The Royal Photographic Society

About thirty pictures by members of the Benelux Chapter of the Royal Photographic Society will be exhibited as part of a collaboration between LodM and RPS.






Martin Krystýnek | Gold Award Professional Photographers


Martin Krystýnek

Multi-award winning photographer born in Poprad, Slovakia. Martin Krystýnek obtained the title of Master Qualified European Photographer (MQEP) in 2019. He is president of the Association of Professional Photographers of Slovak Republic APFSR.

He started working as a professional in 2010. In that year he worked in South America, especially in Paraguay, where he gained the necessary experience. He worked for many important people in the field of politics, modeling or show business.

After years of working in photography, his name became his brand and acquired professional success and experience. In the past 4 years, he has won over 300 international awards, gold, silver and bronze medals and numerous honorable mentions.

His photos have been published in many international photo books around the world.

Nowadays he also works as a curator on the most prestigious, internationally curated photo site.

Martin also works as a jury member at international photo competitions. He is a jury member of the QEP and MQEP qualifications of FEP, the Federation of European Professional Photographers, where he has also served as a judge at the FEP Photographer of The Year Awards.


TijsPosen | Silver Award Professional Photographers


Lens op de Mens 2019 | Silver Professionals © Tijs PosenTijs Posen. In my main profession I am the manager of an audiovisual company that produces reports and documentaries for a very diverse group of customers. Both channels such as VRT, VTM, Kanaal 2, VITAYA, Vier and TVL as the best-known production houses call on my services as director, reporter and cameraman.

A number of productions can be viewed on the site.

As a lover of beautiful images, I photograph every day for more than 25 years. I have been working as a professional photographer for 5 years.

Who am I
I purify my work. I want to capture the story that an image has to tell as accurately as possible in the best conditions. Light, color, decor, atmosphere… everything should be right. I understand my subject and intensively capture an atmosphere that belongs to the subject.

Working process
I am convinced that the best images are the most spontaneous. Those that are not forced. That is why I work in a gentle way. I approach my subject without being pushy and let it retain its individuality.

An image must appear as spontaneous as possible and must be credible. This is possible when light, decor and atmosphere go together perfectly and let the subject come into its own.

My passion is kneading an image until it has its shape that I know is the perfect one.

In photography over the centuries, each period has its own character, its own style. Although it is difficult to escape it, I try not to be influenced by the contemporary styles, fashions, but to maintain a consistent style of its own. A style that is just there when I take my photo.


Filip Santens | Bronze Award Professional Photographers


© Filip Santens

Photographer Filip Santens is an experienced master photographer who works with great passion on a beautiful portrait that shows the photographed person at its best.




Livinus Bleyen | Gold Award Amateur Photographers


Lens op de Mens 2019 | Gold Professionals © Livinus BleyenI live in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium, where I have been a photographer for at least 25 years.
My photographic roots are in the darkroom but today my photography is 100 % digital. 

I enjoy photographing sports and movements, animals, people and places, landscapes,… in fact anything and everything in front of my camera. I also enjoy producing altered images.
Regularly I am taking part in regional, national and international photo competitions and exhibitions. My pictures have been shown in more than 50 countries, in 5 continents.


Patje Vandebroek | Silver Award Amateur Potographers




Marc Apers | Bronze Award Amateur Photographers


Freelance photographer, always looking for typical black and white subjects with an emphasis on shapes and structures, light and dark, sun and shadow. Subjects where color is not very important. These subjects can be found in the human face and more specifically in the eyes, the “soul” of man. My portfolio therefore mainly consists of black and white portraits. Making portraits of people in their natural environment is the subject that interests me the most. For me, people are an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Many say that I possess a natural ability to approach people appropriately and thus persuade people to pose in front of my lens. A judgment that I leave to you, I know that it is extremely important to always show respect and sincere interest for the person portrayed. That is why I never make a portrait without first starting a small conversation with the people I meet. I openly and honestly introduce myself to them as if I am one of them. A wink, a short chat and a smiling face will convince them to pose for me. The greatest pleasure, however, is that afterwards they sometimes tell me their entire life story. Combining emotion and story in one image is my ultimate goal.

An overview of my current work can be admired on the photo site for which I also act as one of the moderators without obligation.


Glenn Vanderbeke | Most Promising Young Photographer under 30 years of age


Lens op de Mens 2019 | Award jongere -30 © Glenn VanderbekeI take pictures and I blog.
I prefer to walk around in the woods and open fields.

The words “bon vivant” and “silly humor” sum up my personality well, but when I take pictures I am never satisfied. I always want more and better.
I like high-quality photographic images; my bulging shelf of photo books can witness this.

