Open Call FUTURES 2023

Are you our new Scandinavian Talent for FUTURES 2023?

Do you want to get challenged professionally and get international response to your practice? Do you need inspiration and want to meet peers from other countries? Do you want to be part of an influential photography platform that works only to strengthen the path for new talents?

Until 20 December Copenhagen Photo Festival is calling for Scandinavian talents, who want to be part of the European FUTURES platform, which works to strengthen photographic talents across Europe.

Apply here before 20 December

Application Criteria and Procedures

What are the conditions for applying?

  • You must be a resident of Denmark, Norway or Sweeden.
  • You are under 35 years and attend or recently finished a photo related education. Or you are over 35 and have finished a photo related education within the past five years (2018).

Photo Credits: Silvio Figliuolo

How do I apply?

You fill out the application form via the link below. You need to prepare one PDF for upload containing the following material:

  • CV + bio (max two pages)
  • Project description (max one page)
  • 10-20 photos from your latest or current project

Photo Credits: Ida Pommerenck Vilmand

What does it cost?

A fee of DKK 100

Photo Credits: Marie Konrad – FUTURES talent 2022 invited by Copenhagen Photo Festival.

Photo Credits: Tine Bek – FUTURES talent 2022 invited by Copenhagen Photo Festival.

Open call futures 2023


Application deadline 20 December 11.59 PM 2022
Expected application answer 20 January 2023
Announcement of the FUTURES Talents 2023 spring 2023
Copenhagen Photo Festival 1-11 June 2023
FUTURES Annual Event in Budapest, October 2023

Apply here!

What do you get if you are a FUTURES talent?

In 2023:

  • Each artist receives a fee of €500
  • A screening of your works during the festival 2023
  • Four online Futures Conversations with experts
  • Invitation to come to the annual event at Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest, in October 2023. Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Possibility to participate in the call for the annual travel exhibition
  • Chance to be asked for a tutoring session 
  • Published on the website 
  • Promotion via social media channels Futures, catalogues, annual publication
  • Invitations to events across the platform’s members

After 2023:

  • Ability to participate in Futures Conversations (exclusive for Futures artists, limited availability)
  • Possibility to participate in the call for the annual exhibition (exclusively for Futures artists)
  • Chance to be asked for a tutoring session (exclusive for Futures artists, by invitation, modest fee available)
  • Published on the website 
  • Promotion via social media channels Futures, catalogues, annual publication
Open Call FUTURES 2023

What is FUTURES photography Platform?

Copenhagen Photo Festival is part of FUTURES Photography Platform, which has existed since 2018 and is supported by the EU culture programme Creative Europe. We are 18 member institutions from all over Europe within the photographic field. Among the members are prominent institutions like PhotoIreland, Triennial of Photography Hamburg, Der Greif, Void and many others. CPF has been part of the platform since 2021.

Photo Credits: Nanna Navntoft – FUTURES talent 2022 invited by Copenhagen Photo Festival.

Open Call FUTURES 2023

How does the Platform work?

Every year each member of the platform invites five new talents to become part of the platform. Right now more than 400 talents with various backgrounds and practices are part of the platform, but all with a relation to camera, photography or lens based art. The purpose of the platform is to strengthen lens based artists’ possibilities to get a career boost through a number of activities, e.g. promotion, individual portfolio reviews, network meetings and more.

See all FUTURES talents here

See all FUTURES member institutions here

See all nordic and danish FUTURES talents here

Who selects the five Scandinavian talents?

Our Programme Committee will be selecting the FUTURES talents 2023. The committee consists of highly qualified professionals, who have expertise within curation, photojournalism and art. By bringing together an array of perspectives we ensure that each applicant’s work is considered and selected in regards to aesthetic, conceptual and journalistic aspects

Søren Pagter, Head of Dep. of photojournalism, Danish School of Media and Journalism

Patricia Breinholm Bertram, Curator & Head of Communication at Martin Asbæk Gallery

Mie Brinkmann, Photo Editor at Weekendavisen

Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, Managing Director of Copenhagen Photo Festival

What does the Programme committee look at?

It is important for us that the gender balance is diverse and fair. On top of that we strive after presenting as many different genres and methodical approaches as possible within the five selected talents, e.g. various educational backgrounds.We do not expect that the applicants have years of experience, but it is important that we can see a larger artistic or societal perspective in the project presented.

It is important that you as a talent are at a place in your career where the international exposure will make a difference to you. Therefore, we also naturally expect you to be motivated about being challenged – artistically and methodically – and that you intend to participate actively in the different FUTURUES activities offered through the programme.