Hamburg Portfolio Review


We are pleased to announce the third Hamburg Portfolio Review. Photographers from all over the world are again invited to submit their work.

Since its launch in 2021 we have established a new platform for the international photo scene in Europe. The success of the past two years motivates us to continue our support for aspiring photographers and contemporary storytellers from all over the globe. We strive to convene members of the worldwide photographic community to meet, help each other, have fun and exchange their knowledge and ideas and create job opportunities.

The Hamburg Portfolio Review offers photographers the opportunity to present their work to international experts in the photographic industry.

A top-class jury will screen all applicants and select 100 photographers, who will be invited to join the online reviews in September 2023. The Hamburg Portfolio Review will be held mainly virtually. During the one-on-one portfolio reviews, the chosen photographers will each meet 4 of approximately 50 photo experts from a wide variety of sectors and showcase their work in an exhibition and screening.

We are giving aspiring photographers a voice and visibility to their work by establishing contacts with publishers, media houses, museums, festivals, foundations, universities and institutions.

There are no genre requirements. However, the focus is on narrative photography, not on advertising imagery.

The Hamburg Portfolio Review targets those who are sincere about photography. For whom photography is not just a hobby but a professional visual medium to address contemporary issues. We are curious to discover new photographic work from all around the globe, imagemakers and visual storytellers that have developed their unique voice and have something to express through photography.

The Hamburg Portfolio Review is a collaboration between the media brands STERN and GEO, the photographers’ association FREELENS Foundation and the University of Europe for Applied Sciences. Kindly supported by Canon Europe, the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media, Intesa Sanpaolo, and the Altonaer Museum.

We are looking forward to your submissions!

What winners receive

  • The possibility to present and discuss their work with 4 of approximately 50 internationally renowned experts from different photographic sectors

  • The chance to showcase their projects in an exhibition.

  • The opportunity to establish relationships with international media houses, festivals, publishers and foundations.

  • Hamburg Portfolio Review offers you the chance to build up a network of contacts and gain recognition within the photographic community.

How to enter

All photographers over 18 years are invited to submit their work. Each participant may submit two projects with 5-10 images or one project with 20 images. If you choose to submit one project with 20 images please note that due to technical reasons you must submit your project in two parts (a+c). Call for entries is between 15th April and 15th May 2023.

Any questions?

Please feel free to contact us.

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