Belfast Photo Festival - Call for submissions

Belfast Photo Festival, taking place from 1-30 June 2017, is offering artists/photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field. Winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of £1,000.

The festival theme has been left open in order 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, film etc). Being keen to support all disciplines of photographic practice, entries are encouraged from professionals, students and amateurs both national and internationally

The advised entry guide is 2-6 images per single series/body of photographs.

Selection will be conducted by our distinguished jury of professionals, which includes:
Lucy Gallun – Museum of Modern Art, New York
James Estrin – The New York Times
Elisa Medde – foam Magazine
Michael Mack – MACK Books
Emily Graham – Magnum Photo’s
Tom Seymour – British Journal of Photography
Kevin WY Lee – Invisible Photographer Asia
Ciara Hickey – Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery


Photographers selected will benefit from:

  • awards and cash prizes
  • exhibition exposure at the Festival's main city centre gallery
  • opportunities to be exhibited and published internationally
  • 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 read 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

More information about the festival and submissions can be found here.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 6 March 2017