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Helsinki Photo Festival

DEADLINE: March 30, 2022

DEADLINE: March 30, 2022

Helsinki Photo Festival’s fifth open call invites visual artists from the world over to explore the theme “Believe”.

We encourage photographers and artists to share their work in response to; “Believe“, as a concept of imaginative, creative and expressive interpretation. Artists are required to write a description along with their image submission of how their work relates to the theme.

What does it mean to believe in somebody or something? What does it mean to believe in diversity, inclusion, belonging or well-being? Societies the world over now face ideological conflicts, some leading to violent exchange. We now struggle with social, political, religious and even environmental divisions within countries and neighborhoods. Do you believe in yourself? Can you accept the opinion and beliefs of another person? Do you believe that reasoning and technological innovations can save humans from civil and natural destruction? Do you believe that humanity can live in harmony?

How do photographers and artists respond to the notion of “Believe” is the challenge?

In the summer of 2022, Helsinki Photo Festival will showcase imagery that addresses this vital topic.

We look forward to seeing your submissions.

What winners receive

Selected artists/photographers of the BELIEVE theme will be exhibited at Helsinki Photo Festival 2022 (July 7th to October 2nd). The exhibitions will take place in art centres, warehouses, pop-ups, galleries, parks and waterfront areas in Greater Helsinki.

Moreover, the festival’s developed Nordic Village fosters emerging Nordic photographers. Since 2018, the talent platform Nordic Village has showcased to a broad audience over 20 artists from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. Selected artists have been chosen for solo- and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. All selected photographers have the great opportunity of being promoted to a broad, dedicated audience, critics and curators at the newest photo festival in Northern Europe.

Selected artists/photographers will benefit from:

  • exhibition exposure at the Festival’s main exhibition in central Helsinki and at locations all around the capital including popup events
  • nordic photographers to be part of a Nordic Village exhibition format
  • opportunities offered for exhibition and publication through festival partners
  • inclusion in the Festivals marketing & PR campaign
  • inclusion in Festival’s printed and digital publications
  • inclusion in Festival’s paid webinar program
  • opportunity to be selected for limited edition program and sales at auctions
  • long-term Festival representation and promotion
  • an opportunity to participate in an Instagram Residency
  • publication and inclusion in the Festival programme
  • dedicated feature on the Festival website and online gallery
  • international press exposure

Finalists will be selected to have their work produced by the Festival for exhibition indoors and/or outdoors.

The Nordic Village at Helsinki Photo Festival is a concept with the focus to support emerging Nordic photographers and their work(s) to a broad audience. Until now, the Nordic Village has nominated and showcased +30 artists from all five Nordic countries and arranged artist-talks, nordic and international exhibitions and pedagogy events with support of Nordic institutions.

About Helsinki Photo Festival

Helsinki Photo Festival is a non-profit association, created to disseminate information about photography and visual media and to attract and maintain interest in them in Finland and internationally by presenting, developing and promoting these forms of art. We help artists to associate with audiences and experts in the field of photography. We give artists access to an international network to enable them to find new ways to work, get published and exhibit abroad and in Finland.

Helsinki Photo Festival connects contemporary fine art photography and street exhibitions. The contest is judged by a jury of leading experts. The program includes artist-talks, workshops, seminars, photo walks, portfolio reviews and photo installations inviting all photo enthusiasts of all ages from any gender, race or class to participate in this art fair. The curated photography exhibitions can be discovered 24/7 in public spaces and at art institutions and former industrial areas. Most exhibitions are easily accessible and free of charge.

What is the entry fee to submit to the Helsinki Photo Festival?

The application fee for the Helsinki Photo Festival is

  • Early Bird €23 (Until 31th January 2022)
  • Standard €28 (after 1st February 2022)

Photo © Martin De Lucas