Belfast Photo Festival ends 23 February 2024

Deadline: 23 February 2024. Festival provides the perfect platform for gaining exposure to an international audience, with previous editions having welcomed over 150,000 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 2024 Photo Schwiez (Zurich, Switzerland), with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazines Abridged and Aesthetica. The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of £2,000 (e.s.t $2,712 / €2,321).

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)


All submitting photographers will benefit from:
– Submission review by Photo Industry Professionals Opportunities for Immediate Exposure (e.g. across festival / partner social networks and websites)

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 2025 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 Festival’s award winning marketing & PR campaign, which has an estimated reach of 30+ million
– International press exposure
– Being seen by over 80,000 visitors, including 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 at no cost to the photographer/artist

– Spotlight Award – £2,000 (e.s.t $2,712 / €2,321)
– Years Free RPS Membership – Free membership for one year to the prestigious Royal Photographic Society
– Abridged Editorial Award – Presentation in a special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine
– Aesthetica Editorial Award – Full editorial presentation in an upcoming printed/digital issue of Aesthetica international art and culture magazine

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