strategies for visual storytelling projects for corporate clients, NGOs and international organizations. Since Sept 2015, Clement is NOOR's Managing Director and is currently based in Amsterdam.

Simon Bainbridge

Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography

Simon Bainbridge has worked in arts journalism for 25 years. He has served as editor of British Journal of Photography since 2003, transforming the magazine from a weekly trade journal into an award-winning monthly, which showcases the best of contemporary photography. Bainbridge acts as a judge and nominator for numerous photography awards and festivals.

Calls are now closed