Open Call: Festival

2021 Belfast Photo Festival: Open Call

March 6, 2021

Described as “One of the best photography festivals in the world” (Capture Magazine), the annual Belfast Photo Festival provides the perfect platform for gaining exposure to an international audience, with previous editions having welcomed over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

Belfast Photo Festival is offering artists/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 2022 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 £2,000 (e.s.t $2,674 / €2,208).

The theme has been left open to remove any restrictions; submissions must be photographic or lens-based but can include incorporations of other art forms with the photographic medium (i.e. performance, painting, sculpture, music, literature etc).

Individuals and collectives are welcome to apply; individuals should select and enter between 1 and 15 photographs from a particular series or body of work AND/OR submit their Photo-book for exhibition by providing a link to a single PDF (stored on for example: Google Drive or Dropbox)

(Note: You can submit both a photo-book and photographs of the same project, but a fee will need to be paid for both. If submitting only a photo-book and not photographs, it will be your photo-book that will be selected for presentation and not photographic prints for exhibition)

Collectives are also welcome to apply; as a collective, you can submit up to 15 photographs (a €22 / €29 submission fee will apply for every 15 images submitted).

What do you win?

All Submitting photographers will benefit from:
Submission review by Photo Industry Professionals
Opportunities for Immediate Exposure (e.g. across festival / partner social networks and websites)

Between 20 and 40 photographers / artists will benefit from:
awards and cash prizes (See Awards listed below)
having their work produced for exhibition in the Festivals main city centre gallery
exhibition exposure at the Festival's main city centre gallery
inclusion in the special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine
longer term Festival representation and promotion
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 30+ million people
international press exposure
being seen by over 30,000 people, including a substantial number of visual arts professionals and the media
dedicated feature on the Festival website and online gallery
opportunities offered for exhibition and publication through festival partners
£20 reduction off the 2021 Belfast Photo Festival International Portfolio Review fee

Applicants will have their work viewed by an international panel of influential experts in the field of photography, plus have the opportunity to win awards and a significant cash prize.

Spotlight Award - £2,000 (est $2,674 / €2,208)

One 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 photography magazine

Abridged Editorial Award - Presentation in a special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine

All winners will have their work produced by the Festival for exhibition in the main Festival gallery.

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