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Noorderlicht International Photo Festival
Festival Netherlands

Noorderlicht International Photo Festival

DEADLINE:15 February 2021

The Noorderlicht International Photo Festival 2021 will take place from 26 June to 12 September 2021 at various locations in the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Friesland. Departing from photography, the festival focuses on the entire spectrum of the image, both analogue and digital: from computer-generated imagery to virtual, mixed and augmented reality, installations, projections and mappings.

The theme ‘The Makeable Mind’ will explore the relationship between visual culture and reality: How do visual technologies, communication media, and both mainstream and citizen journalism influence our thinking, and how do they disguise, describe, rewrite and expose our reality?


Noorderlicht is serious about diversity and inclusion and welcomes proposals from photographers, lens-based artists and curators from all parts of the world, from all generations, individuals or collectives. Art forms relating to photography, such as digital media, video or VR, are also specifically requested, as is work in which photography enters into a dialogue with all other conceivable types of media. The organizers therefore call upon everyone -even if this is the first time you wish to submit something to an Open Call, or if your practice goes beyond photography -to push your boundaries literally and figuratively.


Selected artists will receive a fee in accordance with the Dutch guidelines for artists’ fees for group exhibitions. Noorderlicht subscribes to the Fair Practice Code for work in art, culture and creative industries.