Do you want to receive international exposure and connect with the photography industry of Scandinavia? This is an open call for visual artists and photographers interested in a solo exhibition at Copenhagen Photo Festival 2021.

Your contribution must be a completed exhibition concept, and the project submitted cannot previously have been exhibited in Denmark. Copenhagen Photo Festival focuses on development. New forms of exhibiting, new ways to use photography as well as new talents. The festival presents a programme of high quality – artistically and conceptually – building bridges between fine art and documentary photography. Copenhagen Photo Festival programme is divided into three pillars that build bridges between fine art and documentary photography. Applicants must, therefore, be able to define which of these categories they identify most with their project:

  • Framing Identity: Subject, existence and identity.
  • Framing Society:  Politics, ideology and culture.
  • Framing Vision: Aesthetique, technique and medium.

The festival centre is curated by Copenhagen Photo Festival’s programme committee, which consists of festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, Charlotte Præstegaard Schwartz, who has a Ph.d. in art history and is a curator and researcher at SMK – the national gallery of Denmark, Søren Pagter, head of the department for photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Sigrid Nygaard, photographer and photo editor at the daily newspaper Information, Balder Olrik, Visual Artist and Art Photographer and Claire Gould, curator at Copenhagen Photo Festival. It is the programme committee that processes all applications.

In 2020 Copenhagen Photo Festival received 396 applications from 40 different countries, out of which 7 was selected: Mitchell Moreno (GB), Meinrad Schade (CH), Kyrre Lien (NO), Dafna Tal (IL), Roman Korovin (LV), Chirag Jindal (NZ), Ilvy Njiokiktjien (NL)


All applications must go through the platform Picter. Apply here

FRAMES ON FRAME - Refshaleøen 2020
Photo by Rolands Varsbergs 2020

Application requirements

You must present a final and completed exhibition concept that fits one of the festival’s programme pillars. It must include an expected number of works, formats and material, space needed, what AV equipment is needed and whether or not the project has been exhibited before. Also:

  • Minimum 10 images to support the concept presented
  • Image size: min. 1500px on the long side
  • Project description with up to 2000 characters
  • Bio, artist statement and CV