5th of July – 15th of August

Helsinki Photo Festival is to push the boundaries for exploring photography in Finland, the festival brings photography back to the streets, with the main theme love presenting cutting-edge work from Nordic and international photographers, encouraging the audience to meet and interact with the arts as well with each other.

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. Moreover, we want to help artists to connect with audiences, critics and curators.

The associations first event, the Helsinki Photo Festival connects contemporary fine art photography and street exhibition. The program includes artist-talks, workshops, seminars, photo walks, modular outdoor photo installations inviting residents, tourists and all photo enthusiasts of any age. All outdoor exhibitions can be enjoyed at any time of the day, free of charge!

The centre of the exhibition is a Nordic Village located in the yard of Helsinki’s urban food district Teurastamo. Most events will take place close-by in the Gallery Futura, Flavourstudio and restaurant Kellohalli. The festival’s outdoor exhibition stretches through to nearby park and waterfront areas and also, will include popup galleries at numerous cultural events around Helsinki.



The festival is to promote and exhibit the work of emerging photo artists, contemporary photographers, visual storytellers, photojournalists, professionals, and multidisciplinary artists in the field of photography and visual arts.

A jury of international experts is to identify artists of all skill level for the festival, and select photographies of different genres, approaches, and styles of the theme love, all to reflect the ambitious, innovative and contemporary in photography today.

Helsinki Photo Festival announces it’s first open call and accepts submissions until the 12th of July


The festival theme for the year 2018 is love, to be showcased through numerous exhibitions both indoors and outdoors.

to introduce novel state-of-the-art modular-shaped photography-based installations functional to display both, large-scale vertical and horizontal sized images for the use in public spaces and galleries. The structures which also will be set up in various parks and the waterfront areas of Kalasatama, present a new way on how to experience contemporary photography, at any time of the day and night supporting a dialogue and debate for spectators and photo enthusiasts.

Exhibitions are to be found in the nearby parks of the festival area, Kalasatamapuisto and Sörnäistenlaituri. The festival will also include several pop-up exhibitions, to be announced in the website’s calendar.

The center of the exhibitions is a Nordic Village located in the yard of Helsinki’s urban food district Teurastamo and Hermanninpuisto displaying photography from all the Nordic countries.





Photography has emerged to become the most used medium for storytelling, and the festival program will emphasise the different ways of communicating through photography and give opportunities to learn about new ways how to photograph through artist-talks, workshops, seminars and photo walks. 

The program invites photo enthusiasts of any age, events, dates and times to be found throughout the festival period in the website’s calendar.