Rovinj Photodays 2019 Changes to the Competition

Dear photography friends,

we’re preparing the twelfth edition of the Rovinj Photodays International Photography Festival. Over the past twelve years, we have grown steadily and have continuously beaten our own records in the number of applications and the number of countries applying (for example, just last year, we received 12,000 photos from 47 countries around the world). Your enthusiasm and the steady increase in the number of applications have led to the need for change in the current selection process. In addition, the fact that all the winning works of the final exhibition go to the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb imposes an imperative of responsibility towards the contemporary photography scene that the festival represents. We trust that all the winning photographers are proud to have their works be dealt with by institution such as the Museum of Arts and Crafts.

In order to raise the quality and optimize the overall concept of the festival, we are introducing changes in the competition process, the reward system and ultimately the festival program itself. Our wish is to advance, to turn the quantity into quality and to provide our contestants with additional support through the Grand Prix prize.



1. You can send in photographs or photo series taken in the last two years
2. One application can be one photograph or series of photographs on the same subject. Along with the photos, a short biography (up to 1800 characters) and an artist statement is needed – up to 1800 characters in your native language and English
3. Participation fee is 15 EUR / 17 USD / 110 HRK
4. One registration fee covers a total of 3 applications

Participants have the right to submit photos in seven categories: Architecture, Documentary, Fashion, Landscape, Nude / Body, Portrait and Artistic Concept.



The best authors fromeach category  will be awarded the “Kadar” statuette and a paid stay in Rovinj during the finals from May 3rd to May 5th,2019. For the second and third places won, both authors will receive a written acknowledgment. The works of all the finalists, three in each category, will be exhibited at the big exhibition of the finalists in Rovinj in May 2019, along with the accompanying catalog. In autumn, the exhibition will be moved to the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb. Selected works of the finalist will be added (in agreement with the authors) to the collection of the Museum of Arts and Crafts.


The winner of the Grand Prix wins a 2000 EUR prize, Epson sponsor award, a solo exhibition with an accompanying catalog in Rovinj during the Festival in 2020, and a weekend stay in Rovinj (dates as agreed upon).



The competition is being held from December 3rd, 2018 until January 31st,2019.
The judging will take place from February 10th, 2019. until March 1st, 2019.
We are eliminate the two step judging process and introducing a six-member jury, which will be rotated annually, with leading photographers, curators and theoreticians, primarily from the region, participating.

Rovinj Photodays 2019 jury:

Hrvoje Slovenc (President of the Jury), photographer, New York
Bruna Kazinoti, photographer HR
Ana Frangovska, National Gallery of Macedonia
Una Popović, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
Dr. Sc. Iva Prosoli, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb
Matic Zorman, photographer, SLO

The jury has the task of selecting the finalists of the competition, i.e. the first three places in each category and among them the winner of the Grand Prix (the overall winner of the competition).
As always, the Finalist’s exhibition and the Grand Prix exhibition will be shown in Rovinj at the Rovinj Photodays festival, the first weekend in May (May 3rd – 5th). The exhibition will remain open for a month.

All information will be publicly available on our Web site and social networks.
For all additional questions we are at your disposal.

I wish you great luck in selecting and submitting your works!

Tonči Denis Redić, prof.
director of the festival




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