The Helsinki Photo Festival Portfolio Review is an annual international competition to discover, exhibit, and publish new talents in photography. Portfolio reviews are open to photographers of all levels
The Helsinki Photo Festival Portfolio Review is an annual international competition to discover, exhibit, and publish new talents in photography.
Portfolio reviews are open to photographers of all levels to showcase their work and to get professional feedback as well as networking with people who may be able to help artists with their career development. Opportunities for critique, guidance, and professional connection are available within a wide range of photographic markets, such as portrait, product, fine art, travel or fashion photography, among many others. The first prize winner of this year’s Portfolio Review will be exhibited solo at Helsinki Photo Festival 2022. The winner and up to five runners up will be also offered the opportunity to participate in the Festival’s limited edition print program.
Portfolio Reviews are paid sessions with some leading experts in the field of photography including curators, festival directors as well as magazine editors and photo-book publishers.
Photographers of all levels are invited to showcase their work and to get professional feedback. Additionally, Portfolio Reviews provide the participants with the opportunity to network with people who may be able to help with their career development. In some cases, participating might even lead to exhibitions, book publications and more. The 2020 Portfolio Reviews led, for example, to Samet Durgun’s highly successful book release ‘Come get your honey’ published by Kehrer and David Barreiro’s solo exhibition at iconic Finlandia Hall during Helsinki Photo Festival 21. Opportunities for critique, guidance, and professional connection are available within a wide range of photographic markets, such as portrait, product, fine art, travel or fashion photography, among many others.
Portfolio Reviews are a part of Helsinki Photo Festival’s program and take place on September 3, 2021. The event will be held in Finlandia Hall’s Terassisali. However, as COVID-19 travel restrictions might prevent some of the jurors or applicants from attending the event in person, it is also possible to participate digitally.
Photographers are invited to apply for one (1) or more reviews. Each individual appraisal will take on average 20 minutes. The fee for participating is €38 (per review), €76 (2 reviews), €114 (3 reviews). A pack of 5 reviews is €190.
Please note that this is a one-day event only. In case of overbooking of a juror, we can refer you to another juror from the same field or schedule an alternative day for the review.
What Winners Receive
The first prize winner of this year’s Portfolio Reviews will be exhibited solo during Helsinki Photo Festival 2022. The winner and up to three runners-up will be also featured in the festival’s online gallery on helsinkiphotofestival.com. The winning portfolio and a few selected images of up to three runners-up will be promoted on Helsinki Photo Festival’s social media channels, Facebook and Instagram, which can reach up to 5000 followers alone. The highest voted portfolios may also be offered the opportunity to participate in the Helsinki Photo Festival limited edition print program in 2021/22. The winners will be announced online as well as contacted in person via email by September 5, 2021.
The Competition Criteria
When examining entries, the jury of reviewers will consider the following criteria:
- The lighting
- The story it tells
- Its technical quality
- Composition & style
- Use of colour
How to enter the contest
- 1 submitted project equals → one review
- 2 submitted projects equal → two reviews
- 3 submitted projects equal → three reviews
- 4 submitted projects equal → four reviews
If 5 projects are submitted the selected reviewer slots are guaranteed.
The selection process will be organized as follows:
- Applications through Picter until August 31st, 2021. The total number of submissions is limited to 60, participants are selected on a ‘first applied – first served’ basis. All participants are invited to Helsinki for face-to-face meetings with reviewers. Those who will not be able to travel, will have a chance for a video conference.
The participants can choose the preferred reviewers for their projects, however, the organizers can assign other reviewers for submissions with less than 5 paid reviews. Only the participants finalists who paid for 5+ reviews will get reviews with their selected preferred critics, and for submissions with less than 5 paid reviews the organizers will assign a critic based on availability.
- All participants have to pay 38€ fee for each project, i.e. review when they do the submission of their project. Each project can contain a maximum of 15 pictures. The face-to-face meetings with experts (reviews) will be organized in Helsinki on September 3rd and each review will be 20 minutes.
- Selection of the Winner: During the portfolio review sessions, each critic will select the best portfolio in his opinion. In a final meeting the critics team will choose the best 5 finalists portfolios, 1 winner and 4 follow up finalists. The winner and finalists will be announced during the weekend, September 5th, 2021.
Info about contest and link to sign up: LINK
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