PHE21 Discoveries Call

Discoveries PHE is the professional meeting for photographers that PHotoESPAÑA carries out in each of its editions. On this occasion, it will be held both online (closed call) and in person during the days September 16 and 17, 2021 at the Alcobendas Art Center.

Activity offers the possibility to selected artists to have individual appointments with national and international experts, in order to create a space where photographers can:

Show your photographs to curators and editors
To receive individual advice for your work
Discover trends in the world of image
Share your project with a community of creators
Enlarge your professional network

Visioners confirmed for PHE21 discoveries:

Option 1 - Online Format

Kathrin Schönegg, Police station. C / O Berlin - Germany

Laura Manzano Mendez, Director of Programming. Circle of Fine Arts - Spain

Ana Berruguete, Director of exhibitions. The Factory - Spain

Isabel Elorrieta, Director. Ankaria Foundation - Spain

Ramiro Martinez, Director. Amparo Museum - Mexico

Guy lane, The guardian - England

Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi, Directors. Kyotographie - Japan

José Luis Pérez Pont, Director. Center del Carme Cultura Contemporània (CCCC) - Spain

Susan Bright, Independent Curator - England

Javier Riera, Director of Mastér de PHotoEspaña - Spain

elena navarro, Director. PhotoMexico. Director. Espacio V Foundation - Mexico

Anne morin, Director. diChroma - Spain

Option 2 September - Face-to-face format and Online


Anne ruygt, FOMU Commissioner - Netherlands

Miguel Cereceda, Teacher, art critic and independent curator - Spain

Natalia Navarro, Director of the Image Center of the Diputació de Girona - Spain

neus miro, Independent Commissioner - Spain

Nuria Medina, Coordinator of Culture of Casa Árabe - Spain

Pauliina Stahlberg, Director of the Ibero-American Institute of Finland - Finland

pia ogeda, Independent Commissioner - Spain

Sandra maunac, Independent Commissioner - Spain

sandra moors, Curator and curator. Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) - Spain

Virgil Ferreira, Artistic Director of the Photography Biennial of Porto - Portugal


Alessandra Mauro, Artistic Director Format for the Photography Foundation - Italy

Amelie Schule, Foam Projects - Holland

Angel Luis Gonzalez, Director of PhotoIreland - Ireland

Lisa springer, Victori & Albert Museum - England

Marina Paulenka, Independent Commissioner - Netherlands

Sophie-Charlotte Opitz, Director of Exhibitions and Collection. The Walther Collection - Germany

* In the event of force majeure as a result of Covid-19, the face-to-face format will become online.

How to participate?

* Registration will be the same for both formats

-Fill in the registration form, in all its fields.
-Upload the photographs, up to a maximum of 15, in jpg format (700px on its shortest side and a maximum of 300kb).
-There are no restrictions on technique, theme or year.
-We recommend that the photographs belong to the same series.
-It is required to pay the pre-registration fee (10 euros), non-refundable, following the steps in the newsletter.

IMPORTANT: When registering, participants must select in the form itself the type of format, between online and in person, to which they wish to register, taking into account that the viewers, the deadlines and the dates of the activity vary depending on the selected format.



A jury will select the participants, a maximum of 60, and a waiting list.
The organization will communicate the result of the selection by email. The list can be consulted on the PHotoEspaña website.

Registration for PHE Discoveries online and in person

The photographers who have been selected will receive a second communication with directions for:
- Pay the registration fee (240 euros), non-refundable, before April 23, 2021.
- Send a selection of 10 preferences from the list of viewers; Appointments will be arranged with at least 3 of those chosen.
- Each person will have a total of six appointments.

Portfolio viewing

Each appointment will last 20 minutes, they will be organized with strict punctuality.
Viewings will be in Spanish and English.

The organization will do everything possible for each photographer to interview as many of their preferences from the list of viewers. The personal calendar of each photographer will be sent before the start of the viewing.

Dates according to the selected format:


Closure of the call: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Announcement of selected participants: Monday, March 15, 2021
Registration payment date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Portfolio views: from Monday 12 to Friday 30 April 2021


* IMPORTANT NOTICE: Updated dates

Closure of the call: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Announcement of selected participants: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Registration payment date: Monday, May 10, 2021
Portfolio views: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 September 2021
Location: Alcobendas Art Center (C / Mariano Sebastián Izuel 9. 28100 Alcobendas, Madrid).

Rates for PHE Discoveries online and in person
Non-refundable pre-registration: 10 euros
Non-refundable registration: 240 euros

Registration includes:
- 6 individual appointments

The Organization is not responsible for the transfer or stay of the participants.

From among all the works presented, the winner Discoveries 2021 will be chosen through an external jury. The winner will have an individual exhibition at the next edition of the Festival. The winner of the last edition is Marilene Ribeiro.

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