The Brussels Street Photography Festival is fast approaching and time to submit photos for the contests is running short!
The BSPF will take place on October 6-8 across several locations in Brussels, and the deadline for Open Call is Tuesday, August 1st. The main exhibition of the BSPF will show the work of the selected finalists from the contests’ entries! The four different street photography contests are: the International Singles, the International Series, the Brussels Singles and the Brussels Series. Winners will be announced during the exhibition opening, on Friday, October 6, 2017. As the contest titles suggest, the International Singles and Series submissions can be photographs taken anywhere in the world. The Brussels Singles and Series submissions must be shot in the Brussels-Capital Region.
There’s a few great reasons to participate. First, finalists’ pictures will be also exhibited on different venues in Belgium after the festival and will be given more exposure beyond the festival. Second, there’s cash prizes. Over 4,500 EUR in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the contests. Finalists will also be eligible for being featured on the festival’s communications and website for this and future editions of the BSPF. For example, all first prize winners will be featured in WorldSP.co. Also, by participating in the Brussels contests contestants are eligible to make history by entering the official Brussels Photography Archive.
All the details, including fees, prize levels and submission guidelines can be found at https://www.bspfestival.org/en/contests/. But while you’re there, check out the other cool stuff at https://www.bspfestival.org! The program may be organized around the contests where the best images submitted will be displayed on an open exhibition in Brussels, but there’s much more! 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 BSPF will have workshops hosted by experienced and very talented 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 workshop 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. Full details can be found on the site!
But the bread and butter of the BSPF is the contests, for participation in them are what keeps the machine rolling. The BSPF wants photographers to know that by participating in the contests, you are supporting the festival’s activities such as exhibitions, projections, talks, discussion panels, photo walks, portfolio critiques, parties, and others that are free and open to all the public.
The BSPF says,
“by doing this, we strengthen the Street Photography community by promoting it as a form of visual art, exposing it to a larger audience and engaging new enthusiasts. To take part in this initiative is the way to make it possible: the more participants the festival has, the better it will be. In this way, we reward your time and trust by organizing the festival and giving you a large exposure.”
Time is running out, so get your submission in and take part in what’s bound to be one of the world’s premier street photography festivals!