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Past Portfolio Reviews & Hints

Have you checked out our new list of Portfolio Reviews in 2017? Thinking about participating in one of them? Then take a moment to check out these resources.

In case you are have not found the PF Review you were looking for, maybe it has ceased to exist. Double-check with our archived list of PF Reviews (since 2011) and if you think that we have missed our something, let us know (via a comment to this post)! Thank you!

Useful Hints:

Why do double work? There are some quite good documents online giving useful hints on how to prepare yourself and your work for the reviews, what to do and what to avoid. The best and most extensive one I found is the Photolucida Review Festival How-to Guidebook (116KB PDF) filled with great information on how to make the most of portfolio reviews.

Others, that were sent to me by Lenscratch blogger Aline Smithson are: Jen Beckman_Portfolio_tips, Mary Virginia Swanson Reviews Tips, and Aline-Smithson Learning.

The Columbia College Chicago has a whole set of Quick Guides, one of them on Portfolio Reviews, where they even tell you how to dress and how to greet. Maybe a bit over-explicit, but usefull for newbies, I guess.

Better and more extensive: Jasmine DeFoore‘s Portfolio Review Dos and Don’ts.

Many of the above-listed Reviews also give more special tips for their specific venue, on the correspondent web page…

Archived Information on Portfolio Reviews

This is a list of the most important Photography Portfolio Reviews. It was started in 2011. Please visit the information on 2011-2014, as, some of the events are biennial, or do not have information on the 2015 editions yet online. So you may want to check the information in the backup section and extrapolate the new dates and prices….

The Reviews are ordered by date of the event, not the deadline for submission. Some reviews accept submissions until a few days before the event (such as Lodz), others close the call many months before (such as Houston Foto Fest), so please have a close look at that.

The reviews can be very different as for the number of participants, the profiles of the reviewers, the fee and how many reviews you get for it. This last criterion is reflected by the Price/Review Ratio, calculated in Euros, at the current exchange rates.

Generally speaking, Portfolio Reviews in the US are by far more expensive than in Europe and the rest of the world. The reason for this seems to be that they are more established and valued as an important career step there, thus American photographers are willing to pay the price. They might also be more “successful” because American photography professionals come to these reviews explicitly in order to find new talents, to exhibit, publish or even buy works.

Other criteria, which might influence your choice are whether you, the photographer, can choose the reviewers beforehand (unfortunately, this is not always clear from the presentation texts), if there are other perks, such as prizes for the best portfolio, and the total number of other participants.

Please leave a comment if you know of a Review that is not mentioned, find a mistake or simply like the article.

The Curator Ship Team

Portfolio Reviews 2016:



Portfolio Reviews 2015:

Name: THE MEETING PLACE  (Biennal)

Organizer: FotoFest

Date & Place: March 12-15, 17-20, 22-25, 27-30, 2016. Houston, Texas. Inter-Biennal Season.

Application Deadline: Early Registration period – June 17 to July 29, 2015.

Number of Participants: 450 from 34 countries and 37 U.S. states, (In 2014)

Profiles of Reviewers: 146 reviewers from 26 countries and all sectors of photography

Registration Fee: $925 (per session)

Number of reviews: Reviews. Guaranteed a MINIMUM of four (4) one-on-one formal review appointments per day.
Each appointment lasts 20 minutes.

Price / Review Ratio: $925 / TBD

Web: /


Presentation Text: The Meeting Place is the largest, most international program of its kind in the world offering sixteen days of portfolio reviews. Meeting Place registrants have special access to Citywide Exhibitions, Curatorial Forums, Artist Talks, and Open Portfolio Nights – Evenings with the Artists, where reviewers, collectors, and the public are invited to meet registrants and view their portfolios. Over the course of the last 20 years, the Meeting Place has been the catalyst for exhibitions, publications, and wider acclaim for many artists.


Organizer: American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP NY)

Date and place:  February 18th, 2015 at the Gay Center in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

Application Deadline: February 16th, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: influential members of New York’s photography/arts community: gallerists, curators, collectors, publishers and dealers.

Registration Fee: Only ASMP members are eligible to register for this free, 2 1/4 hour, event. Registration is required and places fill up quickly. There will be a wait list. Link to register.

Number of reviews: 4 to 8 reviewers (10 min. each)

Price / Review Ratio: /



Presentation Text: The New York Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP NY) is hosting its free Ninth Annual Fine Art Portfolio Review on the evening of February 18th, just for its members. The New York Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers is the largest photographers’ organization in the world. ASMP has over 7,000 members, including many of the worldʼs greatest photographers, in 40 chapters nationwide.

Influential gallerists, curators, collectors, publishers and dealers will review portfolios and share their valuable feedback with photographers. ASMP NY organizes this anticipated portfolio review to nurture relationships in the fine art community and give photographers opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have as easily.

The objective of this night is an emphasis on honest feedback that photographers rarely get. Reviewers are asked to quickly look at and critique a variety of types of work and give feedback on presentation, consistency and what parts of the portfolio are working as well as any that are not. Reviewers can offer both feedback and direction.