I also make images myself, since 2009. What started with a small point-and-shoot was extended a year later with my first SLR.
Inspired by my father, I chose a Canon EOS 1000D. Photographing soon evolved into a real obsession.
The first test with my telephoto lens turned into a real hunt in the forest. Everything that had ears and legs was recorded. I came home with 1000 images. At the end I only had about 5 images left. My enthusiasm was much bigger than my knowledge (at that time). The hard school could start!

After several years of self-study, I felt ready to take my photography to a new level. Curiosity pushes my limits. The decision was made. My full-time job was cut in half for one year and I decided to take a full-time day course at Syntra West, the perfect school for me. After a year full of new experiences and knowledge, I was in possession of the necessary diplomas.

Ready to accept any photographic challenge, I started my own business shortly thereafter.



Peter Testelmans | Most Creative Photography


Lens op de Mens 2019 | Award  Creative Photography © Peter TestelmansIt is only with your Heart that you can see rightly what is essential….

A dancer uses the full potential of his body, to create a moving sculpture that is in perfect harmony, with the music and the emotions that are alive in his being. Visualising every feeling in a continuous movement to create their dance.

Capturing this moment, that maybe only exists for a split second, invisible to the eye, made eternal in a single image.

This is my Art. My gift to you, your moment, everlasting….



WPC – Belgian selection for the World Photographic Cup 2021


Logo WPC

In the cafeteria of CC Palethe we show you the Belgian selection for the World Photographic Cup 2021.

This international competition is also called the Olympic Games of Photography.

For the 2021 edition, xx country teams from x continents registered.






More info soon…





This is the 2019 jury | update expected end of 2020


The jury | Johan Brouwers, chairman (BEL)

I like to capture the image of people as they occur spontaneously. No deliberate or requested poses. Snapshots in which their glance, their attitude often tells a lot about what they think, including me.


The jury | Patrizia Burra (ITA)

Donna Peixote.

The project was carried out in an empty house in Rotterdam. The setting, full of magic and history, led me to create images that evoke the dream. The huge windows gave off a perfect natural light to illuminate the subject and to give a mild prominence of light and shadow to the entire scene. The basic idea was to portray the characters as dreamy individuals, lost within their own imagination, in a unique vision and sharing the same space. I tried to turn on hopes of paving the way to the desires, to seize the soul hidden behind the eyes of my models.


The jury | Patrick Ceyssens (BEL)

Does not exhibit.


The jury | Zjuul Devens (BEL)

Visual artist, photographer, filmmaker, graduated in Visual Arts and Photography. He was lecturer in audiovisual communication and multimedia at the Plantijn Hogeschool of the Province of Antwerp, department of communication management.

He exhibits both nationally and internationally, individually and in group. This is done with photographic work, video installations, slide projections, video, but also with sculpture and installations.

He also collaborates with and for other visual artists, dancers, musicians, theater makers. As a professional photographer, he was a devil-doing-all. Passionate macro photographer. Now he is mainly concerned with the theme of transience. He likes to give dead half-decayed insects a “new life”.

As a volunteer for Child Help, he also photographs and films in Africa. There he discovered the love for documentary photography.

For him, photography and art are a part of his life.


The jury | Andy Hens (BEL/DEU)

To disclose the nature of man through photographs, that is the highest art of photography.

Usually people just look after a photo. People rarely look into it.


The jury | Jim Lowe (GBR)

Jim has been a professional photographer for 40 years, during which time he has worked for the UK’s Ministry of Defence, Portsmouth Polytechnic & Westinghouse Brake and Signal Company. The majority of his images are now captured using digital technology, but he also undertakes assignments using close-up and macro photography using large format cameras. He is well known for his black and white landscapes for which he uses traditional film, hand printing them to exhibition quality. These have been acquired by collectors as far afield as Japan, India, South Africa, Canada and The Republic of Ireland as well as the UK and Europe (London, Moscow, Bath, Wiltshire and Cornwall).

From 2009-2018, as well as continuing with his other activities, Jim, has been lecturing at Falmouth University, Cornwall on The Marine and Natural History Course and was made Award Leader in September 2012.

Jim Lowe was a Vice-President of the Federation of European Photographers from 2000 to 2010 and is currently Chairman of their Qualifications Board. He was amongst the first European Professional Photographers to achieve the FEP, QEP distinction in Architecture and from the 45 British photographers who have gained this qualification is the only one qualified and practising Architectural Photography.


The jury | Jos Verhoogen (BEL)

If I have to find one constant topic, it has to be man himself. Man is in the centre in most of my pictures. Whether it is a famous artist or a mother to be, it is always a challenge to find the right link. A feeling of trust which allows you to make powerful pictures. Pictures that mean more than just the right light or the perfect focus.



More info later this year







More info later this year