Belfast Photo Festival 2022

Spotlight Award – £2,000


Belfast Photo Festival 2022 Open Submission is now accepting entries from artists and photographers. Apply and advance your career with opportunities for publication, awards, cash prizes and the chance to exhibit in the UK and Ireland’s largest annual photography festival.

Described as “One of the best photography festivals in the world” (Capture Magazine), the annual Belfast Photo Festival provides the 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 artists/photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field of photography and have their work taken on tour to be exhibited at the 2023 Photo Schwiez (Zurich, Switzerland), with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazines Abridged and Aesthetica.

The theme has been left open to remove any restrictions; submissions must be photographic or lens-based but can include incorporations of other art forms with the photographic medium (i.e. performance, painting, sculpture, music, literature etc).


Spotlight Award – £2,000 (e.s.t $2,712 / €2,321)

Aesthetica Editorial Award – Full editorial presentation in an upcoming printed/digital issue of Aesthetica international art and culture magazine

Years Free RPS Membership – Free membership for one year to the prestigious Royal Photographic Society

Abridged Editorial Award – Presentation in a special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine

Deadline: 4 February 2022

Price: €23 earlybird (available until 30th November 2021) / €29



Copyrights & Usage Rights:

At no point does Belfast Photo Festival require artists to sign over the copyright of their work and therefore artists obtain all copyrights to their work at all times. However, by submitting their works the artist agrees that Belfast Photo Festival and it’s affiliated Sponsors/Funders and Partners can use their works in magazines or books, on websites, social media platforms and Belfast Photo Festival newsletters, or in any other medium, at Authorised Parties' discretion. Artists and photographers will be credited for their works.