Photography Contest

Feminine / Masculine

Deadline |

CLOSED

Theme |

Feminine / Masculine

Territory |

Worldwide

Eligibility |

All photographers 18 years or older worldwide may enter the competition by submitting their own, original work.

Entry Fees |

€20.00 for the first 3 images, €25.00 for 5 images...

Prizes |

Exhibition
Portrayals of femininity and masculinity are, without a doubt, central to numerous art forms, with photography being no exception. The past few decades have sparked often heated discussions and criticisms of past, recent, and current photographic practices due to their lack of reflection on the assumptions, stereotypes, and prejudices surrounding approaches to femininity and masculinity. Both fine art and commercial works have been critiqued for the potential consequences of their approach and presentation. Historically, femininity and masculinity have been conceived as oppositions, complements to each other, or positions on a continuum, among other perspectives. There are scarcely any ways of portraying femininity and masculinity that would not be considered trivial, conservative, pretentious, demeaning, distasteful, clichéd, or even offensive by some. It often seems that everything has been said and photographed on this subject; however, it is impossible to ignore the persistence of the theme in our contemporary visual culture. What can we still value and possibly revive from the rich history of photography? Are there any novel ways left to approach this subject with a fresh critical eye?

PH21 Gallery invites photographers to submit their work for a group exhibition themed Feminine / Masculine. We welcome submissions from all photographers interested in this subject, aiming to showcase their work to a broader international audience through the exposure provided by PH21 Gallery. The theme is broadly construed, as the photographic portrayal of femininity and masculinity transcends generic or stylistic constraints. We are keenly interested in all possible creative photographic interpretations of the theme.

​ One curator’s choice and up to three honourable mentions will be announced. The juror’s choice receives three free entries for any upcoming themed group exhibition calls at PH21 Gallery. (Each free entry includes up to 15 images.)

Curators: Zsolt Bátori and Borbála Jász

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