The call for entries is now closed

The jury has selected the photos for the exhibition and awarded the prizes.
Work is currently underway to prepare the selected photos for printing. A work of very long duration.
During the month of April, all photographers will receive an e-mail regarding whether or not their photos have been selected. They can then check the data that will be printed under their photos.

Thank you for making this edition another great success.


The 4th edition of Lens op de Mens will be held from 4 June – 1 October 2023


During the summer of 2023, vzw Lens op de Mens – Fotofestival Pelt organises in cooperation with the town council of Pelt and CC Palethe the fourth edition of the biennial photo festival ‘Lens op de Mens’.

For this edition, we continue along the same path. Professional and amateur photographers from all over the world are invited to present their most beautiful images to the general public.
The main theme of this edition remains, of course, ‘man’ in the broadest sense of the word. The sub-theme for 2023 is ‘humour’.

The photo festival opens on Sunday, 4 June and closes on Sunday, 1 October 2023. We look beyond our national borders again through an international cooperation with RPS – the Royal Photographic Society, photo festival Vizualizator in Belgrade and HelPhoto in Helsinki.

As organisers of Lens op de Mens (Focus on Man), we can look back on a very successful 3rd edition of our festival. Despite the limitations imposed by the coronapandemic, we estimate that over 20,000 visitors descended on Pelt during the summer of 2021. We are very pleased with this success, which was only possible thanks to the many submissions from photographers worldwide and the cooperation of many volunteers. Our heartfelt thanks for this.

Meanwhile, we are working very hard on the programming of ‘Lens op de Mens 2023’. You can follow it on our programme page.


Sub-theme 2023 ‘Humour’

For more than three years, an epidemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus has had an impact on public life. Last year also brought the horror of the war in Ukraine frighteningly close.

For edition 2023, we hope all this is behind us and assume that there is no finer remedy for all the negativity than a generous smile. Therefore, in 2023, we will give a special award for the photo that can once again put a smile on our faces after all the years of lockdowns and pandemics.
The main theme of Lens on Man will of course remain ‘Man’ as in previous editions. The sub-theme ‘Humour’ is certainly not a compulsory theme.

The call for entries is open from 10 October 2022 to 6 February 2023.


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