Moving Walls 23: The Documentary Photography Project

Deadline: 18 November 2014
Open to: photographers documenting human rights or social justice issue
Award: covering printing, framing, participation fee, travel costs to opening reception, return shipment


The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting proposals for their next exhibition, Moving Walls 23, opening in June 2015 at Open Society Foundations–New York. Since 1998, Moving Walls has showcased over 200 photographers in 22 group exhibitions—at their offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London—that align with the Open Society Foundations’ mission to advance human rights and social justice.

They invite photographers and artists to submit documentary-based work that uses new or creative visual strategies, investigative/storytelling approaches, or technologies. They seek applicants who reflect a diversity of global perspectives, especially those that are under-represented in mainstream narratives and media. Five to six projects will be selected.


The applications are expected from any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue. Especially encouraged are applications from those from underrepresented groups (e.g., applicants from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East; people representing marginalized groups; and women).


The Open Society Foundations will cover:

  • printing/framing;
  • $2,500 participation fee: the fee covers the exhibition at Open Society offices in NY and Washington, D.C. Exhibition at any additional venues will be paid separately, in addition to this $2,500 fee.
  • travel cost reimbursement/coverage to attend the opening reception and related events (attendance required);
  • return shipment of photographs.


Application deadline is Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time).

Apply online HERE.

Contact for questions: (include the subject line: “Moving Walls 23”).

For further information visit the official website HERE.

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