The New East Photo Prize

Deadline: 19 August 2016
Open to: amateur and professional photographers from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia
Prize: shortlisted finalists will showcase in a special exhibition and winner project will publish in a photo book and receive a GBP 1,000 grant


The Calvert 22 Foundation and The Calvert Journal are accepting entries for the New East Photo Prize, which aims to reward outstanding projects that offer an insightful, contemporary perspective on people and countries in the region.

The Prize will recognize practitioners offering representations of the social, cultural and physical landscape of the New East and other perspectives on that region. Although hugely diverse, the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are often represented in an outdated manner which negates the rich culture and variety of creative output from these nations. The Prize seeks to broaden perceptions of the New East through the medium of photography.


  • The Prize invites professional and non-professional photographers alike who are nationals of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia;
  • Photographers may use both film and digital equipment, including mobile devices;
  • Entries must comprise projects (or series of images) in any style or genre, including portrait, landscape, documentary or contemporary art and architecture, that were made within the last two years.


  • Photo Book: The winner of the New East Photo Prize will be offered the opportunity to create a new photo book, based on their submitted project and published on their behalf by Calvert 22 Foundation;
  • Exhibition: Shortlisted finalists will have their work shown in a two-month group exhibition at Calvert 22 Foundation’s space in London in November, with the winner announced in December;
  • A Special Prize by Bird in Flight: Unfinished documentary photography projects may be entered to win a Special Prize supported by the New East Photo Prize partner Bird In Flight, an online magazine about photography and visual culture. The winner of the Special Prize will be selected by the magazine’s editorial team and will receive a GBP 1,000 grant toward the completion of their project.
  • International Exposure: Shortlisted entrants and the winner of the prize will receive international exposure through the online and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) of The Calvert Journal and Calvert 22 Foundation, with a combined monthly reach of over 800,000 worldwide readers interested in the new east region. The winner and selected finalists will also have their work featured by New East Photo Prize partners the Guardian, Bird in Flight and other regional organisations including Riga Photomonth, Photodepartment and Organ Vida photography festival.

How to apply?

In order to apply, enter through the submission form. Each submission must be accompanied by a photographic statement of up to 600 words long and a short biographical note up to 200 words.

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For more information, please check out the flyer and visit the official webpage.

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