Join our open call on social, political, environmental change. Our vision is interdisciplinary: we welcome projects from photographers, filmmakers, writers and musicians. ENTER serves as a prelude and will be one of the main exhibitions of the next Triennial. The participating works will be presented as a group show in public space.

Off Triennale

The OFF TRIENNALE is looking for outstanding work from emerging and established artists working in the medium of photography reflecting upon the theme Breaking Point. Searching for change. Artist collectives are encouraged to submit projects as well. The participating artists will present their work in solo-shows at selected Off-locations throughout the city of Hamburg.



A breaking point is a critical moment in the process of change. In the face of increased global challenges, from climate change to the migrant crisis, political unrest, cyber-attacks and the threat of terrorism, photography has the ability to bring focus to these issues. The exhibition ENTER explores concepts related to these social, political, economic and environmental questions. Its role is to reveal, communicate and encourage debate. We have intentionally chosen a broad theme to encourage a range of views and interpretations.
In a world in crisis, it is time to break habits inherited from past generations, to listen to contemporary experts and look to the future. This project is a humanistic statement on sustainability and change, which should not be interpreted only as critical testimony but also, we hope, as inspiration, as an invitation to act.
ENTER serves as a prelude to the 2018 Triennial of Photography Hamburg. It is an open call to artists to submit work on the theme of breaking point. Our vision is interdisciplinary: we welcome projects from photographers, filmmakers, writers and musicians. The final selection will be made by an independent jury and curated and presented in public spaces in and around the city during the Triennial. A series of talks and screenings will run alongside the exhibition with an aim to entertain, educate and inspire.
The city of Hamburg is a perfect stage to present this global journey of discovery. Join our interdisciplinary open call on social, political, environmental change.

What winners will receive:

Selected artists will be part of the main exhibition program at the 7th Triennial of Photography Hamburg in 2018. Their works will be displayed in a public space, curated by Emma Bowkett and Krzysztof Candrowicz.

How to enter:

Submit your work through
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Submission Criteria / Requirements:

Judging criteria:

The 7th Triennial of Photography Hamburg is looking for creative minds and innovative artists to contribute their work to one of the main exhibition programmes at the 7th Triennial called [ENTER], reflecting upon its leitmotiv BREAKING POINT. SEARCHING FOR CHANGE. Our vision is interdisciplinary: we welcome projects from artists coming from various kind of fields (not merely photography), but all submissions must engage with the topic of social, political and/or environmental change.

Members of the Jury / Juror Information:

Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography, Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine
Charlotte Cotton, Independent curator and writer, former curator of Photography at V&A Museum
Arianna Rinaldo, Artistic Director, Cortona On Move and Director, Ojo de Pez Magazine
Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Artist
Lars Boering, Managing Director, World Press Photo
Krzysztof Candrowicz, Artistic Director, Triennial of Photography Hamburg
Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate Modern


Submission opening: July 3, 2017
Submission deadline: September 28, 2017
Winner announcement: November 9 – 12, 2017 (during Paris Photo) 
Exhibition at the Triennial of Photography Hamburg: June 2018 

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Since 1999, the Triennial of Photography has taken place every three years in Hamburg in collaboration with the city’s major museums, cultural institutions, galleries, and other organizers. Meanwhile, the festival has become an important event throughout Germany and internationally. With a large number of exhibitions under a common theme, it highlights current topics in photography. The festival features conversations with artists, thematic discussions, lectures, portfolio viewings, and an international conference.

The Triennial of Photography originated as an initiative of the photographer and collector F. C. Gundlach. Since 2014, the event has been organized by Deichtorhallen Hamburg GmbH.

The theme of the 7th Triennial of Photography in 2018 will be BREAKING POINT. SEARCHING FOR CHANGE

Krzysztof Candrowicz will serve as artistic director of the upcoming Triennial of Photography for a second time after the festival in 2015.




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