OPEN CALL 2023 – Last Call for Entries

The deadline for submissions for our OPEN CALL 2023 is rapidly approaching and we are looking so much forward to exploring your take on this year's theme: 'Rewilding'. You can of course read much more about the call via the link below, but most importantly please note that:

The deadline for submission is 1 November!

In the video below Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, our very own festival director and member of the jury selecting the winners of the OPEN CALL 2023, takes us on a tour of the festival exhibition park on Refshaleøen and introduces the open call, the overarching theme of ‘rewilding’ and some of the many possible ways to approach the theme. 

“What happens if we want to ‘rewild’ photography? Rewild photo journalism? The story? The snapshot?” - Festival Director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen

Go to the open call submission page here

Learn more about the open call 2023 here


Open Call – Frequently Asked Questions

Photo credit: Christine Almlund

What are you looking for? What can be submitted? What’s the theme? What does it require? What can I win? Who can apply? When is the deadline? The deadline for the OPEN CALL 2023 is rapidly approaching, so to help you getting an overview of the process we have listed the answers to the most frequently asked questions below!

Who can apply?⁠ ⁠

The open call for CPF 2023 is for all photographers and artists who want to break new ground and challenge the idea of what photography is and can be, now and in the future. You can apply on your own or as a group – we are very open for fruitful and creative collaborations that make sense within this year’s overarching theme. So go ahead and grab your next door land artist or team up with an inspiring (landscape) architect, light designer or someone else who can challenge the medium of photography! ⁠ ⁠

What’s the theme?⁠ ⁠

Copenhagen Photo Festival's theme for the open call in 2023 is 'Rewilding' – understood in its widest sense. We have chosen the theme to connect with the celebration of Copenhagen as UNESCO’s World Capital of Architecture, the sustainability theme and to build bridges to our own exhibition park situated in the urban wilderness of Beddingen on Refshaleøen, which used to be an industrial shipyard building site. We look forward to being rewilded!⁠

What can I submit?⁠ ⁠

Photographic works or lens based projects in any form. We are looking for works within both the documentary tradition as well as within the field of art, so the span of genres is very wide. ⁠ ⁠We are looking for lens based works that engage with the theme in an interesting way. We very much enjoy projects that dare to challenge the viewer, the medium, the genres or the exhibition format itself.⁠ ⁠

What does it require?⁠ ⁠

You have to submit a project description and at least 10 images of your project. You can only submit one project and it must not have been exhibited in Denmark before. To participate in the call you have to pay a fee of €47. ⁠

What can I win?⁠ ⁠

The winners will get the opportunity to have their own solo exhibition in the heart of the festival's exhibition park, a fee, financial support to travel and accommodation, targeted PR via our platforms, networking opportunities and much more.⁠ ⁠

What are you looking for?⁠ ⁠

We are looking for lens based works that engage with the theme in an interesting way – within both the documentary tradition as well as within the field of art. We very much enjoy projects that dare to challenge the viewer, the medium, the genres or the exhibition format itself.

What are you looking for?⁠ ⁠

We are looking for lens based works that engage with the theme in an interesting way – within both the documentary tradition as well as within the field of art. We very much enjoy projects that dare to challenge the viewer, the medium, the genres or the exhibition format itself.

Read more about the OPEN CALL 2023


Help us get better!

Photo: Skabertrang by Aftenskolen Fountain House at Den Sociale Blomsterhave, photo by Hans Vedsted. 

We are very curious to hear how your experience of this year’s Copenhagen Photo Festival was? What did you like? What would you like more of and how can the festival best meet your expectations in the future? 

As a festival that wants to evolve creatively and organically, meet our visitors in the best possible way and present new innovative exhibitions, emerging and established artists as well as present you with great events in a nice setting, we are always open to suggestions, constructive ideas and new partnerships. 

It only takes 5 minutes!

We therefore hope you will use 5 minutes of your time to fill out a short survey about your festival experience. You can also fill it out, if you did not attend. Either way you may have ideas, comments or suggestions for new paths or partnerships for the festival that could be interesting for us.

If you participate you get the chance to win two tickets for next year's festival. We will find the winner 15 August.

We look forward to hearing from you!  

