Images and Democracy Exhibition

It has been 20 years since the first democratic elections were held in South Africa. 2014 marks what should be the most contested national elections by far since 1994. The Market Photo Workshop is using its photography platform to engage both South African photography community/professionals and the general public around challenging and celebratory moments documented during this period of struggle for and towards an absolute democracy.

The 20year Democracy has constantly being marred or enhanced by labour strikes, service delivery protests, public sector strikes, widening gap between the rich and the poor, and discourses on political elitism. But the country continues to celebrate the gains of a Democracy. As such, how has photography best archived and interpreted the shaping of this democracy, and how do the South African public see their individual experiences and hopes being reflected in these images?

Market Photo Workshop is sending out a call to the photography community to submit photographs that defines and challenges views and experiences of a South African Democracy. Photographs have to have been taken between 1994 and 2014. All alumni and current students are eligible to participate in the exhibition.These images will be displayed in the Photo Workshop gallery as from 7th April 2014 with the public invited to engage and respond to the photographs on a daily basis. They would be encouraged to choose and respond to an image of their choice by leaving comments on a designated ballot paper and dropping them into a ballot box placed within the exhibition space. The first phase of this activity will run over a period of two weeks until the 17th April 2014 at the end of which the ‘written comments’ will be displayed together with these photographs for an official exhibition opening scheduled for 30 April 2014. The public interaction activity will continue until the last day of the exhibition. All gathered responses will be archived together with the images as part of the outcome of this photography project.

Terms and conditions for entry:

  • No prizes shall be awarded for participation to this call.
  • Participation is open to the general public and is free of charge.
  • Market Photo Workshop and its adjudicators reserves the right not to include entries based on suitability for its patrons.
  • Submitted photographs must comply with the following requirements:
  • Photographs must be taken within the borders of South Africa
  • The date/year in which the photograph was taken must be indicated
  • You must own copyright of the photographs submitted, i.e. you have taken the photograph yourself or you were given full permission by the owner to submit their work.
  • You must have consent from human subjects in your photographs, if any.
  • Photograph resolution should ideally be greater than 1MB but less than 3MB or 300dpi.
  • All popular image formats are acceptable.
  • No other form of entry shall be deemed.
  • All entries must be submitted to the following e-mail address:
  • Watermarked images are not advisable but will be accepted (subject to the sole discretion of the organizer).
  • Photographs that have been digitally altered e.g. Instagram filter, Photoshop will be accepted and judged on the merit of the photograph.
  • By participating in the exhibition, you are granting the Market Photo Workshop a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to display, publish and otherwise promote your photograph/s, not excluding non-commercial use by project partners, on the Internet, print publications, and so forth.
  • You retain copyright to any photograph you submit and credit shall be given in the form © your name based on the information provided.
  • The judges decision to include photographs in the public exhibition is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.
  • The organisers reserve the right to amend and/or change these terms and conditions at any point during the exhibition including but not limited to, reducing the duration of, extend and modify the exhibition. The Organisers also reserve the right to cancel the exhibition.
  • All submitted photographs will go through a judging process by the Market Photo Workshop team where a selection will form part of the Images and Democracy exhibition on 30 April 2014.

Submission guidelines
Images must be submitted via e-mail to and CC
All of the above terms and conditions must be taken into consideration by entrants.

The deadline for submissions is 17 April 2014 at 12pm
No late submissions will be considered for entry.
For any additional queries please contact Bongani Njalo at on +27 (0)11 834 1444