Open Call | Belfast Photo Festival 2021 (Submission Fee) – early bird 31 Jan – closing 5 Mar

Having helped to launch so many photographers careers, the Open Submission of the international Belfast Photo Festival is back with more opportunities than ever before.

Described as “One of the best photography festivals in the world,” (Capture Magazine) the Belfast Photo Festival provides a 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, and have their work taken on tour to be exhibited at the 2022 Photo Schweiz (Zurich, Switzerland), with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazine Abridged.

The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including:

  • 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

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.

Please note: A non-refundable application submission fee of Early Bird €22 (available until 31 January 2021) or Standard €29 (available until 5 March 2021) is payable. There is no artist fee for selected artists.

Each proposal to the open submission can include up to 10 images from a particular series/body of work, this includes installation shots. A photo-book can be submitted for exhibition by uploading a single PDF (No Image Limit).

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