BredaPhoto Festival Open Call 2022

Winners will be announced in March 2022

Series of Storytelling Images

The 10th edition of BredaPhoto Festival invites professional photographers and lens-based artists from all over the world to present their visions for the 2022 theme—Theatre of Dreams.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” - Arundhati Roy[1]

Theatre of Dreams is a proposal for imagining alternative futures and paths to propel us towards a possible paradigm shift. Through lens-based practices and visual narratives, the festival aims to showcase a cross-section of voices and perspectives critically addressing our dreams and desires for the future, many of which emanate from the contingencies and volatility of the present. The theme invites images that distil our yearning for social, political and economic equality, those that celebrate community, while facing, resisting and acknowledging our everyday reality.

COVID-19, and its initial impact, was catastrophic. However, more than a year on, we still find ourselves in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, one that continues to ebb and flow. Much of what appeared catastrophic can now be seen as compounded by disasters that were already waiting in the wings. The present moment offers a possibility of a reckoning—to not reset back to a past we know, but an occasion to challenge the structures that existed before, and those that have been exacerbated during this epochal time. We see this as an opportunity to rewrite the rulebook for the future.

BredaPhoto invites lens-based projects including, but not limited to photo, video or digital projects, film and moving image and installations. We welcome inter/multidisciplinary collaborations, in both content and form, and encourage works that rest on collaboration especially image-makers that may be working with individuals outside of the arts for e.g. scientists, urban planners, farmers, activists, environmentalists, academics, local
organizers, in order to bring forth narratives that are novel and relevant for our times.
The selected photographers will get the chance to show their work at the largest photo festival of in the Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux) region.

For more information on the curatorial theme as well as Bruno Latour’s research paper titled “What protective measures can you think of so we don’t go back to the pre-crisis production model?” that served as the prompt for the discussion please visit

The procedure to submit a video or installation is as follows:

You create an account at LensCulture, create a submission with the photo of your choice and submit it by paying the entry fee. After that, email the video or installation with your name and place of residence information to [email protected] with the subject "Open Call + name".

Jury for 2022 edition:

Denise Camargo – Professor Department of Visual Arts, Federal University of Brasília / Co-Curator BredaPhoto 2022
Mohamed Somji – Curator and Director, Gulf Photo Plus / Co-Curator BredaPhoto 202
Tanvi Mishra – Creative Director, The Caravan /Co-Curator BredaPhoto 2022
Reinout van den Bergh – Photographer / Curator BredaPhoto
Fleur van Muiswinkel – Director BredaPhoto
Jim Casper – Editor-in-chief, Lens Culture

Winners will be announced in March 2022

Entry deadline

02 December 2021

Entry fee

25 euros for a series of up to 15 related photos