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Deadline: 30th April 2011
Entry: Free Entry
Entry Fee: Free Entry

EIKON Photography Competition 2011

EIKON_logo_cmyc_green Prohibitions in the Space of Art  EIKON Photography Competition. EIKON announces a Europe-wide competition for photography on the subject of prohibitions in the space of art.

This competition is directed at all those who think the discussion of conventions is important when it comes to dealing with art or our behavior within spaces dedicated to art.

The Topic

Art is “fragile;” “do not touch;” “do not cross the line” surrounding an artwork. But the space for the beholders behind the line is also subject to certain rules of behavior. That our approach to art is ruled by conventions becomes clearly visible when we consider the capacity for critique attributed to art and the refusal of regulation.

If the art space is public, debate is broadened, and comes to focus on attitudes about the freedom to act in cultural space. This competition understands itself as an international contribution to the debate, as a platform for the exchange on restrictive relations in the supposedly free space of art.


An expert jury will choose both the three prizewinners and the best works, which will then be shown in a three-week exhibition at Leopold Museum in Vienna.

The jury consists of experts from the realms of art and culture. The heterogeneity of the jury will guarantee that the discussion of the works will consider many different aspects. The members are:

Ulrich Haas-Pursiainen (Curator, Photography Triennial, Tampere)
Karola Kraus (Director, MUMOK, Vienna)
Václav Macek (Curator, European Month of Photography, Bratislava)
Eva Schlegel (Artist, Austria Commissioner, Venice Biennale 2011)
Artur Walther (The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm)

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: 1st place EUR2,500, 2nd place EUR1,500, 3rd place EUR1,000 ELIGIBILITY: All permanent residents of Europe Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: The participant must hold all rights on the work submitted. Submitted work must not violate the rights to intellectual property and/or the privacy of third persons. The submitting artists take guarantee for this and may be held liable from organizers for any violation. USAGE RIGHTS: By registering for the competition, the participants agree to the registration and storage of personal information and information on their work. They agree to the public use of this information and the submitted work in the context of the competition.

Participants grant organizers and its partners non-exclusive, worldwide rights to use the works and submitted texts in the context of the competition and the exhibition. The organizers and partners/sponsors can publish and use the works and texts in the context of the competition.

This includes (not exclusively): Choosing the prizewinners. Presenting the winning works in the final exhibition and other public exhibitions organized by the competition organizer and/or partners. Publication on the website of the organizers and/or partners and in advertising materials and other competition-related products (catalogs, etc.), including after the end of the exhibition. The transmission of these rights to publish and reproduce to the media in the framework of reporting on the competition and the exhibition.

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