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Open Call

GuatePhoto invites photographers from all around the world to submit their work to the Open Call. Fifteen portfolios and 30 photobooks will be selected as part of two of the main exhibitions of the Festival which will take place at the Museum of Modern Art Carlos Merida and the Grand Gallery of the Hipodromo del Sur.


There is no specific theme for the Open Call or festival. We accept proposals from all individual photographers or collectives of all nationalities.

There are 2 categories to participate in, based on what we consider to be the most relevant in contemporary image production:


We are looking for a series of 10 to 15 images. These images can range in style, categories include: artistic, documentary, journalistic, personal images or the mix of them. We are interested in bodies of work that contain a narrative, tell a story or convey a strong message.

We accept proposals that combine the image with other visual arts such as videos and installations that complement the work to be presented.


We are looking for finished photobooks and dummies from individuals or publishers. They may be independent, commercial, published, self-published, or unpublished.

A hard copy must be sent before August 21st, 2015 to our offices.


US$2,000 CASH


US$2,000 CASH

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If you have an “early bird” code from our crowdfunding campaign please enter it on the labeled box during your application.

There is no limit to the number of entries per participant. Your entry fee helps finance the production and exhibitions at the festival. Once you have submitted your work you will receive an email confirmation. Once the payment is run, there is no submission fee refund. Photobooks that are not selected will be shipped back at the artists’ expense (payment via Paypal). Those that are kept will become part of La Fototeca library and will be used for educational purposes only.

The submission deadline is: August 21st, 2015.

Submissions received so far
  • United States (74)
  • Spain (35)
  • Mexico (26)
  • Guatemala (24)
  • Brazil (22)
  • Argentina (19)
  • United Kingdom (17)
  • Canada (16)
  • Australia (15)
  • France (10)
  • Chile (9)
  • Germany (9)
  • Colombia (8)
  • Italy (8)
  • Ecuador (5)
  • Cuba (5)
  • Costa Rica (5)
  • Netherlands (4)
  • Hungary (3)
  • Norway (3)


Luis González Palma

Guatemalan photographer who lives and works in Córdoba, Argentina. His work has been widely exhibited internationally (United States, Australia, Mexico, England, Slovakia, France, Spain) both in solo exhibitions and in photography festivals. His work is included in major public and private collections such as The Art Institute of Chicago, The Daros Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, France, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts in the U.S. and La Fondation pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, France.


Clara de Tezanos

Clara de Tezanos: Co-Founder and Director of La Fototeca. She has directed various exhibitions and photography events. After studying photography in France, she worked in Paris for several years. She has participated in various group exhibitions such as the New York Photo Festival, The Arles Festival, France, ESFOTO (El Salvador) and Foto 30, Museum of Modern Art Carlos Mérida, Galería Ana Lucía Gómez and Fototropia (Guatemala) amongst others.


Juan José Estrada

Co-Founder and Director of La Fototeca alongside Clara de Tezanos. He began his photography studies in Barcelona in 2005. He has exhibited internationally at the Galería Grisart (Barcelona) and the New York Photo Festival. His work has also been presented in major auctions and various exhibitions in Guatemala City including the Museum of Modern Art Carlos Mérida, Fototropia and Ana Lucía Gómez Gallery. Juan José has also been a curator to many local and international photography contests.


Andrés Asturias

Director and Founder of RARA Magazine. As a photographer he has held solo exhibitions in the main galleries and cultural centers of Central America, Mexico and the United States. He has participated in various exhibitions worldwide including PhotoEspaña (2007 and 2010), Grid Photo Festival, the Central American Biennial of Visual Arts and more recently in the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. He has been responsible for various publications on photography for the ACEID, LibroVisor and the last two editions of the book Guatemala Eterna Primavera and Eterna Tiranía by Jean-Marie Simon.


