The festival

The International Photography Festival SAN JOSÉ FOTO 2018, aims to create a space for reflection, meeting and spreading of contemporary photographic production in the city of San José -Uruguay.

The event invites thinkers, artists, teachers, producers and curators from all over the world to develop activities that compose an intense program during the three days of the festival: outdoor exhibitions, workshops, portfolio review, photobook fair, projections and community participation initiatives are the central actions of the festival.

More than 3000 people visited the exhibitions last edition and more than 50 guests from different parts of the world attended it. The festival allows a close and warm meeting between artists and the audience, seeking the constant interaction of photography with the public space and the citizens of San José.

In our third edition, we are looking for talented artists of any nationality to present photographic and multimedia projects to become part of the main exhibition of the festival.


From an open perspective to all photographic practices SAN JOSÉ FOTO intends to explore different visual representations related to the theme LINKS.

-Today there is a real concern about the different ways of linking human beings, a time of confusion where the borders between people, situations, experiences and even territories have been dissolved. A time without patterns, where the ways of connecting with the other have change at unprecedented speeds and technology seems to be the guiding force of behavior.

We are functional individuals to community life and we walk our paths creating social, cultural, emotional, spiritual and fetishistic links with each other. However, virtuality advances against real experience, and interpersonal relationships lose frequency separating us from our body and our territory.

We go through a moment where it becomes necessary to reflect on the ways of linking ourselves: What are the links that we value today? How do social behaviors change with technological interaction? How are the different generations linked to digital natives living with analogues?

What are the connections that hold nations, communities and families together in the era of globalization? How do these relationships change depending on the environment in which they develop? How can these questions be answered through contemporary photography?

In this international call we will make a selection of projects that investigate human links located in any real or virtual space of the planet.

We want to know a wide range of visual stories that range from the human or intimate micro-stories of the human being, to even more complex narrations about the current behavior of our species in different social, cultural and technological scenarios; essays on the current interrelation of the inhabitants of the earth in emotional, spiritual, historical, identity, materialistic and attitude keys, towards nature.

The open call is wide open to the presentation of photographic series, as well as other artistic proposals, based on photography in intrinsic relation with other visual, sound and poetic arts, as a metaphor of the links that exist between all the different expressions of human connections-.

San José Foto Open Call

The Photography Festival SAN JOSÉ FOTO makes an international open call to select photographic projects for its main exhibition to be held from 6 to 8 April 2018 at the different public spaces of the city.

Can be register those who are 18 years or older of any nationality submitting a proposal within the rules and conditions detailed below.

Open Call 2018 Closed

General conditions

The festival aims to offer a selection of high quality projects from all over the world. The event offers an exhibition platform for

emerging and professional artists who use photography as a means of expression.

Individual and collective works can be presented within any photographic genre from conceptual to documentary, expressed in different formats, as a still or multimedia image.

All projects must be related to the central theme of the 3rd edition of SAN JOSÉ FOTO LINKS.

Each artist or group can register more than one work, there is no limit number of proposals, as long as they are sent separately with the corresponding proof of payment for each submission.

How to apply?

Entries must be sent exclusively to the official e-mail of the festival

To register you will need to send an email with only one compressed file (ZIP or RAR) not exceeding 20 MB with the subject OPEN CALL SAN JOSÉ FOTO

In this file you must include different items according to the category to be applied:


• Series of up to 15 images of the same project with the photographs numbered sequentially and the author’s name (Eg. Mario_Gomez01) and the folder with the name of the author (Eg Mario_Gomez)

• Brief explanatory text of the series (800 characters max.)

• Short CV (500 characters max.)

• Include a screenshot of the PAYPAL payment or the RED PAGOS Ticket


• Explanatory text of the multimedia work (1000 characters max.

• Short CV (500 characters max.)

• Audiovisual material with the project and the characteristics of the montage or a document with a link to an online file that allows its visualization and set-up characteristics.

• Include a screenshot of the PAYPAL payment or the RED PAGOS Ticket

Technical specifications

• Images: All files must be sent in JPEG format with a size of 1500px on the larger side.

