Belfast Photo Festival Award

Through this competition, Belfast Photo Festival is offering cash prizes and supplementary support to artists and photographers from around the world, affording them an opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Belfast Festival gallery in 2017.

The prize package consists of the following:

All submitting photographers will benefit from:

  • Submission review by Photo Industry Professionals
  • Opportunities for Immediate Exposure (eg across festival / partner social networks)

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;
  • inclusion in the special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine;
  • longer term Festival representation and promotion;
  • 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 reach 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; and
  • opportunities offered for exhibition and publication through festival partners

Applicants will have their work viewed by an international panel of influential experts in the field of photography, plus have the opportunity to win awards and a significant cash prize.

  • Spotlight Award - £1,000
  • One Year’s Free RPS Membership – Free membership for one year to the prestigious Royal Photographic Society
  • Blow Editorial Award – Full editorial presentation in an upcoming issue of Blow photography magazine (Lucie Award shortlisted)
  • Abridged Editorial Award – Presentation in a special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine

A number of finalists will be offered the opportunity to have their work produced by the Festival for exhibition outdoors.