OpenWalls 2020 is now open for entries

© Torsten Scheel, OpenWalls 2019 shortlist

This year, we are inviting photographers to respond to the theme ‘Growth’

This year marks the second edition of OpenWalls, an international award aimed at creating opportunities for photographers to exhibit their work around the globe. Continuing from the success of our inaugural edition, this year’s OpenWalls exhibition will also be held in Arles to coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is Growth. We are calling for images that convey a sense of change or transition, which can draw either on personal growth, or the changes that one witnesses in everyday life. We hope the images will reflect both positive and negative responses to change, whether this be in the form of nature and the environment, or in the growth of an individual, of a community, of ideas or movements.

© Lance Henderstein, OpenWalls 2019 shortlist


The award will culminate in a group show at Galerie Huit Arles, a 17th century mansion and gallery space that has been at the heart of photography in Arles for over a decade.

For the first time, the award is split into two categories. In the Series category, photographers are invited to enter a body of work, consisting of up to 10 images. Two winners will be chosen from this category and their series will be exhibited alongside the 50 winning images that are selected from the Single Image category. The group show will run throughout July 2020.

This is your last chance to apply to OpenWalls Arles 2020! Submit your work responding to the theme ‘growth’, and you could be part of a group show at Galerie Huit Arles alongside Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020. Deadline: 25 July 2019 23:59 (UK time)

© Celine Marchbank, OpenWalls 2019 shortlist
© Adriana Granado, OpenWalls 2019 shortlist
© Birgit Püve, OpenWalls 2019 shortlist