How can I upload my pictures to the festival?

In this Lens op de Mens 2021_tutorial_EN you will be guided step by step in registering on this site and uploading your photos

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.

How many pictures can I submit?

One photographer can submit up to 10 pictures.

Do I have to pay for my pictures?

The photographer pays 20 euros per photo submitted to share in the costs. Payment is made on-line via STRIPE on the PAYMENTS page.

Those who do not have a credit card can pay by bank transfer of 20 euros per photo submitted to
account number BE20 7360 7262 3156 of Lens op de Mens vzw
with the message: First name Last name + number of photos
Please notify us by sending an email to

Is VAT charged?

Lens op de Mens npo benefits from the special VAT exemption scheme for small businesses. The charged € 20 per photo is therefore free of VAT.

Professional photographers who want an invoice can request this by e-mail at the secretariat, providing their VAT number

What does this message mean: "Your photo has not been accepted yet, you have to wait for confirmation"?

After uploading a photo, you receive an e-mail with the following message: “Your photo has not been accepted yet, you have to wait for confirmation!”

This means that your upload was successful and that the photo will be added to the list for the jury. After the closing of the registrations, the jury will decide whether the photo will be selected/accepted for the open air exhibition or not. In the course of March, every participant will receive an e-mail with the information whether or not his/her photo(s) has been accepted by the jury.

Can the pictures be square?

The pictures can have all possible aspect ratios.

Can the pictures contain texts, logos or borders?

Photographs that contain texts that have not been added by the photographer and are an essential part of the original recording are of course allowed. We do not allow any text added afterwards such as names or logos of the photographer to ensure the anonymity of the images when judging. We also do not allow digitally added borders around the photos as we strive for a uniform layout for all photos on display.

Do the pictures have to form a series?

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



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.

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.

Where to find my pictures at the exhibition

In the e-mail you received earlier about which of your photos were selected, you will find the A(mateur) number or P(rofessional) number of your photos.
Via the lists below you can find out at which POI – Point of Interest your photos are exhibited. The location of the POIs is indicated on the map.

Locations amateur photographers
Locations professional photographers

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).