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Open call: FOLLOW '21

We invite professional photographers with an ambitious plan for a photography project that captures today’s society to apply for Follow ’21. For the third time, Fotolab Kiekie and Melkweg Expo present a coaching trajectory for beginning photographers in the Netherlands. Two selected photographer will each receive a budget of 2000 euros to create a new series or to finish an existing project. For six months, they will be guided by Follow coaches Fleurie Kloostra (Melkweg Expo), Denise Woerdman (Fotolab Kiekie) and professional photography experts like a.o. Underpromise Agency. The outcome of this process will result in an exhibition at a new location in the Amsterdam area. Melkweg Expo and Fotolab Kiekie will take care of the exhibition's production costs. 

Follow is made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Fund and the Pictoright Fund.

Follow is intended as a learning trajectory for beginning photographers

  • You graduated less than five years ago.
  • As a starting autodidact you are professionally engaged with photography.
  • Your project reflects on or captures today’s society. We're not looking for covid related projects, but projects that engage with the world, society, people or address a social topic. 
  • You live in the Netherlands
  • In your project proposal, you take into account the prevailing restrictions concerning the covid-19 pandemic.

Participants can submit their project up to and including May 23, 2021 by sending an email to containing:

  • A folder with photos of the project (idea)
  • Plan of action, motivation and artist statement or substantive project description (max. 1 A4)
  • A document containing your contact details and, if applicable, education and graduation year

Two photographers will be selected from the submitted proposals. There will be no further correspondence about the selection process and the results.