Open Call for the 9th International Photography Festival in the theme of


Francesco Faraci


PHOTO IS:RAEL invites artists to submit proposals for the central exhibition of the 9th International Photography Festival in Tel Aviv, November 2021.

The International Photography Festival is Israel’s largest photography event and will be taking place in November 2021 for the ninth time. The festival has long since become an established and well-known cultural institution that welcomes thousands of visitors each year, as over 200 leading Israeli and international photographers exhibit their work over the course of two weeks.
A jury of leading experts spanning a wide range of artistic genres will review the open call submissions and select the exhibiting artists.
20 artists will be invited to present their work in the festival’s central exhibition, and will also be featured on the website and in the festival catalog.

The upcoming festival theme is:

Meeting Point


A meeting point is a gathering place of acquaintances or strangers, different or alike, which may be either random or carefully planned. A meeting point is also a junction of ways, cultures and views from which a split or a merge are both possible. It is a physical or virtual space in which one can exchange ideas, fight or embrace.

After a year in which the daily meetings we’d taken for granted were canceled or transformed, the concept of a “Meeting Point” has become ever more significant. At the upcoming festival we will seek to explore this concept from a variety of angles and interpretations, using innovative methods of representation through photography and other forms of media. We are looking for all kinds of meeting points – between generations, technologies, man and nature, truth and fiction – and will attempt to examine that specific point or moment in which the natural becomes artificial, and dream becomes reality.

What meeting point interests you?
What meeting points are created through photography?

What are the meeting points between photography and other media types?


Artists working with photography, video, performance, and multimedia from around the world and at different stages of their career are all welcome to submit their existing works, or proposals for new work on the topic of Meeting Point.

The artistic committee will review the proposals anonymously to ensure an equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of where they come from, age or education.

Submission deadline: May 17, 2021
Submission fee: $15.00, including a free entry ticket to the Photography Festival for all submitting artists.

PHOTO IS:RAEL is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue through research and the highlighting of artistic and social issues through the language of photography.




Submission deadline


Selected artists notified


Since its launch in 2009, the International Photography Festival has become an art institution that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. The festival features works by hundreds of prominent international and Israeli photographers, and offers a glimpse into unique Israeli photography archives, social projects, lectures, masterclasses, workshops, gallery talks and more.

2020 – Transformation, Kikar HaMedina, Tel Aviv
2019 – Fantasy, Azrieli Sarona, Tel Aviv
2018 – Relations, Golf complex, Tel aviv
2017 – Identity, Midtown Tel-Aviv
2016 – Safe Space, Jaffa Port
2014 – Photographic Memory, Carmel Winery, Rishon Le zion
2012 – Sustainability, Jaffa Port
2009 – Point of View, Hatachana Tel-Aviv

International Photography Festival 2019


Eyal Landsman

Director | PHOTO IS:RAEL

Ya'ara Raz Haklai

Content Manager and Acting Chief Curator | PHOTO IS:RAEL

Ohad Benit

Concept designer | PHOTO IS:RAEL

Dr. Merav Yerushalmy

Researcher and lecturer in contemporary art, theory and photography

Amira Kasim Ziyan

Photographer, Artist and Teacher

Oded Yedaya

Photographer, artist, founder and director of Minshar School of Art

Michal Vaknin

Interdisciplinary artist and artistic director

Itay Blaish

Designer and curator, founder and chief curator of LaCULTURE TLV

Michal Baror

Artist, researcher and lecturer in Musrara art school and in the Kibbutzim College of Education.


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