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)
This year the Open Submission will be hosted by Picter. All submissions must be made via Picter.com. After registering on Picter, please ensure you follow the instructions outlined carefully otherwise your submission may not be valid. Submissions cost €22 / €29*
Spotlight Award - £2,000 (e.s.t $2,674 / €2,208)
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