Click here for the English survey

Klik her for at få spørgsmålene på dansk


A Big Heartfelt Thank You

Video: Sonia Tomegros Regalado / @noia_de_mon

We want to thank everyone who made Copenhagen Photo Festival 2022 so very special. We are so happy for every single visit to the festival venue and at all the festival partner venues across Copenhagen and Scania – we are grateful you were part of this year's festival!

And of course we also want to thank everyone who made this year’s Festival Center so very special and worth the visit: Our three international solo artists, Hien Hoang, Alexandra Rose Howland and Krista Svalbonas, Tofu Collective’s exhibition at the Space Frame with Chinese artists Luo Yang and Lin Zhipeng, DMJX’s presentation of three photo journalistic talents Jesper Houborg, Louise Herrche and Mads Frost, Odesa Photo Days’ two exhibitions Granny by Olena Morozova, the group exhibition The Thin Line and the Norwegian curator Charlotte Wiig’s group exhibition of a host of female photographers called A Female Gaze and not least the five selected FUTURES Nordic Talents, Iben Gad, Tine Bek, Oscar Scott Carl, Inuuteq Storch and Luna Scales.

Thank you to our generous supporters and helping hands

We are also grateful for all the generous supporters financing the exhibitions: Københavns Kommune, Det Obelske Familie Fond, Creative Europe Programme, Nordic Counsel of Ministers and Værksted for fotografi as well as all the helpful and supportive volunteers and staff that make this festival physically appear at all.

Last but not least we want to thank everyone arranging events and exhibitions around Copenhagen and Scania from the many festival partner venues, the gallery walks and artist talks to DJ sets, sound and image equipment people and all the people engaging with the amazing world of contemporary photography – we genuinely appreciate your flexibility, engagement, good work and happy spirits – we love to make this festival with you!

Thank You! Click here to see all partners and supporters!


Festival Programme for the Weekend

Still not quite sure what to do this weekend? Don't know what to see? We've got the perfect remedy. The last weekend of the festival is going to be buzzling with activities and events at our Festival Center, so do not hesitate to stop by!

To help you navigate here's the programme for this weekend at the Festival Center – to learn more click on the event!

Friday 10 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park 

4-6 pm NFT-Friday with eyeeye.me

5 pm: Apéro with DJ Henrique Hinnerfeldt – enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR

Saturday 11 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park: 

11 am-4 pm Photo Book Market with more than 15 publishers

4 pm: Apéro talk – meet the FUTURES NORDIC TALENTS Iben Gad, Tine Bek and Luna Scales for a tour and a talk of their exhibition and enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR.

Sunday 12 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park.

11.30 am - 2.30 pm Cyanotype Workshop by Fotografi på Godsbanen.

1- 4 pm Polaroid Transfer Workshop by Sille Juline Høgly Petersen

4 pm: Apéro light  – enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR

AND as a special closing event:

3 pm GUIDED ART TOUR of the FUTURES Nordic Talents exhibition at Til Vægs in Lundtoftegade with festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen and Søren Emil Schütt from Til Vægs.

We hope to see you this last festival weekend!


Meet Krista Svalbonas – solo artist 2022 under the Framing Vision category

"I think there's an importance to this work right now, especially since history is repeating. We are seeing the war in Ukraine, which kinds of mirrors this story as well."⁠

The Baltic-American artist Krista Svalbonas is the woman behind the exhibition "Displacement" which won this year's open-call in the category Framing Vision and which is the amazing, thought provoking and scarily relevant result of an intensive research process into the history of her family's Baltic roots. Her parents fled the Russian regime after World War II and Svalbonas project excavates this history.⁠

We were happy to have the chance to meet and interview Krista when she was visiting the festival for the install and opening last weekend. ⁠

Svalbonas' laser-cut photographs can be experienced at the festival until this Sunday, so don't hesitate to stop by!⁠

Video credit: Sonia Tomegros Regalado


Meet Alexandra Rose Howland – solo artist 2022 under the Framing Society category

"With my work I'm trying to relook at things that we've already seen before, and to rephotograph them in a way that challenges our perspective and challenges the narrative that we've already formed in our minds about these locations."⁠