A physical portfolio is required: no laser copies, iPads or computers. All ASMP members are eligible to register for this free, 2 1/4 hour, event. Registration is required and places fill up quickly. There will be a wait list.


Organizer: PowerHouse Books

Date and place: March 1, 2015, from 10:30am – 5:30pm, Brooklyn, NY

Application Deadline: February 8, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: publishers, photo editors, commercial photography agents, gallery directors, photography critics, art book packagers, and designers. Mostly from the US, especially from New York.

Registration Fee: 350 USD, before Jan 12, 2015 // 400 USD, Before Feb 8, 2015 // 450 USD After Feb 8, 2015 //250 USD, Student Rate before Feb 8, 2015 // 275 USD, Student Rate after Feb 8, 2015 //

Number of reviews: 5

Price / Review Ratio: 50 – 90 USD per Review.



Presentation Text: The Power House PR is a platform for all levels of aspiring and professional photographers to present their body of work to be reviewed and critiqued by leading experts in the fields of photography, art, media, and advertising and to receive guidance and mentoring for future artistic and commercial career development. The portfolio review accepts about 100 photographers, who will meet with a panel of experts that includes a range of publishers, photo editors, commercial photography agents, gallery directors, photography critics, art book packagers, and designers. Each attendee will be assigned five one-on-one reviews with members of our panel of esteemed photography professionals.

Name: PHOTO ALLIANCE Portfolio Review

Organizer: PhotoAlliance /Lens Culture

Date & Place: March 13-15, 2015. San Francisco Art Institute.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: Top photography editors, publishers, curators, gallerists, and educators   

Registration Fee: Initial application fee: $45.00 for up to 20 images for screening. If selected, additional fee: $595.00 for full participation to meet with ten reviewers.

Number of reviews: /

Price / Review Ratio: /


Email: PHOTO@PHOTOALLIANCE.ORG or call: 415.425.5608

Presentation Text: This event brings together top photography editors, publishers, curators, gallerists, and educators representing small, mid-sized, and major venues from around the U.S. and abroad to meet with engaged photographers, review their portfolios, encourage their careers and exchange opportunities.

Name: FORMAT Portfolio Review

Organizer: Format International Photography Festival

Date & Place: Saturday 14 March 2015 at Derby College in Derby, UK.

Application Deadline: (application open March 1)

Profiles of Reviewers: Curators and directors, art dealers, publishers and photo editors are brought together for two days during CONTACT to review portfolios of established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.

Registration Fee: 4 reviews – £120, 6 reviews – £170, 8 reviews – £200, 10 reviews – £230, 12 reviews – £260

Number of reviews: You can choose from either 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 reviews (there are maximum 12 reviews in one day – only select 12.

Price / Review Ratio: $30 per review



Presentation Text: Established in 2004 by Louise Clements and Mike Brown, the biennale festival celebrates the wealth of contemporary practice in international photography and is now one of the UK’s leading non-profit international contemporary festivals of photography and related media.

FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities to platform the work of international photographers and to provide links for local/national practitioners to show work, exchange opportunities, skills and knowledge and for audiences to see, debate, develop and engage in the best of what photography is and can be.

FORMAT is curated by Louise Clements, QUAD & FORMAT Artistic Director, and organised by QUAD in partnership with: Derby City CouncilUniversity of Derby & Derby Museums.

Name: PALM SPRINGS Portfolio Review

Organizer: Palm Springs Photo Festival

Date & Place: April 26 – May 1, 2015. Palm Springs, California, USA

Application Deadline: April 10, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: Publishers, photo editors, photography agents, gallery directors, photography critics, advertising agency creatives, magazine editors and museum directors from the US.

Registration Fee: Prices are $275 for 5 reviews. 10% discount for 10 or more reviews

Number of reviews: min 5

Price / Review Ratio: 55$



Presentation Text: Over 1000 Portfolio Reviews will be offered during the week! A list of the most sought-after industry professionals of any event in the country will be posted online and every morning at the Portfolio Review area at the Hyatt, updated hourly. You may show your work as prints or on your computer. Please limit your presentation to not more than 20 images in order to allow the person you’re meeting with to properly respond to your work.


Organizer: Milan Image Art Fair

Date & Place: April 11- 13, 2015. Milan, Italy

Application Deadline: April 112015

Profiles of Reviewers: collectors, art advisors and curators.

Registration Fee: Request further information about registration procedures and fees and submit your applications by contacting Admira, event organizer for MIA Fair, at the following address/e-mail: Lucia Orsi – via Mercadante 3 – 20124 Milan – Tel. +39 02 6694278 /

Number of reviews: 4

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



Presentation Text: CODICE MIA is a unique portfolio review, which will host some of the most renowned specialists among leading names in the world of international fine art photography: including important collectors, curators of corporate collections, managers of the photography departments of famous auction houses and art advisors.


