Helsinki Photo Festival pushes the boundaries for exploring photography and brings the artistic medium of photography back on the streets. Every year the festival presents selected works of emerging photographers selected through a theme-based open call for artists.
For the period of twelve weeks July 7 – September 30, the event will attract visual media enthusiasts of all ages to photo exhibitions spread around Greater Helsinki. The festival is divided into 2 phases. The first phase consists of outdoor exhibitions starting July and the second phase kicks off late summer with pedagogical events in August – September.
We help artists to connect with audiences and experts in the field of photography and visual culture. We give artists access to an international network enabling them to find new ways to work, get published and exhibit abroad and in Finland. The main initiative is to increase the visibility of contemporary photography through events and learning activities to give participants the opportunity to develop their projects as well as their artistic independence.
Helsinki Photo Festival ry, is a non-profit association created to attract interest and disseminate information on photography and visual culture in Finland and abroad.
The association publishes Helsinki Photo News – a new periodical publication promoting emerging photographers and events for photo enthusiasts. The first edition published on issuu is dedicated to the winners of 2020 with the theme “Trust”.
The 2019 theme was “Anarchy” and all exhibited artists you can read about here.
The winners of the theme “Love” of 2018 can be explored here. Also in the same year, Helsinki Photo Festival organised an InsideOut group action raising attention to the discussion of Bilingual Finland. This project was organised in collaboration with three schools and two more associations. Read more on this project here.
Helsinki Photo Festival promotes and exhibits works of emerging photographers, visual storytellers, photojournalists, visual arts professionals and multidisciplinary artists.
The theme of the fourth edition of Helsinki Photo Festival will be “Fearless”. Between July 7 and September 30, the works of 62 artists from 30 countries can be discovered around Greater Helsinki (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen).
All exhibitions are unique as of the contents and individually tailored to the respective venues.
In Helsinki, prime outdoor exhibitions are in the garden area of the iconic Finlandia Hall, the classic open air swimming stadium Uimastadion, Ebeneser Kindergarten Museum in Sörnainen and in the Cultural Centre Stoa in Itäkeskus. On the border of Helsinki and Espoo worth mentioning is a Nordic photo exhibition taking place at Hanasaaren Taidepuisto.
We aim to showcase noble and magnificent fine art photography that has never been seen before in Finland in the metropolitan area of Greater Helsinki. The curated exhibitions will take place in historic landmarks, warehouses, art centres, galleries, parks and waterfront areas in Helsinki.
Helsinki Photo Festival works with aspiring designers and craftsmen who help the festival to revamp any site for use of photography exhibitions in public spaces and galleries.
The festival also fosters the Nordic Village – a talent platform with focus to support emerging Nordic photographers to a broad audience.
Most outdoor exhibitions can be enjoyed at any time of the day, free of charge!
The festival program will be announced in due time in print media and in our photo events calendar and Social Media.
The program includes artist-talks, workshops, seminars, portfolio reviews, photo walks and exhibitions inviting all photo enthusiasts of any age to experience extraordinary innovative images taken by Nordic and international photographers and to learn new things.
The practice, theory and pedagogy events to discover new opportunities, acquire knowledge and connect with other creative will be facilitated by international experts in the field of photography.
Helsinki Photo Festival will be organized despite the current unfortunate situation with Covid-19. However, there have been some preventive measures incorporated into the program in order to protect our visitors, participants and supporters.
Learning activities will be organized online if the situation remains unchanged. Further information about the exact locations and dates will be announced in due time on our photo events calendar and Social Media.