Submission deadline extended to July 22nd


Sivan Elirazi, Short List 2016


Israel Photography Festival is happy to announce an open call for the Meitar Award 2017.

The Meitar Award is an international prize awarded for excellence in the field of photography. By submitting your work, you will have the opportunity to showcase it to a world-class jury, have the chance to win a grant of $14,000 that includes a one-year long cooperation with a curator and a solo exhibition.
The jury, compiled of internationally renowned professionals, will select a shortlist of 20 finalists whose works will be presented in a group exhibition at the Israel Photography Festival in Tel Aviv during the month of November 2017. All the submitted works will be judged anonymously according to their originality and quality.

The Meitar Award is an initiative of the Israel Photography Festival and the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund. It was first awarded in 2016 to Israeli artists who showcased their talent and outstanding skills in photography. This year the Meitar Award has gained recognition as an international award, with the aspiration to create a worldwide dialogue through the language of photography.





Submission deadline


Shortlist announcement


Winner announcement



An independent jury will select 20 photographers for the shortlist. These photographers will be displayed in a group exhibition at the Israel Photography Festival in November 2017. All works will be judged anonymously according to their originality and quality.

2016 Short List »


The winner of the Meitar Award 2017 will be selected from the shortlist and will receive a grant of $14,000, as well as a solo exhibition at the Israel Photography Festival 2018. The grant also includes prize money, and a one-year cooperation with a professional curator who will accompany the artist during his working process.


2016 Winner »
Avraham Cornfeld, Short List 2016


Peter van Agtmael

American Magnum photographer

Andres Serrano

American photographer and artist

Elinor Carucci

Israeli-American photographer

Manon Slome

President and chief curator of No Longer Empty

Dr. Noam Gal

Head of the Department of Photography at the Israel Museum

Rivka Saker

Chairman of the Sotheby's Israel, and the founder and board chair of Artis

Taia Kwinter

Associate Managing Editor at Aperture

Dafna Meitar Nechmad

The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund


We are happy to announce the shortlist of the 2017 Meitar Award

Congratulations to our Award shortlist!
Agnieszka Sosnowska, Aviya wyse, Ben Altman, Charles Xelot, Christian Werner, David Favrod, Gili Yaari, Gilles Nicolet, giovanna del sarto, Hadar Saifan, Harris Mizrahi, Hosam Katan, Ittai Bar-Joseph, Julien Chatelin, Kobi Wolf, Mickey Brandt, Ofir Barak, Roei Greenberg, Teri Havens, Walker Pickering


Doron Oved
Avraham Cornfeld
Itay Benit
Poli blum
Sivan Elirazi
Tali Mayer
Vered Sadot
Tal Barel
Ittai Bar-Joseph
Itai Doron
Dan Haimovich
Uriel Sinai
Orit Siman-Tov
Natalie Eichengreen
Yoav Friedländer
Edward Kaprov
Gidon Levin
Julia Berezina
Amit Sha'al
Juli Teitler
Doron Oved / 2016 WINNER