Juan Brenner

Photographer and Independent Art Director. Worked in New York as a fashion photographer, his images have been published by diverse international magazines. He is the co-founder of MACU Collective and Proyectos Ultravioleta. Brenner has also participated in numerous collective and individual shows at diverse spaces including: Tirana Biennale 1, Beauty without Irony (Belgium), CCE (Guatemala), Proyectos Ultravioleta, Gallery Diet (Miami), Art Bienal FEMSA (Mexico), Christinger de Mayo Gallery (Switzerland), GuatePhoto Festival 2012 (Guatemala), and E.C.O. (Brazil). His work is included in collections in Belgium, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Italy, USA, Colombia and Sweden.


GuatePhoto consists of an excellent board of advisors comprised by photographers, academics, cultural agents, curators and businessmen of great prestige who will accompany the process of direction and production of the event.

Amongst them is Adriana Teresa (Curator), Alejandro Cartagena (Photographer), Alessandra Lossau (Mayors Office), Henry Bastos (Cultural Promoter), Javi del Cid (Cultural Promoter), Laura Moya (Cultural Promoter), Marta Soul (Curator and Critic), Matías de Tezanos (Entrepreneur), Rosina Cazali (Curator and Critic), and Emilio Méndez (Entrepeneur).


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Of all the entries received at the Open Call, 15 artists and 30 photobooks will be selected from each category to exhibit. The work selected will showcase in two of the main exhibitions during GuatePhoto 2015, from November 12th to the 30th.

GuatePhoto will cover printing and exhibition expenses for all 15 finalists.

The selected series and photobooks will be announced on September 18, 2015 through this website.

If you are selected, you will be notified directly via e-mail with any additional instructions.


Renewed, inspired and stronger, the International Festival of Photography GuatePhoto reaches its third edition, now with a wider scope and participatory.

The cities of Guatemala and Antigua Guatemala will become during the month of November 2015 in scenarios dedicated to contemporary photographic creation; gathering the talent of established and emergent artists, critics, cultural agents, institutions and the general public.

GuatePhoto International Festival of Photography aims to educate, promote, document and celebrate contemporary photography through diverse exhibitions, artist talks, portfolios reviews and other dynamic events and positions itself as one of Latin America’s top photography festivals.

We are experiencing a fortunate moment for the arts and photography in Guatemala with the emergence of new talents, young aesthetics, transgressive ideas and fresh spaces. These happenings have paved the way to generate the ideal conditions for artists of diverse latitudes to find a platform through GuatePhoto Festival to collaborate, promote their work, and exchange their ideas.

This is why starting November 12th, 2015 the cities of Antigua and Guatemala will be immersed in photography; exhibitions in museum, galleries, gardens, warehouses, streets, bus stations and public spaces will be flooded by the work of internationally acclaimed photographers and the best local talent.

GuatePhoto 2015 is a project produced by La Fototeca and Guatemala.com

Thank you for being part of this epic encounter!

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I was impressed about how the city turned itself over with the festival, a thing that is not easy to accomplish in other places, and you could live the sensation that almost everything that was going on in Guatemala during those days had something to do with photography.

Curator and Artist - Marta Soul

The reaction to the Open Call was very strong. We received hundreds of entries, including very convincing projects from the best international photographers. I had the honor to be part of the jury, and valued the opportunity to be exposed to this type of high quality work.

Artist - Jaime Permuth

"In the history of photography in Guatemala this edition of the festival surprised us and permanently immersed us in the abilities of dialogue, communication and new models of work that the digital era allows. After 2013 we were no longer the same. The Photographic production in Guatemala began to play in major leagues. The intertwine of looks that causes to see photographs from Gutamala. China, Mexico and South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil and Europe in simultaneously ways, put us in front of that infinite ability to travel in space without borders that draws the digital age.

"However, beyond what was that celebration of photography, it is worth asking: that day we stopped being just Guatemalans? Were we sufficiently sensitive to these other realities? Could we understand that we are so similar, different, fragile and complex such as Chinese, Mexican or South Africans? This is what causes a great festival: reflect, reflect, and reflect on the paradoxes of our existence."

Independent Curator - Rosina Cazali

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