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The Balkan Photo festival contains three types of programmes: photo contest itself, education and networking of the participating photographers through a series of social activities.

The Contest includes a process of selecting 90 photos taken during the past year in eleven categories (Daily Life, Portrait, Creative Photography, Nature and Environment, News and Events, Sports, Fashion, Mobile Phone, Cultural Heritage, Nude Photography and Photo Reportage/Photo Series). The photos are selected by jury members appointed at the invitation of the Balkan Photo Festival organization comitee. The photo contest opens for entries in early December and the photographers are able to apply by 5 January.

This is followed by judging of photographs by BPA jury members and the preparation of the photo exhibition. The exhibition of the 90 shortlisted photos opens on the last Friday of January. The winners in five categories are announced at a ceremony in Sarajevo’s City Hall which also marks the beginning of the Festival’s program. The BPA is international contest, open to all photographers.

By applying for the Balkan Photo Award contest photographers have a chance to promote their work internationally and to present it to the eyes of some of world’s top professionals.

2018 edition of the Balkan Photo Festival is supported by the EU's Creative Europe Programme.


Sarajevo City Hall
Obala Kulina Bana 1

71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina