Intriguing Anarchy. Making Helsinki the photo capital of the North!
20 June 2019
8:59 PM

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Helsinki Photo Festival is pleased to announce their second open call! Everyone from all over the world is invited to submit their work(s) for consideration in the festival theme of 2019: Anarchy.

The term anarchy comes from Greek “anarchia”, where “a” state for “not” or “without” and “archy” - for “ruler” or “authority”, therefore it refers to the state of society, which exists without authorities and neglects hierarchies. The term historically has some sort of bad connotations, associated with the absence of order and domination if chaos, but is it truly so? In fact, there are many examples in which this non hierarchical decapitated societies work really well, such as international communal society known as kibbutz in Israel, for instance.

How do we perceive the anarchy? Does it sound frightening or inspiring? What do we consider being of an anarchistic character? What does it really mean to be an anarchist? Is it really possible to live in a society without government? Does the order require the authority? Are hierarchies embedded in human nature?

We aim to select +30 artists works to exhibit in solo- and group exhibitions during the festival period, July 5th-September 9th 2019. Entries are handled by photography professionals and curators enhancing the programming, aesthetics, artistic and cultural expressions as well as the quality of the overall production.

What winners receive

As selected artist/photographer of the Anarchy theme your work will be exhibited at Helsinki Photo Festival 2019 (5th July to September 9th). The exhibitions will take place in historic warehouses, libraries, parks and waterfront areas in Helsinki and also, will include popup galleries at numerous cultural events around Helsinki. All selected photographers have the great opportunity for being promoted to a broad, dedicated audience, critics and curators at the newest photo festival in Northern Europe.

Selected artists/photographers will benefit from:

  • exhibition exposure at the Festival’s main gallery and at outdoor locations including popup events
  • opportunities offered for exhibition and publication through festival partners
  • inclusion in the Festivals marketing & PR campaign
  • inclusion in Festival catalogue
  • long term Festival representation and promotion
  • an opportunity to participate in an Instagram Residency
  • publication and inclusion in the Festival programme
  • dedicated feature on the Festival website and online gallery
  • international press exposure

Finalists will be selected to have their work produced by the Festival for exhibition indoors and/or outdoors.

About Helsinki Photo Festival

Helsinki Photo Festival ry, is a non-profit association, created to disseminate information about photography and visual media and to attract and maintain interest in them in Finland and internationally by presenting, developing and promoting these forms of art. Moreover, we want to help artists to connect with audiences, critics and curators.

Helsinki Photo Festival connects contemporary fine art photography and street exhibition. The contest is judged by a jury of leading professionals. The program includes artist-talks, workshops, seminars, photo walks, modular outdoor photo installations inviting residents, tourists and all photo enthusiasts of any age. All outdoor exhibitions can be enjoyed at any time of the day, free of charge!

Juror information

Stefan Bremer
Photographer, visual artist and teacher
Stefan Bremer (b. 1953) has taught in art schools around Finland as well as at the Stockholm School of Photography and the Gothenburg University. He has lead photography workshops in Europe and Africa and has exhibited around the world. Bremer was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Photography in 1988 and the Culture Prize of the City of Helsinki in 2011. He was State Art Professor in 1999-2004.

Curt Richter
Photographer and teacher
Curt Richter is an accomplished photographer and lecturer. His works are part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Bibliothèque Nationale, and many more. Born in New York City, he earned a BFA from SUNY Purchase and assisted the architectural photographer Ezra Stoller. As a teacher of photography, he has taught in the US, UK and Finland.

Karoliina Korpilahti
MA in Aesthetics
Karoliina Korpilahti is a practical arts management professional. She has gained working experience as a lecturer in aesthetics, cultural producer, public relation manager and coordinator for grants at Frame Contemporary Art Finland Foundation for 5 years before getting the position of the Head of the Programme at The Finnish Institute in Estonia. She holds an MA in Aesthetics from the University of Helsinki.

Alexandra Stroganova
Artist and Curator
Alexandra Stroganova (b. 1990) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and art educator. She has a background in Fine Arts and Set Design from Moscow City Teachers’ Training. Currently obtaining her second MA degree at Aalto University, majoring in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education and minoring in Visual Culture Curating and Contemporary Art. In her artistic practice, she is employing various mediums and techniques, including photography.

Rafael Rybczynski
IxD Designer and Artistic Director
Rafael Rybczynski is the Artistic Director of Helsinki Photo Festival. Since the age of 16, he has been photographing and has worked as a photojournalist. He graduated with an MA degree in Interaction Design from K3, School of Arts, Malmö University and a BA from the Copenhagen School of Design Technology. Prior to his studies, Rafael has worked as Creative Director with music and visual content for more than twenty years.


Call for entries open
30 April 2019
Submission deadline
20 June 2019
Winner announcement
5 July 2019
Helsinki Photo Festival Start
5 July 2019
Helsinki Photo Festival End
9 September 2019



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What is the entry fee to submit to the Helsinki Photo Festival?
The entry fee for the Helsinki Photo Festival is €18.

When does the call close and open?
The call opens April 30, 2019 at 11:59 AM Eastern Standard Time. The call closes Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 23:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Where can I sign up for a Picter account?
Visit to sign up for a free account.

I would like to submit more than one project is it possible?
The open call allows submission of one (1) project only. In a project you can submit 10 images, either as 10 works or 10 works in a series. Alternatively, you can submit one (1) single image only.

Can I edit my portfolio once it has already been submitted?
No, all submissions are final. In the event of uncertainties, please contact

What happens to work that is selected?
If your work is selected, you will be notified during week 25, June 17th-23rd, 2019. It is up to you to produce and deliver the work (both to and from Helsinki Photo Festival in Finland) at your own expense before July 5, 2019 for indoor exhibitions except the artist agrees the selected photos will be printed by the association without any cost to the participating photographer.

If I am not selected, will I receive feedback and suggestions for my work?
Due to the large number of entries, it is not possible to provide personalized feedback for artists.

Where can I get involved in discussions about the Helsinki Photo Festival?
To connect with us and ask questions regarding the 2019 Anarchy Exhibition by the Helsinki Photo Festival, follow Helsinki Photo Festival on Facebook, @HkiFotoFestival on Twitter, and @helsinkiphotofestival on Instagram. Stay tuned for updates and answers to your questions.

20 June 2019
8:59 PM

By clicking "Start Submission", you agree to be contacted by the host regarding this opportunity.