African Art in Context Call for Submissions 2020: African Resilience in the Wake of a Pandemic | CHECK NOW

African Art in Context Call for Submissions 2020 has been released and If you are a photographer or a videographer and you have a good COVID 19 story then this opportunity has been created just for you. All that you have to do is to send that photo and/or video that exemplifies African resilience in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic.

About the African Art in Context Call for Submissions 2020: African Resilience in the Wake of a Pandemic

The world, the continent, and all lives were dramatically reshaped by the emergence of a global pandemic. However, hope is seen amidst the disruption. There are innovators who are rising to respond to the challenges. Communities are all stepping up to take into practice the precaution that is required. Everybody is doing what he/she can and what must also be done to ensure everyone keeps going, safely.

All these stories seek to be told by the African Art in Context Call for Submissions. The narrative surrounding Africa too often in crises is dominated by inordinate fear and negativity. A chance has been presented to you to shape a narrative that will show the world what we see every day; the ingenuity, resilience, and beauty of a continent that uses courage, commitment, and compassion to navigate through COVID 19.


The benefits of African Art in Context are written below:

  • In the photography category, finalists will receive a USD $200 honorarium for every photo selected. However, in the other category which is videography, the finalists will be given USD $400 for every video that is selected.
  • Bobby Pall will also consider finalists for future training and exhibition opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

Interested persons are expected to meet the eligibility criteria that are listed below:

  • The age for entrants is between 18 and 35 years
  • A maximum of two photograph(s) may be submitted by each entrant or a video with a maximum of one minute (60 seconds). Entrants are not allowed to make submissions for both photo and video.
  • Employees and family members of Mastercard Foundation, NAMU Communications, and Bobby Pall Photography are not allowed to submit entries for the contest.

Selection Criteria

Based on the following criteria, the finalists will be selected:

  • Creativity/Originality
  • Relevance to Theme/Informational Content
  • Technical Proficiency (color, lighting, and focus)
  • Artistic and Visual Impact

Submission Format

The following are the format for which photographs and videos are to be submitted for the contest:

  • Applicants are to submit photographs in .jpeg and .png format. The highest quality possible regarding file size, bit depth, and resolution should be used for the photographs to be submitted. Black and white images and/or both colour will be accepted.
  • Applicants are required to submit videos in .mp4 and .mov format. The videos are not exceeded 1 minute in run time. The highest quality possible regarding file size, bit depth, and resolution should be used for the videos that are to be submitted for the contest.
  • Photos and videos to be submitted must not constitute infringement or otherwise violate or infringe Mastercard Foundation or third party rights. This includes but not limited to trademark, publicity, privacy, or other intellectual property rights.
  • Dates, texts, brand names, logos, and/or trademarks are not to be part of the submission.
  • English must be used for the description and caption of the submission. The submission description and captions may also contain English translations if in other languages.
  • Rights to use any soundtrack (music bed), sound effects, and any graphic/animation assets must be had by the Filmmaker.


Each entrant must fill and submit the following forms in order to avoid disqualification:

  • Registration Form
  • Photographer/Videography Consent and Release Form; and
  • Subject Consent and Release Form (every subject depicted in the submitted photograph(s)/video are to print, fill, and sign this document).

Application Deadline

Submission of entries will end by December 31st, 2020.

Use this link to see the guidelines. Visit the official webpage via this link for more information



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