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 directly in the public sphere.

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 abroad by presenting, developing and promoting these forms of art. Moreover, we want to help artists to connect with audiences, critics and curators.

The association’s 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 Nordic Village, the epicentre of the festival, located in the Teurastamo yard and at Hermanninpuisto is set up against a backdrop of music and food festivals and other cultural happenings. Most events will take place close-by in the Gallery Futura, Flavourstudio and restaurant Kellohalli. The festival’s outdoor exhibitions stretch through to nearby parks 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’s first open call accepted submissions from all over the world until July, 12th 2018.




The festival theme of “Love” showcases ambitious and innovative photography that has never been seen before in Finland in the metropolitan surroundings through numerous exhibitions, both indoors and outdoors.

Helsinki Photo Festival also introduces 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 will be set up in various parks and the waterfront areas of Kalasatama, present a new way on how to experience contemporary fine art photography, at any time of the day and night supporting a dialogue and debate for spectators and photo enthusiasts.

Exhibitions with international winners of the festivals open call are to be found in Kalasatamanpuisto and Sörnäistenlaituri. The festival also to include several pop-up exhibitions, to be announced on the festival’s Facebook page.

The centre of the exhibitions is a Nordic Village located in the yard of Helsinki’s urban food district Teurastamo and at 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 approaches 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 on the organisations Facebook page.