Why a photo festival at Pelt?

A photo festival in Overpelt can give Pelt an identity far outside the town borders. Photography is a low-entry form of art which a lot of people practice. An image can be moving, touching. On top of that current (affordable) printing techniques allow for an outdoor exhibition. In France we saw an event that has been taking place for many years and that has put the village on the international map.

​The cultural centre of Palethe has already had experience with photography exhibitions thanks to the photography circuit and in-house photographers. A large scale photo festival like this, is the next logical step.

What is it?

The aim of the festival is to have at least 500 photos in the streets of Pelt: on walls, in public parks and on pillars along a route of approximately 2km. There are also some indoor locations such as CC Palethe, Pelle Melle, etc. Photos of 60 by 60 cm will be printed on aluminium Dibond panels.

The theme of the exhibition is ‘Lens op de Mens – Spotlight on people’. It shows how Pelt cares about its people. 

Who is it for?

Keen amateur and professional photographers can enter this festival. An international jury will grade the photos and select the ones that will be printed and shown in the streets. You can also win an award although they are symbolic rather than financial.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to visit. For children, there will be photo challenges.

How many pictures can I submit?

One photographer can submit up to 10 pictures.

How do I have to compose the name of my photo files?

A file name is compsosed by: Last name of the photographer_first name_serial number

Example: Johnsson_John_1

Please pay full attention to this guideline. It saves us a lot of work renaming the photos in order to have a structured overview of the submitted work.

Please don’t include descriptions or any other text in the file name.

Can the pictures be square?

The pictures can have all possible aspect ratios.

How many pictures can I submit?

The photographer pays 20 euros per photo submitted to share in the costs. Payment is made on-line. The payment link will be added to this site shortly.

Do the pictures have to form a series?

Submitted pictures can form a series, but this is not mandatory.



What happens to the photos after the festival?

Photos can be collected after the festival at the cultural centre of Palethe. Photos that are not collected will become property of the organization. There is no guarantee for the condition of the photos. A selection of about 50 photos will be kept and used afterwards at foreign exhibitions, for European projects or for sponsors.

About sponsors and partners

There are sponsors and partners. We cooperate with two national associations of professional photographers. Also Breedbeeld and Lensculture support our initiative. The region of Flanders  is supporting the festival, but we are always looking for new sponsors. In 2020 we entered into a partnership with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).