Open Call: Festival

Belfast Photo Festival

March 8, 2019

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 / £1,000). 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). Being keen to support all disciplines of photographic practice, entries are encouraged from professionals, students and amateurs both nationally and internationally. The advised entry guide is 2-15 images per single series/body of photographs. Selection will be conducted by our distinguished jury of professionals, which includes:

Sarah Allen – TATE Modern (U.K.) Michael Famighetti – Aperture Magazine (U.S.A) Emily Graham – Magnum Photo’s (U.K.) Elizabeth Renstrom – VICE Media (U.S.A) Diane Smyth – British Journal of Photography (U.K.) Alexa Becker – KEHRER Verlag (Germany) Deirdre Robb – Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery (U.K.)

Photographers selected will benefit from:

• awards and cash prizes • 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 will have their work produced by the Festival for exhibition outdoors

Belfast, Northern Ireland

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