POPCAP ’15 Call for Contemporary African Photography

Do you have a tightly edited series of contemporary photography dealing with an African subject matter? Are you ardent to present this work internationally?

POPCAP’14 Winner | © Joana Choumali.   Hââbré, The Last Generation, Mrs. Djeneba, Abidjan, 2013 ~ 2014. Courtesy of the artist and piclet.org.


These are the questions that Piclet – a hand-picked online directory of photographer’s portfolios asks, in their current and 5th open call, along with an invitation to submit work before the March 1, 2015 deadline.

Winning portfolios and their authors, will be presented in the POPCAP’15 travelling exhibition , the annual catalogue as well as an inclusion in Piclet’s directory.

Since first launching in 2009, the prize has grown to include more international exhibition venues and a far-reaching pool of jurors which now comprises curators, photographers, publishers, theorists and critics.

For the 2014 edition, the five winners saw their works shown at 7 open-air installations at photography festivals in European and African metropoles – from Addis Ababa to Lagos, and from Dublin to Cape Town and more…


POPCAP'14 exhibition at Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Cabo Verde. Courtesy of piclet.org.

POPCAP’14 exhibition at Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Cabo Verde. Courtesy of piclet.org.

POPCAP'14 exhibition at Image Afrique, Basel. Courtesy of piclet.org.

POPCAP’14 exhibition at Image Afrique, Basel. Courtesy of piclet.org.


Abidjan based photographer, Joana Choumali, whose series – Hââbré, The Last Generation won one of the five coveted spots offers this reflection.


Winning POPCAP’14 literally changed my professional life in the best way possible. My series gained good international exposure. I am also getting more assignment requests from international magazines and newspapers. I am really motivated. I am currently working on my new series with more confidence in my artistic point of view. I feel more experienced.

Joana Choumali


To apply for the 5th open call, submissions must meet the following criteria:

  1. POPCAP is open to photographers of any age and descent. Photographs must have been taken in an African country or deal with a diaspora of an African country.
  2. Competition emphasis is a series of images, working together conceptually as a whole. Singular images and or fashion, advertising and studio work are not applicable.
  3. Collaborative projects are permitted. Entrants must be sure to note this in the description accompanying their submission.
  4. Number of images:  10 ~ 25  (Files must be min 2500 px height/width @ 72dpi and file size less than 5Mb)
  5. Submitted images should be a minimum of 2500 pixels in width/height at 72 dpi and be no more than 5 megabytes in size.
  6. Should your work be chosen for exhibition, we will ask you to supply high-resolution files that are suitable for print.
  7. The images remain the property of the author and POPCAP requires a license to use the images in relation to the competition and promotion of the competition only. Photographers will be consulted, should POPCAP wish to use their work in any other context.
  8. There is no entry fee.
  9. Review the detailed rules of entry.


 Deadline | 1 March 2015 | Apply now


Piclet, POPCAP is a prize for contemporary African photography that has been awarded since 2012. Established in 2009, Piclet.org is interested in the idea of balancing social media networking with “real world” networking through events such as POPCAP. It is an international online portal for the presentation of contemporary photographers’ portfolios and as an international directory of important festivals, creative publications and institutions for photography.


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