Organizer: Portland Photo Month

Date & Place: April 2017. Portland, Oregon. Biennual

Application Deadline: 2017

Profiles of Reviewers: gallery owners, curators, publishers, editors, and consultants

Registration Fee: info (at)

Number of reviews: 67 / TDB per session

Price / Review Ratio: TBD


Email: info (at)

Presentation Text: Photolucida is an arts nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to provide platforms that expand, inspire, educate and connect the regional, national, and international photography community.

Every other April, an international set of photographers and reviewers gather in Portland, Oregon for a five-day celebration of photography that includes lectures, workshops, and exhibition collaborations. Intensive portfolio reviews are at the heart of the festival. Reviewers are selected for their experience, involvement, and commitment to advancing the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Over the years, many participants have made contacts that have led directly to exhibitions, publications, and sales, in addition to receiving useful critiques.

By providing a venue for in-depth, informed, and supportive dialogue between photographers, gallery owners, curators, publishers, editors, and consultants, Photolucida promotes the culture of photography locally, nationally, and internationally. The next Portfolio Reviews Festival will take place April, 2017.


Organizer: Colorado Photographic Art Center has partnered with MoP founder Mark Sink

Date & Place: Saturday April 11 – Sunday April 12, 2015 / RedLine Denver, 2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

Application Deadline: April 10, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: Publishers, photo editors, photography agents, gallery directors, photography critics, advertising agency creatives, magazine editors and museum directors from the US.

Registration Fee: (20 minute one-on-one sessions): 12 SESSIONS (distributed over two days): $420 / 8 SESSIONS (distributed over one or both days ) $280 / 4 SESSIONS (one day only – indicate preference): $140.

Number of reviews: 12 / 8 / 4

Price / Review Ratio: 35$



Presentation Text: Colorado Photographic Art Center has partnered with MoP founder Mark Sink to organize a weekend of portfolio reviews for local and national photographers during Denver’s 2015 Month of Photography (MoP). The event will take place April 11-12, 2015 at RedLine Denver. The weekend offers a platform for aspiring and advanced photographers to present their work to leading curators, gallery directors, media and advertising professionals, and other photographers.

Each reviewer will be assigned four to twelve 20 minute, one-on-one reviews. Reviewers will be able to list their preferred reviewers in advance of the weekend, and will have their choices met to the greatest degree possible.

A portfolio sharing lounge will offer opportunities for informal reviews with fellow photographers, students, and roving reviewers throughout the day. An open table portfolio sharing will close the event Sunday afternoon.

Students enrolled in full-time studio arts coursework may apply for one day’s access to the lounge only for a nominal fee. Applications will be prioritized according to date received and quality of work submitted. Student enrollment includes full access to reviewers and registered reviewers in the portfolio sharing lounge. See reviewer bios on the blog

Name: CONTACT Portfolio Review

Organizer: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Date & Place: Sunday May 8 & Monday May 9, 2016. (10am – 5pm ). Toronto, Canada

Application Deadline: Registration Opens Winter 2016

Profiles of Reviewers: Curators and directors, art dealers, publishers and photo editors are brought together for two days during CONTACT to review portfolios of established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.

Registration Fee: $200 for 4 reviews

Number of reviews: 4

Price / Review Ratio: $50 per review



Presentation Text: CONTACT’s Portfolio Reviews provide an unparalleled opportunity for artists and photographers to meet with some of the most important professionals in the field of photography. The event is a platform for those with developed projects that are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting nationally or internationally, as well as guidance on conceptual approaches or career development.

Each year, one artist will be awarded with a solo exhibition presented at the CONTACT Gallery. This award, chosen by a jury of international professionals in the field of photography, recognizes outstanding work presented at CONTACT’s Portfolio Reviews. The program was created to support and advance the careers of talented emerging photographers.

Name: The Athens Photo Festival’s Portfolio Reviews

Organizer: Athens Photo Festival, International Festival of Contemporary Photography & Related Media

Date & Place: 8 – 9 June, 2015

Application Deadline: 18 May 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: International experts in the field of photography. A total of 22 curators, editors, critics and festival’s directors from around the world.

Registration Fee: 120 € for 6 individual appointments

Number of reviews: 6

Price / Review Ratio: 2o euros per review



Presentation Text: The Athens Photo Festival’s Portfolio Reviews offer an opportunity for emerging artists and photographers to meet and engage with international experts in the field of photography. A total of 22 curators, editors, critics and festival’s directors from around the world gather in Athens to provide photographers with networking opportunities, critical advice, and guidance on their work and career development.

This year’s portfolio review programme will take place on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 June, 2015 at the Benaki Museum in Athens. Each of the participants will have 6 appointments of their choice over two days. Each individual review session is 20 minutes long. Places are limited, so participants will be selected on first come, first served basis.

In addition to providing professional advice, the reviewers will award the “Best Portfolio” and the winner will have the chance to exhibit at the Athens Photo Festival 2016 edition.


