The Open Call is a core programme of SIPF with the purpose of discovering emerging photographers while showcasing new photographic works and practices to audiences. Since the first SIPF in 2008, works from the Open Call have taken centre stage at the festival, propelling works that need to be seen by more people to the fore. In the last SIPF, close to 700 submissions were received, of which 40 portfolios from 18 countries were selected to exhibit in Singapore.

The Open Call is not restricted by any themes or subject. Instead, it is likened to a survey of the preoccupations of the practitioners, the works they choose to create, and the issues and subjects that can lend a new perspective to the world we are living in. All approaches and genres of photography are welcome, from documentary or staged to conceptual or abstract photography.

The jury panel for the Open Call is formed by esteemed professionals in the field of photography, who have a keen interest in the works of photographers from diverse communities in the world. All submitted entries will be reviewed critically and earnestly by the jury. Selected works will be displayed prominently in art and public spaces across the city as part of SIPF.


How to Submit?

  1. Register for an account at
  2. Log in to your account
  3. Update your profile. Please include latest artist biography / CV
  4. Select the category “Portfolio”
  5. Upload your
    – Body of Work (Min. 7 and max. 20 images per body of work)
    – Artist Statement
    All written information must be uploaded in English. Ensure that all information is complete before moving on to the next step.
  6. Proceed to make the payment USD$30 to confirm your submission.
    To submit more than one portfolio, please repeat the procedure from Step 2.

Submission Deadline: 30 April 2018, 23:59, Singapore Time, UTC/GMT +8

All submissions must be completed in English. Changes to portfolio cannot be made after completion of PayPal payment. For further assistance on submission, please read our FAQ or contact