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What is Staam Up ?

Publishing and applying to calls for entries should be easy, enjoyable, and efficient. Which is why we created Staam up.

Plastics artist are always on the look-out for events that can accommodate their artwork (exhibitions, competitions, fairs, etc.). But the search process is often very time-consuming and inefficient because the offers are so fragmented. Interesting events are lost in the midst of wacky calls.

We came to realise that nowhere centralises ads for events, nor does anywhere centralise and help organisers reach all the artists out there.

Staam up’s key idea is to create a platform where plastic artists can find as many calls for entries as possible, from organisers all over the world.

Just as organisers preparing an event want their call for entries to be seen by as many artists as possible, to generate a maximum number of applications.  

We want our site to offer a solution for both – to group together calls for entries, chosen for their good quality, from around the world, in one place.

To allow artists to create their account, store and send files, and pay their entry fees, if applicable, online.

To allow event organisers to publish their calls for entry, and benefit from our purpose-built tools.

But beyond the creation of an online platform, Staam up is founded on key values:

  • Commitment: the art world is universal and unifying, and should not be limited to a small circle of so-called connoisseurs who exclude 90% of artistic creations,
  • Equity: artist applications are anonymous, because it is important to us that their work, and not their CVs, be showcased,
  • Respect for artists: we deny calls for entries whose entry fees are in proportion to the number of artworks submitted,  it doesn't make sense of us.

We want to give ALL plastic artists a chance to shine, whether beginners, experienced, amateurs or professionals, and promote ALL kinds of events, whether local or international, as long as they love artists.

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Fotofestival Schiedam Open Call: co-evolution between humans and nature, Noosphere
Du 18/06/2021 au 04/07/2021

About our Open Call

We invite our applicants to present one image within the context of our theme. We invite any artist that works in the realm of visual culture to apply for the upcoming edition of the festival. We welcome manifold interpretations and opinions that express all the different shades of grey that exist within the theme.You can apply in one of our subthemes or in all 3 of them if your fits within this them!


If you want to join our growing community, please submit your images inspired by the theme 'Transitions ll' Our committee will make a selection of participating photographers and invite them to showcase their work at Foto Festival Schiedam. If you are selected we will offer a professional print a blow up (1,5 x 1,0m) of your photo on forex and present the photo within our exhibition. After the event you can take this print back home.


We want to give the independent photography community an opportunity to exhibit during our festival As a small independent organization that consists of passionate photography freelancers, we want to create a platform that caters to a wide spectrum of photographers. However, we cannot make it work without your financial contribution as we are only partially funded. With your contribution, we cover organizational, productional and promotional costs to make sure your work is facilitated and promoted in the best way possible. For each submission we ask a €19 fee.


We will launch 3 open call all reflecting on a sub theme of Transitions. You can submit your work to all 3 subthemes if you think your work fits the subtheme.



subtheme Open Calls:

OPEN CALL 2. 10th Januari/ 28th februari. co-evolution between humans and nature

OPEN CALL 3. 14th maart/ 30th april. After the Deluge



OPEN CALL 2. 10th Januari/ 28th februari

co-evolution between humans and nature Noosphere

The noosphere is a philosophical concept developed and popularized by the biogeochemist 
Vladimir Vernadsky, and the French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin at the beginning of the 20th century. Vernadsky defined the noosphere as the sphere of interaction between society and nature, within which reasonable human activity becomes the determining factor of development. Just as life, which appeared in the depths of inorganic nature, and began to shape the appearance of the world, creating new geological layers, leaving giant deposits on top of rocks of inorganic origin, so the human being is increasingly reconstructing the world, including everything that exists around them in their activities. Having been used in some evolutionary concepts, the noosphere describes the mind as a special natural phenomenon. The emergence of the human mind is a qualitatively new stage in the evolution of living matter, the transition of evolution from the biological phase to the social. Humans do not adapt to the environment, as other animals, but change and subordinate it to themselves. The noosphere is the result of the activity of all human beings, starting from the very moment of their appearance. Today, the topic of ecology and human impact is becoming more and more centralized throughout the world. This hot-button issue is not new in its rhetoric, but is becoming harder to ignore. We invite photographers to think and share their ideas of environmental adventurism in relation to potential co-evolution between humans and nature. Is the concept of noosphere still able to exist? We encourage you to find a visual language that could express the possibility of harmonious co-existence of humans and nature and, as a result, the co-evolution of nature and society.