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Deadline: May 31st, 2015
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Free Entry

Landscapes of Surveillance

header The “Eagle-Eye Photo Contest: Landscapes of Surveillance” which started to run on Sunday, March 22, is a contest like no other, taking an important role as part of the exhibition project “Trevor Paglen: The Octopus” at Frankfurter Kunstverein from June 20 to August 30, 2015. Instead of pretty landscapes, we call on photographers, artists and the general public to explore and photography the landscapes of surveillance in contemporary Germany until May 31, 2015. From American NSA and German BND bases in our midst to the secret spy gear on US Embassies and Consulates, the “Eagle-Eye Photo Contest” will focus on the landscapes of surveillance that are all around us. The winning photographs will be presented at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, in the context of Trevor Paglenʼs upcoming exhibition “The Octopus” from June 20 to August 30, 2015 and also will be published in the Journal Frankfurt.

From reports, analysis and documents provided by Edward Snowden, people living in Germany have learned quite a lot about the extent of international spying on German citizens and communications. The NSA collects German internet traffic from the Tailored Access Operations out of bases like the “Dagger Complex” in Griesheim (nearby Frankfurt am Main) and infiltrates German telecoms like Stellar to spy on their networks. It also partners with the BND to collect radio signals at Bad Aibling and Augsburg in Southern Germany, and listens in on politiciansʼ telephone conversations using powerful radio detectors at US Embassies. We have learned a lot about surveillance activities in Germany over the last two years, but we still have very few photographs of what these infrastructures actually look like.


From March 22 until May 31, 2015, the „Eagle-Eye Photo Contest” calls upon photographers, artists and the general public to use their cameras as both, a tool for documentation and investigation: to detect, document and visualize the known and the unknown, the beautiful, the curious, the threatening, and the everyday through the use of photography. Along the way, participants are invited to share their images with the world on their social media profiles using the hashtag #EagleEyeContest.


A jury of experts (Trevor Paglen – american artist, Franziska Nori – director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Ditmar Schädel – chairman of the German Photographic Association (DGPh), Nils Bremer – chief editor of the Journal Frankfurt, and Luminita Sabau – former director of the art collection of DZ Bank and Spokesperson of RAY Fotografieprojekte) will select three winners out of all submissions. The winning photographs will be presented at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, in the context of Trevor Paglenʼs upcoming exhibition “The Octopus” from June 20 to August 30, 2015 and also will be published in the Journal Frankfurt.


Frankfurter Kunstverein is showing a comprehensive exhibition of the American artist Trevor Paglen, which will open on June 19, 2015 and will run from June 20 to August 30 2015. Under the title “Trevor Paglen: The Octopus” the exhibition will focus on highly volatile sociopolitical themes as surveillance and political intervention. Alongside a comprehensive selection of existing photography, this exhibit of Trevor Paglenʼs works will also present new productions together with materials and documents from his research.


The exhibition “Trevor Paglen: The Octopus” is a project of the Frankfurter Kunstverein. It takes place in context of RAY 2015 Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt Rhein / Main, and is also a collaboration with the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Media partner of the exhibition is Journal Frankfurt.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Up to five winning photographs will be selected as winners of the 2015 Eagle-Eye Photo Contest. Award-winning photos will be shown at Frankfurter Kunstverein from June 20th to August 31st, 2015 in tandem with artist Trevor Paglen's upcoming exhibition "The Octopus“ and be published in Journal Frankfurt.

The jury will convene in June 2015, and winners will be notified ahead of a press announcement.

The jury will include artist Trevor Paglen, Franziska Nori (director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein), Ditmar Schädel (chairman of the German Photographic Association), Nils Bremer (chief editor of Journal Frankfurt), and Luminita Sabau (Former director of the art collection of DZ Bank and Spokesperson of RAY Fotografieprojekte). ELIGIBILITY: Germany Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: The participant must be the author and the only copyright holder of the submitted images.

The photographer will keep the copy- and exploitation rights for all the submitted images at all times. The photographer will be named as author in case the image is being published.

The photographer confirms that not third party can claim rights on the submitted images. USAGE RIGHTS: By submitting photographs to the contest the photographer grants the organizers permission to the following uses without any remuneration fee:

- The publication on the contest’s website / blog / social media profiles.

- The exhibition and replication of the winner photographs in Trevor Paglen’s show at the Frankfurter Kunstverein and the accompanying publication.

- The publication of the photographs in all media, including online, in relation to the contest, the exhibition, and all promotional activities of the organizers.

- The use and publication of the photographs in all media that report about the contest and the exhibtion during their running time or afterwards.

People displayed on the images have agreed to the publication of the photographs.

The organizers are not liable for claimed rights of third parties, damages or loss of the submitted materials

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