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International Photography Contest “Phodar Biennial 2011"

Teodora Vasileva | 08 Nov 2010, 21:42



1. PHODAR Foundation organizes the Seventh PHODAR Biennial. The theme is CONTEMPORARY MYTHS.

Humankind has always strived for the ideal, the absolute. The "real" consequence of this is the idealization and mythologization of people, events, processes, doctrines. Photography, which is essentially documentary, is expected to debunk myths, rather than create them, but … it is only a means. There might be many different points of view on this theme. We are waiting for yours! The Salon is open to photographers from all over the world.

2. We accept monochrome and colour photographs in TIFF or JPEG format with minimal compression, the shorter side of which has at least 2365 dpi (Color Profile: Adobe RGB (1998)). All photographs should be sent on a CD or DVD and should be accompanied by a short explanatory note containing: title of each photograph, year taken, a photo and CV of the photographer. Works which appeared in previous editions of the Salon will not be reviewed. The Biennial also accepts installations, in which the main source of information is a photographic image.

3. All files are to be named as follows: the first letter should refer to a competition category (A for Category 1, B for the Second Category and C for Category Three), then a two-digit number should be added (e.g. 01, 02, etc.)

4. Works are to be sent as registered parcels with no declared value to the following address:

P.O. Box 55, 1510 Sofia, BULGARIA

No works will be returned. Participants wishing to be sent a catalogue of the Biennial 2011 exhibitions are required to pay 20 euro for postage.

5. The photographs will compete in the following categories:

  • Category One – a portfolio of 5-12 photographs with a coherent message;
  • Category Two – for single photographs;
  • Category Three (Photo School) – for photographers who are still studying or are at the beginning of their career.

6. Each photographer can participate in:

  • Category One – by sending one portfolio;
  • Category Two – by sending up to 5 photographs;
  • Category Three (Photo School) – by sending a portfolio and 5 single photos.

7. The organizers have the right to copy all accepted works for the purposes of the Salon's publicity. Awarded works remain property of the Salon.

8. Awards:


  • Grand Award

750 EUR

  • Humanistic Photography Award

500 EUR

  • Category One Award

400 EUR

  • Category Two Award

300 EUR

  • Category Three Award

200 EUR

  • Special Award of the Salon

PHODAR statuette



    Additional raffle prizes from sponsoring companies.


10. Salon Calendar:

  • Deadline for submission of entries – 15 February 2011 (postmarked no later than that date).
  • Panel of judges session – 5-6 March 2011.
  • Exhibitions – 22 April - 31 May 2011 at Iliya Beshkov Art Gallery, Pleven. Opening ceremony – 22 April 2011, 6.30 p.m.

    The Salon exhibition will be accompanied by numerous solo and group exhibitions and a two-day
    theoretical seminar, entitled CONTEMPORARY MYTHS.

  • Catalogues will be sent to participants no later than 30 July 2011.
  • International panel.


By participating in the competition authors accept the rules unconditionally.





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