"Staging the Real" Photo Contest

Deadline 31.3.2022

Photopolis Agrinio Photo Festival is announcing a photography contest themed “Staging the real”.
Participants are asked to send only one picture, depicting the above mentioned theme.
All entries must be sent by 31st March 2022, until 23:59, following the guidelines described below.
The selected fifteen photos will be printed and presented to the public in a photo exhibition, part of a series of events organized by Photopolis Agrinio Photo Festival from 10 September to 24 September 2022.
The top three photos will win the following prizes, which will be awarded to the photographers on the opening day of the Festival:


1st prize:

  • “Photographic Journey to Mount Athos”, a Photobook by Takis Tloupas
  • “The Decisive Moment for Photography”, a book by Cartier-Bresson
  • “Meteora”, a Photobook by Costas Balafas
  • “Sylvia, Auschwitz, Birkenau, Maidanek”, a book by Victor Koen
  • Album with the photos of the Festival

2nd :

  • “The Decisive Moment for Photography”, a book by Cartier-Bresson
  • “The Colors of Faith”, a Photobook by Stratos Kalafatis
  • “About Photography”, a book by Susan Sontag
  • Album with the photos of the Festival


  • “A” Wonderfully Defective “Art: Poetics of Photography”, a book by Kostas Ioannidis
  • “About Photography”, a book by Susan Sontag
  • Album with the photos of the Festival
The selection will be realised by a committee, comprising of the following six members (in alphabetical order): Assonitis Polydefkis, Papachatzi Foteini, Rea Papadopoulos,  Charalampidis Panos & Chairetaki Mairi, Fragkoulis Leonidas.
Their decision will be final and no objections or any other kind of claim will be accepted.


Participation in the photography contest is free of charge. However, there is a 15 € charge, to cover for costs of printing and exhibiting the 15 finalist photographs, which will be paid by the photographers, after the photos have been selected.
They will be notified, via e-mail, for the selection of their photos and they will be asked to send their pictures as printable, high-analysis files.
The photographs should not bear logos of any kind.
All participants in the contest concede to the organisers of the photography competition their rights to publish, display, print and post on social media the subjected photographs, aiming at promoting the Festival, under the term of mentioning the names of the photographers, without establishing any claim on any kind of fee.
The printouts of the photographs will be kept in the archive of the Festival, for future use and display.
Copyrights of the selected photographs belong exclusively to the photographers.
Participation in the contest automatically entails that not conforming completely to the contest rules ( not sending any or accurate contact details of the photographer, sending more than one pictures etc.) are reasons for disqualification from the competition.
The photo archive should be 1500 px (72dpi) on the large side and size maximum 2MB. The archive must be named in English, after the name of the photographer and it must be sent with the following form.
For further information, please contact via the following e-mail address [email protected]

Registration Form

Jury team

Πολυδεύκης Ασωνίτης

Polydefkis Asonitis


Polydefkis Asonitis was born in 1956 in Ioannina. He studied Economics, Pedagogy and Photography. He holds a PhD in Semiotics of Art and a postgraduate degree from the Department of Art Sciences of the School of Fine Arts of Ioannina. He taught photography at the TEI of Athens and at the IEK of Epirus. He held many photo exhibitions in Greece and abroad. He is a permanent contributor to the magazine "PHOTOGRAPHER". He has published three photo albums entitled: "Childhood Landscapes", "Kalliepeia" and "The Karvouniarides of Pindos". He has been selected three times in "Photometry" for "Parallel Voices", with his projects: "Amvrakikos", "Mud Baths" and "Messolonghi - The city of sea and sky". He has been selected in the "Photovision" of the magazine: “PHOTOGRAPHER”, three times. Recently, he received the first prize in an Ifocus-Community competition in the festival: “PHOS ΑTHENS”. He is an Offical Fujifilm X-Photographre


Panos & Mary


Panos Charalampidis and Mary Chairetaki are a Greek artist duo. They are intrigued by the potential of photographic art to act as a research tool that integrates the inherent evidential nature of the medium, with emotions and the human perspective. They like to be committed to long-term projects, immersing in their subject’s world. Detailed CV : Here.

Ρέα Παπαδοπούλου

Rea Papadopoulou

Architect, Photographer

Architect and photographer, born in Istanbul, lives and works in Athens. She studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and attended workshops on Photography, including a two-year theoretical class at the Fine Arts School of Athens. She is working on long-term photographic projects examining mainly environmental, social, and urban issues. Her photography works have been selected and presented in Greek and International Festivals such as the project ‘Dark Tree’ at the Photo Biennale at Momus Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki 2021 and at the Festival Fotografico Europeo, Varese Italy 2019. ΄Dark Tree΄ was finalist project for the Discovery Awards and exhibited at Encontros Da Imagem, Braga Portugal in 2017. The same project was also among the 12 finalists for the Price at the Photo Brussels Festival 2022. ‘The Girls are Sleeping Upstairs’ and ‘The Lake You Don’t See’ was selected and exhibited at Photometria Festival at Ioannina Greece in 2015 & 2018. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, while her works have been included in print and digital editions.

Papahatzi 1

photini Papachatzi

Cultural administrator

Photini holds a Master in Arts Management from City University of London (2001) and a degree on European Civilization from the Hellenic Open University (2016). She is a member of the Bosch Alumni Network, a Tandem-Turkey recipient (2015) and a fellow of START Create Cultural Change program (2016). She is a certified trainer in adult education with teaching experience in non-formal education programs - General Adult Education (2008-2021) and in photography groups in the periphery of Greece. She designs and implements socio-cultural projects based in the periphery of Greece since 2007 in collaboration with NGOs, artists, curators and local communities. Since 2016 she manages the project "Postcards from home", which she created during her fellowship at START Create Cultural Change program (2016) and since then she organises the homonymous interdisciplinary workshops and projects in collaboration with photographers, curators, festivals, organisations and communities in various parts of the world. She has organised and participated in contemporary art exhibitions (most recent: 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2018, and The Provinces , TAF Athens 2019) and in photography exhibitions in NY, Cuba, UK, Germany, Greece, FYROM, Russia and Croatia. Her works are held in private collections in Greece and abroad.
Detailed CV: HERE.


Leonidas Fragulis


Leonidas Frangoulis was born in Athens in May 1963.

He studied Architecture in Venice where he graduated in November 1990.

He lives in Agrinio and works as an architect while at the same time he is interested in teaching photographic expression.


PhotoPolis Agrinio Photo Festival invites photographers to apply for its exhibition “Photofolios:22″.
Submission period: February 1 to March 31, 2022.
Photographers are asked to submit 8 – 12 photographs from a particular project/series or body of work.
The theme has been left open.
Submissions must be photographic and they might also make use also of texts, graphic.
The selected six portfolios will be the material of the exhibition entitled “Portfolios:022” which will be part of the main events of the Festival in September 2022 from 10 to 24 September 2022.

Winners of the competition "Keep Distance" (2021)

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