Alexandra Rose Howland (US/UK) has spent the last decade living in the Middle East. Throughout this time, Howland became aware that what a foreigner views and photographs does not always embody the lived reality of locals, and Howland began asking to download first-person accounts; from selfies to family photos, to Snapchats. The resulting Leave and Let Us Go is an intimate and multi-dimensional portrait of Irak and Iraqis that returns the narrative power of an often-misunderstood country to its own citizens.⁠

We were happy to have the chance to meet and interview Alexandra when she was visiting the festival for the install and opening. You can experience Alexandra's work at the festival until tomorrow evening, so don't hesitate to stop by the Festival Center this weekend!⁠

 

Video credit: Sonia Tomegros Regalado


Meet Hien Hoang - solo artist 2022 under the Framing Identity category

"I want to talk about the clichés and stereotypes about Asian people in the West using food as the output. I think food is a very powerful medium, and it says a lot about our country, our heritage, our identity, our memories."

Meet Hien Hoang! The artist behind the Festival Center exhibition 'Asia Bistro – Made in Rice'⁠.

The Vietnamese artist won our open call in the Framing Identity category this year with her project. ⁠We were very happy to have her here for the opening of the exhibition at Refshaleøen last week. Here she gives an introduction to herself and her amazing exhibition, work and practice!⁠

Hien's exhibition is open until June 12 at the Festival Center.

 

Video credit: Sonia Tomegros Regalado


Let's Celebrate Photography Together

Join us for a festive afternoon to celebrate the opening of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2022!

We invite you to celebrate the grand opening of this year’s festival at our Festival Center FRAME on Refshaleøen and celebrate the beginning of our 12th festival 2 June from 5 to 8 pm. With a host of exhibitions expanding our knowledge on photography as the main attraction, we hope you want to join us for an evening brimming with great photography, people, talks, music and drinks in the afternoon sun!

Meet the international solo artists

The Grand Opening is a chance for you to meet our three solo artists, Hien Hoang, Alexandra Rose Howland and Krista Svalbonas. Also the Ukrainian artist Olena Morozova presenting her project 'Granny' will visit the opening as well as many of our partners from the Festival Partner Venues and the many creative, dedicated people from the Danish and international photo scene.

Explore the exhibitions

At the opening we invite you to explore the nine exhibitions presented at the Festival Center. This year we will host two exhibitions presented by Odesa Photo Festival as well as exhibitions by our three open call winners. But we also host the exhibition Inside-Out curated by TOFU collective, the group exhibition A Female Gaze curated by Norwegian artist Charlotte Wiig, selected works by three talents from DMJX school of photography and of course our five Futures Nordic Talents Oscar Scott Carl, Inuuteq Stork, Tine Bek, Iben Gad og Luna Scales.

Beer from Schwesterbrau and Music by DJ Shymon

The micro brewery Schwesterbrau established by two engaged sisters from Aarhus will provide cold beer for the opening and DJ SHYMON will set the musical tone from 5-8 pm.

The event is free and open for everyone – come join us for art meetings, drinks, talks and enjoyment!


Festival Pass with Benefits

This year your Copenhagen Photo Festival pass not only opens the doors to the many exhibitions and events at the Festival Center on Refshaleøen, it also gives you benefits to other great photographic experiences around the Copenhagen area.

This year you get half price on the entrance to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk during the festival period 2-12 June. Louisiana currently exhibits works by the iconic photographer, Diane Arbus – a rare treat, since she is almost never exhibited in Europe, and definitely worth the beautiful train ride to Humlebæk. 

Read more about this and the free tour of the Arbus exhibition for Copenhagen Photo Festival guests.

Free entrance to Trine Søndergaard exhibition

South of Copenhagen you can visit Greve Museum’s exhibition Faraway Nearby with new works by the internationally renowned Danish photographer Trine Søndergaard for free – also definitely worth a travel. Especially since  the museum and Trine Søndergaard unfortunately had to cancel the planned tapas and talk event with the artist on 3 June because of the passing away of her mother in law.

However, you can still go on a guided tour of the exhibition 9 june (the participation fee is 50 kr.) 

Festival blues benefits: Zanele Muholi at GL Strand

As a special post-festival treat we are this year planning a festival blues section for you. This means, we will present you with a host of exhibitions which will show photography during the summer months. And this is where it gets really good, because at Gl. Strand, you can also use your festival pass to get half price for the first week of the upcoming exhibition by Zanele Muholi. 

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