Open Call FUTURES 2023

Are you our new Nordic Talent for FUTURES 2024?

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 1st 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 deadline has passed – read more about CPF talents here
Open Call FUTURES 2024

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 more than 20 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 credit: Giulia Mangione, FUTURES 2023 talent invited by Copenhagen Photo Festival

Photo Credit: Jonas Yang Tislevoll, FUTURES talent 2023 invited by Copenhagen Photo Festival.

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

What do you get if you are a FUTURES talent?

In 2024:

  • Each artist receives a fee of €500
  • A screening of your works during the festival 2024
  • Four online Futures Conversations with experts
  • Invitation to come to the annual event at Photography Organisation Organ Vida, Zagreb, in October 2024. 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 2024:

  • 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 1984 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 2021), e.g. participation in an exhibition or publication.

Photo Credits: Capa Center

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

Application fee: DKK 100

The call is over

Photo Credits: Capa Center


Application deadline 1 December 11.59 PM 2023
Expected application answer 10 January 2024
Announcement of the FUTURES Talents 2024 spring 2024
Copenhagen Photo Festival 6-16 June 2024
FUTURES Annual Event in Zagreb, Croatia September 2024

Photo Credits: Melanie Kastner

Who selects the five Nordic talents?

Our Programme Committee will be selecting the five FUTURES talents 2024. 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.

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

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

Stinus Duch, Founder of DISKO BAY BOOK

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. 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.

Open Call FUTURES 2023

Want to see more of what happens in the FUTURES Photography platform?

In October 2023 all of the participating organisations of the FUTURES Photography platform met i Budapest for the opening of the talent exhibition ENERGY and the annual meet-up for talents. Here our five talents for 2023 met up with all the other talents from around Europe as well as experts, curators and collaborators. In the video, you can meet the artists selected for the exhibition ENERGY.