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Singapore International Photography Festival 2020 Open Call

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The submission is open to all nationalities and are based on any subject in two main categories: International Portfolio and Photobook. Online submission deadline by 30 Jun 2020. Physical submissions of photobooks by 30 Aug 2020.

Submit your works at register.sipf.sg

The theme for this year’s festival is Departing and Arriving, which addresses the sense of identity, belonging and journey in artistic creation. The theme connects to the heart of Singapore, a nation built up of migrants over the last two centuries. As a young nation we question, search, trace and grow into being ”Singaporean” – a nationality of diverse religion, beliefs, and languages.

From a global perspective, Departing and Arriving also points to ongoing human movement, of commonalities between the experiences and encounters of different societies around the world. The festival hopes to uncover stories from communities and individuals of the past and present, as well as the characteristics of the artistic journey—where an idea or vision is expanded to a myriad of possibilities expressed through installation, videos, drawings and multimedia works.

Ultimately, the theme is open to interpretation, and SIPF seeks diverse proposals from the international community for showcase in Singapore.

The 7th edition will take place from 5 Nov 2020 to 30 Jan 2021.


Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is an international platform which aims to promote the arts and the appreciation of photography arts, as well as critical thought and academic discourse on photography in Southeast Asia. The first edition of SIPF was launched in 2008 and the festival is now one of the major photography platforms held in Southeast Asia. In each biennale edition, SIPF hosts some of the biggest names in photography, uncover new talents, and promote understanding of the world and society through creative photographic expression. 

With the Open Call at the centre of its programming, the festival continues to bring fresh insights and trends in contemporary photography to a wider audience.

More information on SIPF at www.sipf.sg

Event Information

9 March 2020 –
30 June 2020