Open Call Frequently Asked Questions

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Am I eligible to enter?
To enter you must be aged 18 or over as of 1 January 2021. Employees of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale are not eligible. The award is open to all photographers of all nationalities.

What must I submit?
The entry must be a still work (that has been substantially produced by photographic means, including analogue and digital photography, collage and mixed media) of artists who are currently or who have previously been under the Mushroom Group and Frontier Touring banner. Entries must be the original work of the photographer, who must also be the sole copyright holder of the work. Photographers agree that their portrait was taken with subject consent and/or the relevant media permissions. This includes all persons featured in their entry and requires that their subject/s understand their rights regarding the photograph being taken. All images should respect human dignity and ensure the rights, safety and well-being of the person or people being portrayed.

Who owns the Photograph once it is submitted?
Intellectual property rights in entries remain with the finalist as the copyright owner. It is a condition of entry that the entrant grants to the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, without conditions, a perpetual royalty-free licence to use, publicly display, publicise, reproduce the entry or part of an entry, including in electronic form and broadcast, for publicity, promotional, educational and administrative purposes associated with the exhibition, in both digital and print mediums.

How do I submit my entry?
A fully completed online entry form must accompany each entry. Entrants may submit an artist’s statement of a maximum 100 words and a current CV as part of the online entry form.
Each entry must be submitted as a digital file in JPEG format. It is preferred that submitted files are minimum of 5MB and maximum of 10MB. Original prints (hard copies) of entries will not be accepted for review.

Can I use editing software, such as Photoshop, to alter my photograph?

How are the entries selected?
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale will select the finalist works for this exhibition from the digital images supplied. Selected photographers will be notified of their inclusion by 19 July 2021. A People’s Choice Award will be awarded to an exhibiting artist within this exhibition, as voted by the public throughout the exhibition period, 28 August – 24 October.

What if my entry is selected for exhibition?
Selected photographers will be notified by 19 July 2021. Entrants who are not selected to exhibit will not be notified.
All selected artworks will be printed by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale as exhibition prints for the exhibition and artists will be provided with proof of destruction following the exhibition period. Note: This exhibition may go on to tour following the Biennale period and by submitting your photographs for contention, you provide consent for your photographs to be included within any subsequent touring editions.