Image of the OPEN 2018 Amsterdam exhibition, with Newspaper Club prints taped to walls and pillars at 5&33 Gallery, with text reading 'OPEN 20/21 AMSTERDAM' in the centre


After the amazing success of the Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 at the Old Truman Brewery, we encored the exhibition at Amsterdam’s 5&33 Gallery. The exhibition took us through into early 2019 and was a huge success, showcasing 150 photographers and over 200 full tabloid sized newspaper prints, it was celebrated for the high standard of photography and democratic approach.

In 2020 we were invited back. Our provisional dates were for June into July, we were aware this needed to be very flexible, and we’ve worked closely with the gallery every step of the way. We went ahead with the call for entries as planned, and worked to our original deadlines, with the plan that, when time is right we’ll be ready to hit the ground running.


Of course, things change. COVID-19 has had a massive impact on humanity. We are all doing our best to keep things going in our own ways, and find things to look forward to in the future.  We have new dates which we can now confirm are 16 January – 10 March 2021*.  So, let’s make this the Shutter Hub OPEN 20/21!

We have re-opened the call for entries, the deadline is now 27 August 2020, and we hope this helps you to be able to get involved and have something to look forward to with us.




Shutter Hub OPEN 20/21 will bring together international photographers in a selected exhibition and promote the future of photography through diverse and creative imagery. Whilst we are looking forward to the exhibition, in the meantime we’re going to be sharing submitted images on our social media and blog.


We’ve teamed up with Newspaper Club to produce this exhibition. We’ll fill the space with our best newspaper print exhibition – punchy and democratic, transforming the gallery and covering the walls at 5&33.  It’s an excellent space, renowned for its dynamic cultural programme and situated in a prime location (directly opposite the Central Station).

Our OPEN exhibition is open to everyone. Enter the OPEN and have the chance to exhibit the work that you think best promotes you and your practice. The theme is ‘Open’, and we mean that. We want to see a diverse selection of styles and subjects and bring them together in an exhibition like no other.

As always there’ll be an award for the ‘Best in Show’, where viewers will get to vote for their favourite photograph from the exhibition. This is much more about audience participation that it is about big prizes, but it’s a fun and engaging way to involve more people in responding to photography.


This truly is a brilliant opportunity, and we’re absolutely delighted to be able to share it!


New deadline for entries: 27 August 2020 (5pm BST)


Enter up to 6 images (single images, or series) each time.
Enter as many times as you like.

Entry fees: 
Members: £18 (up to 6 images)
Non-members: £35 (up to 6 images)

Once you’ve entered there are no further fees to take part – if your work is selected we’ll print, promote, deliver and install everything for you. These conditions of entry allow exhibitors to save on print, framing and courier fees which we hope encourages wider participation in our international exhibitions.


*Shutter Hub and Gallery 5&33 are committed to making this exhibition happen in a safe and positive way. We will continue to monitor the situation and if there’s a need to move the date further into 2021 we won’t hesitate to do so. Our community comes first, we want you to be safe and happy.


Shutter Hub OPEN 20/21 is supported by:
Newspaper Club.



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