Organizer: PHotoEspaña Festival. Madrid, Spain

Date & Place: June 1-6, 2015. Centro de Arte Alcobendas. Madrid, Spain.

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

Number of Participants: 200

Profiles of Reviewers: International photography and art curators, museum and festival people, publishers all over the world.

Registration Fee:  pre-registration 10 € plus 240 € registration (before April 9, 2015)

Number of reviews: 50

Price / Review Ratio: 35,71 Euros per Review.



Presentation Text: Descubrimientos PHE is the portfolio review of PHotoEspaña. Offering photographers  the opportunity to present their work to critics, curators and editors especialized in photography with the objetive of generating professional outlets for their work.

An independent jury will select seventy photographers to participate in the portfolio reviews. The jury will also determine a wait list in the event that there may be a cancelation. The portfolio of all of the selected participants will be included There is an inscription fee of 240 Euros for all participants.

Each photographer will have seven appointments, each with a duration of twenty minutes. The appointments will be held over three days and are celebrated with strict punctuality. The reviews will be given in English or Spanish. The organization will do its best to arrange appointments with the reviewers preferred by each of the photographers. The organization will send each participant a personal schedule close to the dates, once we near the dates of the event.

The Descubrimientos PHE Award recognizes the work of one photographer that has participated in the reviews held in Madrid, Onduras and Rosario during the current edition of the festival. The jury may select up to do honorable mentions. The jury´s decision is final.

Last year the winner of the portfolio reviews was Mariela Sancari, who will be presenting her series Moisesindividually within the Official Section of PHotoEspaña 2015 at the Centro de Arte Alcobendas

The winner of the award may have participated in the portfolio review on previous occasions, but cannot have been recognized with this award in prior editions. PHotoEspaña will make public the jury´s results when the festival awards are announced. PHotoEspaña reserves the right to promote the winner´s name and images in printed and digital materials.

Name: CENTER REVIEW SANTA FE  Portfolio Review

Organizer: Center

Date & Place: Juny 11- 14, 2015. Santa Fe, Nuevo México

Application Deadline: January 22, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers:  curators, editors, publishers and gallerists

Registration Fee: $45 (members) , $55 (non members)

Number of reviews: TBD

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



Presentation Text: Review Santa Fe is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world. Considered one of the most important events for photographers who seek career advancement, Review Santa Fe is designed to facilitate relationships between photographers and leading industry professionals looking for new work.

Name: PHOTO FOLIO REVIEW Portfolio Review

Organizer: The Rencontres d’Arles

Date & Place: July 6-11, 2015. Arles, France

Application Deadline: Registrations opens on May 13th

Profiles of Reviewers: publishers, exhibition curators, museum directors, agency chiefs, gallerists, collectors, critics, press art directors and others

Registration Fee: 195€ for 5 appointments / 295€ for 10 appointments / 420€ for 15 appointments / 540€ for 20 appointments

Number of reviews: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20

Price / Review Ratio: 39€ / 29,5€ / 28€ / 27 €



Presentation Text: The Rencontresd’Arles Photo Folio Review enable participating photographers to present their work to renown international photography experts. They thus benefit from experts’ advice, and for some, obtain real exhibition and/or publication projects. The Rencontresd’Arles Photo Folio Review is open upon registration to all photographers whatever their photographic practice or image treatment technique.


Organizer: Vienna Photo Book Festival

Date & Place: July 20-21, 2015. Viena, Austria / The ViennaPhotoBookReview, will take place one day before the festival starts, on Friday, June 19, 2015.

Application Deadline: April 24, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: Publishers, gallery owners, curators, critics, and collectors

Registration Fee: –

Number of reviews: 15

Price / Review Ratio: –



Presentation Text: The ViennaPhotoBookReview, which had its successful launch last year and will be continued this year, will take place one day before the festival starts, on Friday, June 19, 2015. Our goal is to offer talented photographers from around the world a forum to discuss their books with a wide range of photography experts, thereby producing a lively dialogue between the aspiring artists and the experts from various prestigious institutions. Photographers will have one-on-one meetings with the reviewers. Each review session will last 20 minutes and we will limit the number of participants to assure that everyone receives six reviews each.

Name: PHOTOIRELAND Portfolio Review

Organizer: PhotoIreland Festival

Date & Place: July 1-31, 2015. Dublin, Ireland / Portfolio reviews: Friday 3 July 2015

Application Deadline:  May 17, 2015

Number of Participants: Until full, the jury will select 45 portfolios for review from all submitted work.

Profiles of Reviewers: International and Irish Curators, Magazine Editors, Gallery Owners, Festival Directors, publishers and other photography professionals.

Registration Fee: Submission 25 Euros. If your work is selected an additional fee (cost of the portfolio review sessions) of 120 Euros within 24 hours.

