The International Photo Festival Leiden is organised by Foundation for Talented Photographers (Stichting Talentvolle Fotografen) founded by Hans Gillis and Pierre Luiten in 2013, as a follow-up of the 90th anniversary open air exhibition of the Leiden Amateur Photography Club LAFV in 2012, of which they both are board members. This led to the idea of having a larger and professional photo festival in Leiden.

The aims of the International Photo Festival Leiden:

  • To provide exposure for young international photography talents.
  • To provide a platform to photography for the main public.
  • Promote Leiden as as Key to discovery in general.


Members of the Board:

  • Martijn van Delft (Chair)
  • Ritsaert Mulderije (Treasurer)
  • Caroline Rijks (Secretary)

The Board is supported by a team of volunteers:

  • Evita Marchena (creative director and head programming)
  • Tashelna Bodo (Designer)
  • Andrea Langendoen (sponsoring and partners)
  • Rimke Lammerink (press and communication)
  • Bianca Filius (online editor)
  • Sjoerd Kleijheeg (webmaster)
  • Annegien Lucas (spcial media)
  • Joost Wensveen (production)
  • Frans Wiersma (production and audio visual)

Committee of Recommendation

The following people support the Foundation for Talented Photographers in its goals:

  • Ruud Visschedijk, director of the Netherlands Photo Museum, Rotterdam
  • Prof. dr. C.J.M. (Kitty) Zijlmans, professor for Art History (Modern Fine Arts), Leiden University
  • Sandra Smallenburg, editor for fine arts at the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad
  • Koen Hauser, artist and owner of the honorary title ´national photographer of the Netherlands´ 2014
  • Alexander Pechtold, Dutch politician. Party leader and parliamentary group leader of the Democrats 66 (D66) party, former municipal executive councillor for Sports and Culture in the Leiden City Council.
  • Erik Kessels, creative director of the Amsterdam-based communication agency KesselsKramer, photography collector and curator.
  • Jimmy Nelson, photographer and global citizen.
  • Vincent Mentzel, photographer.

See also the letter of recommendation by Leiden Councillor Robert Strijk (juni 23, 2014).


The Foundation for Talented Photographers is a registered trade mark at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, RSIN / KvKnummer 852869538.