MV award application form

Call for proposals for the Marina Viculin Award 2018.

The Marina Viculin Award 2018 is awarded on the submissions to the open call that is open to individuals or collectives, artists who are expressing themselves in the medium of photography. Croatian citizens or foreign citizens living in Croatia have the right to apply. All registered authors can compete by submitting an unpublished work in progress and the synopsis of the work with the methodology of the final version of the work, including proposals for the final presentation. A new approach to the medium, outstanding talent, innovative photographic language, artistic quality, relevance of topics, as well as uniqueness of expression will be the main criteria that will govern the professional international jury in assessing the best work. The cash amount of 25,000 HRK will be awarded to one author or artistic collective as decided by an international jury for their chosen art project and exhibition presentation during the 11th International Photography Festival Organ Vida 2019.

An international jury board of local and international professionals in the field of visual arts will decide on the awards:
Marina Paulenka, photographer and artistic director of the Festival Organ Vida
Lea Vene, art historian and curator
Sandra Vitaljić, photographer and professor at the Department of Photography of the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb
Leonida Kovač, art historian, curator, theorist and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb
Miha Colner, independent curator and critic (Slovenia)
Emma Bowkett, director of photography Financial Weekend Times, UK
Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director at EAST WING, Dubai,UAE


During one year of the project grant, the winner is obliged to present their work in progress twice to which the jury will provide comments and guidance. Within the amount to be awarded as a prize, Organ Vida will provide gallery space for the completed work and technical support for performance and set up and print a catalog. In addition, Organ Vida will give full support to the selected artist in the promotion and distribution of his / her project on the international photography scene.


All adult (18+) artists and artistic collectives that express themselves through the medium of photography and are residents of the Republic of Croatia can apply for the Open Call. The interested parties can submit a maximum of two works in progress, on which artists have been working in the last 5 years. If you apply two projects, an application form must be fulfilled for each project, and must be submitted electronically.

The competition is open until August 20, 2018 until midnight of the day (GMT + 1). Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.
The deadline for the completion of work: August 1 of 2019.

During the year of working on the project, the winner is obliged to present the work in progress to the jury board twice. Upon completion of the project the selected artist will exhibit his/her work at the 11th International Photography Festival Organ Vida in September 2019. One photography work remains at the Organ Vida Foundation Croatia. The selected artist will sign a contract with the Association and accept Award Rules.


Please prepare the required material for the published application, which must contain:

a) personal information and contacts: name, address, phone, e-mail, website (if you are applying as an art collective, specify all of the above and include CVs of each member of the collective)
b) name, description of work, a timetable, artworks and, if aplicable, signatures (captions)
c) an artist’s statement about the artist’s own artistic work and the associated portfolio

Your submission should be sent via WeTransfer to e-mail: applications@organvida.com









The first winner of Marina Viculin Award – Award for Croatian contemporary photography is Bojan Mrđenović  and the award was given for his project “Adriatic Highway”. 

The award ceremony was held on September 5th 2017 in Museum of Arts and Crafts. The award, sponsored by Erste Urbanka, was delivered by jury president, Corinne Noordenbos. The artist described the award as a great initiative and a breakthrough for photographers.

What especially arouses our imagination is the fact that the award is given in advance, not after the project is finished, which is a great stimulus and gives faith for the work which is about to be developed”, he said.


A new award for Croatian photography

A new Award for Croatian artists for creativity in the medium of photography will carry the name of the recently deceased, prominent local art historian, curator and former director of the Gallery Klovićevi Dvori, Marina Viculin — a person who greatly contributed to the Croatian art scene through her promotion of photography and who changed the social perception and evaluation of photography as a medium. The Marina Viculin Award will be annually awarded for the purpose of recognition of the work of artists with outstanding achievements in Croatian photography. Photography Association Organ Vida founded the award in 2017 in order to emphasize its commitment to creation of new artworks that enrich our society. Financial support and award are aimed at improving the development of artists and encouragement to their future work.