Photomediations: A Call for Creative Works


The editors of Photomediations: An Open Book are working with Europeana Space Best Practice Network to curate an exhibition (both online and physical), and are calling out to the photographic community to submit works for consideration.

Submission is FREE.

We are looking for still and/or moving image works that creatively reuse – in the form of mashups, collages, montages, tributes or pastiches – one or more original image files taken from the Europeana repository of cultural artefacts ( Europeana contains millions of items from a range of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums: books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings. Renowned names such as the British Library in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris are featured alongside smaller organisations across Europe. Whether you find a celebrated piece or a lesser-known work, Europeana connects you directly to the original source material.

How to submit your work in 4 easy steps:
1. Check out Photomediations: An Open Book for inspiration, both about the concept of photomediations and about what can be done with various images.
2. Visit the Europeana repository and start collecting the images you wish to work with.
3. Develop and produce your work. Use mashup, collage, montage, tribute, pastiche, or any other technique that creatively reuses the source material in some way. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
4. Please email your submission to

Submission format:
1. Between 1-3 still images, jpg (up to 1024px, 72 dpi) (Artists selected for the physical exhibition will be asked for higher-resolution images at a later date.) OR a single gif image OR a single video (max. 3 mins), uploaded to an external hosting site (e.g. Vimeo or YouTube). We are also open to 3D projects such as physical collages, installations, sculptures, etc. but please email us in advance to discuss these.
2. A document containing the title of your work, an optional short description, a link / links to the images from Europeana you have creatively reused and a short bio for yourself (up to 100 words).

Important note:
When selecting your images, please respect their copyright. Beware: not all images available in Europeana can be reused. As a rule of thumb, only use images:
1. with one of the following Creative Commons licences: CC 0, CC BY, CC BY-SA, CC BY-NC and CC BY-NC-SA (but not CC BY-ND) .
2. marked with a ‘public domain’ licence
3. described as having ‘no copyright restrictions’ .
Here are a few links that may help you understand a little more about image copyright:
Creative Commons Licences
Understanding UK copyright Law
Intellectual property best practice

Please ensure you follow the submission criteria above. Only entries that fulfil them will be considered by the judges. All eligible entries will be included on the exhibition website on a rolling basis.

The closing date for the submissions is 30 March 2016. All successful entries will be notified by the judges by the end of April 2016.

The Judges are:
Editors of Photomediations: An Open Book
Katrina Sluis – The Photographers’ Gallery
Karen Newman, Birmingham Open Media

Selected entries and up to 10 honourable mentions will be highlighted on the exhibition website and then shown in a real-life exhibition venue, more details coming soon. The organisers will seek to bear the print production costs for the real-life exhibitions.

Should you have any questions, please contact

This exhibition is part of Europeana Space, a project funded by the European Union’s ICT Policy Support Programme under GA n° 621037.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *