Open Call for the 7th International Photography Festival in the theme of




Open Call for Participation in the 7th International Photography Festival

PHOTO IS:RAEL invites artists to submit proposals for participation in the thematic exhibition as well as special projects at the 7th International Photography Festival, taking place in Tel Aviv in November 2019.
The International Photography Festival is Israel’s largest photography event and will be taking place in November 2019 for the seventh 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 art experts will review the open call submissions and select the exhibiting artists.

25 artists will be chosen to exhibit their work in the festival’s thematic exhibition or as a special project within the festival. The selected artists’ works will also be published online and in the festival’s catalog.
50 additional artists will exhibit their work to an audience of professionals in a special screening event during the festival.
One artist will be selected as the Jury Favorite and will be hosted in Tel Aviv during the festival.

This year’s topic will be Fantasy – Between Reality and Imagination  “All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination?” – Carl Jung.
In the upcoming festival, we will seek to examine the notion of fantasy through a variety of lenses and means of artistic expression.
Fantasy may be seen as an illusion, something unattainable, a flight of fancy.
At the same time, fantasy may be something we aspire to, dream about and do everything in our power to achieve. Fantasy is part of our everyday life, whether through our imagination or the actions we take.

Stemming from the Greek word phantazesthai, fantasy in its original sense means “to picture to oneself”. In Psychology, fantasy is a figment of one’s (conscious or subconscious) imagination and embodies our desires, hopes, anxieties or fears. In the world of literature and cinema, it is often represented by phenomena and creatures outside the scope of mundane human experience. Many fantasy stories, though not all of them, revolve around “regular” people interacting with the supernatural world.
A fantastical work of art may relate to the artist’s relationship with her work or chosen medium.
It may combine several elements that logically were not meant to come together.
It may describe a desire for something, whether in the intimate, social or political sphere.

It may represent a personal goal, or a daydream.
What is a fantasy to you? What is your fantasy? Would you like to achieve it, or is it better left unattained? How is it expressed in your art?
Photographers as well as video, performance and interdisciplinary artists 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.

Submission deadline: 22.5.2019
Submission fee: 15$, 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 via research and the highlighting of artistic and social issues through the language of photography.




Submission deadline


Selected artists notified


2019 Festival



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.

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 2018


Eyal Landesman

Director | PHOTO IS:RAEL

Maya Anner

Chief Curator | PHOTO IS:RAEL

Ohad Benit

Concept designer | PHOTO IS:RAEL

Noa Sadka

Artist and Art Professor

Sagit zluf namir

photographer , Artist , Curator and Photography teacher at Minshar School of Art

Yair Barak

Artist, Curator. Head of studio arts studies of Fine arts department, Seminar Hakibutzim College

Yaron Haramati

Curator and Director, Zimak Gallery

Ayelet Hashchar -Cohen

Artist, Curator and Head of the Photography Department in Musrara


John Paul Evans
Sigalit Landau
Roger Ballen
Angelica Dass
Antoine D'Agata
Antonin Kratochvil
Barbara Probst
Boaz Aharonovich
Chino Otsuka
Daniel Tchetchik
Gilad Ophir
Juno Calypso
Laura Letinski
Mathieu Pernot
Micha Bar-am
Myoung Ho Lee
Nadav Kander
Paolo Pellegrin
Ragu Rai
Sian Davey
Weronica Gesicka
Robert Capa
Francesco Zizola
Yair Barak
John Paul Evans / UK. 2018 Festival