In this unusual year we have learned to value (more) certain things that perhaps we had forgotten, time has acquired a new dimension, and we have possibly used it to do what always demanded a better moment, we may even have become more creative than before … but, above all, we have learned that culture and art are the food of our soul.

For this reason, in this edition of 2021 we will focus on showing works, perhaps more personal, more introspective, more authoritative, philias or phobias, obsessions, that which we have not stopped doing repeatedly (photography) and that in the end we have realized that defines us, that shows our own universe.

Their own universes, in the plural, because each one has its own. This motto is very broad and can accommodate many and very different themes, it is open to all kinds of projects and proposals.

Surely in this edition we will see magnificent photographs and many of them small format works, intimate and emotional works, but we will also go out to the streets, allowing us the licence of technical hybridization to see large formats, and also, why not, installations, assemblies, we would like to explore other formats …
September is very close …



The call closed with the participation of 333 projects from people from 43 different countries. The general level was quite high and the jury spent days to make the votes, with this final result:

The winner of the first prize (with 23 points, out of a possible 25) was the French Florence Cuschieri with her work “Exodus”.

In second place, tied in points (21) are the works “Oasis: In our quarantine yard” by Irmina Anna Walczak (Poland), and “Ignoscentia” by Sina Niemeyer (Germany).



It is a project about the scars of a “forgotten people” that explores, with photography and image documents, the notions of memory, housing and exile.

The artist questions the memory of a time, places and people known.

This project is conceived as a search for a proper identity, a personal research on the past of the exile of her ancestors.


“Oasis: In our quarantine yard”

It is a series created during the 95 days of her family’s confinement in a Spanish countryside, a place where they were surprised by the enclosure.

It explores the experience of social distancing in a rural area where space is expanded, but at the same time, human presence is scarce. Contact with nature is intensified and silence and leisure are filled by observing natural events.



Her work manages to open up the subject of child sexual abuse to others through the use of subtle images that function as metaphors and thus leave room for interpretation. She combines different methods such as photography, video, sound, writing, graphic design and various layers of material such as old family images, destroyed images, self-portraits and found objects.

In addition to these first 3 exhibitions, we will also try to exhibit those of the third classified (with 19 points), which are 8 more projects.

And in turn, give the possibility to those classified with 17 and 15 points, so that they can exhibit in the OFF galleries, both in Barcelona and in other cities of Catalonia and the State, according to the needs and demand of these.


Moritz Neumüller

He is an independent curator, who works mainly in the photographic medium and digital art, for biennials, festivals and international museums.

He holds a degree in History of Art and Economics, and an interdisciplinary doctorate in new media from the University of Vienna. He has worked for institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the PHotoEspaña festival in Madrid. He is the general curator of Aarhus PhotobookWeek (Denmark), a teacher at IDEP Barcelona and director of the photography area at IED Madrid.

He has an Instagram profile named @thecuratorship and it’s a platform for artists in the field of photography and visualarts.

Rebeca Mutell

Dra. In Fine Arts from the UB and extraordinary doctorate award for her thesis Catching the light. Origin and materiality of photography.
She is a member of GREDITS, Grup de Recerca en Disseny i Transformació Social, in Bau, attached to U-Vic, where she works as a photography teacher. She was one of the founding members of AtelieRetaguardia (2007-2012). Currently, she directs together with Martí Llorens the cultural association Factoría Heliográfica, dedicated to research and the artistic practice of photography.

Fernando Peracho

Director and owner of the Valid Foto BCN gallery

He has a degree in Fine Arts, restoration and photography. From 2001 to 2009 he was responsible for photography at the Hartmann Gallery in Barcelona. In 2009, he co-founded the Valid Foto BCN gallery, a gallery specialized in photography, where he currently works as a director. Since 2015 he has promoted BIPA, the Barcelona International Photography Prize.

Arnaud Laroche

He studied cinema at the Free Conservatory of French Cinema to continue his training as an editor and director.

In 2001 he participated as an author photographer in a group exhibition, called Les Boutographies, of which he took over in 2002 to make it one of the most important contemporary photographic events in France.

Meritxell Alvarez

Co-Founder and Director of Projekteria [Art Gallery], a Barcelona-based gallery focused on contemporary artistic photography of emerging artists, and curator of the Young Gallery Weekend Festival Barcelona.