Phodar Series Awards 2023

The topic of the 12th edition of the PHODAR Biennial Award Competition is „Sameness and semblance”. The themes around which the editions of the festival are united aim to direct the attention of the participants to various aspects of the current socio-political and cultural issues both on a global, regional and individual level. The present topic refers both to the biblical account of the creation of the world, and to the dramaturgy of the great Bulgarian writer Yordan Radichkov, who with his eponymous work in the style of absurdism subjects the clamor for more power to those in power to devastating criticism.

It is free to entry


2023 Grand Prize $1.500
Award for Humanistic Photography $500
Debut Award $500


PHODAR Biennial Series Awards competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers over 18 years of age (or the age of majority in their respective country). There is no limitation regarding entrant’s country of origin and/or citizenship.


Prize winners will be selected by a panel of independent judges and their decision is final.

The prizes shall be as specified on The prizes will be paid in USD. Any fees incurred by foreign currency transfers, if any, will be on the account of the entrant and will be deducted from the prize amount.

Each participant can participate with one series in one of the sections: ‘Grand prize’ or ‘Debut of a young author’. A ‘humanistic photography’ award will be presented to one author, regardless of the section in which he/she participated.


To enter the competition, you must upload your Entry at following the on-screen instructions carefully. We need your full name, email address, country and the title of the uploaded series.

For the Entry, you can submit between 8 and 24 images with coherent overall look – photo essay, from an unfinished, ongoing or completed project. The photographs have to be created after 2021 when was the last edition of the PHODAR Biennial. No stock photography is allowed.

Please ensure that your entries are submitted as:

  • Online submission format: JPG or JPEG
  • Minimum 1000 pixels on the longest size (best 3000)
  • Maximum file size: 4MB
  • Number the files numerically in the order you want them presented.

Selected winners and participants can be asked to re-submit the originals in RAW, JPEG or TIFF format at 300 dpi. In case the artist is selected to participate and is included in the exhibition catalogue, we can request additional information about the series, year of capture, a portrait of the author and a professional CV.

The submission of the entry will be confirmed via email. We do not accept any responsibility for incomplete or unreceived entries caused by errors of transmission or failures of payment.

The competition shall close for entries at the time and on the date specified on the website. The Promoter may extend the deadline without prior notification if needed.


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