Deadline extended and we are moving forward!

Helsinki Photo Festival will be organized from July 7 to September 30, despite the current unfortunate situation with COVID-19. Our theme for 2020 is Trust, a vital cornerstone for every society in challenging times like now. The call for submissions is open until April 23rd and we have already received a number of outstanding works from all over the world.

Amidst the growing wave of cancellation of cultural events, swiping the cultural scene all over the world, Helsinki Photo Festival is going forward and continues building its program for this summer. For the period of twelve weeks, the event will attract visual media enthusiasts to photo exhibitions spread all over the city of Helsinki. The program includes curated exhibitions of international and Nordic photography as well as artist talks, workshops, seminars, portfolio reviews, a photo auction, guided tours and photo walks. 

The biggest attractions of the festival are temporary outdoor installations  – accessible day and night – located at popular tourist spots and Kansallismuseo / The National Museum of Finland in the metropolitan area. Other exhibitions of the festival such as the Nordic Village will be set up in the garden of Kansallismuseo; the cultural centre Stoa and the festival’s gallery venue located in the Helsinki’s historic Old Customs House / Tulli- ja Pakkahuone (downtown area Katajanokka).

However, there have been some preventive measures incorporated into the programme in order to protect our visitors, participants and supporters. It has been decided that until further notice, the majority of indoor activities will be moved outdoors, or curated digitally. Practice, theory and pedagogy events will be organized online, if the situation remains unchanged. The further information about the exact locations and dates will be announced in due time in print media and on our photo events calendar and Social Media. 

The festival’s theme for the summer of 2020 is trust. A jury of international experts will identify artists of all skill levels for the festival and select photographs of different genres, approaches, and styles that carry the essence of trust, the theme that in the light of the current global situation has never mattered more. 

The deadline for the festival’s open call was extended to April 23rd, 2020. Artists can find the call on Picter: 

Helsinki Photo Festival ry is a cultural non-profit association and a platform advancing interest and disseminate information on photography. The main initiative is to increase visibility for contemporary photography through events and learning activities that allow the participants the opportunity to develop their project and their artistic independence.