Triennale der Photographie Hamburg: Breaking Point. Searching for Change


Open Call, Submission deadline: September 28, 2017

A breaking point is the moment of greatest strain at which someone or something gives way. In world-history these moments seem obvious but were they at the time? We face increased global challenges: climate change; the humanitarian crisis of migrants coming to Europe; cyber-attacks; terrorism; Trump. Is this our breaking point? ENTER will examine this question and explore concepts around these socio-political, economic and environmental concerns. ENTER is a humanist call to arms – an invitation to act.

Is it time to drop inherited habits and instead to look to the future? This is an open call to submit artwork relating to our theme “breaking point”. We welcome projects from photographers, filmmakers, writers and musicians. The final selection will be made by an independent jury and curated and presented in public spaces during the Triennial. A series of talks and screenings will run alongside the exhibition.

What winners will receive:

Selected artists will be part of the main exhibition program at the 7th Triennial of Photography Hamburg in 2018. Their works will be displayed in a public space, curated by Emma Bowkett and Krzysztof Candrowicz.

How to enter:

Submit your work through
No Entrance Fee

Submission Criteria / Requirements:

  • Artistic works to the topic (photographs: maximum 20 images; video: maximum 3 links; installations piece: maximum 10 documentation shots)
  • Concise description of works submitted (half page)
  • Artist bio, to include description on where the work has been shown (half page)
  • Additional material to be made available on request

Judging Criteria:

The 7th Triennial of Photography Hamburg is looking for creative minds and innovative artists to contribute their work to one of the main exhibition programmes at the 7th Triennial called [ENTER], reflecting upon its leitmotiv BREAKING POINT. SEARCHING FOR CHANGE. Our vision is interdisciplinary: we welcome projects from artists coming from various kind of fields (not merely photography), but all submissions must engage with the topic of social, political and/or environmental change.

Members of the Jury / Juror Information:

Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography, Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine
Charlotte Cotton, Independent curator and writer, former curator of Photography at V&A Museum
Arianna Rinaldo, Artistic Director, Cortona On Move and Director, Ojo de Pez Magazine
Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Artist
Lars Boering, Managing Director, World Press Photo
Krzysztof Candrowicz, Artistic Director, Triennial of Photography Hamburg
Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate Modern


Submission deadline: September 28, 2017
Winner announcement: November 9 – 12, 2017 (during Paris Photo)
Exhibition at the Triennial of Photography Hamburg: June 2018