Open Call for the 8th International Photography Festival in the theme of


Boaz Aharonovitch


PHOTO IS:RAEL invites artists to submit proposals for the central exhibition of the 8th International Photography Festival in Tel Aviv, November 2020.

The International Photography Festival is Israel’s largest photography event and will be taking place in November 2020 for the eighth 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.
50 additional artists will be invited to present their works in front of an audience of professionals in a special screening event during the festival.




Transformation can be associated with the environment, politics, technology, identity, physical appearance, personal journeys, perspectives, behavior and even the everchanging medium of photography.

What does transformation mean to you?

At the upcoming festival, we will seek to explore the term transformation from multiple perspectives, interpretations and innovative methods of representation through photography or other forms of media.

Life, from birth to death, can be viewed as a series of transformations.

In the digital age, the human and natural worlds are going through endless transformations.

Transformation can be specific—move from one situation to another, or an ongoing process that unfolds over time.

Transformation can be cyclical, one-directional or unpredictable.

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 transformation

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: April 6, 2020

Submission fee:  $15.00, including a free entry ticket to the Photography Festival for all submitting

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.

Considering the latest global situation around the COVID-19 outbreak, PHOTO IS:RAEL will make every effort to hold the festival in late November 2020 as planned. In case the festival will not be able to open as planned, PHOTO IS:RAEL will make all reasonable efforts to reschedule the IPF within a reasonable period of time.

If need be, we will consider the option hold an online version of the festival, including exhibitions and a program of online lectures and events.




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.

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

Maya Anner

Chief Curator | PHOTO IS:RAEL

Ohad Benit

Concept designer | PHOTO IS:RAEL

Lisa Shiloach-Uzrad

Executive Director of the Israel Film Fund

Eyal de Leeuw

Creative and content consultant Chief Content Officer at Maapilim

Etty Schwartz‏

Photographer,Lecturer and Curator. Partner at Rea Print House and Square Island

Anna Yam

Photographer and Photography Lecturer

Eran Hadad Barak

Head of photography Department - The Neri Bloomfield school of design.


Alec Soth
John Paul Evans
Marc Ohrem Leclef
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
Alec Soth / USA. 2019 Festival