Number of reviews: 14

Price / Review Ratio: 10.35 Euros



Presentation Text: PhotoIreland Festival’s portfolio review weekend will take place on 3-6 July 2014 in Dublin city, representing a unique opportunity for emerging artists worldwide to highlight new photographic projects and meet with international professionals to further their careers. The winner of the portfolio reviews weekend will be offered a solo exhibition next year, during PhotoIreland Festival 2015.

Name: OBSCURA FESTIVAL Portfolio Review

Organizer: Obscura Festival

Date & Place: August 14-22, 2015, Georgetown Penang

Application Deadline: TBD

Registration Fee: TBD

Number of reviews: TBD

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



Presentation Text: Portfolio reviews are paid review sessions with some of the leading photographers, curators, editors and industry experts Asia and around the world. Portfolio reviews are instrumental in getting professional feedback on your work as well as networking with people who may be able to help you with your career development. Sign up for a review on the morning of the workshop to secure yourself a place. You will need at least two bodies of work either in print or on a portable device (laptop or tablet).


Organizer: Landskrona Photo Festival

Date & Place: August 22 – 24, 2015. Landskrona, Sweden.

Application Deadline: June, 10

Number of Reviews: 8

Profiles Reviewers: publishers, art historians, artistic directors, photographers, photo editors, curators, chief editors, photography professors, etc.

Registration Fee: Free

Price / Review Ratio: SEK 2500 (271 €) / SEK 312 (33 €)



Presentation Text: A good way to spread your photography is to exhibit at photo festivals in different parts of the world. It is important for us that portfolio exhibitions can lead to something more for the participating photographers. This year too, we have therefore invited curators from international photo festivals. This year’s reviewers together select the »Best Portfolio« and the winner is offered the chance to be part of the official festival programme during the Festival in 2015.

Name: FILTER FESTIVAL Portfolio Review

Organizer: Filter PhotoFestival

Date & Place: September, 2016. Chicago. Illinois.

Application Deadline: Registration Opens June 1st, 2016.

Number of Reviews: 5 or 8 portfolio reviews

Profiles Reviewers: photo editors, curators, editors, etc.

Registration Fee: TDB

Price / Review Ratio: TDB



Presentation Text: Filter Photo is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois.

Filter Photo’s mission is two-fold: first, to serve and support the photographic communities of Chicago and the Midwest; and second, to highlight Chicago as a vital center of the national photographic community.

Since 2009 Filter Photo has organized the annual Filter Photo Festival, a multiday celebration of photography that includes workshops, lectures, exhibition receptions, artist talks, and other diverse programming. A primary component of the Festival is the portfolio reviews, through which photographers are able to connect with national and international curators, gallery directors, editors, and other elite professionals. The 2015 Filter Photo Festival will take place from September 24th-27th, and will be primarily based in the historic Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel.

In 2015 Filter Photo opened Filter Space, a permanent gallery and project space located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood at 1821 West Hubbard Street, Suite 207. Filter Space hosts regular social, educational, and professional development activities, including exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

In the Portfolio Review, participants sign up for twenty-minute face-to-face reviews and receive candid advice about their work, as well as information on getting their photographs exhibited and published. We are thrilled to have so many of our attendees walk away with connections that have led them to publishing their work, gallery shows, online exhibitions and the indispensable opportunity to network with their peers.

All Filter attendees receiving blocks of 5 or 8 portfolio reviews are encouraged to sign up for our annual Portfolio Walk, where Filter VIPs will roam the room and the general public is invited to vote for their favorite portfolio for the 2016 Festival Portfolio Walk’s People’s Choice Award.

Name: EMERGENTES DST Portfolio Review

Organizer: Festival Encontros da Imagen

Date & Place: September 23-26, 2015. Braga, Portugal.

Application Deadline: TBD

Number of Reviews: TBD

Profiles Reviewers: commissioners, curators, art critics, gallery owners, expert editors, etc..

Registration fee: TBD

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



Presentation Text: The International Photography Award Emergentes dst is an initiative of Domingos da Silva Teixeira group, organized by Encontros da Imagem, with a prize money that will be granted to the best 2014 Contemporary Photography Portfolio.The Photography Prize Emergentes dst will be awarded aer the Portfolio Review which shall give photographers the opportunity to show their work to commissioners, gallery owners and expert editors, thus establishing solid foundations for the promotion of their work.

Name: PHOTOPORT/ FOTÓPORTA  Portfolio Review

Organizer: Association of Hungarian Photographers collaboration with Studio of Young Photographers and FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture

Date & Place: TBD, 2015. Fuga – Budapest Center of Architecture, H-1052 Budapest, 5 Petőfi Sándor street

Application Deadline: TBD, 2015

Number of Participants: ca. 60

Profile of Reviewers: International and Hungarian photo curators, critics, festival directors and other art professionals.

Registration Fee: TBD

Number of reviewers: TBD



Presentation Text: Following upon the tradition in October 2014 welcomes the 10th event of the PhotoPort portfolio-review series. The review is jointly organized by the Association of Hungarian Photographers, the Studio of Young Photographers and the FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture. The photographers at the consulting tables will have the opportunity to get feedback and reflections directly from some of the most important actors of the domestic and international photographic scene. Photographers of all genres and levels of experience are welcome to the event.

