Helsinki Photo Festival 2020

Portfolio review winners


Helsinki Photo Festival’s Portfolio Reviews 2020
Portfolio Reviews are open to photographers of all levels to showcase their work and to get back professional feedback as well as networking with people who may be able to help you with your career development or lead to exhibitions, publications and much more. 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.⁣

What Winners Receive
The first prize winner of this year’s Portfolio Review will be exhibited solo at Helsinki Photo Festival 2021. The winner and up to five runners up will be also featured in the festival’s online gallery. The winning portfolio and a few selected images of up to five runners up will be promoted on Helsinki Photo Festival’s social media channels, Facebook and Instagram, which can reach up to 5000 virtual followers alone. The highest voted portfolios may be also offered the opportunity to participate in the Helsinki Photo Festival limited edition print program in 2021. 

The Competition Criteria
When examining entries, the jury of reviewers will consider the following criteria:

The lighting
The story it tells
Consistency of the portfolio’s theme
Its technical quality
Composition & style
Use of colour
Innovative or unique approach to the subject matter

Helsinki Photo Festival’s Portfolio Reviews  were held August 28-29, 2020 at the Ateljee room of The National Museum of Finland.

43 artists from 3 continents applied to get review sessions with leading experts in the field of photography. Each review held was 20-30 minutes long. Experts were available for face-to-face meetings. COVID-19 travel restrictions prevented some of the jurors and participants from attending in person and many portfolio reviews were held online.

The winners of the portfolio reviews of Helsinki Photo Festival 2020
Helsinki Photo Festival’s international jury is pleased to announce the winners of the festival’s portfolio reviews. The jury congratulates all winners and thanks all artists who participated in this year’s contest.  

Absolute winner for best portfolio submission and highest votes given by all experts!
David Barreiro (Spain) – A Breach of Margins

Sandro Livio Straube (Switzerland) – Berge bleichen

Oskar Alvarado (Spain) – Where Fireflies Unfold

Laura Pannack (United Kingdom) – Baruch

Sonja Trabandt (Germany) – Uebermorgen Schnee (Tomorrow’s Snow)

6. Lotta Lemetti (Finland) – Kekta

The jury judging all portfolios included the following experts:

Elina Anttila (Director of the National Museum of Finland)
Maria Faarinen  (Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography)
Emanuela Mirabelli  (Photo Editor, Marie Claire Italy)
Rafael Rybczynski  (Artistic Director of Helsinki Photo Festival)
Stig Marlon Weston (Photographer and Director of the CYAN studio collective)
Nita Vera  (Photographer & PhD student of Photography at Aalto University)
Marianne Ager (Curator of Photography & Film, Brandts Museum of Art and Visual Culture, Denmark)
Karin Aringer (Head of Contemporary Art & Design Bukowskis, Sweden)
Alexa Becker (Acquisitions Editor for photography and art books for Kehrer Verlag)
Nela Eggenberger (Chief Editor at EIKON – International Magazine for Photography & Media Art)
Moritz Neumüller (Barcelona based Curator, Educator and Writer in the field of Photography and New Media)
Naoya Yoshikawa (Artists of Photography and Professor at Osaka University of Arts)