Photography Contest

Belfast Photo Festival: Open Submission 2021

Belfast Photo Festival: Open Submission 2021

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Open to all

Entry Fees |

22 GBP

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Being described as "One of the best photography festivals in the world" (Capture Magazine), the biennial Belfast Photo Festival provided the perfect platform for gaining exposure to an international audience, with previous editions having welcome over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

Belfast Photo Festival is offering artist's/photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field of photography and have their work taken on tour to be exhibited at the 2020 Photo Schwiez (Zurich, Switzerland), with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazines Abridged and GUP. The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of €1,127 (est $1,286).

Belfast Photo Festival has invited a panel of influential international experts in the field of photography to assist in the shortlisting and selection of artists alongside the Festival team. The Jury consists of:

Corey Keller - Curator of Photography: SFMoMA, San Francisco (U.S.A)
Sarah Allen - Assistant Curator: Tate Modern, London (U.K.)
Marta Weiss - Senior Curator: V&A, London (U.K.)
Izabela Radwanska Zhang - Managing Editor: British Journal of Photography, London (U.K.)
Elizabeth Renstrom - Photo Editor: The New Yorker, New York (U.S.A)
Dilys Ng - Photo Editor: TIME, New York (U.S.A)
Emily Graham - Cultural Commissions: Magnum Photos, London (U.K.)
Alexa Becker - Acquisitions Editor: Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg (Germany)
Azu Nwagbagu - Director: LagosPhoto, Lagos (Nigeria)
Gwen Lee - Director: Singapore International Photography Festival (Singapore)
Stella Nantongo - Co-Ordinator: Uganda Press Photo Award, Kampala (Uganda) AWARDS
Spotlight Award - €1,127 (est $1,286)
Years Free RPS Membership - Free membership for one year to the prestigious Royal Photographic Society
GUP Editorial Award - Full editorial presentation in an upcoming printed/digital issue of GUP photographic magazine
Abridged Editorial Award - Presentation in a special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine

All submitting photographers will benefit from:
Submission review by Photo Industry Professionals
Opportunities for Immediate Exposure

Between 20 and 40 photographers / artists will benefit from:
awards and cash prizes (See Awards listed below)
exhibition exposure at the Festival's main city centre gallery
exhibition exposure at the 2020 Photo Schwiez Festival (Switzerland)
inclusion in the special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine
long term Festival representation and promotion
an opportunity to participate in an Instagram Residency
exhibition alongside some of the biggest photographic names as part of the major photographic event
publication and inclusion in the Festival programme
inclusion in the Festivals marketing & PR campaign, which has an estimated reach of 20+ million
international press exposure
being seen by a substantial number of visual arts professionals and the media dedicated feature on the Festival website and online gallery

All finalists who submitted photographs will have their work produced by the Festival for exhibition outdoors