Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie > 8th Merck Award: Absurd Perspectives – Humour in Photography (Germany)

The Darmstadt Photography Days (DTdF) were born out of a photographers’ initiative in 2004, and will be organised by the Art Forum of the Technische Universität Darmstadt from 2019 onwards. This international festival now counts itself among Germany’s most important photographic events. It sets relevant topics and promotes interdisciplinary discourse in photography.

For ten days, numerous activities shed light on a single thematic focus from different perspectives, while photography exhibitions, expert symposia, and debates lend a unique fullness to the examination of photography. A comprehensive catalogue is published to accompany the festival.

A central element of the festival, the Merck Award is worth 10,000 Euro. The handing over of the Merck Award to kick off the opening evening is one of the festival’s highlights. The competition’s ten finalists are presented at the Designhaus on the Mathildenhöhe, and one work is chosen for the Merck Award from this selection. In 2020, for the first time, ten finalists from the competition will be put on show together in a curated exhibition at the Designhaus on the Mathildenhöhe. As was previously the case, one work only will be selected for the Merck Award (10,000 Euro). The announcement and prizegiving will be performed at the festival opening at the Designhaus on 24 April 2020 at 6pm.

The topic for 2020 is ‘Absurd Perspectives – Humour in Photography’.

The competition is open to all photographers and artists who work with the medium of photography, along with all students of disciplines such as art, design and photography, as well as photographic assistants. All genres of photography are permitted and may be submitted as a self-contained series or as single images.

There is a small application fee adjusted according to the applicant’s country and whether they submit by the first deadline (15 November 2019) or the extended deadline (29 November 2019).

Deadline: 15 & 29 November 2019

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