Open Call

Photo: Tom Epperson


We are defined by our archipelagic habitat: both fragmented and linked by water. This has dictated our movements — in constant transit, and our practices — in constant change. Dynamic state of flux has made us hybrid, polycultural, and adaptable. It has given rise to complex geopolitics, environmental issues, and social divides. 

The Fotomoto Open Call invites responses to how life in an archipelago has shaped, and continues to shape, our identities, and our communities.

I/LAND Selection Jury: Fotomoto founders will be joined by experts from the photography and fine art community in Asia.

Photos: Stephanie Frondoso


  • FotomotoPH welcomes submissions from photography enthusiasts aged 18 years old and above.
  • FototomotoPH is interested in Philippine photography specifically, hence there must be some kind of verifiable Philippine context.
  • If you are not a Filipino, but if you have taken the photos in the Philippines, then, as far as we are concerned, that is enough Philippine context.
  • The photographer must be the author of the photographs submitted in their name.


A photographic image, at minimum, must involve the action of a light-sensitive medium as basis. This medium may be essentially chemical in nature (film, paper, plates and the like) or it may be electronic, such as a camera sensor. This irreducible quality of light sensitivity thus mandates a governed exposure. The use or absence of a camera, lens, shutter, etc. is of no consequence. As long as the medium is exposed to light, and reacts by creating an image (which may or may not need to be processed or rendered), we define that as a photograph.

The image may be post-processed, elements may be added or subtracted, and these elements may not involve a light-sensitive medium. The image may be manipulated, distorted, or otherwise transformed. However, if the basis was a photographic image, and that image is still the dominant visual element, then it remains a photograph.

We feel compelled to draw a line between photography and other kinds of art, and we believe this to be the boundary. If there was no light-sensitive medium involved, then the image must be called something else, for example “digital art”, if it was created on a computer. This is no less valid, but it simply is not a photograph.

Photo: Jason Quibilan


  • Deadline of submissions is on August 11, 2024, 11:59PM. All entries must have accurate captions and descriptions, written in English or Filipino.
  • You may submit one entry. You may submit a maximum of five (5) images per entry.
  • We charge a Submission Fee of P550. This pays for file management, storage, and security.
  • Payment of the Submission Fee does not guarantee that your image will be chosen and printed for the exhibit.
  • All digital files must be sent in JPEG OR TIFF (preferably) format with a size of at least 8 megapixels at 300 DPI. 


  • Photographers whose works were selected will be notified via email.
  • FotomotoPH will be sending a conforme and contract to be signed by the participating artists.
  • Final presentation of the works will be decided by the curatorial team and FotomotoPH.

Photos: Veejay Villafranca


  • Your images will be shown in the Open Call exhibition. Beyond this, they will get a chance to travel to different venues around the country.
  • FotomotoPH reserves the right to decide how the photo will be exhibited. This may be in print, projection, or any other.
  • Your image/s will be offered for sale as  8” x 10” Gallery Prints on the Fotomoto website, as an affordable, limited run, open-edition print. Artists get 50% of the Net Proceeds of the sale of each print.
  • Inclusion of your image/s in the Fotomoto Book.


  • Start of submission: May 11, 2024, 5PM
  • Deadline of submission: August 11, 2024, 11:59PM
  • Notification to the selected photographers: No later than the second week of September 2024.
  • The Fotomoto Open Call is scheduled for October 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Photos: Francisco Guerrero