Belfast Photo Festival Open Submission 2024

Opportunity type:  Prize

For:  Photographers  

Deadline: 23/02/24

Rewards:  £2000 + exhibitions + exposure 

Location Eligibility: Worldwide

About this opportunity

The biennial Belfast Photo Festival provides a 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 artist’s / photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field, and have their work taken on tour to be exhibited at the 2024 Photo Schweiz (Zurich, Switzerland), with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazine Abridged. The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of £2,000 (est $2,712 / €2,321).

As the festival approaches its next edition scheduled for June 1 – 30, 2024, it continues to be a focal point for both emerging and established artists

The theme for the 2024 Open Submission has been left open, therefore removing any restrictions in regards to theme, concept or approach of a photographer’s/artist’s work.

The final selection of artists will be made in collaboration between the Jury and the Festival Curator. There will be between 20 – 40 selected artists, depending on project proposals, image and photo-book sizes/numbers etc. Successful entrants will be selected and notified by e-mail in April 2024 with information regarding what to do next.


  • Spotlight Award – £2,000 (est $2,712 / €2,321)
  • Exhibition at Belfast Photo Festival
  • Exhibition at the 2025 Photo Schweiz (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Exposure across festival/partner social networks and websites)
  • Aesthetica Editorial Award – Full editorial presentation in an upcoming printed / digital issue of Aesthetica International Art and culture magazine
  • Free membership for one year to the prestigious Royal Photographic Society
  • Abridged Editorial Award – Presentation in a special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine



Entry is open to all photographers, artists, curators, archives, collectives from anywhere in the world. The Jury will be looking for high quality work. Submissions must be photographic or lens based but can include incorporations of other art forms with the photographic medium (i.e. performance, painting, sculpture, film, music, literature etc)

(NOTE: You can submit both a photo-book and photographs of the same project, but an individual 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)

Entry Fee

A non-refundable fee of €23 / €29 is payable on submission.

How to Apply

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All questions regarding this award should be sent to


Feb 23 2024

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