Name: MDF BERLIN Portfolio Review

Organizer: European Month of Photography Berlin in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences of Berlin

Date & Place: probably November, 2015. Berlin, Germany.

Application Deadline: probably September, 2015

Number of Reviews: TBD

Profiles Reviewers: Important representatives of the photography scene, including curators, festival directors, photo editors, art buyers, photography professors, and photographers.

Registration Fee: Free

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



Presentation Text: The Portfolio Review is aimed at  freelance photographers, artists, and  photography students in advanced semesters. It provides a unique opportunity to experience new encounters, engage in interesting professional discussions, and to network with nationally and internationally renowned photography experts.

Name: ART PHOTO BARCELONA Portfolio Review

Organizer: Art Deal project

Date and place: October 1 – 4, 2015. Barcelona, Spain

Application Deadline: June 1, 2015

Profiles of Reviewers: university teachers, curators, consecrated artists, gallery directors, cultural managers, museum and foundation directors.

Registration Fee: 35 €



Presentation Text: ART PHOTO BCN is a Festival and a Fair of Photography specialized in the activation of the artistic circuit and the incursion of new creative values bringing over to the general and specialized public the works and projects of new artists.

Name: THE INTERNATIONAL Portfolio Review

Organizer: Central European House of Photography

Date & Place: November 6-7, 2015. Bratislava, Slovakia

Application Deadline:  October 10,  2015

Number of Participants: 80 (2013)

Profiles of Reviewers: Curators, museum and festival people, publishers of books and magazines, mostly from neighbouring CEE countries, Germany, and other parts of the world.

Registration Fee: 69 Euro, for both days (2014)

Number of reviews: 5

Price / Review Ratio: 13,8€ (2014)


Registration / Email:

Presentation Text: It is one of the festival’s most important and popular program for fledgling and professional photographers. The two days of Portfolio Review presents an unforgettable opportunity – Your work will be seen by some of the most important personalities in the field of photography. The Bratislava Month of Photography brings photography professionals, magazine editors, museum curators, gallery owners, representatives of photography agencies, collectors and publishers from all around the world to meet You, review Your work and find new names for their networks.

Name: PHOTO NOLA Portfolio Review

Organizer: New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with museums, galleries and alternative venues citywide.

Date & Place: December 11 & 12, 2015. International House Hotel, New Orleans Central Business District.

Application Deadline:  probably November,  2015

Number of Participants: 70 / filled on a first come, first served basis.

Profiles of Reviewers:  Twenty-minute face-to-face meetings with gallery owners, editors, publishers and museum curators from throughout the U.S. provide photographers with networking opportunities, critical advice, and guidance for bringing their work to a larger audience.

Registration Fee: $500

Number of reviews: 30 / The registration fee will guarantee each participant 8 twenty-minute reviews over the two days

Price / Review Ratio: $20 / $65


Registration / Email: registration via website /

Presentation Text: PhotoNOLA’s Portfolio Review program offers photographers the chance to present their work to influential members of the photographic community. Twenty-minute face-to-face meetings with gallery owners, editors, publishers and museum curators from throughout the U.S. provide photographers with networking opportunities, critical advice, and guidance for bringing their work to a larger audience.

The Friday evening PhotoWALK offers participating photographers a chance to share their portfolios with the general public, additional reviewers and each other. At the end of the weekend, reviewers will rank their favorite portfolios. The photographer earning the most votes will be awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize, which includes a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance gallery the following December.

PhotoNOLA is an annual festival of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with museums, galleries and alternative venues citywide. Showcasing work by photographers near and far, festival programming includes exhibitions, workshops, lectures, a portfolio review, gala and more. PhotoNOLA draws hundreds of photography professionals to the city to partake in a variety of educational programs, and reaches broadly into the local community with exhibitions and events that are largely free and open to the public.

The tenth annual PhotoNOLA festival will take place from December 10–13, 2015 with broad ranging photography exhibitions on display throughout the month.

About the authors:

Moritz Neumüller has directed the Portfolio Review Descubrimientos PHotoEspaña during the years 2004-07 and is currently curatorial advisor of PhotoIreland Festival, as well as director of the photography department of the IED Madrid. As a reviewer, Moritz is interested in seeing contemporary work made by photographers and media artists from around the world, especially documentary, social and conceptual work. In the case that he himself cannot include you in one of the shows he curates for festivals and institutions, Moritz is known to try his best to give useful advice, casual mentoring and even contact information of other people who might well be interested in your work. He initiated The Curator Ship in 2010.

Eufalia Paz de Almeida is a Brazilean photographer based in Italy. She was part of the European Master of Fine Art Photography in its first edition, 2011-12, and has been collaborating with The Curator Ship since late 2011.

