Submit photography exploring the theme of 'belonging'

Artists Selected On
June 17, 2015
Everyone in the world deserves to have a place and not to feel like an outsider. Regardless of your gender, race or sexual orientation everyone has the human right to belong.

Photographers from around the world are invited to submit photography that encapsulates this theme of ‘Belonging’ for the opportunity to have their work featured in an exhibition hosted by The Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland and The Hunt Museum.

The inaugural Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights takes place July 9-11, 2015. As part of the Summer School series, they are hosting an exhibition to celebrate and feature selected submissions.

Up to 20 photographs will be considered for inclusion in the exhibition, with one overall photograph being considered for a feature in the Irish Times (82,059 daily print circulation). The selected photographer will also have their work supported across various social channels.

The Exhibition will take place from July 9, 2015 for three weeks during the Summer School and the Galway Arts Festival with an approximate footfall of 10,000.
about The Irish Centre for Human Rights
The Irish Centre for Human Rights is one of the world's premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. Since its establishment in January 2000, the Centre has developed a global reputation for excellence in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy, which has enabled the institution to attract high quality students to its acclaimed masters and its undergraduate programs as well as to build a thriving community of doctoral researchers.

about the hunt museum
The Hunt Museum collects, exhibits, preserves, documents, and promotes the Hunt Collection, and its own collections, to maximize their cultural and educational potential for the people of Limerick and Ireland. The historic collection is one of the finest of its kind in Ireland and reflects the informed, and diverse, collecting tastes of the Hunt family. Since opening to the public in the late 1990s the Museum's own collection has grown and includes the collection of Irish designer Sybil Connolly, a growing array of historic ecclesiastical art and some select works by contemporary artists.

the career opportunity
20 Photographers, as selected by the Hunt Museum, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and their panel of judges will have their work included in the Human Rights Project exhibition in Galway.

One Selected Photographer (of the top 20) will receive:
  • A sponsored place at the Arts and Human Rights Summer School conference (travel and accommodation not included)
  • A feature in the Irish Times in print and online, subject to editorial discretion
  • An invitation to the Speaker's dinner, which is open only to keynote speakers and organizing committee including international photographer Paul Seawright
  • A commemorative trophy commissioned from an acclaimed local ceramicist, Judy Greene, and presented by a senior Government representative
  • A prominent feature for their work in the Summer School Programme marketing materials
Be sure to upload your entry and share your submission page with your friends. The Popular Choice (the host will select from the top 10 most shared submissions) photographer will:
  • Be included in the Human Rights Project exhibition in Galway
  • Appear in the academic publication of Summer School conference proceedings
meet the judges
rod stoneman
Professor Rod Stoneman is the Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He was Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board until September 2003 and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television in the United Kingdom. He has made a number of documentaries, including Ireland: The Silent Voices, Italy: the Image Business, 12,000 Years of Blindness and The Spindle, and has written extensively on film and television.
Dominique Bouchard

Dr. Dominique Bouchard is Curator of Education and Outreach at The Hunt Museum. Dominique leads the Education Department at The Hunt Museum and is co-director of the Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights. She is an expert in museums, culture and heritage in divided societies and has managed EU sponsored cultural projects addressing the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Her socially engaged curatorial practice explores the role of the arts in addressing social justice, cultural rights and regeneration.

Paul Seawright
Paul Seawright is Professor of Photography and Head of Belfast School of Art at the University of Ulster. His photographic work is held in many museum collections including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Tate, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, International Centre of Photography New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Rome. In 2002 he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum London as War Artist for Afghanistan and his photographs of battle-sites and minefields have subsequently been exhibited worldwide.
Michael O’Flaherty
Professor Michael O'Flaherty was appointed as Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway in February 2013. He has been Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and is a member of the UK government's advisory bodies on freedom of expression and the prevention of torture. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is Chairperson of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and sits on the boards of numerous human rights groups and journals internationally.
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open globally to photographers who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited.
  • Photographs must be original (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity.
  • Artists may submit up to five photos in JPG or PNG and no larger than 5MB.
  • Artists must retain their original file should they be selected.
  • Artists must also include a written description about their work.
  • If any persons appear or are referred to in the submission, the artist is solely responsible for obtaining, prior to submitting, all necessary usage rights and permissions for the contents of their submission.
  • The selected photograph will be subject to editorial approval by the Irish Times.
  • Inappropriate, offensive, harmful or submissions that do not follow the brief and guidelines will be removed.
  • All artists retain ownership of their photos and IP. However, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and/or The Hunt Museum may choose to post photographs submitted out on their social media channels in connection with this Creative Invite. You understand that by submitting, your photos may be used promotionally in this way. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • Selected Artists grant the Hunt Museum and the Irish Centre for Human Rights a non-exclusive, royalty-free, limited license to showcase their work in the Human Rights Project exhibition in Galway, Ireland for the duration of the exhibition. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • All submissions will feature as part of a global gallery with public sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest during Open Review.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Artists must respond to Talenthouse within 2 days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • No purchase necessary.
how the judges will choose
The Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Hunt Museum and the guest judges will select will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.

As soon as you have submitted your work, feel free to start sharing your submission on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. These shares will count towards the Popular Choice award. Please note, it does not impact your chance of being chosen as the Selected Artist if you choose not to share.
Key Dates
  • Submit By:
    June 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Open Review Starts:
    June 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    June 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Artists Selected:
    June 17, 2015
All times are in Pacific Time.