Copenhagen Photo Festival’s call for FUTURES Photography Talents open in the fall of each year and gives young talented photographers and lens based artist in the Nordic countries a chance to progress in their career, network and meet experts within their field from all over Europe.

Learn more about the criteria to enter the open call, the deadline to apply and what to expect from being part of the FUTURES Photography programme as a CPF appointed talent.

Photo Credit: Frederik Danielsen, FUTURES talent 2024 
Open call for FUTURES Talents 2025

Are you our new Nordic Talent for FUTURES 2025?

Copenhagen Photo Festival is part of FUTURES Photography Platform and every CPF invites five new talents to become part of the festival.

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?

From beginning of November to beginning of December Copenhagen Photo Festival is calling for Nordic talents, who want to be part of the European FUTURES platform, which works to strengthen photographic talents across Europe. The exact dates will be announced in the early autumn.

Meet former FUTURES talents appointed by CPF
Photo Credit: Emma Sarpaniemi, FUTURES talent 2024 
Photo Credit: Frederik Danielsen, FUTURES talent 2024 

What do you get if you are a FUTURES talent?

IN 2025:
  • Each artist receives a fee of €500
  • A screening of your works during the festival 2025
  • Four online Futures Conversations with experts
  • Invitation to come to the annual event TBA
  • Travel and accommodation fee covered up to €600
  • 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 2025:
  • 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

Application Criteria and Procedures

What are the conditions for applying?

You have to be residing in the Nordic Region.

You are below 40 (born in 1985 or later).

You are either educated within the field of photography/art or your CV presents a continual professional experience within the last 3 years (since 2022), e.g. participation in an exhibition or publication.

How do i apply?

You fill out the application form via the link below (only visible when the call is open). 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

Application fee: DKK 100


Application deadline: TBA
Expected application answer: TBA
Announcement of the FUTURES Talents 2024: TBA
Copenhagen Photo Festival 2025: TBA
FUTURES Annual Event: TBA

Who selects the five Nordic talents?

Our Programme Committee will be selecting the five FUTURES talents 2025. The committee consists of highly qualified professionals, who have expertise within curation, publishing, and visual storytelling. By bringing together an array of perspectives we ensure that each applicant’s work is considered and selected in regards to aesthetic, conceptual and narrative aspects.

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. We do not expect that the applicants have years of experience, but it is important that we can see a larger artistic or conceptual 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 FUTURES activities offered through the programme.

Please note, that all criteria and deadlines are liable to change according to the terms described by the FUTURES Photography platform or in case of internal organisational changes. If they change we will update the page accordingly.

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

Stinus Duch, Founder of DISKO BAY BOOK

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

Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, Managing Director of Copenhagen Photo Festival