Belfast Photo Festival: 2019 Open Submission – closing 6 Mar

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).

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.)


  • Spotlight Award – €1,127 (e.s.t $1,286 / £1,000)
  • 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

Visit the festival website for full details on how to submit:

artist forms link
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