Press Release: Open call for the Brussels Street Photography Festival

Press Release: Open call for the Brussels Street Photography Festival

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Just over the horizon, past the summer months, there’s a street photography event that’s not to be missed. Ladies and gentlemen, an Open Call is underway for the second edition of the Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF)!

The Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF) is a cultural project whose objective is to promote street photography as an urban research tool, a form of cultural communication and a visual art. Inspired by Brussels’ urban landscape, the main ambition is to provide an international platform that looks at Brussels through the fresh eyes of its citizens and engaged photographers. The festival will take place on October 6-8 across several locations in Brussels.

The Program

Photo by Davide Albani
Photo by Davide Albani

The program is organized around four photography contests where the best images submitted will be displayed on an open exhibition in Brussels. The exhibition will be followed by cultural activities that include lectures, workshops, round-tables, photo walks and portfolio reviews – bringing together knowledgeable photographers and photography enthusiasts. The second edition of the BSPF invites photographers to submit their best photos from the world and from Brussels for any of the four different contests. The open call runs now through Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Street photography contests

Photo by Meuris Merlin
Photo by Meuris Merlin

The four different street photography contests are: the International Singles, the International Series, the Brussels Singles and the Brussels Series. The main exhibition of the BSPF will display finalists selected from all of the photo competitions. Winners will be announced during the exhibition opening, on Friday, October 6, 2017. Two winners for each category will be selected for a total of €4.500 in cash prizes.


Photo by Hakan Simsek
Photo by Hakan Simsek

The BSPF will also have workshops hosted by experienced photographers. Belgian Magnum Photographer Max Pinckers and German Magnum Photographer Thomas Dworzak will have a 5-day workshop from October 4 through October 8.  Belgian photographer Gaël Turine will host a photography editing workshhop from October 4 through October 6. And a Photography Workshop by Burn My Eye founder Zisis Kardianos and Burn My Eye member Barry Talis  will also be held on October 4 through October 6.    

Panel of photographers

The BSPF is inviting a panel of recognized photographers from Belgium and around the world to be part of the curating and judging team that will select the finalists and winners of the BSPF contests. Photographers invited include: Max Pinckers (Magnum Photos), Thomas Dworzak (Magnum Photos), Zisis Kardianos (Burn My Eye), Barry Talis (Burn My Eye), Ilya Shtutsa (Observe), Jason Eskenazi, Gaël Turine, Dani Oshi (, Jakub Jasionek (, Chris Suspect (STRATA collective and, Davide Albani (EyeGoBananas), Sylvain Biard (Fragment), Hakan Simsek, Pieter Dumoulin, Diego Luna Quintanilla (Brussels Newsroom) and Sedaile Mejias (Brussels Newsroom). More to be announced.


The BSPF states that the three-day event will connect people from all over Europe and the rest of the world in Brussels. As the event has a special focus on the image and identity of Brussels, they strongly encourage companies, institutions and actors who believe – as much as they do – that the beauty of Brussels deserves to be celebrated, to join us in this initiative.

For more information, please visit:

BSPF 2017 - Brussels Street Photography Festival



Cover picture by Hendrik Braet – Street Still Life finalist

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