Photo by Mauro de Bettio
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Helsinki Photo Festival - Courage
Helsinki Photo Festival - Courage
Have Courage to change the world with your images
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Helsinki Photo Festival is delighted to announce the Open Call for submissions from photographers and photographic artists from all around the globe! The theme of the Open Call 2023 is COURAGE.

We live in turbulent times: climate change, pandemic, war, and constant violation of human rights. All this calls for courage.

Courage can come in many forms, whether it be the ability to face pain or grief with strength or the quality shown by those who take risks and face danger. Nelson Mandela once said: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear.” To be afraid and yet be able to act is true courage. “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” - wrote stoic philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca. But is courage an exclusively human trait?

We invite all participants to interpret the theme both broadly and creatively. You can submit up to 20 works. A written statement explaining how the submitted project fits the theme should accompany each entry. All submitted works will be reviewed by our jury consisting of leading experts in the field of photography and visual arts. Selected projects will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Helsinki Photo Festival 2023 and receive one of the festival's awards.

We aim to select 50 artists' works to exhibit in solo- and group exhibitions during the festival period, July 7-October 1st, 2023.

What winners receive

Selected artists/photographers of the Courage theme will be exhibited at Helsinki Photo Festival 2023 (July 7th to October 1st). The exhibitions will take place in art centers, 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

  • 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 +50 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 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.

Images of Projects by Previous Winners
Svante Gullichsen “Wishes from Below” / Fearless 2021
Svante Gullichsen “Wishes from Below” / Fearless 2021
Ami Vitale “Kamara and Kilifi” / Trust 2020
Ami Vitale “Kamara and Kilifi” / Trust 2020
Susana Giron “Unlimited Youth” / Fearless 2021
Susana Giron “Unlimited Youth” / Fearless 2021
Gloria Oyarzabal “Woman Go No’Gree” / Trust 2020
Gloria Oyarzabal “Woman Go No’Gree” / Trust 2020
Jasper Kettner ”The Relatives” / Fearless 2021
Jasper Kettner ”The Relatives” / Fearless 2021
Arnaud Montagard “There is a silence” / Fearless 2021
Arnaud Montagard “There is a silence” / Fearless 2021
Elena Helfrecht “Unternächte” / Believe 2022
Elena Helfrecht “Unternächte” / Believe 2022
Martin De Lucas “Iceberg Nation“ / Anarchy 2019
Martin De Lucas “Iceberg Nation“ / Anarchy 2019
Carla Kogelman “day 293” / Fearless 2021
Carla Kogelman “day 293” / Fearless 2021
Sari Soininen “Transcendent Country of the Mind” / Fearless 2021
Sari Soininen “Transcendent Country of the Mind” / Fearless 2021
Jooeun Bae “Now She is Fine” / Fearless 2021
Jooeun Bae “Now She is Fine” / Fearless 2021
Christian Bobst “The Sufi Brotherhoods of Senegal” / Trust 2020
Christian Bobst “The Sufi Brotherhoods of Senegal” / Trust 2020
Laura Pannack “Baruch”  / Fearless 2021
Laura Pannack “Baruch” / Fearless 2021
Fotografiepolak “Real Heroes Never Sleep” / Trust 2020
Fotografiepolak “Real Heroes Never Sleep” / Trust 2020
Federico Estol “Shine Heroes” / Anarchy 2019
Federico Estol “Shine Heroes” / Anarchy 2019
Arianne Clément “The Art of Aging” / Anarchy 2019
Arianne Clément “The Art of Aging” / Anarchy 2019
Tine Bek “Komfort Skulptur”  / Anarchy 2019
Tine Bek “Komfort Skulptur” / Anarchy 2019
Emilie Royer “Genesis Lacrima” Anarchy 2019
Emilie Royer “Genesis Lacrima” Anarchy 2019
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