Rotterdam Photo 2024 – Project Open Call – Imagine

Imagine – a word that evokes imagination, creativity, and limitless po


Imagine – a word that evokes imagination, creativity, and limitless possibilities.
This edition of Rotterdam Photo focuses on the theme ‘Imagine’ and invites photographers and artists to question and transform our world’s perception with their imagination.

This theme raises the following questions: How does our imagination influence our reality? What possibilities do we find when we open ourselves up to new ideas? What is the role of photography in shaping our understanding of the world around us?

In today’s complex society, we need the imagination more than ever. It can serve as a tool of hope and positivity. Whether that entails the creation of innovative solutions or the stimulation of dialogue on cultural and social issues. It is the creative expressions that often act as a catalyst for change. In moments of uncertainty, turmoil, and chaos, art reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit and the ability to transform the current situation.

As we make our way through the complex dynamics of today’s world, Rotterdam Photo makes space for a platform where imagination, innovation, and critical thinking come together. This year’s edition offers a unique opportunity to dive into the boundless world of imagination. The festival promises to be an absolutely unforgettable experience for photography enthusiasts and anyone looking for new perspectives.

The theme ‘Imagine’ challenges photographers to go beyond reality and let their imagination run wild – beyond the known boundaries and limitations. Several modern photographers have already embraced this concept. They explore diverse angles such as surrealism, portrait and landscape photography, and the romanticization of the everyday.

The Rotterdam Photo offers viewers the chance to explore a variety of photographic works from around the world, all united under the theme ‘Imagine’. In submitted works, we would like to see a recurring element of imagination and fantasy, where photographers create new worlds, realities, and stories. Therefore, the theme ‘Imagine’ not only means an artistic concept but is an invitation to give free rein to our own thoughts and associations while viewing these fascinating images.


Selected photographers through the Project Open Call will be invited to showcase their projects and create their exhibition in the container during the Rotterdam Photo. Photographers get an opportunity to sell their works, and meet gallerists, potential art buyers, as well as international art press professionals. Rotterdam Photo doesn’t charge any commissions for sales during the festival.


– Submission review by professionals from the photography field
– Featuring across festival/partner social networks and websites
– Exhibition exposure at the Rotterdam Photo Festival
– Directly curate and choose the works for your exhibition
– Awards and cash prizes (See Awards page)
– Long-term representation and promotion by the festival
– Opportunity to participate in Photo Talks and networking events
– Inclusion in the Festival’s media partners’ resources
– Publication and Inclusion in the Festival program
– International press exposure
– Be part of the event with 10.000 + visitors in the center of Rotterdam during the Art Week Rotterdam


Rotterdam Photo Festival is open to submissions including different mediums, such as photography, installations, performance, digital art, and documentary works.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Winners authorize Stichting Daguerre to reproduce, distribute, and display the photograph entry in connection with the Rotterdam Photo Container Expo Contest and promotion of the Rotterdam PhotoContainer Expo Contest, in any media including but not limited to publication in the Rotterdam Photo Container Expo website showcasing the winners, and in exhibits and promotions related to the Rotterdam Photo Container Expo Contest.


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