• Videos: All files must have dimensions between 1920×1080 to 1280×769 in the following file formats MOV, AVI or MP4.

• Audio: All files must be delivered to 16-bit / 44.1 kHz in WAV or MP3 formats.

• Text: All files must be sent in WORD or PDF format


Each project has a registration fee of 15 USD to be paid in the PAYPAL account of the International San José FOTO Festival. The funds raised will be entirely destined to finance the exhibitions and prizes of the third edition.

PAYPAL is safe, easy and fast. Make your payment HERE

If you do not have a PAYPAL account you can create one for free at You only need to have a credit card to associate it with your account.

If you are using another person’s PAYPAL account for shipping make sure you include the screenshot of the transaction confirmation that appears on the web or the email as proof.

Other payment options for Uruguay: RED PAGOS account Cédula 38346214 15 USD to be paid with the transaction cost included in this amount.

Please also add your name in the transaction code.


An international jury and the curator of this edition Nicolás Janowski will evaluate all projects sent. A pre-selection of artists will be develop to participate in the main exhibition.

Up to 30 projects will be chosen to provide a reflective and deep vision of the theme “Links”, finally we will prioritize the curator’s decision to choose the projects that integrate the final exhibition of the festival.





Gisela Volá (Argentina)

Photographer, teacher and curator.

Co-founder of Sub, a photographers cooperative, a project that has been operating for 15 years in Buenos Aires and that deepens the creation of a collective identity and the carrying out of photographic investigations within Latin American territory. Her photographic essays address contemporary social issues. She is also a member of the Picture Tank Agency (France) and Majority World (UK). She has received the Picture of the Year Latam Prize, the first biennial art prize in Cuenca, Ecuador and has participated in numerous exhibitions in (Spain, France, USA, England, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Paraguay). Her work is part of collections of public and private institutions.



Giuseppe Oliverio

Italian entrepreneur, curator and filmmaker.

In 2012 he founded, a curated online platform dedicated to contemporary photography based in London. Nowadays the project features the work of 5,000 selected photographers and connects them with photo editors and curators, who can discover and publish their visual stories directly from the platform.

PHmuseum is also known for its annual Grants aimed at financing and promoting photographers and their projects. Only in 2017 it offered £20,000 in cash prizes, plus other relevant opportunities such as a solo show at Cortona On The Move and a nomination for the World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass. Former jury members include Sarah Leen (National Geographic), Martin Parr (Magnum Photos), Kathy Ryan (New York Times), Alessia Glaviano (Vogue Italia) and Donna Ferrato (Photographer). Giuseppe worked as a portfolio reviewer for Magnum Photos at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan and at other photography festivals like Cortona On The Move and Photo Vogue Festival. He was in the jury of international awards like Gomma Grant, The Fence, Reminders Photography Stronghold and Viewbook Grant. He gave talks and joined conferences at international festivals like Photoville in New York, Paraty Em Foco in Brazil, and Ojo de Pez Meeting in Barcelona.

He also wrote a series of articles on Latin American photography for TIME magazine. His first documentary A Conscious Dream was selected to 12 film festivals across Europe, USA and Latin America and awarded best documentary short at 2016 Manchester International Film Festival.


Gabriela Rufener

Uruguayan editor and photographer.

Director of the WHAT Magazine site dedicated to the Uruguayan visual culture where she curates photography by national and international authors. Photographer for more than 20 years of experience, studied at the School of Photography of Mexican photographer Carlos Amérigo, “Visual Dimension”. Co-founder of the independent publisher El Ministerio Ediciones, specialized in edition and conceptualization of photobooks. She has participated in collective and individual exhibitions both in Uruguay and abroad, highlighting the individual exhibition “Fotografías de la Antartida” exhibited in the Photo Gallery of the Parque Rodo of the Photography Center (Cdf) and the collective exhibition of the third festival of Tiradentes in Brazil, “Foto em pauta”.

