International Portfolio Reviews 2015

Posted on January 6, 2011 by


The list of PF Reviews in 2015 is still under construction. Please give us a few more days and meanwhile have a look at the lists of 2011 – 2014.



Portfolio Reviews 2015

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About the authors


This is a list of the most important Photography Portfolio Reviews. It was started in 2011 and is being updated for 2015. 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.

Moritz, Eufalia, Mariona, Arca & Aida

Portfolio Reviews 2015:

Name: New York ASMP Portfolio Review

Organizer: The New York Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP NY)

Name: New York ASMP Portfolio Review

Organizer: The New York Chapter of the 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 POWERHOUSE PORTFOLIO REVIEW 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: The Meeting Place  (Biennal)

Organizer: FotoFest

Date & Place: January 22 – March 7, 2015. Houston, Texas. Inter-Biennal Season.

Application Deadline: The 2016 edition of the Meeting Place, a 16-day event, takes place March 12-30, 2016. Registration begins in Summer 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: To be defined

Number of reviews: TBD

Price / Review Ratio: TBD



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.

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: CONTACT Portfolio Review

Organizer: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Date & Place: Sunday May 3 & Monday May 4, 2015. Toronto, Canada

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: $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: 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

Number of Participants: 1200

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.

Name: Art Photo Barcelona

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: Descubrimientos PHE

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.


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.

Name: Review Santa Fe

Organizer: Center

Date & Place: Juny 11- 15, 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: Portfolio reviews Obscura Festival

Organizer: Obscura Festival

Date & Place: problably mid August 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).

Name: Photo Folio 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.

Name: Vienna Photo Book Review

Organizer: Vienna Photo Book Festival

Date & Place: July 19, 2015. Viena, Austria

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: Early July 2015. Dublin, Ireland

Application Deadline: probably April, 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:  25 Euros. If your work is selected an additional fee of 120 Euros.

Number of reviews:

Price / Review Ratio:



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: Portfolio Review Landskrona Photo Festival

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: Emergentes DST

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

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: International Portfolio Review

Organizer: Central European House of Photography

Date & Place: probably November, 2015. Bratislava, Slovakia

Application Deadline: probably october, 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.

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…

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, 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













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