Vienna International Photographic Awards VIPA 2012

Deadline: 30 April 2012
Open to: Professional, non-professional and student photographers from any country older than 18 years
Prizes: Total value of 7.000 EUR in money prizes


The capital city of Austria, Vienna one of the most important cultural cities in Europe enjoys a good reputation in its music, literature, theater and fine arts for many years. However, in the field of contemporary photography Vienna has a rising demand to follow up with the rest of the world. Inspired by many international competitions in photography it was therefore decided to set up and organize the annual Vienna International Photographic Awards «VIPA» for documentary photography.

In Vienna the interest for photography has been there for a long time, the European Society for the History of Photography has its seat there, and the major Viennese museums feature important exhibitions of photography. It is therefore only logical that the Vienna International Photographic Awards « VIPA » have been founded in order to renew the photographic heritage of the city nowadays.

KUNSTNETZWERK (modern contemporary art gallery and network) and founder Raed Bawayah(photographer), in collaboration with « Eyes-On » the European Month of Photography Vienna will organize the first Vienna International Photographic Awards « VIPA » in 2012 for documentary photography. Their mission is to salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talents, and to promote and enhance contemporary photography in Austria and all over the world.


The competition will be open for professional, non-professional and student photographers from any country. Applicants must be 18 years old or over.


Participants will be charged 29 euros for entering the competition (1 to 5 images). Payment can be made via bank transfer in Euros only. Submissions are non-refundable. Entry fees are required to cover venue hire, catalogues, printing and organization of the event.


Besides the total value of 7.000 EUR in money prizes the short-listed winners will be able to take part in a group exhibition in November 2012 in Vienna (during the European Month of Photography) as well as in the publication of VIPA’s official catalogue. The awards will be divided into three sections: 1st prize (4.000 EUR), 2nd prize (2.000 EUR) and 3rd prize (1.000 EUR). The awards of the prices, the presentation of the official catalogue as well the opening of the group exhibition will be held on the 15th November 2012 in Vienna. Participants will choose the theme of their photo series submission.


You can apply for the competition by registering onlineOnline Submissions only!!!

Entries will consist of whole or partial photos series. Photographs can be in black and white or in color, in any format. Only digital files are accepted. Do not send original prints. All digital images should be provided as jpgs only, 72 dpi, image width not to exceed 1024 pixels on the longest side. Files should be titled as follows: LastName_1Title.jpg

Participants warrant that, if their work is selected for exhibition, they have obtained the appropriate model releases from persons featured in their submitted photographs for all sales, marketing, educational and publicity uses and that no additional releases are required in respect of names, trademarks, designs or works of art depicted in the work.

The shortlist winners will be contacted by e-mail by the organizer during summer 2012. If selected on the shortlist, participants will be required to send prints (30×40 cm) by post mail.

Submitted materials will not be returned. VIPA is not responsible for the loss or damage of any entry. Submission of an entry to the contest automatically constitutes the contestant’s acceptance of all conditions set forth in the above section.

Submission Deadline: 30th April, 2012

Use Rights: Entrants whose submissions are accepted for exhibition grant KUNSTNETZWERK the right to use their images for the purpose of marketing the exhibition, marketing related programs, and subsequent display on the KUNSTNETZWERK website, unless indicated otherwise.

Entries not complying with the conditions set forth above will be disqualified.

Make sure to read the Conditions and FAQ’s before applying.

If you have any further questions or concern about the conditions, please contact VIPA at or here.

The Official Website

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