You will have noticed that what makes us different from other call for entry websites, is that we are selective. There are several reasons for this, the first being that the founder of Staam up is an artist himself, and particularly mindful of the respect that events owe to artists. We also believe that an artistic event worthy of that name, does not simply mean hanging paintings on four walls. Which is why we require organisers to send us information about their event. 

At Staam up, we favour quality over quantity.

Yes, for one simple reason – by refusing them it would come to "boycotting" calls for entries, which are opportunities for artists to exhibit and make themselves known. It is not our intention to prevent organizers from offering open calls, nor to prevent artists from applying for events that interest them. 

However we hope that organizers who charge admission fees will give a chance as many artists as possible by asking a reasonable amount.

We only decline calls for entries whose entry fees increase with the number of works submitted .


Plastic artists! Whatever their level, from beginner to experienced.

That being said, you may be wondering what exactly we mean by “plastic artists”. It includes artists who specialise in painting, collage, sculpture, photography, mixed media, installations, or drawing.

In other words - plastic artists, whatever their level of experience, origin, gender, religion, skin colour, favourite dish, height, preferred sleeping position…

Each and every plastic artist is welcome on Staam up!

No, we designed Staam up to make it easier to publish, search for, and apply to calls for entries across Europe and the world. It is not an online gallery. 

We do, however, have an art dealer on our team, whose work at Staam up consists in finding artwork (maybe yours), that seems particularly worthy of interest, and to buy it directly from the artist, for both our pleasure and the collectors who trust us.

We have devised the best possible ways to meet organisers’ needs. Which is you! Publishing your call for entries on Staam up means  : 

- massive visibility, perfected by our developers and marketing team: your calls for entries are seen by thousands of artists, but also artists who are a perfect fit for your event.-

- features developed especially for youFor example, you can measure the impact of your ad, find out how many artists have seen it, clicked on it and applied. You can also communicate directly with our team or any artist via the internal messaging system…

All your event applications processed together : we take care of gathering the applications, files and everything needed for your event to run smoothly. All you have to think about is the organisation itself, we’ll handle the back office.

The only risk you take with Staam up is that your call for applications will be a huge success!

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Open Call World Press Photo Exhibition Rotterdam
Du 17/07/2021 au 08/08/2021

Open Call World Press Photo Exhibition Rotterdam 2021

Want to show your work alongside the best Photojournalist of this year and around 10.000 visitors? We will show the winners of the World Press Photo 2020 in Rotterdam and organise a open call for you. Submit here your photos!



From July 17th to August 8th 2021, Foundation Daguerre organise the World Press Photo exhibition 2021 in Rotterdam and will take us on a journey of contemporary photography. The theme for this year is "Planet Human", the exhibition presents a wide range of perceptive photographers who observe and question our constantly changing visual culture. Differences between rich and poor and left and right seem to be increasing, while various cultures and traditions influence each other in all sorts of ways. These contemporary changes (like the Covid19 crises and the Brexit) form the common thread in the 2021 edition of World Press Photo Exhibition Rotterdam. The exhibition will be on display at the Laurenskerk Rotterdam.


Program & Activities

This edition of the festival demonstrates a new way of exhibiting by showcasing both young talent and established names. Next to the official winners of the World Press Photo contest 2021. This year the final results of the photographic Open Call will be shown. The selected photographers focus on contemporary issues, with Planet Human as their theme. The jury will select over 10 photographers for the Open Call exhibition .



World Press Photo Rotterdam has chosen the theme of our partner Rotterdam Photo "Planet Human" for the 2021 edition. This theme is partly inspired by the corona crisis, which brought our daily lives to a complete standstill in record time. Nothing is the same anymore and our mortality suddenly no longer seems to be a 'far from my bed show'. Besides a lot of panic and unrest, we are also forced to think about our way of life.

What do we leave behind as human beings? Who are we as human beings, besides the fact that we exist? How do we express ourselves? What are our dreams? What do they look like? How do we love? How do we experience pain, happiness and how do we grow? Don't our imperfections and dark parts of our collective existence make us human? And then we can ask a pressing question: how do we capture these emotions?

Photography is the ideal tool for this, because it captures our existence in all its beauty and repugnance.

Let us safeguard the legacy of the future and do everything we can to preserve our 'Planet Human' and proudly show who we are, in all our facets, good and evi!

We invite our applicants to present their images 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.

If you want to join our growing community, please submit your images inspired by the theme 'Planet Human' before July 10th 2021. Our committee will make a selection of participating photographers and invite them to showcase their work at our exhibition.

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.

What is in it for you:

We select over 10 single photographs

-We select 1 winner for the best (1th price is €150,-)
-We show your work alongside the greatest photographers of today
-We send you a personal invitation with your artwork for the festival, you can then promote your participation
-We promote you on our website
-We promote you on our socials

More information about World Press Photo Exhibition Rotterdam? Don’t hesitate to contact us communication & pr: Image material, communicatie@worldpressphotoexporotterdam.com