SARAMAGO ATRAVÉS DA LENTE ends 18 September 2022

Deadline: 18 September 2022. This contest is organised by Instituto Camões, in collaboration with Belgrade Photo Month Festival.

Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or digitally. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant declares the work as their own (pseudonyms are not permitted). The entrant thus permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the submitted material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the exhibition. This also may include low-resolution posting of the material on a website.

The exhibition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright. Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker.

As part of the celebration of the centenary of José Saramago, it is our intention to propose the creation of an international photographic competition, which aims to establish a link between the author’s narratives, that have been translated into more than forty languages, and the imagination of his readers. Thus, in this creative process, which unites literature and photographic art, we propose that participants capture their interpretations of Saramago’s works with a lens. If in literature words are transformed into images, which images will have generated the words written by the Portuguese Nobel laureate around the world?

Choose a book by Saramago that has impressed you the most for any reason and do your own interpretation through the lenses of your camera.

In short, it is our goal to bring to the world the images that best represent the work of Saramago.

Participating photographers, amateurs and professionals, must present a set of works consisting of three to six original photographs that have never won any photo contest, indicating the work of José Saramago by which they were inspired and which they intend to portray.


This competition will culminate in the production of a series of exhibitions to be held in November 2022, the month in which Saramago would have turned 100 years old. This set of exhibitions, which aims to celebrate the writer’s life and work around the world, is part of a main exhibition opening in Novi Sad on 16/11/2022 and will be part of the official programme of Belgrade Photo Month Festival, that will present all the awarded works in Belgrade on 5/5/2023 At the same time, it is our intention that an exhibition will be held in Lisbon. Each of the three international winners will receive a prize according to their place in the rankings. These prizes will be €800, €400 and €300. The local winner will receive €300. Each participant can win only one prize. The organisation reserves the right to declare any prize void in the event that the quality of the proposals is not sufficient.

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