She is a jury of several photography prizes nationwide and was curator of the “Identity” exhibition held in Panama City in 2016. Her first RITUS publication was part of the FIFV photobooks exhibition in Valparaíso.

Her work has been published in national media such as the magazine Lento -La Diaria, Seis Grados Magazine, El Observador, El País and the Aguaclara and Santillana publishing houses.



Nicolás Janowski

Photographer, Anthropologist and Curator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Among other awards, he has received the Repsol ArtLima Prize in 2014 and he was honored by the National Gallery of Arts in Argentina. In 2015 he was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the 9 photographers to follow in Argentina.

His recent book Fin del Mundo has been awarded in the Latin American Colloquium as the best Photobook of the year 2017.

Apart from his personal work as Visual Artist, he has performed some activities such as being Adjunct Curator and Coordinator of the Educational Program at FOLA (Latin American Photo Museum) in Buenos Aires since 2015, and Curator at PHMuseum since 2013, a virtual museum for contemporary photography.

As a teacher and lecturer he has delivered workshops at different training centers as the Master Latinoamericano de Fotografía from Centro de la Imagen de Lima (Peru), at the Festival Paraty em Foco (Brazil) in several occasions, in 4 Caminos Museum at the City of Mexico & at FIFFV Festival in Valparaiso.

He has been Jury of different International Awards. In two opportunities he was the judge of García Márquez Foundation for the Iberoamerican Journalism (FNPI). He was also member of the jury in the emerging award at PHMuseum (2014-2016), and at the Photojournalism Peace Award Juan Antonio Serrano (Quito, Ecuador) in 2016. The same year he was one of the nominators and selectors for 10×10 CLAP Latin American PhotoBook.


The selected artists will be exhibited at the central exhibition of the international festival SAN JOSE FOTO from 6 to 8 April 2018 and made visible on our website on a permanent basis.

• An International PHMuseum – SAN JOSÉ FOTO award of 2000 US dollars to an author or collective of any nationality with the best project selected from the international open call. The winning project will be featured as “Story of the week” on the PHmuseum website.

• A National EFTI – SAN JOSÉ FOTO award to an Uruguayan author or collective with the best project selected from the international call. The prize will be an education grant with the programme V.E.N (Ven. Entra. Narra) at EFTI international school (Madrid) valued at 3000 euros. The winning project will be featured on WHAT Foto Magazine website.


Captura de pantalla 2017-10-21 a las 5.23.42 p.m.

Responsability of the selected artists

The artist must send the selected works in high resolution when the festival team asks for it through the platforms (We Transfer or Dropbox).

Provide the rights exclusively for the publication and diffusion of the selected projects for the exhibition of the SAN JOSE FOTO festival. These can be used to promote the festival, catalog, cultural materials and media.


Responsibility of the festival

Provide the necessary conditions for the exhibition of the selected projects.

Promote the work of each artist selected in the various media and social networks.

Share the exhibition proposal with each artist selected before the setting.


Image rights

The artists, who send their images to the international call, agree for the single act of applying to the call, the free use of their images by the festival organizers. This agreement to use the images and materials sent will be only for broadcasting and exhibition purposes in any way.


Final provisions

The single act of registration implies the acceptance of all the terms of this call, especially the authorization to use the images for divulgation purposes of the INTERNATIONL FESTIVAL SAN JOSE FOTO.

The PARTICIPATING AUTHORS declare that they are the authors and owners of the rights of the images sent and that they are exclusively responsible for the reproduction and divulgation of the works presented. In addition, PARTICIPATING AUTHORS declare and guarantee that the privacy of the photographic subject is also protected by law and, therefore, they have obtained the corresponding permission of the subject photographed for the publication and/or public exhibition of the photo/s presented in the Call.

Participation in this call implies full knowledge and acceptance of these Terms and Conditions, which, due to outside causes and force majeure not attributable to the ORGANIZER, may be modified, without giving rise to any claim or compensation.

Any unforeseen circumstance in this regulation will be resolved by the SAN JOSE FOTO team.