Aida Lirola and Mariona Puig are students of the photography Postgraduate course at IDEP Barcelona and collaborators of The Curator Ship since 2013.

Arcangela Regis, photographer and printer in charge of Lauren Press, has been collaborating with The Curator Ship since late 2009.

A list of important Photography Festivals (selected by European Magazine):

International Photography Festivals
Aleppo International Photo FestivalAthens Photo Festival
Les Rencontres d’Arles
Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie de Bamako
Europäischer Monat der Fotografie Berlin
Foto Arte Brasilia
Mesiac Fotografie Bratislava
Brighton Photo Biennial

The Huge List of 2014 Photography Festivals













48 replies on “Past Portfolio Reviews & Hints”

STUDIO1 portfolio review 2012 is held at October, 20 in Kiev, Ukraine. It gives the best chance for the photographers, stylists, MUA, hair stylists and other creative professionals from Ukraine and other countries to meet 1-on-1 with the most influential persons in Ukrainan photo industry.
Among the reviewers are Elle, Esquire, Forbes, Harper`s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Playboy, Story, Viva! and others.
More information in Russian at
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Dear Marina,

Portfolio Reviews are a specific modus operandi of the photography field. The correspondent activity in painting and drawing would be the classic studio visit. It fulfills the same goals as a PF review, i.e. constructive feedback on the work, discussing exhibition possibilities, networking, etc.
Depending where you are located, you could organize such meetings yourself, at best, together with other artists. Tell us more about your doings and we will try to help you with the brainstorming….

Moritz & team

do you have some information regarding portfolio reviews for visual artists that work in drawing and painting?

Throughout October and November, Roof Unit will be hosting portfolio reviews offering professional photographers the chance for face-to-face feedback on their current and future projects.

Reviewers will include Lucy Davies, photography critic for the Telegraph, Patrick Di Nola, managing editor of Reportage by Getty Images, Anthony Holland Parkin, senior Art Director at Getty Images and Harrie Hardie, photography publisher and critic and Chris Little, Director of Photography at Flowers Galleries.

For more info visit:

Roof Unit
119 Roman Road
E2 0QN
t: 0208 133 8033

Registration opens for the 2011 PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review just opened at 10am CST, and is filling fast! More info here:

Festivities will take place Dec 8-11, with the portfolio reviews falling on Saturday Dec 10 & Sunday Dec 11, 2011.

See this year’s group of reviewers here:

Register for the 2 day portfolio review here:

Questions? Check the review FAQ here:

Thanks! We hope to see you in New Orleans this December!

Registration for the 2012 Meeting Place Portfolio Review is open

FotoFest’s International Meeting Place portfolio review takes place March 16 to April 3, 2012. As the world’s largest and most international portfolio review, FotoFest’s Meeting Place is an innovative leader in the field for over 24 years. FotoFest’s Meeting Place brings together over 500 artists and over 170 international curators, editors, publishers, collectors and agency representatives together for 16 days
of one-on-one meetings.

Kassel Photobook Festival – Dummy Book Award
Filed under: Photo Book NEWS — Doug Stockdale @ 9:12 pm

The 4th annual Kassel Photobook Festival is again sponsoring their 2011 Dummy Book Award.

From the Festival: Enter your unpublished photobook for our Dummy Award 2011 now and win a complete book production.
The inaugural Dummy Award 2010 was one of the highlights of the last festival. From a total of 489 registrations and 431 submitted dummies, 56 books were chosen for the exhibition and competition.

Win a complete photobook production

Unpublished photobooks of any kind are admissible. This includes handmade artist books as well as digitally created editions. A jury made up of internationally renowned members will select the 3 best books. The winning book will once again be produced and published by our publishing and printing partner seltmann+söhne. This work will also be portrayed in the magazine European Photography. The 2nd and 3rd prizes will be sponsored by our partner blurb: The 2nd prize is books produced by blurb to the value of 500 Euros, the 3rd prize books to the value of 300 Euros. Both prizes include publication on blurbs »bluberati blog« (, »staff picks« (book presentations on the blurb bookstore website) and free entry to the blurb »Photo Book Now« 2011 competition. 3 works which catch the attention of our jury due to their outstanding photographic excellence but don’t fulfil the specific book design criteria will be rewarded with photobook dummy reviews by / White Press.

A major criterion for the prize selection is the successful merging of excellent photographic work with the special design elements of the book medium. To prepare for our annual Dummy Award we strongly recommend participation in one of the festival workshops that focus on the design and production of photobooks. One of the goals of the Dummy Award is to raise the quality of the photographic book.

