• The competition is open for professional and amateur photographers of a high level.
  • The theme of the photos is ‘Lens op de mens’ meaning that photos have to be about people in the large meaning of the word. For example, photos can represent documentaries or art.
  • Every photographer can upload a maximum of 10 photos. The photographer has to pay 20 euro for every photo uploaded to share costs.
  • The submission period starts October 12th, 2020 and ends February 7th, 2021 at midnight.
  • Photos are selected by an international jury depending on photographic qualities. It is not possible to appeal against their decision.
  • The copyright of all images submitted remains with the copyright holder. However the Pelt Photo Festival ‘Lens op de Mens’ reserves the right to use any of the images submitted, without payment, for display and publicity purposes for this and future Pelt Photo Festival projects. It is vital that the candidate obtains the permission of the client and/or the copyright holder and any relevant model release forms, where appropriate before submitting the work.
  • After registration on the website of the festival the photo files can be uploaded to the festival.
  • Photos have to be submitted as jpg-files, compression High (10-12). The longest side of the pictures must be 50 cm (= 5906 pixels at 300 dpi).
  • The filename must be composed as: Name_First Name_number.jpg
    for example: Johnsson_John_1
  • When the festival is finished and the exhibition is dismantled, the photographer can collect all photos. This will be between 10 and 20 October 2021 at set days and times. These will be advised at a future date. If the photographer doesn’t collect the photos, they will automatically become property of the organization. Photos selected for other exhibitions can’t be collected by the photographer.


  • The selected photos will be printed by the organization without any extra cost to the participating photographer and exhibited during the open air exhibition.

  • The name of the photographer will be displayed under each photo. Logos of partners and sponsors can also be included under the photo.

  • The name of the photographer will be displayed under each photo by the organization. Logos of partners and sponsors can also be included under the photo.
  • Photos can be selected by the organisation and may be passed on to other exhibitions. These photos will remain property of the organization. We will notify the selected photographers by email.
  • Any indecent or pornographic photos will be refused by the organization.


The selected photos are automatically entered into a competition. Prizes are awarded in different categories.

Awards for amateur photographers

  • gold
  • silver
  • bronze
  • honorable mentioning

Awards for professional photographers

  • gold
  • silver
  • bronze
  • honorable mentioning

Prize for the most promising photographer younger than 30 years old.

Prize for the most artistic photo

Prize of the public:  Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to vote for their favourite photo. During the closing ceremony the prize of the public will be revealed.

Participants agree to all rules when submitting photos.


  • A registration will only become definitive after the registration of the participant, upload of the photos and payment of 20 euros per photo submitted.

  • After paying 20 euros per photo submitted, the participant can still add extra photos or remove photos and replace them with other photos.

  • If the final number of photos submitted is higher than the number originally paid for, an additional payment of 20 euros per additional photo is required to ensure valid participation.

  • If the final number of photos submitted is lower than the number originally paid for, the participant CANNOT reclaim the overpaid amount.

  • By submitting the photos and completing the registration form the photographer gives permission for the submitted photos to be used at the international photo festival ‘Lens op de Mens’.

  • Participants agree to all rules when submitting photos.

  • The jury’s decisions are final and uncontested. There’s no correspondence about the course and outcome of the judging.

  • Lens op de Mens – Photo Festival Pelt vzw reserves the right to postpone or cancel the competition, or not to choose a photo if the circumstances so require.

  • Participants will be informed by email whether or not their photos have been selected by the jury for the exhibition.


Big thanks to the many passionate photo enthusiasts for the large number of submitted images in 2019
We wish you a warm welcome to the Lens op de Mens 2021 photo festival