About organisation


Photography Association Organ Vida is a leading Croatian institution for promoting and researching contemporary photography practices in Croatia and on the international scene since its foundation in 2008. 
Photography Association Organ Vida is a volunteer led non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting internationally contemporary photography, emerging and established photographers, and to creating platforms for knowledge exchange, education and for showcasing works of young contemporary photographers.

There are several projects done by Association:

1/ International Photography Festival Organ Vida
Organ Vida Festival is an international photography festival that takes place every September in Zagreb, Croatia. After ten years of continuous annual festival, Organ Vida turn and moves to a biennial edition. A new Gallery space and Center for Photography will be open in the city center in order to work more with public and to do more research work during the year.

The festival gathers international both emerging and  established contemporary photographers with the common pursuit to advance the art and practice of contemporary photography, and ignite conversations about critical and global socio-political issues. Organ Vida annually holds open calls on different topics with the aim to stimulate critical thought and social dialogue through examining societal, political and personal issues. An international expert jury reviews and selects applicants whose photographs will be displayed at the main festival exhibition. Alongside the main festival exhibition, Organ Vida program also includes workshops, artist talks, portfolio reviews, lectures, music/theatre performances and much more. The events take place at some of the most unique and striking venues across the city of Zagreb. Many international prominent experts and critics of contemporary photography, photographic and art theory actively participate in the festival program.
In the Festival Board sit renowned culture workers, artists and professors: Leonida Kovač, Žarko Paić, Paola Orlić, Ana Opalić, Sandra Vitaljić, Lea Vene, Marina Paulenka, Vlatka Kolarović, Ivana Hanaček, Leila Topić.


2/ Marina Viculin Award
In 2017. Organ Vida Association founded a new national award for Croatian contemporary photography. The MV Award annually awarded for the purpose of recognition of the work of artists with outstanding achievements in Croatian photography.

MV award application form


3/ portal OV magazine ovmag.org
OV magazine was launch in 2008, and features and promotes the important stories, events, programmes and artists in Croatia and in international scene. Brings fresh photography news and essays from the Croatia and world, promote the important stories, events, programmes and artists in Croatia and in international scene.


4/ OVpublishing

OV Publishing is one of the many projects implemented by the Photography Association Organ Vida as part of their year-round activites in the field of contemporary photography. Established in 2017, its goal is to increase the visibility and availability of original art projects embodied in the photobook form, using a unique and thoughtful design and approach to realizing contemporary photobooks.


Besides these, Organ Vida organises many other open-public activities and events in cooperation with many other organisations, artists, institutions and locals during the year: Open Show Zagreb (evening screenings where artist promote their new projects in discussion with audience), workshops and education, publishing and many other professional practice programme, events and exhibitions. Interactivity, innovativeness, creativity and immersion are at the heart of what makes Organ Vida such a successful festival – allowing it to become the biggest and freshest annual photographic event in Southeast Europe. It is the most-attended photographic event – the last festival edition welcomed over 10,000 visitors.

Organ Vida has collaborated with numerous institutions and organizations active in photography and beyond: The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) The Hague; Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, Croatia; Academy of Dramatic Arts, Croatia; Academy of Fine Arts, Croatia; Tošo Dabac Archive, Croatia; Lauba – House for Art and People, Croatia; School of Design – Faculty of Architecture, Croatia; New York Film Academy, USA; A.K.C Medika, Croatia; Sindikat biciklista, Croatia; Croatian Press Photographers Association, Croatia; Lomography Croatia; FotoPub Festival, Slovenia; FotoDoks Festival, Germany; FOTON Festival, Croatia; KOMBINAT Association, Croatia; EASTREET Festival, Poland; Backlight Festival, Finland; and many others. The festival has so far been supported by the City of Zagreb Office for Culture, Education and Sports; the Ministry of Culture; and the City of Zagreb Tourist Board.



Organization board

Marina Paulenka
Lea Vene
program advisor, curator
Barbara Gregov
project assistant, magazine editor
Luja Šimunović
project manager
Klara Petrović
education program coordinator