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Copenhagen Photo Festival wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We will meet the new decade with an increased focus on sustainability and experimenting exhibitions formats.

The Danish foundation, Det Obelske Familiefond, has just allocated Copenhagen Photo festival DKK 400,000 a year for the next four years to support the development of our new festival centre on Refshaleøen, where the vision is to create a sustainable, mobile and engaging exhibition park.

For us, this grant from Det Obelske Familiefond is a huge pat on the back for both our festival model and goals, and it also marks photography’s place in contemporary art. We are very grateful for the support and look forward to start off on the other side of the New Year.

As part of the new festival centre, we are also entering into a collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Design, which is part of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), where the architecture students will contribute with the design and construction of an exhibition park on Refshaleøen.

Thank you to the many photographers and camera-based artists as well as the festival’s sponsors, supporters and other collaborators who have contributed to the festival’s first 10 years. Over these 10 years, we have collaborated with more than 300 Danish and international exhibition and event partners, and exhibited more than 2,500 photographers and camera-based artists. We are proud of how widespread the festival has become and grateful that so many people every year want to contribute to our program and put photography on the agenda in Copenhagen.

Become part of next year’s programme

Jana Sophia Nolle, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2019

Jana Sophia Nolle, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2019. Photo: Hans Vedsted

Last chance to apply for a solo exhibition the festival centre
Until December 20 at 11:59PM, photographers and visual artists can apply to get the chance to exhibit in the heart of the festival. The application must be a finalized exhibition concept, that has not previously been shown in Denmark. All applications will be reviewed by the festival’s programme committee. Read more.

Erlend Berge - "Tromvik bedehus. Tromsø", 2017

Erlend Berge – “Tromvik bedehus. Tromsø”, 2017

On January 13th 2020 the call for the group exhibition The Censored Exhibition will open
The Censored Exhibitions 2020 presents international fine art photography from within the past three years. The selection will be made by an international jury consisting of Kristine Kern, director of Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen, Ángel Luis González Fernández, founder and CEO of PhotoIreland in Dublin, and Alain Bieber, artistic director of NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf. Deadline for application is February 10th 2020. Read more.

Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2019

Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2019. Photo: Hans Vedsted

Apply to become part of the satellite programme until March 1st
Exhibition spaces, cultural institutions, project rooms and other venues, who wish the be part of the official festival programme with a photo exhibition, can now apply. Follow the link underneath to read more about the advantages of being part of the programme. Read more.

Highlights from the past year

10-year-anniversary – thank you for the 2010s

It has been 10 years since the first edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival took place. From the beginning a central part of the profile of the festival was to bring photography out in the public sphere – where people are. Right from the beginning the aim was also to encourage the citizens of Copenhagen as well as photo enthusiasts to take part in open competitions in a time, where everybody has a personal relationship with the medium of photography. In 2019 we could present the so far most extensive exhibition programme in the urban space in close cooperation with dedicated professional and art institutions. Read more.

We moved to a new home with new permanent venues

This year we moved our festival center to Refshaleøen, which gave us the opportunity to work together with Copenhagen Contemporary, Teaterøen and Reffen – Copenhagen Street Food. Our festival center was spread out on three locations at Refshaleøen, Maskinværkstedet, Beddingen and Flexsalen. On each of these three locations the festival’s main exhibitions could be seen, each part of either Framing Vision, Framing Society or Framing Identity. See the pictures.

Identity Dialogues Europe – European Photography

On November 25th the partners in Reconstruction of Identities published their shortlist on Instagram, and a week later the final winner was found: Ana Amado, with more than 1200 votes, was chosen as the winner by the followers. Thank you for your engagement – and congratulations to the winner. The winning image will be included in the Identity Dialogues Europe-exhibition at both Copenhagen Photo Festival and SIFEST in 2020. Ana Amado will also receive exposure on NOOR website, a signed book from a NOOR photographer and will be selected for a Nikon-NOOR Academy Masterclass. Read more.

Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2019