This year marks the second edition of OpenWalls Arles, an international award aimed at creating opportunities for photographers to exhibit their work around the globe. Continuing from the success of our inaugural edition, this year’s OpenWalls Arles exhibition will also be held in Arles to coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020.
The theme of this year’s exhibition is Growth. We are calling for images that convey a sense of change or transition, which can draw either on personal growth, or the changes that one witnesses in everyday life. We hope the images will reflect both positive and negative responses to change, whether this be in the form of nature and the environment, or in the growth of an individual, of a community, of ideas or movements.
The award will culminate in a group show at Galerie Huit Arles, a 17th century mansion and gallery space that has been at the heart of photography in Arles for over a decade.
For the first time, the award is split into two categories. In the Series category, photographers are invited to enter a body of work, consisting of up to 10 images. Two winners will be chosen from this category and their series will be exhibited alongside the 50 winning images that are selected from the Single Image category. The group show will run throughout July 2020.