So if you are interested and what more information, check it out here:

Portfolio Review 2011
Meeting Place for Artists and Experts of the national and International Photography Scene
Within the scope of the 4th Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg, the Portfolio Review on September 9/10, 2011, constitutes a highlight of our festival program!
The Portfolio Review provides the opportunity for an effective exchange between photographers and selected photography experts and is directed at upper-division students, art school graduates, as well as freelance artists and photographers.
In three twenty-minute one-on-one conversations, participants enter into a fascinating dialogue with curators, publishers, gallery owners, and art critics. They receive feedback and encouragement and furthermore have the opportunity to establish important contacts for their further development.
After the portfolios have been reviewed, the reviewers determine their favorites. Within the scope of the 4th Fotofestival, the first three favorites will be presented in their own exhibition at the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg. The Fotofestival supports the organization of this exhibition with a production grant of €500 for each of the three artists. In addition, provides the first favorite with a €1,000 gift certificate toward the production of photo books!
Ten additional positions from the selection of favorites will be presented in the virtual gallery of our festival website (Virtual gallery of the 3rd Fotofestival).
Each of the participants in the Portfolio Review receives a €20 gift certificate from
The venue is the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg.

A short term notice that just reached me:

Avenue Willy Brandt – Lille
Vendredi 27 & samedi 28 mai 2011
de 10h à 13h et de 14h30 à 18h


Vladimir Birgus
Pauline Martin Conservateur Musée de l’Elysée de Lausanne
Gabriel Bauret Commissaire d’exposition
Françoise Paviot Galeriste et Commissaire d’exposition
Brigitte Huard Co-fondatrice Prix AFJ & Commissaire d’exposition
Laetitia Guillemain relations artistiques Fetart
Frédérique Founès CoFondatrice de Signature
Anne Biroleau Conservatrice de la collection de la BnF
Georges Vercheval Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi
Philippe Debauwe Directeur Artistique PictureTank
Giuletta Speranza Directrice de Madrid Photo

Inscription obligatoire, participation 50€
Clôture des Inscriptions : 16 mai 2011
Tél. 03 20 05 29 29

Photographers, art collectors, and photo enthusiasts–

We’re very pleased to announce that Lens Culture has teamed up with Fotografiska,
(The Swedish Museum of Photography), to host the first large-scale professional
Portfolio Reviews in Stockholm on May 27-28, 2011.

Over the course of two days, 100 photographers will engage in one-on-one meetings and portfolio reviews with 35 international photography experts, including museum curators, gallery owners, festival directors, magazine editors, photobook publishers and representatives from photo agencies. These meetings offer photographers tremendous opportunities for career development, including potential editorial assignments, book publication contracts, art gallery representation, participation in international exhibitions, feature articles in magazines, as well as extensive business networking.

The event is limited to 100 photographers, so we urge serious, mid-career photographers to register now.

We believe that formal portfolio reviews like this are among the most proactive and efficient ways for serious, career-oriented photographers to meet many international photography experts and colleagues in a professional atmosphere. Photographers connect directly with people who can help them with artistic and business goals. It’s great for the reviewers too – they discover new talent, as well as the latest work of photographers who are already established.

More details can be found at the website:

The Portfolio Reviews are just part of the very exciting first annual Stockholm Photography Week, which takes place May 23-29, 2011.

Stockholm Photography Week is a week-long celebration of international contemporary photography.

Jan Broman, co-founder and co-director of Fotografiska, says, “Stockholm Photography Week is all about developing as a photographer: through one-to-one meetings with international photography experts, workshops with fantastic photographers, and through inspiring seminars and artist lectures.”

Workshops, seminars and exhibitions include:

• Workshops with two internationally renowned photographers: Mary Ellen Mark and Anders Petersen.

• Exhibitions by world-renowned photographic artists Edward Burtynsky and Albert Watson.

• Artist lectures and seminars, including a free workshop on making photo books.

• A special, 2-hour Open Portfolio Night (open to the public), where art collectors and photography lovers can meet with all of the artists participating in the portfolio reviews — and perhaps purchase some art directly from these great talents.

• Our 2-day photography portfolio review with 35 photography experts from three continents, and 100+ international photographers.

Hope to see you there!


Jim Casper, founder and director, Lens Culture

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Can you tell me more? Have you had experience with Powerhouse? I’m thinking of going, but for the investment of money and travel time, I’m trying to find someone who’s gone and has some insight to share.

You might be interested in including the e-photoreview PORTFOLIO Review online in your list. offers portfolio reviews entirely online using 2.0 web tools
Here is a link :

we are collecting submissions to start with the reviews.
It’s cheaper than other, especially because you don’t have to move from home, flexible and effective.
Reviews are done by Enrico Bossan ( through, a blog about interviews with photographers.

Enrico Bossan founder

You might be interested in including the FREE ASMP/NY Review in your list.

ASMP/NY has, for the last 6 years, offered a FREE annual Fine Art Portfolio Review for members of ASMP. We had 40 prestigious reviewers in 2010.

Here is a link -

We are in the process of organizing the 2011 review – which we expect to be in February.

We also have an annual Commercial Portfolio Review. Here is a link to 2010 –

Dues range from about $60 – $335/year and can be paid in installments. The dues cost less than the fees for most other portfolio reviews and entitles members to many additional benefits, as well.

Susan May Tell
Fine Art Chair – ASMP/NY

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